Sometimes in the world of sport there are moments that completely take the wind out of the sails of an entire fan base. The Ohio State Buckeyes' fan base almost experienced one of those moments early in the first quarter in today's game against the San Diego State Aztecs.
Early in the first quarter, junior starting quarterback Braxton Miller went down on a running play and his helmet was knocked off of his head. Immediately the concern was for the shot he took to the head, but when Miller started to cradle his left leg it became apparent that was not the case. After evaluation in the locker room from team doctors Miller was diagnosed with an MCL sprain on his left knee. He did not return to today's contest and we are still awaiting word on his status going forward.
Enter senior backup quarterback Kenneth Guiton. The Ohio State offense did not skip a beat. On the first play without Miller true freshman running back Dontre Wilson punched into the end zone for a touchdown from 7 yards out. On the next possession Guiton took the offense right down the field ending the drive on a 27 yard touchdown pass to Corey "Philly" Brown for a touchdown. Brown finished the game with 6 receptions 73 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Buckeyes would go on to score 42 unanswered points on an exposed Aztecs' defense with rushing touchdowns from Guiton, Jordan Hall, and recently suspended running back Rod Smith. Guiton finished the game 19 of 28 for 152 yards 2 touchdowns and an interception.
Next week the Bucks will travel to California and take on the Golden Bears. The team does not now who will start the game at quarterback for Ohio State and with a rather serious injury to Heisman Trophy candidate Miller, it may be best to sit the star quarterback for another week to make sure the recovery goes smoothly. Guiton seems to be a solid backup and has respect from all of his teammates being voted a team captain this year by his peers. Kickoff is at 7:00pm et for the showdown next week at Cal.