Analyzing the numbers: Braxton Miller vs. Purdue
It was easy pickings for Braxton Miller on Saturday in Ohio State’s 56-0 rout of Purdue. In just one half, the Buckeyes quarterback tossed four touchdown passes, including three in the first quarter. That marked the most touchdown passes in a single quarter in his career.
Miller’s four scores through the air matched his single-game career high (done two other times) and extended his total to nine over his last three games, the most over any three-game span in his career.
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Miller went 19-for-23 for the day, his highest single-game completion percentage and second-highest completions in a single game in his career. He fell just three short of his career high of 22, set two weeks ago against Iowa.
Miller was successful Saturday because he kept it short and simple. Of his 23 attempts in the game, 16 of them were thrown within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, where he completed 14 of his attempts for 111 yards. He also recorded three of his four touchdown passes on such throws, including his 10-yard touchdown pass to Ezekiel Elliot that gave the Buckeyes a 42-0 lead entering halftime.
Ohio State extended its FBS-best win streak to 21 games, one shy of matching the school’s longest win streak since World War II. It is the seventh 9-0 start for the school since 1990, the most among FBS teams over that span.
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