Ohio State's Top 10 Plays: Braxton Miller Reintroduces Himself

Over the final 10 days before the Buckeyes take on Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1 we're taking a look at the top 10 plays from Ohio State's regular season.

Ohio State's regular season has come and gone and a date with Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl is fast approaching.

While that Jan. 1 game is sure to be a great one, we're taking a look back at the season that was. While the Buckeyes didn't live up to the hype that came with the first-ever unanimous No. 1 ranking in the preseason Associated Press poll, Urban Meyer's team still made its fair share of spectacular plays on the way to an 11-1 record.

We're counting down the top 10 Ohio State plays from the regular season.

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No. 1 Miller Reintroduce's Himself (Virginia Tech, Sept. 7)

Ohio State's first big play of the season turned out to be its best.

Aside from the quarterback position, Braxton Miller's move to wide receiver was the most-talked about storyline of fall camp for Ohio State and the senior proved his merit at that position immediately.

He began the second half of the Buckeyes 42-24 win in Blacksburg, Va., with a 54-yard receiving touchdown, but Miller's best play came when he took a snap at quarterback.

Running the wildcat, Miller took a snap from the Ohio State 47-yard line. He cut to the left as Virginia Tech linebacker Deon Clarke filled the gap. Miller back-tracked a few yards and continued toward the boundary, picking up a sealing block from tight end Nick Vannett and another from Corey Smith.

That alone was enough to pick up a first down. Defensive tackle Corey Marshall and linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka seemed to have Miller cornered after about a 10-yard gain before Miller unleashed a lethal spin move. Stopping on a dime, the newly minted receiver planted and spun back inside while hardly losing a step and accelerated for a 53-yard score.


“Wow,' receiver Michael Thomas said.”It was a blessing to see him be able to do that and come back. It was hard for him. Sitting out a whole year, I remember I had to do it but his was even harder. Then the switching position, I just love to see him happy and see him smiling again and having fun.”

Miller described his move as “hitting the B button” in reference to the way spin moves are deployed in video games, and the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year drew rave reviews from his head coach.

“I would like to say this, I love Braxton Miller,” Meyer said after the game. “When you have selflessness, you make a lot of decisions as you have to, and he did it for the best interest of his team and Ohio State, and when I think about that it makes you feel good. I love that kid, man. Obviously I love when he does the spin move and the ridiculous athletic ability.”

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