The California Golden Bears had a chance to make a statement on the road in Columbus on Saturday morning, but the first half of play was hardly the start they were hoping for. After two quarters of play, the Ohio St. Buckeyes lead the Bears by a score of 20-7.
Braxton Miller has been the story of the game. The sophomore quarterback has picked Cal's defense apart, throwing for 129 yards and rushing for 64 more. He connected on touchdown strikes to Devin Smith and Jake Stoneburner, and also broke off a 55-yard rushing touchdown for the first score of the game.
Blame it on the early start time -- kickoff came at 9 a.m. California time -- not being prepared or a couple of unfavorable penalty flags, but the Bears have not looked very good on either side of the ball. Their lone scoring drive was capped off with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Zach Maynard to Chris Harper late in the first quarter. Maynard has completed 16 of his 19 pass attempts for 147 yards, although he's been pressured all day and has rushed for -32 yards.
Isi Sofele leads the Bears with 50 rushing yards on 11 attempts. Keenan Allen is having a nice game with six receptions and 55 yards.
The second half is about to get underway.
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