COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 24: Head Coach Jon Embree of the Colorado Buffaloes talks with Justin Castor #40 of the Colorado Buffaloes before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Colorado Vs. Ohio State: Buffs Fall To Buckeyes, 37-17

The Colorado Buffaloes couldn't get anything going against the Ohio St. Buckeyes on Saturday, losing 37-17.

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Colorado Vs. Ohio State Final Score: Buffs Embarrassed In 37-17 Loss To Buckeyes

The Colorado Buffaloes had just about everything go wrong in their 37-17 loss to the Ohio St. Buckeyes. From offensive scarcity to mental lapses on special teams to a freshman quarterback running over the Buffs defense, it was all there.

The Buckeyes took advantage of a short field all day, as none of their scoring drives were over 50 yards long. The first score came after a rugby punt failed and left the Buckeyes with only 43 yards to go. Jordan Hall, who rushed 18 times for 87 yards, put the ball in the end zone for the early lead. He would later have a 90-yard kick return to set up a rushing touchdown for Carlos Hyde.

Ohio State true freshman quarterback Braxton Miller completed just seven passes, but two of them were touchdown throws to Devin Smith. Miller rushed the ball 16 times for 78 yards.

The Buffs were forced to throw for much of the game, as Rodney Stewart carried the ball just nine times for 59 yards. Tyler Hansen put the ball in the air 39 times and completed 22 of them. He threw two touchdown passes.

Still Stewart had a muffed punt return at the end of the second quarter that ended any momentum the Buffs had from Tyler Hansen's desperation touchdown throw to Toney Clemons.

Colorado (1-3) hosts the Washington St. Cougars next week.

For more on this game, visit our Colorado blog The Ralphie Report and our Ohio State blog Along The Olentangy.

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Colorado Vs. Ohio State Score: Buckeyes Hold 20-7 Halftime Lead

The Colorado Buffaloes appeared to have the momentum going into halftime after they scored late in the second quarter. On the ensuing Ohio St. Buckeyes drive, the Buffs made the stop on third down with seconds left on the clock. Buffs head coach Jon Embree decided to call a time, and that's when it all started to go wrong.

Rodney Stewart called for the fair catch on the punt and had to run up to receive the ball. Only, he didn't do that. He hit into his own teammate and then muffed the catch. A pile-up wound up giving the Buckeyes the ball at Colorado' 11-yard line. Braxton Miller ran 10 yards to put the ball at the one-yard line, allowing Drew Basil to hit the 18-yard field goal.

The Buffs are down at halftime, 20-7. Tyler Hansen is 10-of-17 for 97 yards and a touchdown, but the running game is nonexistent. Stewart has rushed three times for 11 yards.

For more on this game, visit our Colorado blog The Ralphie Report and our Ohio State blog Along The Olentangy.

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Colorado Vs. Ohio State: Preview, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The Colorado Buffaloes are fresh off a 28-14 victory over the Colorado St. Rams in the Rocky Mountain Showdown, but they have no time for rest. On Saturday, they play the Ohio St. Buckeyes, who lost to the Miami Hurricanes last week, 24-6.

Colorado head coach Jon Embree picked up his first victory last week, but his second is going to be a struggle, even against a team that looked so out if it last week. The good news, though, is that Embree has an offense that looks to have finally progressed. Tyler Hansen will go over the 1,000-yard mark in this game and already has seven touchdowns. Rodney Stewart moved the ground game forward with 98 yards against the Rams, and he added seven receptions for 93 yards.

However, the staff over at the Ralphie Report needs to see more consistency from Stewart and the rest of the back. Plus, the offensive line still needs to become a cohesive unit. The staff didn't come to a consensus on what the Buffs need to do to pull off the upset, but it appears the general lean is toward the offense finding itself an identity.

As for Ohio State, head coach Luke Fickell has decided to turn to true freshman Braxton Miller at quarterback. Joe Bauserman was abysmal in the 24-6 loss to Miami last week, though Miller wasn't great either. But Miller has the talent to be like Terrelle Pryor, who would have been suspended for this game had he remained at Ohio State.

Over at Along the Olentangy, the move is greeted with ambiguity. While the site believes it is time for Miller to start for the Buckeyes, this could just be a desperation move by Fickell to keep his job:

In other words, now one wonders if not only is Fickell making the right choice at the wrong time, but making it for the wrong reasons.

Is Fickell naming Miller because that's what he believes is in the best interests or is he trying to save his job?

In that same piece Colorado is described as "hapless," and those sound like fighting words by an overconfident fan.

Game date, time: 1:30 p.m. MT, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

Location: Ohio Stadium -- Columbus, OH

TV channel: ABC/ESPN 2 (national)

Spread: Buckeyes favored by 15 points

Series history: Ohio State leads, 3-1 (1-1 in Columbus)

For more on this game, visit our Colorado blog The Ralphie Report and our Ohio State blog Along The Olentangy.

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