Miami Hurricanes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Miami 24, (17)Ohio State 6-- FINAL
Welcome to my live blog of "The Violation Confrontation"—a clash that pits two schools under heavy NCAA investigation, the University of Miami Hurricanes and THE No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes, in a game that has lost some of its luster since everything hit the fan.
With both teams still undermanned, the two teams are going with who they have, and only one is going to come out victorious.
Players missing for the Hurricanes are as follows: S Ray-Ray Armstrong, TE Dyron Dye, WR Aldarius Johnson (suspended by Coach Golden) and DL Olivier Vernon.
Missing for the Buckeyes is as follows: RB Dan Herron, WR DeVier Posey, LT Mike Adams and DE Solomon Thomas.
It's not going to matter that only nine seasons ago, these two teams met in what some (myself included) still view as one of the most controversial national championship games in recent history. What matters. and what will be on people's minds, will be how much trouble these two schools are in.
The final gun has sounded, and the University of Miami Hurricanes have beaten the No. 17 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes by a score of 24-6.
Lamar Miller dominated the Buckeyes' defense by himself, rushing for almost 200 yards by himself, and Mike James putting the final touch of the game by plowing in from 1 yard out to put the game away in the final seconds of the game.
Jacory Harris played with some poise and maturity, and he showed that he was able to get past the two early interceptions that led to long Buckeye drives and ended with field goals.
This marks the first win for first year head coach Al Golden, and finally eases some pain from the heartbreaking loss in the 2003 National Championship game for the Hurricanes.
The Buckeyes were almost listless on offense, being held without a touchdown behind a stellar effort from the almost-full strength Hurricanes' defense.
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Mike James plows in on fourth and goal to extend the lead and all but slam the door shut on the Buckeyes.
14 plays and over nine minutes, the Hurricanes punch it in and cement their home-opening win and avoid their first 0-2 start since 1978.
Miami 24, (17) Ohio State 6.
The Hurricanes are running out the clock of what will be a signature win for Al Golden.
The Buckeyes were undone by a poor showing by their offense, and the defense was just outmatched by the Hurricanes' offense.
Jacory Harris has played a much better game, and this game could've been alot worse for the Buckeyes had the 'Canes not turned the ball over twice.
The Hurricanes have absolutely dominated the Buckeyes on the ground, as the country's No. 4 ranked rush defense has been repeatedly gashed.
Lamar Miller has almost 200 yards rushing and the Hurricanes have 2nd and goal at the Buckeyes' 4-yard line.
What a way to impose your will on offense. When you control the time of possession and control the tempo of the game, you will come out on top nine times out of ten.
The Buckeyes' defense looks completely fatigued out there, and their offense hasn't done them any favors tonight.
What a weapon Tommy Streeter is. A key third down conversion puts the Hurricanes in position to put this game out of reach.
Jacory Harris has a penchant for making game-changing mistakes, but he can also throw strikes all over the field.
What a clutch, crucial decision by Jacory Harris.
He gets a first down after seeing no one open downfield. With six minutes to go, the Hurricanes are thinking that they are going to eat as much clock as possible.
If I'm Miami, I continue to run it down the defense's throat with Lamar Miller and put this game away.
Braxton Miller FUMBLES the ball after being tracked down by Marcus Robinson.
What a critical mistake by the Buckeyes. Miami recovers the fumble and takes over with less than 10 minutes to go.
Another score by the Hurricanes, and this game is out of reach.
Braxton Miller has finally entered the game, but is it too late?
The Buckeyes' defense is what is keeping the team in this game.
A beauty of a run by Miller, that is the most positive play for the Buckeyes all game long. The Hurricanes need to account for him now.
The Buckeyes have been almost zombie-like on offense. They had run 12 plays in the 3rd quarter, had 12 yards of offense and ZERO first downs.
Give some credit to the Hurricanes' defense and their ability to snuff out drives.
But also, give some credit to the uncharacteristically pedestrian Buckeyes' defense, as they have only given up 17 points and only trail by 11.
Joe Bauserman and the offense again find nothing on this offensive possession.
One question that stands out to me, Why isn't Ohio State going with the freshman Braxton Miller? This version of the Buckeyes looks far from the ones that were coached by the now-disgraced Jim Tressel.
