When Braxton Miller limped off the field just seven plays into the Ohio State vs. San Diego State game Saturday afternoon, Buckeyes fans everywhere saw their national title hopes slipping away.
Reserve quarterback Kenny Guiton and a stingy defense spent the rest of the afternoon making reassurances that Ohio State is a legitimate BCS title contender regardless of who lines up behind center.
Under Guiton’s guidance, Ohio State piled up 309 total yards of offense and 35 points in a shut-out first-half. The defense was just as dominant, limiting the Aztecs to 54 yards of offense.
The Buckeyes hit cruise control in the final two quarters and coasted to an easy 35-point victory.
Ohio State, of course, is a much bigger threat to dethrone the SEC with Miller at the helm, but with the way the Buckeyes responded after he went down, it’s hard to imagine Ohio State losing sight of “The Chase.”
Guiton, who earned a team captain role despite being a backup, is a big reason why.
The 6’3″, 208-pound senior doesn’t have the strongest arm or the speed that makes Miller one of the most dangerous players in the country, but his poise and leadership is a huge asset on the field.
“He has all the intangibles that you could ask for as a leader and as a quarterback,” offensive coordinator Tom Herman said, according to ElevenWarriors.com. “He knows the offense inside and out, and he’s a coach on the field.”
Guiton puts that on display every chance he gets.