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Ohio State vs. San Diego State: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 31:  Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with his team by singing 'Carmen Ohio' after Ohio State defeated the Buffalo Bulls 40-20 on August  31, 2013 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Joe TacosikCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2013

Ohio State 42, San Diego State 7—Final

The Ohio State Buckeyes moved to 2-0 on the young college football season, dropping the San Diego State Aztecs 42-7 this afternoon. Check out the game analysis and final grades below.

For the full box score, head to NCAA.com.


Final Game Analysis for the Ohio State Buckeyes

Pass Offense

Kenny Guiton did a great job handling the offense today following Braxton Miller's sprained MCL early on. Guiton ended with 158 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, while also contributing 83 yards and one touchdown on the ground. 


Run Offense

The Buckeyes struggled at times to run it up the gut but overall were very successful on the ground today.

Four total touchdowns and 263 total rushing yards among Guiton and the running backs has to be considered a great day. 


Pass Defense

After a nearly perfect first half, the second half had a few more mistakes. The Buckeyes allowed 154 passing yards and one touchdown in the second half.

However, a good amount of the Buckeyes' second-team defense had entered the game, so a slight decline was to be expected.


Run Defense

No change from the first half: Ohio State's run defense looked dominant. The Buckeyes allowed only 63 rushing yards on 27 attempts, about 2.3 yards per carry. Ohio State should feel very encouraged about the growth of its defensive front.


Special Teams

Really no change from the first half, though more missed tackles than before. The special teams, all in all, held their own and didn't allow San Diego State the advantage of field position.



No surprises. The Ohio State coaching staff was phenomenal in getting everyone involved. Ohio State's 263 rushing yards were split up over five different running backs, not counting both quarterbacks.


1st-Half Analysis for the Ohio State Buckeyes

Pass Offense

Despite starting quarterback Braxton Miller's sprained MCL, backup Kenny Guiton has stepped up and provided more than enough.

Guiton is 10-of-13 for 102 yards and one touchdown in the air, adding 68 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown as well.


Run Offense

Ohio State's run offense gets a passing grade, though it is barely getting by. Starter Jordan Hall and freshman Dontre Wilson have broken a couple of big runs, but mainly outside. Running up the middle has been a struggle.


Pass Defense

The Buckeye pass defense looks flawless. The secondary has held the Aztecs in check, only allowing 65 passing yards in the first half and forcing one interception.

San Diego State's mess of a quarterbacking situation doesn't hurt, either.


Run Defense

The Buckeyes' defensive front looks night and day from last week. The Aztecs have been held to 27 rushing yards on 13 attempts and turned it over on a sack/fumble created by Ohio State defensive linemen Noah Spence and Michael Bennett.


Special Teams

Nothing special to note on the special-teams front, with San Diego State's average starting field position being the 25-yard line. Ohio State has gotten a lot of good pressure on the punter, almost blocking a punt on more than one occasion.



Per usual, the Ohio State coaching staff has done an impeccable job with personnel substitutions. Urban Meyer's choice to hold Braxton Miller out of the game, despite the fact that he could go if needed (as reported on ABC's telecast), is a brilliant decision.

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