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Miller returns to lead Ohio State to its 17th-straight win

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Braxton Miller showed on Saturday night why so many considered him to be the Heisman favorite coming into the season, throwing for 198 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for another 83 yards as No. 4 Ohio State won its 17th-straight game by beating No. 23 Wisconsin, 31-24, in Columbus.

Miller won’t win the Heisman because he missed most of the last three games due to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, but he can still lead the Buckeyes to a national title. The Ohio State team we saw against the Badgers looks capable of at least getting to the big dance, especially with Miller looking so masterful at times directing the the offense.

But this was no cakewalk. The Badgers played tough and made a run at it behind quarterback Joel Stave (295 yards, 2 TDs), Jared Abbrederis (10 catches, 207 yards, 1 TD), and linebacker Chris Borland (16 tackles), but getting the upset in the Horseshoe was just too tall of a task for this Wisky club, which has now dropped two of its last three games by a total of nine points.

Miller made it clear from the getgo that he was back. He threw TD passes of 25, 26 and 40 in the first half (the latter coming on the last play of the half) to put some spring into OSU’s step heading into the locker room. As a result, he started to look a lot like the one-man-show who finished fifth in the Heisman vote last season.

Wisconsin hung in there, coming back from a 31-14 fourth-quarter deficit thanks to a 75-yard drive that ended in James White’s 17-yard touchdown run, and then a 60-yard drive that resulted in Kyle French’s 42-yard field goal. Suddenly the score was 31-24 and a tough Badger defensive stand forced Ohio State to punt.

But Cameron Johnston uncorked a 55-yard punt that pinned Wisconsin at its 10 with 1:29 to play. The Badgers couldn’t get anything going and Ohio State ran out the clock to move to 5-0 on the season.

How far can the Buckeyes take this streak? It’s still early, but looking ahead at the schedule, it seems quite plausible that Ohio State will run the table yet again, especially with Miller now at full strength and playing with purpose. ┬áBut will an Urban Meyer-coached Ohio State team that has won 25 in a row be left out of the last BCS title game if the two teams currently ranked ahead of it — Oregon and Alabama — are also undefeated?

Can we start that playoff a year early?

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12 Responses to “Miller returns to lead Ohio State to its 17th-straight win”
  1. barkleyblows says: Sep 29, 2013 12:39 AM

    I watched this game so I could see the all impressive Melvin Gordon…. Did he even play? White was more impressive, just saying.

    Maybe that idiot Wesconsen fan will stop with the Heisman crap.

  2. ryanw822 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:27 AM

    Ohio St being top 5 is such a joke. I can rattle off 7 or 8 teams that would beat them by 10 points.

  3. vincentbojackson says: Sep 29, 2013 3:41 AM

    Northwestern is the only test on OSU’s schedule. Let’s face it, the Big 10 is a disappointment again this year. Wisconsin’s loss to ASU and a Michigan team that struggled with Akron at home really hurts the credibility of the Buckeyes schedule.

    Assuming they run the table, where’s their marquee win?

  4. watchfullhose says: Sep 29, 2013 8:11 AM

    ASSUMING they go undefeated, I don’t see how you could leave out an Ohio State team that hasn’t lost a game in 2 years.

  5. bat42boy says: Sep 29, 2013 8:35 AM

    It’s now time for Scott May of ESPN to shut up and realize Ohio State is one of the best teams in the nation. It proves he doesn’t know anything about college football.

  6. tobeexact says: Sep 29, 2013 10:19 AM

    First you have to look at wisc game against asu which they got rippped off by the refs,but then a team not being mentioned for a bcs contender stanford ,blew asu away.
    Then osu barely beats wisc and again I turned it off at halftime because I watched the refs once again make game changing calls against wisc that were as bad as ive seen all year. Once again one of the BIGS pet teams osu the other being michigan get calls that insure they dont lose,its such a joke , that you can actually count on at least five of them a game when ever a team is about to score or makes a big play or makes a defensive stop that would force them to punt.
    One of those calls that would never get called was an illegal formation against wisc that stopped a huge play and probably a score . I mean the guy was maybe an eight of an inch off the line of scrimmage ,yes that bad of a call.
    Im gona go out on a limb and say that north western beats osu next week ,barring any horrific calls by the refs.
    Im also going to say they lose at least one more game as well.
    And maybe stanford gets respect after they beat up on oregon again this year.

  7. tobeexact says: Sep 29, 2013 10:30 AM

    And the talk again about miller and the word hiesman trophy is a joke,he cant pass for more then 200 yards a game, and if he does its like 220. He was out thrown by wisconsins qb by a mile and they aren’t even a passing team.
    Even if he didnt miss 3 games on purpose due to the fact that thru were playing chump teams and wanted to save him for confefence play . All you had to do was watch any game last year where they were losing and miraculously he gets hurt , then kenny comes in and gets the lead back and whalla ,braxton is ok again to play so he can say he got the win.
    I dont blame the osu peeps that want kenny G to start .

  8. dkhhuey says: Sep 29, 2013 10:41 AM

    @tobe and ryan – suck it!!! OSU is that good and deserve to be in the top 5 teams in the nation!

    Mark May and Brian Greeeeeeeasy – how does that crow taste this morning?

  9. watchfullhose says: Sep 29, 2013 2:39 PM

    Mark may is nothing more than a troll. Don’t feed the trolls.

  10. totallysirius says: Sep 29, 2013 4:38 PM

    It is too bad OSU is so terrible that they’ve only won 17 in a row.

  11. totallysirius says: Sep 29, 2013 4:40 PM

    Sorry, the terrible Buckeye’s have only won 17 in a row under Urban renewal.

    They have won 25 in a row overall.

  12. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Oct 1, 2013 6:51 AM

    Wow, you must be so proud. 17 in a row! Yea!! You get an Attaboy & a Big10 Participant ribbon for that.

    Who’d you beat? Georgia? Bama? LSU? Stanford? Oregon? Oklahoma? Florida State?

    Nope! Youngstown, Buffalo, San Diego State, Navy (barely), Miami (OH), UAB, Akron, Toledo before you got into the “weelwy” tough Big10 schedule. You know, Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa. Then you took care of the lower Top 25 teams like Wisconsin, MSU, Michigan & Penn State.

    That is the least credible 17 game winning streak I’ve ever seen especially since it would have ended New Years day had you actually been in a bowl game and played a real team.

    Buck the Fuckeyes!!

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