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Ohio State had a first down at its own 23 and a 27-6 lead with 7:54 left in its game in Nebraska's Big Ten home debut on Saturday night. Then everything spiraled out of control.
The 34-27 loss marked the biggest comeback victory ever for Nebraska - and one of the biggest collapses in the Buckeyes' 122 seasons.
Now they are left to pick up the pieces. It won't be easy.
Interim coach Luke Fickell says starting quarterback Braxton Miller should be back from an ankle injury for the game at No. 16 Illinois on Saturday, and Kenny Guiton will get a look at backing him up. He also said defensive end Nathan Williams will likely miss the rest of the season due to more knee surgery.
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Ohio State gave up on the run when Braxton Miller got hurt Saturday, but if the freshman is healthy against Illinois, the Buckeyes think they've found an offense.
The quarterback issue at Ohio State is settled. Braxton Miller is the starter – he solidified the position after a solid performance at Nebraska. Joe Bauserman further solidified the position after an abysmal performance (1-10 passing for 13 yards) when he came in for the injured Miller
The question now for Ohio State – and one that is a far better problem...
Not that they'd failed to brace themselves, but for a fan base that had been approaching the 2011 campaign with an escalating sense of doom since last December, Saturday night's 34-27, come-from-ahead loss at Nebraska was a significant point of no return. It's no longer "a rough start." Halfway through, this season is officially lost.
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Ohio State defensive end Nathan Williams likely will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury, Buckeyes coach Luke Fickell said Tuesday.
The Ohio State football team suffered a heartbreaking loss at Nebraska after Braxton Miller's injury in the third quarter left the team's offense ineffective. The coaching staff could now turn to Guiton if Miller aggravates his injury.
Carlos Hyde is the offensive MVP so far this season for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Ohio State’s quarterback situation is uncertain for Saturday's game against Illinois after freshman Braxton Miller left last weekend’s devastating collapse at Nebraska with an ankle injury and backup Joe Bauserman connected on only 1 of 10 passes.
When Braxton Miller went down for Ohio State, the game changed. This might be the most obvious thing written this entire week, but quarterback Joe Bauserman came in and was unable to do, well, much of anything. Bauserman finished the game just 1 for 10 for 13 yards and Ohio State crumbled to give Nebraska [...]
Nebraska didn’t have to make their 34-27 win over Ohio State as dramatic as it was, but then it probably wouldn’t have been as cathartic a victory. At some point, the Huskers figured out they were supposed to be beating the Buckeyes, and then took over.
Or maybe it was when Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller got hurt and didn’t return, because from when...
Wow, that Nebraska game was an ugly loss. We looked so good in the first half and so bad in the second half. I understand how important a QB is, especially a starting QB having a good game, but losing him should cause the defense to completely fold, and yep in the second half the silver bullets were more like empty blanks. Now, it is on to Champaign to play Illinois, a game that...
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It’s just starting to get sad for Joe Bauserman. He’s clearly not at the right level to play quarterback for The Ohio State University. The offense finally seemed to be clicking on Saturday at Nebraska while Braxton Miller was in the game. Once Miller went down with an injury, everything went kaput.
Joe Bauserman came in to protect a two-touchdown lead...