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11.26.Ohio State Preview

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BY RYAN TICE T he season-ending injury to starting quarterback Braxton Miller in August was supposed to be the blow that brought an end to Ohio State's reign of domination under third-year head coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes had not lost a regular-season contest to a league foe under the former Florida mentor, but it appeared they were indeed vulnerable when they fell 35-21 to Virginia Tech — a team that has gone on to a 5-6 record with just two ACC wins — at the Horseshoe in the second week of the season. Miller's replacement, J.T. Barrett, looked like the redshirt freshman that he is, going 9-of-29 passing with three interceptions. Sophomore Ezekiel Elliot, who was expected to fill the shoes of 1,500-yard rusher Carlos Hyde, also struggled and gained just 32 yards. The young duo has figured it out since that weekend in early September, helping the offense back to the prolific pace it has maintained under Meyer. Barrett has matched Drew Brees' Big Ten record for touchdown responsibility with 42 scores, a figure that has him tied with Oregon Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota for the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Barrett has proven to be the passer critics always hoped Miller would become, setting program marks for touchdown throws (33) and total NOV. 26, 2014 In three seasons at Ohio State, head coach Urban Meyer has compiled a record of 34-3, including 23-0 in regular-season Big Ten games. PHOTO COURTESY OHIO STATE Next Man In Ohio State Is Counting On Some New Names, But There Has Been No Drop-Off

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