Minnesota and Ohio State carded easy wins in early Big Ten action, while Penn State lost a one-point heartbreaker at Virginia. Read my snap reactions to the two wins and check out my column on Penn State’s defeat.
Braxton Miller became the first Ohio State quarterback to rush for three touchdowns in 34 years and he passed for another score to lead the 14th-ranked Buckeyes to a 31-16 victory over Central Florida on Saturday. A week after setting a school quarterback record with 161 rushing yards in a 56-10 win over Miami (Ohio), Miller ran for 141 yards on 27 carries. His number kept coming up after starting running back Carlos Hyde left with a first-half knee injury.
Braxton Miller had a productive quarter for Ohio State. He threw for 75 yards and one touchdown and ran for 29 yards and one touchdown, and the Buckeyes now lead 31-16. Ohio State added to its advantage when Miller threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jake Stoneburner, the final play on a 12-play, 76-yard drive to give the Buckeyes the lead, 24-10.
Ohio State ran for 102 yards in the quarter and the Buckeyes now lead 17-10. Ohio State added to its advantage when Drew Basil made a 24-yard field goal, the final play on a 13-play, 67-yard drive to give the Buckeyes the lead, 10-3.
No. 14 Ohio State gained 95 yards on the ground in the first, and the Buckeyes lead 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Ohio State’s defense held tough in the quarter, holding UCF to 39 total yards of offense. The Buckeyes took the game’s first lead after Braxton Miller took a quarterback draw all the way for a 37-yard touchdown run on the last play of a seven-play, 71-yard drive.
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Week 2 is here, and questions loom for each team following the opening weekend. Can Indiana score more? Will Rex Burkhead play? Those are just a few of the pressing questions I have for each school as we head toward Saturday. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag.