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         === Miller leads Ohio State past UCF with his legs and arm ===
 
 Columbus,  OH  (Sports Network) - Braxton  Miller ran for three touchdowns and
 threw  for  another score, leading  14th-ranked Ohio  State to a 31-16 victory
 over UCF at the Horseshoe.
 
 Miller  finished with  141 yards on 27  carries, a week after setting a school
 record  for  quarterbacks  with  161  yards  rushing  against  Miami-Ohio.  On
 Saturday, he also completed 18-of-24 passes for 155 yards.
 
 The  rushing load for Miller was necessitated by a knee injury to running back
 Carlos  Hyde, who  could be sidelined for  a week or two, said Ohio State head
 coach Urban Meyer.
 
 "That's  too  much, 27 hits," said  Meyer about Miller's workload. "He's blown
 out  right now.  We have to be  smart. Someone's gotta run the ball. And right
 now he's our best answer."
 
 The  Buckeyes  (2-0) again shook  off a sluggish  start. Last week, Ohio State
 trailed  3-0  after the  first quarter before  rolling the rest  of the way in
 56-10  rout. UCF had this game tied at 10-10 in the second quarter before Ohio
 State reeled off 21 straight points to take control.
 
 UCF  quarterback Blake  Bortles threw for 249 yards with a pair of touchdowns,
 but  was  also intercepted  three times.  Storm Johnson added  75 yards on the
 ground for the Knights (1-1),  who were coming off a 56-14 victory  over Akron
 in their opener.
 
 "We played decent, but there is room for improvement," Bortles said. "We could
 have  played a better game and I take responsibility for it. I did not play my
 best game today."
 
 The  Knights  had just tied the  game at 10-10  and appeared to gain even more
 momentum  after recovering  a Zach Boren fumble, but Bortles gave it back just
 two plays later when he was picked off by Travis Howard.
 
 Ohio State took full advantage and regained the lead with just 15 seconds left
 in  the half on Miller's 6-yard touchdown run. Miller had kept the drive alive
 one play earlier with a 24-yard run on 3rd-and-16.
 
 The Buckeyes quickly tacked on 14 points on their first two possessions of the
 third quarter.
 
 Miller  capped a  12-play, 76-yard march with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jake
 Stoneburner  after the  second-half kickoff. The quarterback then converted an
 Etienne Sabino interception into an 8-yard TD scamper for a 31-10 cushion with
 just over eight minutes left in the period.
 
 UCF  answered the  second score with an 84-yard touchdown drive. Bortles ended
 the  14-play set with  a 2-yard TD pass to fullback Billy Giovanetti on fourth
 down, but the point-after attempt was blocked.
 
 Miller  was picked off on Ohio State's next possession and UCF threatened with
 a first down soon after at the Buckeyes' 14 as the third quarter ended. Orhian
 Johnson  then  intercepted Bortles inside the  five early in the fourth to end
 UCF's potential rally.
 
 The Knights never seriously threatened again.
 
 Ohio  State scored on its first offensive series, as Miller took a quarterback
 draw  up the  middle and raced 37  yards untouched for a touchdown to finish a
 71-yard  march.  Miller was stopped  on fourth down  near midfield on the next
 Buckeyes possession and UCF took advantage of the short field to pick up a 28-
 yard field goal from Shawn Moffitt.
 
 Drew  Basil  kicked a 24-yard field  goal to give  Ohio State a 10-3 edge just
 over  five minutes  into  the second  quarter,  but UCF  tied  it soon  after.
 Johnson's  48-yard run down the right sideline set up a first down at the Ohio
 State 10 and Bortles found Justin Tukes with a touchdown pass from a yard away
 on third down.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Miller  now has five  career 100-yard rushing games to set a school record for
 quarterbacks -- a mark he shared with Cornelius Greene. Miller also became the
 first OSU quarterback to rush for three scores in a game  since Art Schlichter
 in 1978 ... UCF fell  to 0-7 against  Big Ten opponents ... The Buckeyes  host
 California  next Saturday,  while the Knights  play their  home opener against
 FIU.
 
 09/08 19:46:19 ET