Quotebook: Florida A&M

By Kyle Rowland on September 22, 2013 at 9:00a

One week ago, Kenny Guiton set the school record for the longest play from scrimmage with a 90-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith. On Saturday, Guiton broke another Ohio State record. This time it was the single-game touchdown pass mark.

It now doubles as the single-half record, too, after Guiton tossed six touchdowns in the first half of the Buckeyes’ 76-0 win over Florida A&M. Head coach Urban Meyer is one of the biggest believers in Guiton, but even he isn’t giving any credibility to the murmurs about a quarterback controversy.

“Our backup quarterback has earned some time,” Meyer said. “I can’t begin to tell you in what capacity. I’ve been going through some scenarios in my mind, and I don’t know what it is. I’m going to see how we practice this week, but Braxton is our starting quarterback.”

So without playing in virtually three games, Miller will still be the No. 1 guy when Ohio State plays Wisconsin in primetime next Saturday. But if Meyer had it his way, Miller would have taken some snaps against the Rattlers.

“I wanted to play him,” Meyer said. “Braxton felt like he couldn’t go. He tried really hard, had a good week of pushing himself through it. But with good athletes, those are tough injuries.”

On the third straight Saturday where Guiton turned heads, and the second consecutive that included a school record, Miller was still at the forefront of the conversation.

The biggest play of the game for FAMU came early. On Ohio State’s first possession, Guiton threw an interception in the end zone. But the Rattlers got greedy. Patrick Aiken tried to bring the ball out and fumbled. The Buckeyes recovered and the game was never close again.

“I got caught up in the moment and I made the mental error,” Aiken said. “I should have just kneed the ball in the end zone. It was just a mental error. It took the momentum away from us.”

Said FAMU head coach Earl Holmes: “You cannot afford to give a team as good as Ohio State any extra opportunities and at times we did that. The first drive of the game we thought we had the momentum behind us after the interception, but we lost it and never got it back.”

Guiton’s six touchdown passes were the story of the game. He threw for 215 yards and spread the ball around to 10 different receivers.

“The coaches wanted to throw the ball around, and I wanted to thank them for the trust they put in me to do that,” Guiton said. “I trusted the receivers, and then I made plays.”

Evan Spencer caught two touchdown passes, including the record-setting sixth. He had his biggest game of the season. Along with the wide receivers, a handful of running backs got involved too.

“The sky’s the limit for our offense,” Spencer said. “We have so many weapons and we can do so many different things. I can’t even imagine all the different things that we can do.”

The Buckeyes threw a decent amount of passes in the second quarter up big. Holmes saw no ill intentions, though.

“We don’t want a pity party,” he said. “I don’t expect the other coach to kneel on the ball. You play the game for 60 minutes. I don’t have a problem with them at all.”

The Silver Bullets pitched their first shutout since the Akron game in 2011. There was little offense to go around for FAMU. Ohio State didn’t allow a first down until late in the first half and held the Rattlers well under the 100-yard mark.

“As a defense, we shut them out and that was our goal,” said cornerback Bradley Roby. “It’s always a good feeling leaving the game with a goose egg.”

Ohio State’s offense had a day that was near the top of its all-time history. Still, tight end Jeff Heuerman was able to find areas that weren’t as sound as one might think.

“I wouldn’t say we’re unsatisfied. There’s always room for improvement,” he said. “We’re not perfect. It’s a long season and we have to play a lot of different teams. There are a lot of things we have to prepare and each team is different. We didn’t have our whole offense ready to go today.”

Walk-on wide receiver Kato Mitchell didn’t mince words when describing the first catch of his career.

“It was one of the best moments of my life, for real,” he said.

The Florida A&M game wasn’t rehashed much in the locker room. When the team got back, Meyer made his point very quickly. The non-conference schedule is over, and the game that had just taken place was already in the past.

“Coach was like, ‘This game’s over. We’re on to Wisconsin,’” said running back Jordan Hall.

“I love my team,” Meyer said. “I like our coaches and the seriousness that our guys are approaching everything with, and I like the fact we’re relatively healthy.

“Are we prepared? I like to think we are. The defense had a lot of new players in there, so that question shall be answered for sure next week. But as a coach, I believe we are ready.”

“Any Big Ten game is a serious game for us with our goals for the end of the season., Roby said. “It’s always a battle with Wisconsin. They beat us a couple years ago when we were No. 1. We’re ready for them.”

