COLUMBUS: Kenny Guiton totaled more than 230 yards and accounted for three touchdowns after replacing an injured Braxton Miller in Ohio State’s 42-7 rout of San Diego State on Saturday.
Miller sprained his left knee on a quarterback carry during the Buckeyes’ opening possession when he was smashed by two defenders and lost his helmet on the hit.
He was carted to the locker room, fitted with a knee brace and cleared to return, but by the time he jogged back onto the field the Buckeyes were in control 21-0.
Guiton, the seldom-used senior, was terrific in Miller’s place. He led the team in rushing (83 yards, one touchdown) and passing (19 of 28, 152 yards and two touchdowns) in the most extensive playing time of his career.
The Bucks led 35-0 at the half and extended it to 42-0 on a leaping, twisting touchdown catch by Corey Brown before the Aztecs scored their first touchdown with 1:41 left in the third quarter.
Ohio State rushed for 265 yards. Jordan Hall had 75 yards, freshman Dontre Wilson had 51 (averaging 10.2 per carry) and each also scored. The Bucks’ defense limited the Aztecs to 53 rushing yards and forced three turnovers.
Doran Grant (St. Vincent-St. Mary) made his second career interception in the first quarter. … Jordan Hall and Rod Smith switched jersey numbers prior to the game. Hall is now No. 2 and Smith is No. 7. The change is expected to last the rest of the season. … Miller entered the day needing just 18 yards to surpass Cornelius Greene as Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks, but he had just five yards before the injury and will have to wait until next week’s road game at Cal to set the record. … Browns legend Brian Sipe is the quarterbacks coach at San Diego State.