The final score may have read 31-24 Ohio State at home, and the stats may question exactly how Ohio State won on Saturday night in Columbus, but one thing became very clear in the win for the Buckeyes—this is Braxton Miller’s team.
In his return to action as the starter for the Buckeyes, Miller, once again, put the team on his back and came out with a hard-fought win.
Kenny Guiton may have won the Buckeyes three games in Miller’s absence, but Miller is the one who took every punch a Top 25 team had on Saturday night in his house and came back with the knockout punch—time and again.
Miller finished Ohio State’s Big Ten opener with 198 yards and four touchdowns through the air, while adding 83 yards on the ground.
However unimpressive the yardage was, it was the TD total that mattered most for Miller.
Sure, Miller’s counterpart, Joel Stave, may have outperformed him through the air (295-198), but the ultimate mark of a winner is not in the number of yards but rather in the points put on the board and when those points are put up.
Miller hit Evan Spencer to open the scoring in the game, but what happened after the Buckeyes got the initial 7-0 lead is what proved to be most important on Saturday night.
Wisconsin would come back and tie the game, at 7-7, but Miller would have the answer, hitting Devin Smith from 26 yards out to make it 14-7 Buckeyes.
That theme would continue throughout the game as the next two touchdowns would come…