Ohio State 10: Week 8 

October, 22, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The offensive star and season-long leader of the power rankings went down, and it looked like Ohio State's undefeated season was going along with him.

Instead, at least for one week, Kenny Guiton forced his way into the countdown of most valuable Buckeyes, leading an epic comeback in one of the more wild finishes Ohio Stadium has ever seen in a 29-22 rally to knock off Purdue in overtime.

Aside from Guiton putting himself in the mix for the first time all year with an invaluable performance off the bench while Miller was being evaluated for concussion symptoms, the defense also forced a bit of reshuffling in the pecking order after a much more sound outing against the Boilermakers collectively and a few impressive efforts individually.

Miller's spot at the top, though, remains safe. And assuming that he feels as fine when practice resumes, as he apparently checked out to be before leaving the hospital, Ohio State is going to need him to play like its No. 1 as it readies for a tough road test at surging Penn State on Saturday.

No. 1: QB Braxton Miller
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Kirk Irwin/Getty ImagesBraxton Miller was injured when he was tackled by Purdue's Josh Johnson in the third quarter Saturday.

  • Last week: No. 1
  • Against Purdue: Even before his injury late in the third quarter, Miller didn't quite look himself against the Boilermakers. At times the sophomore appeared hesitant to run despite open spaces in front of him, and he was erratic with his accuracy while completing just 9 of his 20 attempts with an interception. He did appear ready to break out just before leaving the game, though, breaking off a 37-yard run and showing the kind of athleticism that has made him so difficult to handle all season.
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