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Braxton Miller tops all FBS QBs in game-winning drives

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If you’ve ever wondered which current FBS quarterback leads all others in game-winning scoring drives, today’s your lucky day.

According to Ohio State, a survey of all of the FBS Sports Information Departments revealed that the Buckeyes’ Braxton Miller will head into the 2014 season with six game-winning scoring drives on his résumé.  That total is tops in the country; next best is Navy’s Keenan Reynolds with five.

“I think Braxton having the most game-winning drives reinforces what we have believed about this young man all along: that he is a fierce competitor and one of the most valuable players in the country,” said head coach Urban Meyer.

Miller’s first came as a true freshman in 2011 against No. 15 Wisconsin (a 40-yard touchdown pass with 40 seconds left to play to give OSU a 33-29 win) and the last against Michigan this past year (Miller directed a six-play, 66-yard drive that ended with 2:20 left and gave the Buckeyes a 42-35 win).

Of the six, two of them culminated with Miller throwing for the winning score.  Interestingly, Miller hasn’t been personally responsible for the game-winning score since Sept. of 2012 — a 35-28 win over Cal (72-yard pass to, again, Smith) that was the second game-winning drive of his career.

Miller’s last game-winning drive against the hated Wolverines was his third of the 2013 season, a number that equals or tops the career totals of every other quarterback in the country except Reynolds and East Carolina’s Shane Carden (four). Five other players — Duke/Fresno State’s Brandon Connette, Syracuse’s Terrel Hunt, Oregon State’s Sean Mannion, Auburn’s Nick Marshall — have three apiece.  Hunt and Marshall, incidentally, achieved their respective hat tricks in 2013, their first seasons as starters at the FBS level.

USC’s Cody Kessler helped engineer two game-winning scoring drives in 2013, his first season as a starter.

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15 Responses to “Braxton Miller tops all FBS QBs in game-winning drives”
  1. lolnfl says: Jun 11, 2014 10:33 PM

    jameis winston has the only important one

  2. mrlaloosh says: Jun 11, 2014 10:34 PM

    And that’s relevant because? No trophy.

  3. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Jun 11, 2014 10:42 PM

    Well I guess that answers the question if he is worth what they are paying him.

  4. manik56 says: Jun 12, 2014 12:07 AM

    Go Buckeyes & Go Pirates! Fun teams to watch.

  5. planecrashguy says: Jun 12, 2014 5:21 AM

    Impressive stat considering the number of games he’s missed due to injury at OSU.

  6. bonerchamp says: Jun 12, 2014 7:10 AM

    Comebacks against terrible teams like Cal, Iowa, Northwestern and Michigan are hardly impressive.

  7. freemind1111 says: Jun 12, 2014 8:00 AM

    He has actually become more predictable each year and much easier to defend against. In the Michigan game he got lucky because Michigan had an OC that was very one dimensional and couldn’t keep his offense of the field which could have stopped that last drive from ever happening. On the defensive side Michigan went to a prevent defense which killed them all year. If they had continued to pressure him things may have been different. My guess is that he may have his worse year this season.

  8. pawloosa says: Jun 12, 2014 8:06 AM


    I suppose the “sisters of the wealthy” have nothing better to talk about…

    FYI… I bet I lead all FBS QBs in coffee drinking when I’m stuck reading this crap…

  9. gorilladunk says: Jun 12, 2014 9:15 AM

    Two points…if a QB leads his team to a touchdown on the opening possession and they win the game 17-3 didn’t he lead his team to a “game winning drive?” More aptly, how many 4th quarter game winning drives did Miller (or others) lead? And if he’s so good, how come they were behind in the 4th quarter?

  10. dmvtransplant says: Jun 12, 2014 10:52 AM

    I guess he could make that a trophy and put it up next to all his conference championships and BCS bowl rings.

  11. dugst88 says: Jun 12, 2014 11:13 AM

    now , here’s the more important question. what percentage of OSU schedule was against true ranked opponents . enjoy the ” STATE OF OHIO HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP” rings the booster gave you in 2012 ( OSU-12—–POP WARNER -0 ) thats your one and only.

  12. stoicpaisano says: Jun 12, 2014 12:39 PM

    Impressive stat considering the number of games he’s missed due to injury at OSU.

    Yeah, all of two. In three years.

    JT: not sure I agree with you 100 percent on your UM/OSU score-checking work.

  13. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jun 13, 2014 5:24 PM

    Just another ohio st QB with inflated NCAA stats who has zero chance of being a successful NFL QB.

  14. bornahawker says: Jun 15, 2014 12:28 PM

    T Pryor part II

  15. dkhhuey says: Jun 16, 2014 8:59 PM

    Love Braxton and looking forward to seeing him kick some a$$ this year!

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