- Austin Ward, ESPN Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There wasn’t any need to validate his spot in the pecking order for Ohio State.
Braxton Miller did it anyway.
For any number of reasons, the outing the Buckeyes quarterback turned in at Penn State might go down as one of his most valuable this season despite some uneven passing and a few shaky decisions. The crowd was hostile, the Nittany Lions had a solid plan to stop the rushing attack and, most importantly, Miller was coming off a scary hit and a trip to the hospital the week before.
But the sophomore added another 100-yard performance on the ground, turned a 1-yard run into an electrifying experience and kept the Buckeyes undefeated with his knack for delivering in the biggest moments.
He’s never been seriously threatened for the top spot in the Ohio State power rankings this season, and nothing has changed now.
No. 1: QB Braxton Miller
Last week: No. 1
Against Penn State: The sophomore quarterback put his injury concerns behind him, and he moved right back into position to contend for the Heisman Trophy in the process. Miller has had more prolific outings, but he added 134 more rushing yards and a couple of crucial touchdowns on the ground along with a timely scoring strike to Jake Stoneburner to keep the Buckeyes unbeaten.
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