As we enter the half, the Buckeyes hold a 35-0 lead. First a first-quarter summary, here’s Ben Anderson’s analysis.
The second quarter hosted two more touchdowns for the Bucks, as rushing scores from Kenny Guiton and Rod Smith made the score 35-0. After a quiet first ten minutes of the quarter, Guiton would break off a 44-yard rush to pick up his first rushing score of the year, and two minutes later, Jordan Hall would take a pitch from Guiton down to the 1-yard line, allowing Rod Smith to pick up his first score. Smith is seeing his first action of the season today after missing the first game because of a suspension.
Braxton Miller remained out of game action in the second quarter, as his MCL injury appears to be more serious than previously anticipated. While Urban Meyer could just be keeping Miller out as a precautionary measure (as the Buckeyes hold a seemingly insurmountable lead), some have gone as far as to speculate that Miller could have a partial or full tear. In an interview with ESPN, Urban Meyer said he believes Miller has an MCL sprain and “could” go back in in the second half, but again, that seems unlikely unless they just want to test his knee.
We’ll continue to monitor Miller’s injury, but regardless of the severity, don’t expect to see him return to this game unless the Aztecs go on an unprecedented run. On the bright side, Kenny Guiton has looked sensational, going 10-13 for 102 yards and a touchdown. Guiton did throw one pick, but has put together an all-around solid performance to this point.