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Buckeye Leaves: Virginia Tech

No. 1 Ohio State had no trouble pulling away from Virginia Tech in its season opener Labor Day. We pick our Buckeye players of the game -- well, just Braxton Miller -- in today's Buckeye Leaves.

Ohio State pulled away from Virginia Tech to win its 14th straight game, producing a number of standout performers. Who were our players of the game, though? BSB gives out our Buckeye Leaves on a night when the OSU stars shined.

Ryan Ginn: There’s no choice for me but to give it to @Braxton Miller, whose transition to wide receiver is off to a better start than anyone at Ohio State could have possibly imagined. Although his teammates were quick to note they’ve seen him have success as a playmaker throughout his career and as a wide receiver in practice, snagging the catches in an actual game, much less a road one, is easier said than done. And how about that spin move?!

James Grega: The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year showed why the switch to wide receiver was such a good idea. The redshirt senior scored on two of the most explosive plays you will see all season, including a spin move that was made for video games only (or so we thought). He backed up his words when he called himself the “best player in college football.” Six carries for 62 yards and a score added to a two-catch, 78 yard performance from the H-back spot could have been just taste of what Buckeye fans can expect this season.

Tim Moody: While there were rough patches, Cardale Jones certainly didn’t do anything to suggest he shouldn’t start again next week. But regardless of the quarterback’s play, Braxton Miller was the best Buckeye on the field against Virginia Tech. Miller was electric with nearly every touch, gaining 78 yards on just two receptions and carrying the ball six times for another 62 yards. His two touchdowns in the third quarter — a 54-yard reception and a 53-yard run — proved to be key as Ohio State bounced back from a 17-14 halftime deficit. Something tells me that outing is just a taste of things to come for Miller in his new position.

Jeff Svoboda: I always try to be creative with these but the answer has to be Braxton Miller. He's basically been away from football for the past 18 months then came back and for lack of better term balled out against the Hokies. He became the first Buckeye since Ted Ginn to have a 50-yard TD run and catch in the same game and finished with 140 yards of offense on eight touches with two scores. On top of that, he played with a joie de vivre that we haven't seen in a while. I can't even imagine how he feels on that plane ride back to Columbus right now.

Blake Williams: The easy choice would be Braxton Miller and why do things the hard way? Miller gets the nod for a stellar performance in his first game action at the H. The converted quarterback changed the in the third quarter with a dynamic 54-yard receiving touchdown that featured a nice tight-rope walk down the sideline. That put Ohio State ahead for good but the senior topped it later the same quarter with his jaw-dropping run that included one of the best spin moves I’ve seen outside of a video game. In total, eight touches for 140 yards (17.8 yards a touch) and two touchdowns. Welcome back Braxton.

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