Can Biomimetics Shed Light on Evolution?

first_imgBiomimetics is part science and part engineering. The scientific part is to observe and understand the structure and function of a living thing. The engineering part is to apply that science into useful products. Science news articles today are claiming that a biomimetic flying machine modeled on insects is shedding light on evolution. Other articles claim the reverse, that evolution can shed light on modern politics. Such claims deserve some scrutiny. Clever engineers at UC Berkeley surely deserve some credit for designing miniature flying machines modeled after insects (see photo on PhysOrg, where you can also watch a 2-minute video of stages in their design process). But what light can intelligent design shed on a blind, unguided process of evolution? After all, the headline reads, “Robotic bug gets wings, sheds light on evolution of flight.” Science Daily offered two possibilities: “although flapping wings significantly increased the speed of running robots, the origin of wings may lie in animals that dwelled in trees rather than on the ground.” It’s not clear this indicates scientific progress. Did running insects learn to fly from the ground up, or did climbing bugs take off from the trees? (This “cursorial vs arboreal” debate exists for the origin of flight in birds, another evolutionary conundrum). But what’s evolution got to do with this at all? The only conclusion that can be drawn is that flying animals and flying robots face similar physical challenges, and display similar adaptations. In the latter case, intelligence was clearly the cause. Why, then, does it mean that blind, purposeless causes can take the credit in the animal case? The only way is through the power of suggestion: Science Daily said that the experiment “could provide an insight into how they evolved in early birds.” Suggestion can lead to belief: “We believe that this result lends indirect support to the theory that avian flight evolved from tree-dwelling animals, and not from land animals that required ground-based running take offs,” said Kevin Peterson, lead author of the paper published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. There’s another problem for the evolutionary explanation. According to the PhysOrg report, a fossil record for the evolution of flight is just not there. One author “noted that the most dominant theories on flight evolution have been primarily derived from scant fossil records and theoretical modeling.” So if engineers discover that adding wings on a running robot helps it run a little faster, the only way such a design can “shed light on evolution” is to believe in evolution already. Believers in evolution made another inference this week. PhysOrg announced, “Caveman instincts still play role in choosing political leaders.” According to Gregg Murray, an evolutionary psychologist at Texas Tech, “Some traits and instincts that may have been acquired through evolution continue to manifest themselves in modern life, seemingly irrationally” – such as, they suggested, choosing political leaders based on fitness and stature. How Napoleon came to power was not explained, nor Franklin D. Roosevelt. Murray and his grad student Schmitz, who “focuses on evolutionary psychology” (and apparently not much else in this case), seemed unaware that many evolutionists deny that our alleged caveman genes have any carryover into the modern world. Evolutionists are not the only ones who believe in cavemen, either; there are fully modern cavemen in Cappadocia and others who have taken up that lifestyle throughout history. Finally, Murray and Schmitz appear to have exempted their own evolutionary beliefs from “traits and instincts that may have been acquired through evolution [that] continue to manifest themselves in modern life, seemingly irrationally.” It is not clear, though, on what basis. We really do try to be charitable to the Darwin Party by not snickering or laughing out loud. Sometimes, though, it’s really hard. What is baffling is how the science media can barf out these comical headlines and tall tales in all seriousness.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Chaiwala turns Rafalewala: Mamata Banerjee

