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OSU survives Bear attack

COLUMBUS — Ohio State came away with a win here Saturday, but the blemishes of the performance were hard to overlook.

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From the left, Ohio State’s John Simon, Etienne Sabino and Johnathan Hankins converge on California running back Isi Sofele during Saturday’s game in Ohio Stadium. (EXAMINER PHOTO | RICK REED)

Ohio State used a 72-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller to Devin Smith with 3:26 remaining to outlast an upset-minded California team 35-28 on Saturday in Ohio Stadium.

It was not the type of win, though, that left OSU head coach Urban Meyer and Buckeye fans glowing.

The Buckeyes allowed 512 yards along with a host of big plays and also committed 11 penalties.

“Our guys found a way,” said a relieved Meyer. “I have been in games before where I thought we were going to lose, where I just kept waiting. I thought someone would make a play. I really did.”

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