Oct. 31, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The best game of Braxton Miller's collegiate career - three touchdowns accounted for including a game-winning TD pass with 20 seconds to play - has earned the quarterback from Huber Heights, Ohio, the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week honor. Ohio State defeated No. 15 Wisconsin, 33-29, Saturday in front of the seventh-largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history, 105,511.
Miller scored the first two touchdowns of his career before capping the game with his most important TD pass to date. He coasted in from the 1 yard line in the third quarter for his first collegiate score - after sidestepping a UW defender - to give Ohio State a 10-7 lead. Then he burst off the left edge for a 44-yard sprint - behind key blocks from a pair of Dublin Coffman graduates, Mike Adams and Jake Stoneburner, and Andrew Norwell - in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 26-14.
And then after Wisconsin scored two touchdowns inside of the final four minutes to take a 29-26 lead, Miller threw his sixth touchdown pass of the season, a 40-yarder to fellow freshman Devin Smith with 20 seconds to play to give Ohio State the come-from-behind victory. Miller kept the play alive by scrambling to his right and, just before crossing the line of scrimmage, sailed the ball off one foot to an anxiously awaiting Smith for the game-winner.
For the game, Miller rushed for a career high 99 yards and passed for 89 on 7 for 12 passing for a career high total offense day of 188 yards.
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