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Braxton Miller hospitalized as Buckeyes survive Purdue

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If No. 7 Ohio State is to mount a comeback against Purdue and protect its unbeaten season, they very well could have to do it without the unquestioned leader of its offense.

At the tail end of a 37-yard run very late in the third quarter, Braxton Miller suffered an injury on the tackle.  The starting quarterback was tended to by OSU medical personnel for several minutes before being taken via cart back into the locker room for further evaluation.

The exact nature of the injury was not revealed, although it appeared most of the work was being done in the shoulder/head area.  It appears highly unlikely Miller will be able to return to a game that, at the time of this posting, sees Purdue up 22-14 on the Buckeyes in Columbus with just over 10 minutes left in the fourth.

Miller was replaced by Kenny Guiton, who has thrown all of 12 passes the past two seasons, including 10 this year.

For all intents and purposes, Miller has been the Buckeyes’ offense this season.  The quarterback who’s entered the Heisman discussion in recent weeks has scored 21 — 11 passing, 10 rushing — of the Buckeyes’ 37 offensive touchdowns this season.  He also leads OSU in rushing with 959 yards.

UPDATED 3:03 p.m. ET: Miller is being taken via ambulance to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for further evaluation of what’s still an unknown injury.

UPDATED 3:51 p.m. ET: A touchdown pass by Guiton and two-point conversion tied the game, and the Buckeyes claimed a 29-22 decision in the first overtime on the strength of Carlos Hyde‘s one-yard touchdown run.

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14 Responses to “Braxton Miller hospitalized as Buckeyes survive Purdue”
  1. thejjtrain says: Oct 20, 2012 3:08 PM

    Basically Purdue safety Josh Johnson spiked Miller’s upper body into the turf. (no penalty was called)
    He had severe weakness in his legs going off, and on the sidelines. If one had to guess it is either a major concussion, or a spinal injury.

  2. kiopta1 says: Oct 20, 2012 3:16 PM

    Miller looked very messed up. I wouldn’t be surprised if his season was over. Not an OSU fan but hate to see this stuff. Get well young man.

  3. joepa400 says: Oct 20, 2012 3:52 PM

    WOW! just watched the big ten officiating give Ohio State yet another win. W.A.C.of S.

  4. BrownsTown says: Oct 20, 2012 3:57 PM

    Ummmm, yeah, joepa, two hands into the chest of the reciever with the ball in the air is perfect DB technique.

    Shouldn’t you be shoveling some more coal into the fires of hell right now?

  5. buckeyefan1026 says: Oct 20, 2012 3:58 PM

    @joepa
    That game was earned, after we played flat the entire game. If you are referring to the P.I. in the endzone, then you are clearly just a hater. The DB wasn’t even looking at the ball and had both hands pushing our receiver away from the ball.

    Also, some life advice: create a new screenname. The university took the statue down, it’s probably about time you take your sn down.

  6. jrs45 says: Oct 20, 2012 4:03 PM

    JoePa are you seriously talking about another teams wins??? I’m sure it’s the refs fault too for taking your 100 wins away right?

    Buckeyes obviously are not playing for a bowl but they are playing with heart!

    Urban’s version oh Holy Buckeye!

  7. pike573 says: Oct 20, 2012 4:12 PM

    That wasn’t a penalty worthy tackle of Miller. Just an awkward fall.

  8. BrownsTown says: Oct 20, 2012 4:22 PM

    Agreed….no penalty on that tackle…..just a freak injury. Man, he did not look good after that. He could be down for the rest of the year.

  9. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Oct 20, 2012 4:55 PM

    I keep reading we/I/us on this comment section. Come on, what position do you play?

  10. totallysirius says: Oct 20, 2012 5:04 PM

    It was ugly but they found the way another win.

    8 and 0

    That indeed looked like it could be a serious injury to Miller, I hope not and wish him a speedy recovery.

    surlyinindianapolis-What comment section are you reading? You certainly are living up to your sn.

  11. zurnvs says: Oct 20, 2012 5:08 PM

    We/I/us don’t play defense or special teams, just offense, but thanks for asking😘.

  12. onceuponatimeinsports says: Oct 20, 2012 5:23 PM

    Miller could clearly be seen using both hands to wipe away sweat from his face as he sat on the ground following the play.

    When he was helped off he seemed to be favoring his right leg. It’s possible he expierenced a neck stinger which left him numb in one leg.

    He seemed to have good use of both his arms/hands right after the tackle. Wish they’d announce something instead of leaving us all to speculate….

  13. vincentbojackson says: Oct 20, 2012 5:53 PM

    OSU has a habit of sleep walking through large portions of their games every week. This was a Purdue team that just came off of two consecutive blow-outs at home against Wisconsin and Michigan. A 7-0 team that’s actually played somebody of importance would’ve put this game away in the first half.

    Good thing they’re ineligible for the postseason, they won’t have to face anyone outside of the weak Big Ten the rest of the season.

  14. rmosss says: Oct 20, 2012 9:08 PM

    Lucky team…..

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