Miller hurts knee but Buckeyes roll


Ryan Shazier wasn’t the one holding his knee in agony after being injured in the first quarter, but the Ohio State linebacker felt Braxton Miller’s pain when the quarterback was knocked out of the game and carted off to the locker room.

“To me, it was almost heart-breaking when Braxton went down because we’re so close,” Shazier said. “When something happens to him, I can almost feel it in my stomach. Sometimes that even pushes me to play better.”

A hush came over a crowd of 104,984 when the Heisman Trophy candidate was being examined on the field. But coach Urban Meyer said afterward Miller probably could have returned if he was needed.

The Buckeyes, though, didn’t have to take that risk because they were giving San Diego State such a thorough beating without him.

Backup Kenny Guiton showed why he probably would rank in the top half of the quarterbacks in the Big Ten, and Shazier and the defense pressured and pulverized the Aztecs into numerous mistakes in a 42-7 victory Saturday.

Guiton passed for 152 yards and ran for 83 — both career-highs — and accounted for three touchdowns, and the Buckeyes allowed 99 yards while racing to a 35-0 halftime lead.

No Braxton, no problem.

“Kenny is one of the leaders on the team. He’s one of the captains, and everyone respects him and knows what he brings to the team when he’s in the game — a lot of confidence, a lot of swagger,” said senior receiver Philly Brown, who had two touchdown catches. “He’s a real vocal quarterback. When Kenny’s out there, nobody’s worried at all.”

Miller, who completed both of his pass attempts for 30 yards, was hurt on his first run with 12:02 left in the first quarter. One fourth-and-1 at the Aztecs’ 12-yard line, he gained five yards on a keeper. But his helmet flew off on the hit, and he stayed on his back. Trainers came out and began working on his left knee.

But Guiton, who has been in more rescue situations than an EMT squad, popped off the bench and ran an option on the next play, pitching to Dontre Wilson for an easy TD.

Called the ol’ right-hander by Meyer because of his knack for coming through like a star relief pitcher, Guiton handled the offense with poise throughout his stint. After a three-and-out on the next series, he hit Philly Brown on a 25-yard TD, dropping the ball in Brown’s hands in the end zone while getting drilled by a blitz.

The fifth-year senior finished off another polished TD drive at the end of the first quarter, keeping it alive with a 16-yard pass to Devin Smith on 3rd-\and-12 and handing off to Jordan Hall for the final three yards. That put an end to the angst in the audience.

“He’s (supposedly) too slow and doesn’t have a strong enough arm, but all he does is lead, manage and distribute,” Meyer said. “He has an incredible knowledge of the game and incredible leadership skills where players respond.”

Cornerback Bradley Roby (suspended) and safety C.J. Barnett (ankle injury) returned after a one-game absence, and the front seven turned into a disruptive force. The Buckeyes brought more blitzes and finished with three sacks and five tackles for losses.

“When you get your people back, you’ve got a chance because you’re aligned, you’re cohesive and I think our coaches get a little more comfortable calling pressures with everybody back,” Meyer said.

Shazier said: “It was great to have Bradley and C.J. back because it felt like a security blanket. If you mess up, those two guys know exactly what they’re doing, and they’re great players.

“I think our defense is better than people think it is.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

LSU basketball upsets Michigan in first round of Maui Invitational
LSU basketball upsets Michigan in first round of Maui Invitational

The Will Wade era for the LSU basketball team is off to a better start than anyone would’ve expected. Behind 21 points from freshman phenom Tremont Waters and a 59 percent shooting day as a team, LSU basketball pulled off the unlikely victory, defeating Michigan 77-75 in the first round of the Maui Invitational Monday...
Kentucky Basketball: After a hopeful half against Troy, Cats suffer another bout of growing pains
Kentucky Basketball: After a hopeful half against Troy, Cats suffer another bout of growing pains

LEXINGTON, Ky. — It is often painful to watch John Calipari coach his team right now. Exhausting at best. He almost never sits down, instead storming up and down the sideline, gyrating and howling, stomping and snorting, whirling and pleading. As Kentucky managed to turn a 21-point, second-half lead into a needlessly stressful 70-62...
Mike McCoy releases statement after being fired by Broncos on Monday
Mike McCoy releases statement after being fired by Broncos on Monday

On Monday morning the Denver Broncos swiftly reminded everyone that the NFL is, first and foremost, a business by firing offensive coordinator Mike McCoy after 10 games. McCoy was in the first year of his second stint as the Broncos offensive coordinator (his first came under John Fox from 2009-2012) after spending the previous...
Kentucky basketball: What John Calipari said after the Wildcats’ 70-62 win against Troy
Kentucky basketball: What John Calipari said after the Wildcats’ 70-62 win against Troy

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Things looked far from smooth, but Kentucky came away with a 70-62 win against Troy on Monday night at Rupp Arena. Here’s everything coach John Calipari said after the game. Q. Cal, do you have to do an ice bath after these games? It looks you’re moving around, stomping around. ...
5 Pro Bowl players the Denver Broncos may trade or release in 2018
5 Pro Bowl players the Denver Broncos may trade or release in 2018

The Denver Broncos are 3-7 and on a six-game losing streak, their playoff chances are growing increasingly slimmer. They have already fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and benched quarterback Trevor Siemian. And the team that won a Super Bowl title two seasons ago will unofficially wave the white flag on its...
More Stories