Braxton Miller had an exceptional game at quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday in his head-on battle with Michigan Wolverines' signal-caller Denard Robinson.
But Miller showed he was only human, and also a freshman, overthrowing three receivers who were wide open for possible touchdowns.
Robinson passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Wolverines at 40-34 Michigan Stadium. Miller threw for two touchdown passes and ran for another to lead Ohio State to a 24-23 halftime lead.
"I think he did a great job," senior OSU running back Dan Herron said. "He has a bright future. He's going to be a great player."
Miller threw for 235 yards and ran for 100 against Michigan. He has topped 100 yards on the ground three times in his last four games and has been the Buckeyes' No. 1` rusher with 695 yards this season.
"They've got a talented football team, and I think their offense with (Dan) Herron and (DeVier) Posey and Braxton Miller and that offensive line -- I think they are really good," said Michigan coach Brady Hoke. "They did a nice job protecting and play-actions and throwing the ball past us a little bit, and we can't do that. We haven't given up big plays all year, and we gave up a couple big plays."
One of Miller's overthrown passes to a wide open senior Devier Posey was late in the game with the Buckeyes needing a touchdown to win it.
"Honestly, I thought it was over, but I just missed the ball by a couple yards," Posey said. "I thought we had it and we went for it, but I think the silver lining out of that play was that Braxton wasn't afraid to throw it. That was a call that he made and I feel like that was a grown-man call. We just missed it."
"A couple of them took off on me," Miller said, when asked if he thought the wind may have played a factor in his overthrows. "I was just trying to win the game. I had a fun experience playing this game. I have to work harder."
"Your juices get flowing when you take shots like that," said Ohio State coach Luke Fickell, referring to Miller's deep passes. "It comes down to making the plays, whether the ball is under or overthrown, but again, those shots can loosen the defense up. It is all part of the game, but when it comes down to it, the game is about big plays, and whoever makes the big plays is going to win the game."
Miller, a Huber Heights, Ohio, native, played his football at Wayne and led that school to the Division I state title game, passing for 2,167 yards, 17 TD, and rushing for 658 yards, 17 TD. He had a career record of 31-7 over three seasons.
"We knew they were going to be a tough offense to stop," said Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs. "Braxton Miller is a great quarterback. He made some great plays, and is going to make some plays for them in the future. I think he got loose a couple times, made some big plays."
Miller said he was excited with the game plan when he saw it against Michigan.
"We have to keep our team working," he said. "I just have to keep working. I'm striving for next year."
All eyes fell upon Miller during the preseason as he prepared to take over for Terrelle Pryor.
"He is a competitor," Posey said. "He is going to play until the wire and that is one thing about that kid I admire so much. At such a young age, he's such a fighter and no matter what it is, he's going to make some plays. He's a hell of a player."
"I just took it play-by-play," Miller said. "I was trying to get a job done. The game went back-and-forth."
Miller set an Ohio State record for the longest rush by a quarterback with his 81-yard TD scampered against Indiana on Nov. 5.
- Sandusky Posts Bail, Placed Under House Arrest; Wife States Support
- Big East Adds 5 New Programs Starting in 2013
- Illinois Names Tim Beckman New Football Coach
- Oregon State Freshman Football Player Fred Thompson Dies
- Ohio Economy Could Benefit with Urban Meyer Hiring at Ohio State
- LSU and Alabama Set for a Rematch in BCS Title Game
- Baylor's Griffin and Stanford's Luck Headline Heisman Finalists
- Alabama's Trent Richardson Favorite to Take Home Heisman?
- Former Syracuse Assistant Basketball Coach Fine Won't Face New York Charges
- New Sex Abuse Charges for Ex-Penn State Football Assistant Sandusky
- Paterno Had Business Deal with Second Mile Charity Board Members
- Linebacker U Products
- Southern Miss Football Coach Larry Fedora to Take Over at UNC
- Western Kentucky Rewards Coach Taggart with Four-Year Pact
- Football Factories or Learning Centers?
- College Hoops Teams Capitalize on NBA Void
- Texas A&M, Football Coach Mike Sherman Part Ways After 6-6 Season
- Sex-Crime Groups Receive $1.5 Million Pledge from Penn State
- Ohio State Freshman QB Braxton Miller Shines on Big Stage
- New Sandusky Accuser Alleges Sex Abuse from Ex-Penn State Assistant
- Mike Leach to Take Over as Washington State Football Coach
- Urban Meyer Takes Over Ohio State Saying All the Right Things
- Urban Meyer Set to Become New Football Coach at Ohio State
- UCLA Dismisses Football Coach Neuheisel
- Turner Gill Out as Football Coach at Kansas
- Ron Zook Dismissed as Football Coach at Illinois
- Syracuse Assistant Basketball Coach Fine Fired Amid Child Molestation Allegations
- Case Against Syracuse Assistant Bernie Fine Takes Twist with Phone Call Revelation
- With Help of Luck, Stanford Downs Notre Dame
- Alabama Makes Case For BCS Title Game Spot With Rout of Auburn
- Quarterback Kellen Moore Directs Boise State to Victory vs Wyoming
- Urban Sprawl: Ohio State Falls to Michigan; Rumors Spread About Meyer Taking Over
- Denard Robinson Steers Michigan to Victory Over Ohio State
- Bernie Fine Probe Accelerated; Authorities Search Syracuse Assistant's Home
- Tyrann Mathieu Punt Return Sparks LSU Past Arkansas
- Houston Blows Out Tulsa To Keep BCS Dream Alive
- Nebraska Runs All Over Iowa
- Freshman Linebacker Hayes Pullard Coming Up Big for USC
- Big East Can't Lure BYU Football Into Fold
- Urban Meyer Denies Another Report Tabbing Him as New Ohio State Coach
- Sandusky's Bail Could Be Revoked, Could Be Jailed
- Michigan Enters Showdown With Ohio State Looking for 10th Win
- Arizona Hires Rich Rodriguez as New Football Coach
- Purdue Football Looks to Regroup After Hangover Loss
- Upset Saturday in College Football: OK State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Clemson Fall
- Syracuse Assistant Basketball Coach Bernie Fine Denies Sex Assault Accusations
- Ohio State and Urban Meyer May Have Mutual Interest For Coach Position
- AJ McCarron's Three TD Passes Power Alabama Over Georgia Southern
- Penn State Edges Ohio State to Move Within Win of Big Ten Title Shot
- James Vandenberg Tosses 3 TDs: Iowa upends Purdue
- Columbia University Marching Band Banned From Final Game of Season, Given Reprieve
- Joe Paterno has Treatable Form of Lung Cancer
- Coach K takes 903 from NYC; Sets Wins Mark as Duke tops MSU
- Key Files Missing From Jerry Sandusky's Charity
- McQueary's Story Adds Twist To Penn State Scandal
- Penn State Coach Mike McQueary Says He Stopped Alleged Sandusky Assault
- Sandusky Denies He's a Pedophile in TV Interview
- Big Ten Takes Paterno's Name Off Championship Trophy
- Giants Preparing for Ailing Vick and Eagles
- Weeden Throws Five TDs; Oklahoma State Demolishes Texas Tech
- Nebraska Holds Off Penn State on Emotional Day at Beaver Stadium
- Purdue Tops Ohio State in Overtime Thriller
- Duke's Coach K Captures 902nd Career Win
Copyright © 2011 AHN -- All Rights Reserved