The Ohio State Buckeyes suffered a scare really quick in Saturday’s game against San Diego State Aztecs when quarterback Braxton Miller came out of the game with a leg injury, but backup quarterback Kenny Guiton masterfully led them to a 42-7 win. Until Ohio State is certain Miller is 100 percent healthy, Guiton should be the man in charge.
Just seven plays into the Buckeyes’ opening drive, Miller was sandwiched between two Aztecs defenders while scrambling for extra yardage. His helmet came flying off, but it was his knee that gave him trouble after the play as he was taken off the field.
Miller wouldn’t return to the game, and CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli noted that he suffered an MCL sprain.
With the life completely sucked out of Ohio Stadium and the season of the biggest man on campus in jeopardy, the backup Guiton had an insurmountable task of getting the Buckeyes fans’ minds off Miller and back on Saturday’s game.
As a result, Guiton set a slew of career best stats in what was the most playing time of his career. He finished with a 19-of-28 passing performance for 152 yards, adding 83 rushing yards on nine carries and three total touchdowns on the day.
Guiton came in through an adverse situation and didn’t miss a beat. He sustained Ohio State’s dual-threat strength at the position by getting to the outside in scripted runs, but also scrambling when the throws weren’t there.
Even in tight coverage on his two touchdown throws, Guiton showcased…