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POSTED September 17, 2012 12:24 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After another game too close for comfort, the overriding emotion for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was relief.

Braxton Miller lofted a 72-yard touchdown pass to an all-alone Devin Smith with 3:26 left and Christian Bryant snuffed out the Golden Bears’ last chance with an interception to power the 12th-ranked Buckeyes to a 35-28 win on Saturday.

“Our guys found a way,” said Meyer, now 3-0 in his first season back in his home state. “I’ve been in games before I thought we were going to lose. I just kept waiting, I thought someone would make a play. I really did.”

The Golden Bears (1-2) missed three field goals and had a touchdown called back by a penalty, while the Buckeyes (3-0) gave up 512 yards and were manhandled for much of the second half.

Taking over at the Ohio State 25 with the score knotted, it took just three plays until on third-and-7 defensive back Alex Logan saw Miller start to scramble and ran toward him. The quarterback instead threw deep to a wide-open Smith.

“You see somebody open like that you at least have to put some air under it so they can run under it and get position,” said Miller, who was 16 of 30 passing for 249 yards and a career-high four touchdowns with one interception. “You have to be careful with those type of throws.”

San Jose State defeats Colorado State 40-20

SAN JOSE (AP) — Chandler Jones caught a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to help San Jose State pull away for a 40-20 victory over Colorado State on Saturday night.

Jones caught a 43-yard scoring pass from Kyle Nunn to make it 33-20 with 9:39 left and a 51-yarder from David Fales with 7:56 left to put things in control of the Spartans (2-1).

Fales completed 27 of 34 passes for 370 yards and three TDs. Jones was one of three receivers to have 100 or more yards. He had six catches for 133 yards, Noel Grigsby had seven for 124 and Jabari Carr had 8 for 108 and two TDs.

Colorado State (1-2) got a good effort from quarterback Garrett Grayson, who was 24 of 42 for 297 yards and two TDs. He was, however, sacked five times.

Fresno State rolls past winless Colorado 69-14

FRESNO . (AP) — Robbie Rouse set the Fresno State all-time rushing record on a 94-yard run that gave him four touchdowns in the first quarter as the Bulldogs rolled past winless Colorado 69-14 on Saturday night.

Rouse’s long run that tied the school record for a single play helped him pass Ron Rivers as the leading rusher in Bulldogs history. Rouse ran for 144 yards on the night, giving him 3,519 to Rivers’ 3,473.

Rouse started the rout with a 4-yard TD run on the first drive for Fresno State (2-1) and also caught TD passes of 9 and 12 yards from Derek Carr as the Bulldogs broke out to a 35-0 first-quarter lead and were up 55-7 at the half.

Colorado (0-3), coming off a 30-28 loss to Sacramento State of the FCS, is off to its worst start since losing its first six games in 2006. The Buffaloes got there by playing perhaps their worst half of football ever.

Colorado was outgained 516-123 in the first half, and the Bulldogs had twice as many touchdowns (eight) as the Buffaloes had first downs (four). It was the most yards allowed in any half by Colorado and one point shy of UCLA’s 56-point first half in 1980 against the Buffaloes.

Fresno State had lost its previous four games against teams from the six major conferences, including a 42-25 loss at Oregon last week. Colorado was no match for the Bulldogs, who got their biggest win under first-year coach Tim DeRuyter.

Sacramento State beats Northern Colorado 28-17

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Garrett Safron threw two touchdown passes, Ezekiel Graham ran for 98 yards and another score, and Sacramento State maintained its momentum Saturday, beating Northern Colorado 28-17.

Safron, who starred last week in the Hornets’ upset of Football Bowl Subdivision foe Colorado, was 16 of 30 for 177 yards, with one interception, and found Morris Norrise and DeAndre Carter for scores. Sam McCowan added a rushing touchdown for Sacramento State (2-1).

Seth Lobato threw for 327 yards for the Bears (1-2) but was intercepted three times. Tromaine Dennis scored a late rushing touchdown, and Dominic Gunn returned a second-quarter punt 74 yards for the score. That gave Northern Colorado its only lead, 10-7, before Sacramento State scored three unanswered touchdowns, the last Graham’s 2-yard run with 12:11 to play.

The teams are Big Sky Conference rivals, but this matchup was scheduled as a nonconference game.

South Dakota State edges UC Davis 12-8

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Zach Zenner ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns and South Dakota State held on to beat UC Davis 12-8 on Saturday.

Zenner, coming off a 278-yard game in a win at Southeastern Louisiana last week, carried 21 times and scored on runs of 61 and 23 yards against UC Davis. Both conversion attempts failed for the Jackrabbits (2-1) in their home opener. The 23-yard run came early in the fourth quarter for South Dakota State.

UC Davis (1-2) scored first on Jonathan Perkins’ 69-yard interception return. Alex Cannon ran for a two-point conversion, but the Aggies’ offense never got past South Dakota State’s 25-yard line.

Both schools used to be members of the Great West Conference. UC Davis is in its first season in the Big Sky.

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