COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: Some Nebraska fans thought Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was running up the score.
Here are the facts.
The Cornhuskers trailed 56-38 when they got the ball for the final time after a punt with 3:17 left in Saturday's Big Ten rout. On their second play, QB Taylor Martinez fumbled and Ohio State's Michael Bennett recovered at the Nebraska 26.
The Buckeyes stayed on the ground, killing time. Carlos Hyde gained 3, 3 and 4 yards for a first down at the 16. Hyde then took a handoff around right end and scored Ohio State's seventh touchdown of the game for a 63-38 score. That's the way the game would end.
To be clear, no one in the Nebraska locker room, including coach Bo Pelini, thought the Buckeyes were piling on.
Some sports writers, and fans, weighed in on Twitter. Almost no one backed the few Nebraska fans.
One tweet by another Huskers backer summed it up. In so many words, he (or she) said, "It's all on you, Huskers. NU not going anywhere, Mr. Meyer."
In other words, it's not like Nebraska can't get even. The teams are in the same league, after all.
POLL DANCING: The Buckeyes climbed four spots to No. 8 in the latest AP Top 25 on Sunday.
The four-rung improvement was the second best in the poll, trailing only the six spots Florida moved up to get to No. 4.
The only other Big Ten team to make the elite 25 was Michigan, sneaking in at No. 25.
Cincinnati made its first appearance this season, grabbing the No. 21 spot. Ohio University is just three points out of the poll, right on the heels of the Wolverines.
Ohio State, because it is on probation, is not eligible to be included in the coaches poll. As a result — for the first time ever — no Big Ten team was listed in that ranking.
THEY SAID IT: QB Braxton Miller, asked if the Buckeyes could get better on offense: "I think it can be better. We made a couple minor mistakes out there. We'll watch film. So I'll say we've got a lot more to do."
UP NEXT: The Buckeyes play at Indiana (2-3, 0-2) on Saturday at 8 p.m. On one hand, as the records indicate, the Hoosiers are still struggling.
On the other, they gave Michigan State a handful of hard times before falling 31-27. The Spartans had to score the final 14 points to grab the win in Bloomington, Ind.
THEY SAID IT II: Meyer, who said he thought his team was ahead of schedule from where he thought it would be, asked what the future might hold: "We had a bunch of recruits in that locker room afterwards. So you start talking about the future, that's the name of the game — go out and recruit new players and continue and build and keep going."
SEEN ON TWITTER: Dennis Dodd of CBSsports.com: "Worst decision of 2011: Ohio State not self-imposing bowl ban."
STAT PAGE: Ohio State is second in the country in passes intercepted with 10 (Fresno State has 12). ... Buckeyes have scored 53 points off turnovers; opponents have scored 3 off Ohio State giveaways. ... Ohio State is plus-5 in turnover differential. ... Hyde had a career-high 140 yards and a career-best four TDs. Last four-touchdown game for a Buckeye was RB Eddie George in 1995 vs. Iowa. ... Ohio State is 272-0-1 over the years when scoring at least 35 points (SMU in 1978, 35-35). ... Only two Buckeyes coaches have gotten off to better starts than Urban Meyer's 6-0: Carroll Widdoes won his first 12 (1944-45) Earle Bruce won first 11 (1979).
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