COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It was during a spring workout when someone mentioned to Kenny Guiton that, no matter what, he would always be remembered for one game.
”Yes, sir. That’s pretty cool,” he said with a wide grin. ”That’s something I have to live on for the rest of my life. I’m happy that got to happen.”
”That” was Ohio State’s game last Oct. 20 against Purdue. With a perfect season teetering on the brink, Guiton stepped in for injured standout quarterback Braxton Miller and etched his name forever in the memory banks of Buckeyes fans.
In one of the few appearances of his career when a game was still in doubt, Ohio State’s backup quarterback, just moments after he threw an interception, led the Buckeyes 61 yards in the final 47 seconds for a touchdown and a two-point conversion that sent the game to overtime. Then he directed traffic as the Buckeyes hung on for a dramatic 29-22 victory.
It was an improbable eighth victory in a season that would end up 12-0.
Miller remembers the exchange he and his good friend Guiton had just before Miller was helped off the field and then taken to the hospital for evaluation.
”He told me when I went down, he said, ‘I got you, man,”’ Miller remembered. ”So I felt good going into the ambulance.”
No matter how long he lives or where he goes, there will likely always be someone around who will recall the day that Guiton, a little-used backup from Texas who snared a scholarship offer only because other big names turned down Ohio State, stepped into the spotlight.
Now, almost a year later, Guiton is once again a backup and once again trying to make the best of it.
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