Sunday, September 29, 2013

BRAXTON MILLER RETURNS, PUTS A HURTING ON THE VISITING BADGERS

Braxton Miller (5) returns from injury to lead Ohio State to a 31-24 win over Wisconsin on Saturday night in Columbus (AP)
COLUMBUS — After missing the past three games with an MCL injury, Ohio State star quarterback Braxton Miller — donning a noticeable brace on his right knee — returned to action on Saturday night in front of an electrified crowd of nearly 106,000 at Ohio Stadium. 

When Miller was finished doing his thing, it was the Wisconsin defense that limped off the gridiron ... battered, bruised and utterly defeated.

Miller finished the night with 281 total yards and a career-high four touchdown passes, as he led the No. 4 Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) to a 31-24 victory over No. 23 Wisconsin (3-2, 1-1) — extending their winning streak to an FBS-best 17 games.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

GAME PREVIEW: WILL THE BUCKS, BADGERS BE ANOTHER CLASSIC?

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COLUMBUS — Through the first four games of the 2013 college football season, Ohio State (4-0) has outscored its opponents by an average of 38 points per contest — their closest margin being a three-touchdown victory in the opener against Buffalo.

This Saturday night in Columbus, the No. 4 Buckeyes host No. 23 Wisconsin (3-1), a team which Ohio State has beaten in two consecutive seasons, but has had to do so in the waning moments of each game.

Urban Meyer — who is 16-0 as the Buckeyes' head coach — believes that Saturday's showdown with the Badgers will be another humdinger of a game.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

THROWBACK TUESDAY: BEFORE HE WAS KNOWN AS JUST 'KENNY!'

Kenny Guiton in 2010
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The story/interview below was conducted by Joshua Stueve (a contributor for The Buckeye Times) back in June 2010. 

In this piece, Stueve sits down with then red-shirt freshman quarterback Kenny Guiton and discusses many different topics — ranging from his high school recruiting adventures, to backing up then-Buckeye starter Terrelle Pryor, to the possibility of remaining a reserve when prep star Braxton Miller arrives on the scene from Huber Heights Wayne High School. He also states how he would like to be remembered by Buckeye fans once his career in Columbus comes to an end.

In the past few weeks, Guiton has become a household name in the college football world, throwing for 10 touchdowns in his two starts, including a school-record six scoring tosses last week against Florida A&M.

The reason I wanted to pull this piece out of the archives is because it gives us all an introduction to Guiton, some three years prior to him being known by Buckeye Nation as strictly ... Kenny!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

GUITON, BUCKEYES RUN OVER RATTLERS, 76-0 — IMPROVE TO 4-0

Kenny Guiton (AP)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State blocked two punts, intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble, threw for four touchdowns and added another score on the ground against visiting Florida A&M on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

And that was just in the first quarter alone.

In his second career start with the Buckeyes on Saturday, senior backup quarterback Kenny Guiton dazzled once again filling in for injured starter Braxton Miller (knee), throwing for an OSU-record six touchdown passes, en route to a 76-0 thrashing of the Rattlers. It was the highest scoring outburst for the Buckeyes since 1950.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BUCKEYES SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH RATTLERS

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer isn't going to blow wind up any skirts when talking about the difficulty of his No. 4 Buckeyes' (3-0) home match-up this Saturday (12 p.m., BTN) against 1-2 Florida A&M.

While the Buckeyes are coming off their nation's best 15th straight victory, where they racked up 608 yards of offense in a 52-34 rout of California, the FCS Rattlers have mustered just 77 more than the Buckeyes' total against the Golden Bears ... in three total games. 

With the Big Ten opener — a Primetime home tilt against Wisconsin — just a week away, Meyer said it's going to be difficult to get his team pumped up going against such an inferior opponent as the Rattlers.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

BUCKEYES' GUITON DELIVERS BIG AGAINST CAL IN FIRST CAREER START

Ken Guiton (13), celebrates with teammates Andrew Norwell (78) and Devin Smith (9) during Ohio State's 52-34 win at California Saturday evening in Berkeley. (AP)
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Kenny Guiton waited until his fifth year at Ohio State to get his first start. Two plays into the game, he was already in the Buckeyes' record book.

Guiton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first six minutes, including a school-record 90-yarder to start the onslaught, and No. 4 Ohio State rolled to its 15th straight victory, 52-34 over California on Saturday night.

"That's pretty cool," Guiton said. "I'm in my fifth year, getting my first start. It's a blessing."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

GAME PREVIEW: NO. 4 BUCKEYES TRY TO REMAIN PERFECT AS CAL AWAITS

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COLUMBUS — When Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller left the game on the opening series of last week's tilt against San Diego State with a knee injury (sprain), those on hand at Ohio Stadium simultaneously suffered from a case of atrial fibrillation.

Of course, Buckeyes backup signal caller — and captain — Kenny Guiton played the role of defibrillator, injecting electricity into the hearts of Buckeye Nation, leading the hosts to a 42-7 rout of the Aztecs.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said he is not surprised that Guiton answered the call with vigor.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

GUITON LEADS BUCKEYES TO ROUT OF AZTECS AFTER MILLER INJURY

Ohio State backup quarterback Kenny Guiton leads Buckeyes to rout of San Diego State Saturday in Columbus. (AP)

COLUMBUS — During the opening offensive series of Saturday's tilt against visiting San Diego State, Ohio State Heisman Trophy candidate, Braxton Miller, was forced to leave the contest after spraining his knee on a quarterback keeper.

Luckily for the No. 3 Buckeyes, though, they have a sizable insurance policy in place for their star player ... and its name is Kenny Guiton.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

GAME PREVIEW: BUCKEYES TRY NOT TO 'DISAPPOINT' VS. AZTECS

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COLUMBUS — There were moments during Saturday's season opener against Buffalo where Ohio State (1-0) certainly looked like the second-best team in the nation, scoring and generating yardage as if they were playing in a video game against "rookie-mode" competition.

At other times, the Buckeyes didn't look like they could be the second-best team in the Ohio Athletic Conference.