The punter has seen more action than the rest of the team all night long.
The Hurricanes' defense needs to keep up the pressure and keep their foots in the throat of the Ohio State offense.
Another 3rd and long for Miami goes for nothing.
Jacory Harris needs to be smarter with the football, and he does as he hits Mike James for a short gain.
He doesn't need to be a hero, and force something when he isn't there.
Another flag for false start is added to the Hurricanes' All-Yellow party, and this is the kind of thing you don't want when your leading a ranked opponent.
Yet another Hurricanes punt is coming.
Ohio State looks like they are going to continue switching Bauserman and Miller back and forth.
Why they would continue with a guy that has had trouble throwing the football is beyond me.
I don't know what Luke Fickell is thinking. Does anybody?
The play is reviewed and ruled that Allen Hurns caught the football.
On fourth and one, Jacory Harris fumbled the ball on what looked like the entire offense was confused.
Yet another miscue on offense for the Hurricanes.
The Buckeyes take over.
A nice first down run by Lamar Miller.
Miami is running the football right at Ohio State's defense, somewhat returning the favor from the first half, when the Buckeyes had long drives that led to field goals.
This should be the key for the 'Canes for the rest of the game.
The Miami defense looks to continue to impose it's will on the Ohio State offense.
It would be important for Miami to continue to be aggressive on defense, and not let Ohio State have any breathing room.
The back-to-back penalties on Ohio State is something of a surprise, as they have not been a highly penalized team.
The punt pins Miami deep in their own territory.
The defense finally gets some pressure on Bauserman. The Hurricanes must continue to get into the backfield and blow up plays.
Bauserman looks a little frustrated. He has had a tough night of it throwing the football, and it wouldn't surprise me if they switch to Braxton Miller.
A third down screen is blown up by Sean Spence and Bauserman is sacked by Anthony Chickillo.
A punt upcoming by the Buckeyes.
The special teams of Miami looks like they are a little lost as Jordan Hall brings back a dazzling punt return.
If the mental miscues on offense weren't enough, now the special teams looks like it's going to be an issue.
Hall is on the sideline getting stretched out, an apparent cramp.
The forgotten man in the Hurricanes' offense tonight has to be Travis Benjamin.
He has only been targeted once, and he had a short gain to make it 2nd and 8.
He brings an element to the offense that most teams covet. He makes you double cover him because if he gets going, he can score from anywhere on the field.
Jacory Harris and the offense head out to the field to begin the third quarter.
On first down, the 'Canes are on the 25-yard line and their first play is a false start.
I think Coach Golden is going to have a coronary after this game with all of the penalties and miscues.
Miami is set to receive the 2nd half kickoff of the "Suspension Showdown".
The Hurricanes lead the 17th-ranked Buckeyes by a score of 17-6
Travis Benjamin awaits the kickoff to try to make a big play.
Jake Wieclaw extends Miami's lead with a field goal.
We have reached halftime with Miami leading the "Ineligibowl" by a score of 17-6.
Miami 17, (17) Ohio State 6
Yet another flag. The Hurricanes must want to throw an All-Yellow party.
An illegal formation nullifies a touchdown and brings it back 5 yards.
Don't make any stupid decisions with four seconds left.
You kick the field goal and make it a 2-score game again.
On comes Jake Wieclaw for a chipshot field goal.
With the game closing in on halftime, there have been key players so far on both sides.
For Miami, it has been Lamar Miller. He has 15 carries for 128 yards rushing with an average of 8.5 yards a carry.
For Ohio State, it has been Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall running the football to keep some long drives alive.
What a clutch catch.
Jacory Harris threw a laser to his former high school teammate, Tommy Streeter.
The play is under review, but it seems to be a catch to me.
What an unbelievable throw from No. 12. That's how you throw a deep pass. You don't hold onto a ball but for a few seconds, and you throw it where only your receiver can get it.
Jacory Harris is looking to put the two interceptions behind him.
He hits Allen Hurns for a key first down, and keeps the Hurricanes moving.
The offense needs to lean on Lamar Miller to keep the defense on it's heels. Ohio State's defense has settled down and is looking to make the Hurricanes work for everything they get.
Miami takes a timeout with 1:22 left in the first half.
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