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Braxton Miller showing no signs of rust in first half against Wisconsin

Braxton Miller, Conor O'Neill AP

Ohio State needed the old Braxton Miller back in its Big Ten opener against Wisconsin…and it got him.

Miller looked sharp after missing almost all of the last three games, hitting on 11 of 17 passes for 162 yards and three touchdowns in the first half against the Badgers to spark the Buckeyes to a 24-14 lead. He showed that the sprained medial collateral in his left knee was fine, too, as he looked nimble in rushing for 39 yards on seven carries.

Above all, Miller’s return reminded us of how dynamic he could be, whether by evading the Wisconsin defense or hitting a receiver downfield on a frozen rope. Not for nothing was the junior considered the preseason Heisman favorite.

His performance offset a fine half by Wisconsin’s pass-catch combo of quarterback Joel Stave and Jared Abbrederis. Stave went 11 of 16 for 210 yards and two touchdowns, with 159 of those yards going to Abbrederis on six throws.

WIth Miller back healthy, Ohio State looks like it has the potential to take its offensive game to the next level — a championship level. As good as Kenny Guiton has been, he’s just not Miller.

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4 Responses to “Braxton Miller showing no signs of rust in first half against Wisconsin”
  1. bovice23 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:59 PM

    Hopefully this game stops the “Bradley Roby is a future first round pick” talk. He’s been burned all night and was repeatedly beat in the Cal game.

  2. dumbpollack says: Sep 28, 2013 10:41 PM

    Too bad we are better with Guiton at QB

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 28, 2013 10:51 PM

    I honestly believe Ohio State would have 45 points at the moment (13:47 – 4th quarter) with Kenny Guiton at quarterback.

  4. dumbpollack says: Sep 28, 2013 11:09 PM

    The play calling shows the coaches lack of confidence in the guy

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