H-Back accounts for 140 all-purpose yards and two scores in win over Virginia Tech
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Braxton Miller, who hadn’t played in a game for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 20 months, returned in spectacular fashion as a hybrid-back Monday evening against Virginia Tech, amassing 140 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns to spark the No. 1-ranked Buckeyes to a 42-24 win. The effort earned the already-graduated Miller the Big Ten Conference’s offensive player of the week award.
Miller, from Huber Heights, Ohio, and Wayne High School, scored two third-quarter touchdowns that pulled Ohio State from a 17-14 deficit into a 28-17 lead. He broke a tackle along the Ohio State sidelines and cruised 54 yards for the first receiving touchdown of his career to make the score 21-17 on the Buckeyes’ first drive of the second half.
A then with just over two minutes to go in the third, Miller took the snap from center, sprinted to his left, found a narrow seam and with two guys approaching spun 360-degrees to elude the tackles and raced into the end zone to give the Buckeyes a 28-17 lead.
Miller finished the game with 140 all-purpose yards and a 17.5-yards-per touch average. His evening included two receptions for 78 yards and six rushes for 62 yards.
This is Miller’s fourth Big Ten offensive player of the week award.
Miller breaks TDs responsible for record
Braxton Miller’s two scores vs. Virginia Tech gave him 86 career touchdowns responsible for (scored TDs and TD passes) to break the record of 85 held by Art Schlichter from 1978-81.
Paul Hornung Award honors Miller
The Paul Hornung Award, awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football, has named Miller to its initial weekly honor roll of the season. Four players were honored for their versatility this week with Miller the only offensive player selected.