Sunday, September 17, 2000

Miami WRs burn Buckeyes

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLUMBUS — Miami wide receiver Ty Buxton grew up in Worthington, Ohio, just a few fly patterns from Ohio Stadium, so he was very happy to catch a touchdown pass Saturday.

        “I've been saying all week that I was going to do that,” Buxton said.

        The TD — a 23-yarder from Mike Bath — cut Ohio State's lead to 20-16.

        “It was supposed to be a 12-yard route,” Buxton said. “But they played bump-and-press, I gave Mike a little signal.”

        It was a great throw and catch, victimizing David Mitchell, one of OSU's highly regarded cornerbacks.

        Nate Clements, the other corner, was beaten on Sly Johnson's 26-yard TD.

        “We went right at them,” Bath said. “We've got scholarship guys, too.”

        Johnson had four catches for 74 yards, Buxton had five for 47 and Eddie Tillitz had six for 52.

        The ones that got away — Bath had Johnson open for bombs three times in the first half and missed — were the ones Miami was talking about.

        “We felt like we should have been up two touchdowns at halftime,” MU coach Terry Hoeppner said.

        DOUBLE 100: OSU's Derek Combs rushed for 142 yards on 21 carries, and Jonathan Wells had 113 on 17 carries.

        The last time Ohio State had two running backs over 100 yards in a game was against Pittsburgh in 1996.

        STREAK ENDS: OSU wideout Chad Cacchio's 19-yard reception in the second quarter was his first non-TD reception of the year. Cacchio, a former walk-on, had three catches previously — all for TDS.

        STREAK ENDS II: Ohio State shut Miami out in the first quarter. It ended a streak of 13 straight quarters in which the RedHawks had scored.


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