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday called the Rafale deal a “big scam” and said that she supported the views of the Congress party on this issue.One of the most vocal critics of the BJP-led government at the Centre, Ms. Banerjee has not spoken much about the Rafale deal. Asked about The Hindu’s revelations on the deal, the West Bengal Chief Minister said Mr. Modi is used to taking unilateral decisions and interfering in every issue and referred to demonetisation.“I was not sure how much money was involved but something has happened behind the curtains in the deal. Rafale is a big scam and I support Congress on this,” she said. The Trinamool Congress chairperson said Mr. Modi turns out to be a chaiwala (tea vendor) during the polls and becomes Rafale-wala after it. During his public meeting at Jalpaiguri Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said he had a deep bond with north Bengal which produces tea as he had once been a tea vendor. Row over circuit courtMs. Banerjee also took strong exception to the Mr Modi’s inaugurating the Circuit Bench of the Calcutta High Court at Jalpaiguri during the day.Speaking to journalists Ms Banerjee said neither the State government nor the High Court was informed of the inauguration. “The manpower for the Circuit Bench has to be provided by us. The High Court will send judges. It is like the groom and the bride are missing and the band party comes and plays a political tune,” the Chief Minister said.During his rally Mr. Modi had criticised the State government for the delay in opening up the Circuit Bench.last_img read more

PH archers miss shot at third medal

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PH bets Paul Marton Dela Cruz and Amaya Cojuangco during the semifinals of Mixed Team Compound archery in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines narrowly missed a medal in archery mixed compound after back-to-back jolting match-play defeats Friday at Synthetic Turf Field inside KL Sports City.Paul Marton Dela Cruz and Amaya Paz-Cojuangco handily made it to the semifinals after a 156-150 win over Laos in the eliminations.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Navarro heats up late, lifts San Sebastian past EACcenter_img PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Paz-Cojuangco, who was four-time champion here, could not contain her emotions after that heart breaking losses and had to excuse herself at the back of the field.The Philippines still has golden chances in recurve which will begin on Aug. 21. That heightened expectations of another medal from the sport that already brought two bronzes the previous days but the Filipino archers fell short this time.“We didn’t make it. It’s not our day. They shot way better than us today,” said the 30-year-old Dela Cruz who bagged the individual bronze and shared another with men’s team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeading in the opening end, Dela Cruz and Cojuangco witnessed a steely-nerved Myanmar pair finishing them off in the suspense-filled shoot out. They finished the six ends tied at 154.Stunned, the Philippines thus fell into bronze medal match-up facing Vietnam, which prevailed, 159-155. MOST READlast_img read more

Pelicans add free agent Tony Allen

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Martell Webster and Perry Jones also have agreed to terms on non-guaranteed contracts which are expected to become official next week, the person said. The addition of the 6-foot-4 Allen provides back-court depth as well as an option on the wing when using a smaller lineup. Allen also brings a reputation for defense dating back to when he helped the Boston Celtics win the 2008 NBA title. He has been named to the NBA all-defensive first team three times, most recently in 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAllen has spent the past seven seasons with Memphis, mostly in a starting role. Last season, Allen averaged 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals.The 35-year-old Allen began his NBA career in 2004 when he was drafted 25th overall by Boston out of Oklahoma State. MOST READ Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 6-7 Webster, a 2005 draft choice by Portland, has not played in the NBA in two seasons. Sidetracked by injuries, he is attempting a comeback on a club in need of healthy wing players.Last month, Pelicans starting small forward Solomon Hill needed surgery to repair a hamstring tear that is expected to sideline him six to eight months. New Orleans then traded Quincy Pondexter to free up cash, leaving the 6-8 Darius Miller and 6-7 Jalen Jones as the only healthy true small forwards on the club.Webster last played in the NBA in the 2014-15 season, appearing in 32 games with Washington and averaging 3.3 points and 1.4 rebounds. He had career-high averages of 11.4 points and 3.9 rebounds with the Wizards in the 2012-13 season.The 25-year-old Jones also has not played in the NBA since the 2014-15 season, his third with Oklahoma City. He spent last season in the developmental NBA G League.Without guaranteed deals, Webster and Jones will have to make the team in training camp.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Tony Allen. APMETAIRIE, La. — The Pelicans signed free-agent guard Tony Allen on Friday, and a pair of free-agent forwards also agreed to terms with New Orleans.Allen’s contract is worth $2.3 million for one year, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial terms have not been disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Lomachenko and Rigondeaux to meet Dec. 9last_img read more

