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OSU 37 COLORADO 17 GAME REVIEW: Miller proves he should be #1 QB

 

Colorado coach Jon Embree said special teams was the key Saturday (megasportsnews.com)

Ohio State football fans got what they’ve wanted all season; freshman QB sensation Braxton Miller as the number-1 man playing an entire game and leading the team to a win.

The athletic and exciting phenom from Huber Heights, Ohio, gave the Buckeyes a much-needed lift after the team lost the 24-6 debacle to Miami last weekend.

We seen this twice before at Ohio State as an athletic quarterback replaces a pure-passer: Troy Smith replaced Justin Zwick; Terrelle Pryor replaced Todd Boeckman and now Miller replacing Joe Bauserman.

In the 37-17 win over new Pacific-12 Conference member, Colorado.

Miller, making his first collegiate start, wasn’t spectacular throwing the ball, but he was 5 of 13 passing for 83 yards and rushed 17 times for 83 yards. He threw two touchdown passes to Devin Smith. He moved the team up-and-down the field with the poise of a senior.

Head coach Luke Fickell said after the game that Miller is the starting quarterback from here-on-out.

The Buckeyes defense held the Buffaloes from gaining a first down until they were up 17-0.

The 3-1 Buckeyes dominated the special teams as Jordan Hall had a 90-yard kickoff return.

Braxton Miller gave Ohio State a big lift (courtesy of OSU athletics)

GAME NOTES:

* OSU has 822 wins all-time, the fifth-most among FBS schools.

* The Buckeyes were 5-of-6 in the red zone, with three touchdowns and two field goals.

* Ohio State held Colorado to 3-of-13 on third down conversions.

* The Buffaloes had only two possessions inside the red zone against the Buckeye defense.

* Colorado tailback Rodney Stewart, a Columbus Brookhaven High School graduate, ran for 96 All-purpose yards on 11 rushes for 55 yards on offense, 5 catches for 27 as a receiver and 2 punt returns for 14 yards.

He moved into third place on the CU all-time rushing yards list, closing the game with 3,022 yards; he passed Bobby Purify (2000-04) with 3,016 and is right behind Rashaan Salaam (1992-94) with 3,057 for second place.

He is still second in career rushes with 692. His offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy leads with 699. Stewart’s five receptions gives him 71 career receptions, now second most by a running back at Colorado as he passed Lawrence Vickers (2002-05) on Saturday.

His 702 receiving yards are also second by a running back, as he passed up Cortlen Johnson (1998-2001) with 691 and Lee Rouson (1980-84) with 699 on Saturday. Up next is Herchell Troutman (1994-97) with 725.

* There is no real way to research this, but Colorado head coach Jon Embree might be the first collegiate head coach to face three schools who all appear on his first schedule that he chose his alma mater over.

Back in January 1983, when Embree, along with a dozen other top prospects in Colorado, chosen then CU-head coach Bill McCartney and his vision for the program. The high school All-American from Englewood Cherry Creek High School then committed and signed with the Buffaloes, and in selecting Colorado over Ohio State, Southern California and UCLA, all of whom are opponents on his first schedule as a head coach.

POSTGAME AUDIO FROM OHIO STATE:

48 240 Braxton Miller OSU 37 CU 17 Q & A

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0SU 37 COLORADO 17 GAMEDAY: Buffaloes Postgame Notes

 

(megasportsnews.com photo)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Colorado Buffaloes came into the game one of just eight schools to have committed just one turnover in the first three weeks of the season, but that good run of luck ended on the fumbled exchange in the first quarter between Tyler Hansen and Rodney Stewart.

Colorado went 133 minutes, 9 seconds between turnovers.

* WR Tyler McCulloch had his first career touchdown reception of 14 yards from Tyler Hansen in the fourth quarter. It came on his fifth career catch.

* TE Ryan Deehan had a career-high 71 receiving yards, beating his old high of 70 against Baylor in 2010 on seven catches.

* PK Will Oliver, a freshman, remained perfect on the season, 6-for-6 on field goals and 11-of-11 on point after touchdowns for 29 points. Only Jeremy Flores has made more field goals without missing to start a career at Colorado than Oliver. Flores made his first seven over the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

* OLB Josh Hartigan recorded a pair of sacks today, giving him four on the season and 11 in his career.

POSTGAME COMMENTS FROM COLORADO HEAD COACH JON EMBREE:

47 200 Jon Embree CU coach On special teams breakdowns

48 201 Jon Embree CU coach Why Rugby style kicking

48 202 Jon Embree CU Are they getting distance on rugby style punting

48 204 Jon Embree CU coach OSU game a measuring stick for his program

48 208 Jon Embree CU coach Offense first 4 times 3 punts

48 209 Jon Embree CU Tried to spread OSU out on defense horizontal

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