Braxton Miller was on the field for all of about five minutes, but it didn't matter as Ohio State, behind the best backup quarterback in the nation, Kenny Guiton, blasted San Diego State 42-7 in Ohio Stadium Saturday.
Here are 10 GIFs that tell the story of the game.
We're obligated to start with Braxton Miller's injury. On Miller's second rush of the game, he was sandwiched by three San Diego State defenders, losing a helmet and injuring his left knee in the process. Urban Meyer called it a sprained MCL and said Miller would have been okay to return, but when you're playing SDSU and Kenny Guiton is your backup, you don't risk it.
Speaking of Guiton, he entered the game and did what he does best: led Ohio State to a quick touchdown, this one coming on a pitch and scamper from Dontre Wilson. The 7-yard run, coming a 11:49 of the first quarter, was the freshman's first touchdown as a Buckeye.
Midway through the first quarter, Guiton stood in the pocket and found Philly Brown on a 27-yard strike to put the Buckeyes up 14-0.
Doran Grant and Armani Reeves each recorded the first interceptions of their Ohio State careers on the afternoon. Here's Grant's.
Ohio State did a better job of getting pressure on the quarterback this week, including this sack from Steve Miller.
Jordan Hall punched it in from the four with three seconds remaining in the first quarter, to put Ohio State up by three touchdowns. And then he celebrated in style.
Ryan Shazier doing Ryan Shazier things.
Braxton Miller is electric with the ball in his hands. Kenny Guiton proved he can be as well on this 44-yard scamper in the second quarter. (Also note Jack Mewhort getting to the next level to destroy a defensive back.)
One thing Guiton may do better than Miller? Run the option. Guiton led all players with 83 yards on the ground (nine carries), while Hall had 75.
Ohio State's only second half touchdown came on a beautiful throw-and-catch from Guiton to Brown.