UAAP Starting 5: Week 8

first_imgThe king is back and he brought back the same form that made him the UAAP’s most formidable force.After a lackluster week prior to this one, Ben Mbala wreaked havoc like no one other than himself can.The reigning MVP put up 21 points and 12.5 rebounds to lead La Salle to two wins this week.Forward: Alvin Pasaol (University of the East Red Warriors)ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Although Alvin Pasaol was limited to a season-low eight points against Ateneo, Pasaol still averaged a respectable 15.5 points in the two games this week while averaging eight rebounds.Oh, and Pasaol’s struggles on the field against the Blue Eagles was the product of pure defense Ateneo employed on him.Plus, Pasaol’s 23 points against La Salle were scored with Mbala playing as his main defender.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)It’s a fact that Thirdy Ravena can straight up ball—and not just on the offense.Ravena was a major factor why Pasaol put up his worst offensive output this season, hounding UE’s star pretty much the whole way with Vince Tolentino helping in the flanks.And Ravena put up an efficient 17-point, eight-rebound, four-assist afternoon while shooting 67 percent from the field in 19 minutes of play.Guard: Jerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson University Falcons) Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Honorable mentionsRicci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers)As Ben Mbala returned to form, Ricci Rivero promptly took the backseat.Rivero, though, still produced more than respectable numbers of 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in La Salle’s two wins this week.Marvin Lee (University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers)Alright, forget wins for a second because Marvin Lee looked like the lone Growling Tiger from University of Santo Tomas who put up a fight.Lee was awfully quiet in UST’s 75-70 loss to Adamson as Growling Tigers head coach Boy Sablan preferred to have Oliver De Guzman as the main point guard.Against La Salle, however, Lee felt the pressure of an impending 0-14 season that he singlehandedly dogged a UST fight despite losing by 35, 94-59.Lee scored a game-high 25 points, on 10-of-20 shooting, while grabbing seven rebounds.Those numbers, though, doesn’t hold justice to Lee’s efforts since the UST captain visibly tried to hold his emotions when the final buzzer sounded. WATCH: Get to know Rey Nambatac in 7 questions LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next It’s the tail end of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and frankly that’s about it.ADVERTISEMENT View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa If there’s one thing that stands out in Jerrick Ahanmisi’s game, it’s putting the ball through the hoop.In Adamson’s calculated approach to the game where every single player has a role, Ahanmisi was blessed with the task to shoot.The lanky wingman averaged 18.5 points per game and that’s pretty much it as the other statistical categories belong to his teammates.Guard: Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines)Paul Desiderio does not give a (expletive) about field goal percentage, and in an all-important game against Far Eastern University the UP senior showed why.UP had to win their game against FEU on Saturday to barge into the fourth spot and Desiderio didn’t let his disastrous 5-of-22 clip deter him from taking the game-winning shot.With the scores tied at 56-56 and the ball in his hands with 6.2 seconds left, Desiderio looked down his good friend Ron Dennison in the eyes, dribbled to the left wing and shot the game-winning triple the basketball gods bestowed upon him.And as UP head coach Bo Perasol said, in this is better in Filipino, “may kakapalan talaga” and for all you English snobs out there it roughly translates to “the guy’s got balls.” The standings have remained pretty much the same the week prior with Ateneo and La Salle still at the top two spots and Adamson U sitting comfortably at third with its closest pursuers two games behind.The action is in the fourth place battle with University of the Philippines and Far Eastern U locked in heated race and National University relying on other teams to lose if it hopes to get to the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd with that said, here are the best players, by position, this week.Center: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers) QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Can the BMW 1-Series M Performance Edition stand out in the luxury hatchback segment?

