Ohio State vs. Cal 2013 game recap: Buckeyes cruise in quasi-road game

Thearon W. Henderson

In front of a large contingent of Buckeye supporters in Berkeley, Ohio State rolled to an easy win.

The Ohio State Buckeyes had no problem without Braxton Miller Saturday night, easily defeating the California Golden Bears on the road 52-34. It was a home game-type environment for the Buckeyes, whose fans were able to fill out Memorial Stadium quite nicely.

Miller's replacement, Kenny Guiton, wasted little time letting the Buckeye faithful know they were in good hands, throwing for three touchdown passes in the game's first six minutes, including a 90-yarder to Devin Smith.

Cal was able to eke its way back into it, with two touchdown passes from Jared Goff in the first quarter and two field goals from Vincenzo D'Amato in the second. The Bears trailed at halftime, 31-20.

The Buckeyes did not let up in the second half, outscoring the Bears 21-7 in the third quarter thanks to two touchdowns from Jordan Hall and another scoring throw from Guiton. Cal scored again on a one-yard touchdown run from Daniel Lasco, but the game was already well out of reach.

Box Score Hero: Jordan Hall. The Buckeyes running back ran 30 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns, and also hauled in five catches for 20 yards.

Rankings Ramifications: Ohio State is ranked fourth in the AP Poll and third in the Coaches' Poll, and that will likely remain unchanged.

But Did They Cover? Ohio State was a 12.5-point favorite, so yes.

For More On This Game: For the Ohio State reaction, check out Land-Grant Holy Land. For the Cal perspective, head to California Golden Blogs.

Next Week's Schedule: Ohio State will host Florida A&M next week. Cal takes a week off before travelling to face Oregon.

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