Preview: Ohio State vs. San Diego State


Who: Ohio State (1-0) vs. San Diego State (0-1)

When: 3:30 p.m.

Where: Ohio Stadium

TV\Radio: ABC (Ch. 22)\WING (1410)

Stat pack: OSU QB Braxton Miller 15-of-22 passing, 178 yards, 2 TDs, 1 int.; 17 rushes for 77 yards; RB Jordan Hall 21 carries for 159 yards, 2 TDs. SDSU QB Adam Dingwell 27-of-63 passing, 318 yards, 1 Int.; WR Colin Lockett 8 catches for 98 yards, 1 carry for 48 yards; RB Adam Muema 10 carries for 17 yards.

Familiar foe: The teams have met three times, all at OSU, since 2001. The Buckeyes have prevailed each time, but they sweated out a 16-13 win in 2003. Unable to generate a running game that season after Maurice Clarett was suspended for the year, they had fewer total yards (216-196) and first downs (20-10).

Stumble: The Aztecs became one of eight FBS schools (85-scholarship programs) to lose their season-openers to FCS teams (63 scholarships) when they were stunned by Eastern Illinois. Among the other upsets were Towson over UConn, North Dakota State against Kansas State, McNeese State over South Florida, Northern Iowa against Iowa State and Eastern Washington against Oregon State.

Worth noting: The Aztecs won their last three road games in 2012, equaling their longest streak since 1980-81.

Record watch: Braxton Miller needs 18 yards to pass Cornelius Greene as the No. 1 rushing quarterback in OSU history.

OSU in poll: The Buckeyes are No. 2 in the USA coaches Top 25 and No. 3 in the AP rankings. Since 2002, they’ve been in the top 10 for 128 weeks, which is more than any other school. Oklahoma is second at 119.

Ohio connection: San Diego State quarterbacks coach Brian Sipe played for the Cleveland Browns for 10 seasons, earning NFL most valuable player honors in 1980. He played for the Aztecs from 1969 through 1971 and was taken in the 13th round of the 1972 NFL Draft.

Quote: “Unlike most any position in all of sport, the quarterback is more of the pulse (for the team),” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “They are who your team is, usually, and that’s why I like the energetic quarterbacks. I’m really working on that with Braxton. He came out pretty energetic, and we had a lot of enthusiasm going. We just need to sustain that.”

Prediction: OSU 42, San Diego State 21

— Doug Harris, staff writer


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