first_imgBMW 1-Series M PerformanceTaking competition in the luxury hatchback segment to a new level, BMW India has recently launched a limited performance edition of its 1-series vehicle. Changes made are in terms of external graphics and a few interior elements to help the vehicle gather more eyeballs. The 116i M Performance Edition is priced at Rs. 22.65 lakhs, which could possibly help the company differentiate itself from the other two luxury car giants. External changesExterior modifications comprise of black front grille, stylish rear spoiler with fins, sportier alloy wheels and M Performance lettering. The car is available in two non metallic paintworks, namely Crimson Red and Alpine White. Apart from these, it is also present in the following six metallic paintworks- Glacier Silver, Midnight Blue, Mineral Grey, Black Sapphire, Deep Sea Blue and Valencia Orange. Internal changesSide skirtings and sporty red accents are visible across the insides of the M Performance editions. In addition, leather wrapping with red stitching for steering wheel, red highlights for the speedometer and an electric glass roof will also be offered as part of standard features. EnginesOn the mechanical front, no changes have been made to the standard 1-Series. It still comes with a 1.6 litre petrol engine and a 2.0 litre diesel engine, delivering maximum power of 136 bhp and 143 bhp, respectively.Competition in the sub-25 lakh range is suddenly heating up in the Indian market. Many upwardly mobile Indians have taken a strong liking to vehicles such as the A-Class, 1-Series and the upcoming A3. It remains to be seen how well the new M Performance edition can stand out against the others in this segment. In terms of pricing, 116i M Performance Edition sis priced at Rs. 22.65 lakhs. The 118d M Performance Edition is available for Rs. 25.60 lakhs and 118d Sport M Performance Edition for Rs. 28.55 lakhs. Top variant 118d Sport Plus M Performance Edition can be purchased for Rs. 32.50 lakhs.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: Perez trust makes Mourinho return possible

first_imgEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: Perez trust makes Mourinho return possibleby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed that Jose Mourinho could return to the club as manager.While Calderon admits that Mourinho has some issues attached to him, he also believes that he could be the man to bring back success to the Santiago Bernabeu club.Real have struggled this season after the departures of star Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Zinedine Zidane.Calderon told Love Sport Radio: “Everyone knows here it’s on the president’s [Florentino Perez] whim. I think he [Mourinho]is the only coach that he respects.”The current president doesn’t really trust much in coaches, but in Mourinho’s case he really, really backed him many times in difficult moments.”When [Julen] Lopetegui left, I said I’m sure Mourinho will be here and I don’t rule out him being with Real in the near future.”Calderon continued to say: “I think [Mourinho] has been the main problem when he’s been in other clubs.”When he was here, he was blaming everyone for the defeats. I think that is a grave mistake. It is a problem always.”Also it makes a confrontation with the players and it’s been happening with Man United with [Paul] Pogba, with [Eric] Bailly.”It was the same here, with Cristiano [Ronaldo], with Iker Casillas, with Sergio Ramos and I think that’s a problem, he’s always blowing his own trumpet and that for a coach, I think is a big mistake.”And, we have the example of [Zinedine] Zidane. He did completely the opposite.”Backstage, he has been more with the team and that’s the way in my point of view to train a great team of great players. You cannot be the protagonist.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd hero O’Shea says Solskjaer the right man in charge

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero O’Shea says Solskjaer the right man in chargeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United defender John O’Shea says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man in charge.United have lost two of their opening six Premier League matches and are now preparing for the visit of Arsenal on Monday. “The club has spoken recently about sticking behind Ole and having a plan in place,” O’Shea told Sky Sports.”It’s going to take time but Ole and the staff will know that they are going to need to get results along the way. They cannot let performances drop too low. They have to maintain standards.”Everyone at the club has to look in the mirror and ask whether they are doing the best for the players and the coaching staff.”It’s a work in progress. The success is not there on the pitch at the moment so people are naturally looking more at the off-the-field issues. The people in power must want the best for the club and it will hurt them looking across the city at what other teams close by are doing.”They need to have trust in the people they have put in place. It can turn around quite quickly if you get things right in the transfer windows.” last_img read more

