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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Jonathan Wells and Derek Combs each ran for over 100 yards as 15th-ranked Ohio State wore down Miami (Ohio), 27-16, in the first meeting between the teams in 89 years.
Wells carried 17 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns and Combs had 142 yards on 21 tries for Ohio State, which last played its neighbors from the Buckeye State in 1911.
Ohio State coach John Cooper took his Mid-American Conference opponent seriously, and with good reason. The RedHawks (2-1), who beat Vanderbilt in their season opener, trailed by just four points late in the third quarter and would have tied the game if not for a missed extra point and short field goal attempt by Andy Brumbergs.
"It's always good to win a football game. We beat a quality well-coached team," Cooper said. "We played a sound game against this Miami team."
The Buckeyes (3-0), who play Penn State next week, overcame a lackluster effort from Steve Bellisari, who completed just 13-of-30 passes for 194 yards.
Ken-Yon Rambo caught six passes for 100 yards.
Bellisari's counterpart, Mike Bath, was 21-of-48 for 236 yards with three interceptions. Bath also rushed 11 times for 105 yards.
Miami took a 10-3 lead on a 26-yard TD pass from Bath to Sly Johnson with 2:26 left in the second quarter. But 39 seconds later, the Buckeyes tied it at 10-10 on a 35-yard TD pass from Bellisari to Chad Cacchio.
Stultz kicked a 28-yard field goal and Wells scored on a 19-yard run to give the Buckeyes a 20-10 lead 6:11 into the third quarter.
Ty Buxton caught a 23-yard TD pass from Bath to cut the lead to 20-16 with 3:43 left in the quarter. But Brumbergs missed the extra point, as well as a 21-yard field goal attempt minutes later.
The missed kicks prevented the RedHawks from tying the score, and they fell further behind after making two pivotal mistakes.
A long pass by Bath was intercepted by Nate Clements, and the Buckeyes quickly moved downfield before the drive stalled. Ohio State settled for a short field goal attempt, but Miami was called for roughing the kicker. The Buckeyes were given a first down and Wells scored on a one-yard run.
"We made way too many mistakes to win a game against a team like Ohio State," Miami coach Terry Hoeppner said. "They outcoached us and they outplayed us today. We expected to win this football game."
Interceptions ended three of Miami's last four possessions.
The Buckeyes opened the scoring with a 49-yard field goal by Dan Stultz 4:32 into the game and Miami answered on a field goal by Brumbergs 11 seconds into the second quarter from the same distance.