Miller's 186 yards, big plays spur Buckeyes, 63-38

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm •  Published: October 6, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The scary part for Ohio State's opponents is that Braxton Miller is still learning the offense.

Miller broke his own school record for a quarterback by rushing for 186 yards, zig-zagging 72 yards for one score and passing for another, to lead the 12th-ranked Buckeyes past No. 21 Nebraska 63-38 on Saturday night before the largest crowd ever at Ohio Stadium.

"I'm learning every week," Miller said. "They're throwing new stuff at us every week. I'm just trying to get it all down pat."

There were plenty of standouts for the Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten). Corey Brown returned a punt 76 yards for a TD, Bradley Roby brought back an interception 41 yards and Carlos Hyde rushed for career highs of 140 yards and four touchdowns before a raucous crowd of 106,102 in the Horseshoe's 90th season.

Asked how coach Urban Meyer responded in the dressing room, Miller smiled and said, "He was, like, 'How many points did we put up again?'"

Meyer said the offense has developed far faster than what he ever expected.

"Our offensive line eventually took over that game," he said. "We have two great runners right now. The quarterback is kind of ridiculous right now and Hyde is a solid back."

Taylor Martinez ran for two scores and completed 15 of 23 passes for 214 yards and a score but was intercepted three times for defenseless Nebraska (4-2, 1-1). Leading rusher Rex Burkhead injured his left knee early in the third quarter after rushing for 119 yards on 14 carries, but did not return.

"I told our football team we killed ourselves," Huskers coach Bo Pelini said. "I'm frustrated and disappointed."

Incredibly, Ohio State got off to a slow start but more than made up for it by scoring on six of seven possessions over one span — with the punt return touchdown thrown in.

It was the most points given up by the Cornhuskers since a 65-51 loss at Colorado in the final game of the 2007 season — also the last game of the Bill Callahan era.

The Buckeyes hadn't had so much production since beating Eastern Michigan 73-20 two years ago. The combined 101 points was the most in a Big Ten game involving Ohio State since an 83-21 win over Iowa in 1950. It was the most points scored by the Buckeyes in a conference game since a 69-18 win over Minnesota in 1983.

The win extended Ohio State's fast start in its first year under Meyer, winner of two national titles during his six years at Florida. The Buckeyes, still eligible to win a Big Ten division title even though on NCAA probation and banned from the postseason, are tied with Penn State atop the Leaders Division standings.

Ahead by 11 points at the half, the Buckeyes watched the Huskers cut the lead to 35-31 on Martinez's 3-yard pass to tight end Ben Cotton, but countered on Hyde's third TD run and Brown's lightning-fast burst through traffic on the punt return to build the lead to 49-31.

Burkhead, averaging 91 yards rushing a game, injured a knee on a 24-yard gain on the fourth play of the second half. He spent much of the third quarter pedaling away on a stationary bike on the Nebraska sideline.

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