Fergie Supports New GenderBased Violence Initiative

first_imgThe Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women – a collaboration of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women and the U.S. Department of State – has presented a new initiative to address gender-based violence: the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative.Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Alyse Nelson, CEO of Vital Voices, Fergie, Avon Foundation Ambassador, William Burns, Deputy Secretary of State, and Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products, Inc.In making the announcement, Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson said, “we are delighted to be part of this new initiative that leverages the knowledge and expertise of our global women leaders to rapidly and effectively identify and respond to the immediate needs of victims. From providing legal services to women who have suffered domestic violence, to creating viable employment opportunities for survivors of human trafficking these leaders know their communities and they have designed solutions that restore freedom and dignity. They are bringing us closer to a world free of violence.”The Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative is a first-of-its-kind global program dedicated to assisting victims of extreme forms of gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices around the world. The Initiative takes comprehensive steps to eradicate domestic violence, sexual assault, honor crimes and other forms of gender based violence by providing critical support to survivors. By providing short-term emergency grants to cover medical care, emergency shelter, legal assistance, and other related costs, the program allows victims in urgent situations to access life-saving services.“Gender-based violence is a global epidemic and an affront to humanity,” said Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. It is our privilege to join in launching the GBV Initiative, a unique partnership which aims to uphold the dignity and advance the human rights of women and girls around the world.”The Initiative takes a holistic approach to addressing these crimes by creating a global gender-based violence training program for law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, government officials, and NGO advocates – The Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence. Over the next two years, the program will work with criminal justice professionals and service providers in India, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa and other countries to develop and provide training that promotes a victim-centered approach to holding offenders accountable for their crimes.Avon Foundation Global Ambassador Fergie said, “The new Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence is designed to ensure that laws achieve their promise. It will go even further to protect women who are victims of violence and secure justice for them. I am so proud to announce this pioneering new partnership of the Avon Foundation for Women, Vital Voices and the State Department.”Cindy Dyer, Vice President for Human Rights at Vital Voices Global Partnership and a former specialized domestic and sexual violence prosecutor, states “we are honored to be part of these groundbreaking, comprehensive initiatives that will provide victims of gender-based violence not only with the critical services they need, but also with the justice they deserve.”last_img read more

