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Now that young Buckeyes have played a game, coach Urban Meyer says there are no more excuses

  • Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) celebrates his touchdown with teammates in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Navy in Baltimore, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Ohio State won 34-17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) celebrates his touchdown with teammates in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Navy in Baltimore, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Ohio State won 34-17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer directs his players in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Navy in Baltimore, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Ohio State won 34-17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer directs his players in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Navy in Baltimore, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Ohio State won 34-17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Navy wide receiver Ryan Williams-Jenkins, bottom, loses his helmet as he is tackled by Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baltimore, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Ohio State won 34-17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Navy wide receiver Ryan Williams-Jenkins, bottom, loses his helmet as he is tackled by Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baltimore, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Ohio State won 34-17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

Urban Meyer was not very happy with his fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at halftime Saturday.

They trailed Navy 7-6, hadn't done much on offense and weren't really dominating on defense.

Then things turned around. Now the third-year Buckeyes coach says he's feeling better about his young team, which won 34-17 in their opener.

Up next is a big Saturday night game at Ohio Stadium against Virginia Tech.

The Buckeyes still have a lot of things to work on but showed signs, particularly in the second half, of having the makings of a good team. One bright spot was freshman QB J.T. Barrett, who did a fine job replacing Braxton Miller.

Now that so many youngsters have a game under their belts, Meyer says there are no more excuses.