A second half shootout between the Ohio State Buckeyes and California Golden Bears could have ended in an upset for the No. 12 ranked Buckeyes, but a 72-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller to Devin Smith with just 4:14 left to play in the game gave Ohio State its defining lead. Ohio State beat Cal, 35-28.
The Buckeyes had taken a 20-7 lead into halftime after scoring three touchdowns within a seven-minute span. Then, Ohio State went scoreless in the third quarter as the Bears began to come alive.
Brendan Bigelow rushed for an 81-yard touchdown to bring Cal within six points, and an eight-play, 46-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run from Zach Maynard gave the Bears the lead.
Ohio State got it going again in the fourth quarter with touchdowns by Jake Stoneburner and Smith, though Cal had a pair of touchdowns as well in the final period. Bigelow ran for another big gain to find himself in the end zone, this time for 59 yards. But Smith's 72-yard reception gave Ohio State the win in the end.
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