OSU survives Bear attack

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


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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