OSU resorts to trickery on 1st 2 PATs vs. Bulls
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer shook up things on conversions early in No. 2 Ohio State's 40-20 victory over Buffalo on Saturday.
After Braxton Miller threw a 47-yard TD pass to Devin Smith on the Buckeyes' first possession, Ohio State came out in an unbalanced line. Most of the players were flanked to the left with two receivers slotted to the right and the longsnapper, holder and kicker in the middle. Holder Kenny Guiton kept for the two-point conversion.
The next time the Buckeyes had the ball, Miller hit Chris Fields on a 7-yard score and this time Guiton passed to Jordan Hall behind a group of blockers on the left side and he scored easily.
Meyer was asked what he called the sets used on the conversion plays.
"Oh, magic," he said with a grin.
He said the Buckeyes utilized the formation just to give the Bulls — and future opponents — something to think about.
"It's a pain in the rear end that you have to (deal with)," he said. "I think (we're in favor of) as many ways to get cheap points and make people work. It looked good today. Those guys did a nice job."
A crowd of 103,980 at Ohio Stadium groaned in disappointment when the Buckeyes fell back on a standard placekick for the extra point after their third touchdown. Drew Basil also converted kicks after their last two touchdowns.