A handful of Buckeyes that were expected to play this season still have not received playing time – Bri’onte Dunn, Jalin Marshall, Mike Mitchell, Eli Apple, Gareon Conley and Chris Worley being the main guys. Meyer’s message was this:

“They’re ready to go, but they won’t be used in mop-up time. We don’t really redshirt, but there are some guys that could be fine players down the road that I just didn’t want to burn a year to get them five or 10 plays.”


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AndyVance's picture

I know the redshirt thing has been discussed on other threads, but I think this is pretty wise of Meyer - when you have such a wealth of riches in some positions (running back being the obvious example) it's foolish to burn a guy's redshirt if you don't really need to. Assuming the player can be patient, it might ultimately play to his advantage to have the extra seasoning, so to speak, before he makes his debut.

Aesculus.'s picture

Exactly.  By redshirting, Dunn actually separated himself from the pack.

nm_buck's picture

Yep look at Roby... you could probably say the redshirt helped him...

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chicagobuckeye's picture

The harder part I'm sure for Dunn is that its happening after his freshman year.

45has2's picture

Props to Earl Holmes for not whimpering about the beat down. As The Ol' Ball Coach says: "If you don't want to get beat by 60, play better."

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Sometimes you just gotta man up and take it. (My soccer team got SMOKED yesterday, 11-0, should have been worse). Besides, him and Vrabel are pretty good friends.

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FitzBuck's picture

Didn't Marshal get in yesterday?  I swore I saw him get a couple of carries before the walk on came in.  

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bucks_4_life's picture

I only got to watch the first half but I definitely didn't see him in the game.

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osu07asu10's picture

No he didn't get into the game yesterday

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thekornidentity's picture

Number 17 got in the game, but it was Devonte Butler, not Marshall.

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Hovenaut's picture

Love the immediate focus upon the conference schedule, and 'sconsin. It's go time now. 

AndyVance's picture

Yup, preseason is over. Let's get to the real deal.

will0327's picture

Remember when people said scUM was the best team in the bigten lol hahahaha....the gap between Ohio State and the rest of the bigten is growing considerably. Man Northwestern struggled with Maine kind of....im just saying our team hasn't even been at full strength yet is very scary.


Aesculus.'s picture

This game reminded me of the Spring game.  We just threw the ball, to make up for those lost bowl practices.    

will0327's picture

Its really sad to Braxton get thrown under the bus but good thing he isnt a social media guy i think so hopefully he doesnt catch a drift of it ...sad


will0327's picture

PS: saw Roby on campus over the summer ....he may look avergae size or not really big ...let me tell you im 6 foot and he was looking down at me from a distance lol ....the kid has to be like 6'2 pushing 6'3 and hes very lengthy basically hes a freak out there now corner should be that big and can move that fast


buckeyedude's picture

I was wondering myself who that (Kato) Mitchell kid was on offense, because it was obvious he was not Mike Mitchell. Good for Kato. I love to see walk-ons get a shot at playing time.
I watched the TTUN/UCONN game last night. TTUN looked horrible in my humble opinion. Two weeks in a row they struggled mightily against far inferior opposition.



Seattle Linga's picture

I saw Trey Johnson get some PT yesterday - he was creating havoc in the 2nd half. Since he got in before Mike Mitchell does that mean he's ahead of him on the depth chart or is it just a numbers game and that Mitchell drew the short straw? 

fanatibuck's picture

Its show time folks. Bring on the Cheeseheads!!!  Watched scUM last night. Boy those top 5 recruiting classes don't seem to be paying off for Hokey Pokey just yet. I thought the .500 coach was a great talent developer and was resurrecting their name brand? LMAO!


ScarletNGrey01's picture

A little nervous that Brax will be starting against Wisconsin, who might actually be the second best team in the B1G (maybe tied with Northwestern) having essentially not played for the last three games.  If he doesn't try to do too much and force things and just distributes the ball to all of our weapons he will be fine I think.  We'll see if our defense is for real.  Glad the game is at the shoe.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I think redshirting Mitchell, Marshall, and a few others is a wise move at this point in the season.  if they aren't getting PT in those games, it's doubtful they will see the field during conference play.  Even though the B1G is terrible again this season, we will get good games from teams because we play them almost every year.  Mitchell may be the ONLY player I wouldn't redshirt due to lack of depth at the LB position.
P.S. Are we EVER gonna see our team at full strength?!? Holy Jesus Cristo...Washington and Schutt being out is hurting our front seven's depth...

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