Buckeyes blank Zips in first game of Luke Fickell era

On a day of many firsts for Ohio State football, Luke Fickell earned the most important one: His first win as coach. In his first start, redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman was 12-for-16 passing for 163 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for 32 yards and one touchdown in three quarters of work. Jake Stoneburner became the first OSU tight end to catch three touchdowns in a game and, along with a stingy OSU defense, the Buckeyes defeated the Akron Zips, 42-0, in front of 105,001 fans at Ohio Stadium. Saturday’s game was the team’s first since former coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign as OSU coach on May 30 after failing to self-report NCAA violations committed by his players. No. 18-ranked OSU (1-0) also had nine players suspended for the game, including DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas, who are suspended for the first five games of this season. Jordan Whiting was also banned from Saturday’s game, as were Corey Brown, Travis Howard and Jordan Hall, whose suspensions were announced on Thursday. “We’ll focus on what we have and not what we’ve lost,” Fickell said in his post game press conference. “We’ll continue to move forward. Even with everything that’s been outside and out and around us, the players have done a really good job of focusing.” As Fickell promised during a Tuesday press conference, Bauserman took the first snap of the game, and then made the most of his first drive as an OSU starter. Bauserman led the Buckeyes on an eight-play, 74-yard scoring drive. After eluding a tackle in the backfield, Bauserman scampered 15 yards into the end zone. The ensuing point-after attempt put OSU up, 7-0. After forcing a punt on Akron’s second possession, Fickell endured the first missed opportunity in his short time as the Buckeyes’ coach. Redshirt freshman tailback Rod Smith carried five times for 31 yards to help lead OSU into scoring position, but fumbled inside the 5-yard line. OSU’s defense forced a three-and-out and a third consecutive punt by Akron (0-1), however. Enter true freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, who stepped onto the Horseshoe’s turf to lead his first drive. Miller kept the ball and ran for two yards on his opening play, however, his first pass attempt was bobbled and dropped by junior tight end Reid Fragel. Miller was then forced to smother the ball after an errant snap on his third play under center, and the Buckeyes punted. After Akron’s fourth punt of the game, Bauserman retook the offensive reins on OSU’s next possession. That drive, which covered 64 yards and lasted 5:35, resulted in a 28-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jake Stoneburner and a 14-0 lead for OSU. Kicker Drew Basil missed a 40-yard field goal with 2:52 remaining in the second quarter, but the OSU defense protected the team’s two scores by limiting Akron to a single first down to that point in the game. Senior linebacker Andrew Sweat intercepted a pass by Zips’ sophomore quarterback Clayton Moore just moments later, however. Sweat stomped his feet in-bounds before falling into the OSU bench area on Akron’s 35-yard line. “(Dominic Clarke) deflected it (the pass) and I just ran to the ball,” Sweat said. “I was just trying to assist on the tackle and it ended up deflecting upward and I was lucky enough to catch it.” By game’s end, Sweat had also tallied a team-high six tackles, two of which were for losses totaling eight yards. Moore, who completed only six of 16 passes 54 yards in the game, could only help guide the Zips to 90 total yards of offense. Sweat’s interception gave OSU a chance to redeem itself — and it did. Sophomore tailback Carlos Hyde opened the drive with a 24-yard run. Three plays later, Bauserman again connected with Stoneburner for an 11-yard touchdown pass to put the Buckeyes up 21-0. On the ensuing Zips’ drive, kicker T.J. Marchese’s 41-yard field goal attempt sailed left of the uprights as time expired in the first half. On the defensive side, the Buckeyes limited Akron to 100 total yards in the half. Sweat’s interception also marked the only drive on which the Zips didn’t punt. The Buckeyes’ dominance continued at the outset of the second half. Eight plays after sophomore kick returner Corey Brown returned the opening kick of the half to Akron’s 49-yard line, Bauserman threw his third touchdown pass of the day to Stoneburner — a 2-yard pass this time — and OSU led, 28-0. Stoneburner had four catches for 50 yards on the play. He also became the first tight end in the 122-year history of Buckeyes’ football to score three touchdowns in a game, as well as the eighth player at any position to accomplish the feat. Bauserman led the Buckeyes on six of their first seven drives before Miller took command of the offense for the duration of the game. “It felt good to get out there and get good timing and get comfortable with the seniors and offensive line,” Bauserman said. “I’ll watch film and critique it (the game) and move on.” On just his third drive as a collegian, Miller celebrated his inaugural touchdown pass. Miller found wide receiver and fellow freshman Devin Smith for a 14-yard touchdown after leading OSU on a six-play, 59-yard drive. At that point, the Buckeyes led, 35-0, and both teams began to clear their benches. Miller then guided a 38-yard scoring scoring drive that Smith capped with a two-yard touchdown run to put the Buckeyes up 42-0, and went on to win by the same score. For the game, Miller and Bauserman combined to help the Buckeyes tally 517 total yards of offense. “It was good for both Braxton and I to get out there,” Bauserman said. “Braxton came in and did well and moved the ball. We both were focused.” Smith finished the game with 74 yards on 18 carries while Miller ended his afternoon 8-for-12 passing for 130 yard and one touchdown. After notching his first victory on a day when the temperature on the field rose above 100-degrees, Fickell said that he had not spoken to Tressel prior to Saturday’s game and that he was solely focused on his players’ performance. “No, I have not talked with (Tressel),” Fickell said. “I know he’s rooting for us and for these guys. We are definitely excited about having a great day out there and looking forward to getting better.” OSU plays the Toledo Rockets (1-0) on Saturday at noon at the ‘Shoe. read more