A couple questions loomed over Braxton Miller's return to the Ohio State lineup Saturday night against Wisconsin. But after his performance in the Buckeyes' 31-24 victory, they've been put to rest for now.
Could he start? Miller suffered an MCL sprain in his left knee against San Diego State and missed two consecutive games. If he did, how capable could he be?
Should he start? Backup Kenny Guiton put up record-setting numbers in Miller’s absence, and a bit of a quarterback controversy stirred in Columbus.
However, Miller showed no signs of rust as he threw a career high four touchdown passes and wore down the Badger defense with 82 yards on the ground.
Miller and the Buckeyes came out of the gates quickly, scoring on their first possession via a 25-yard Miller touchdown toss to Evan Spencer on a drive that took just four plays and 1:17 off the clock.
Miller then added two more first half TD throws. He hit Devin Smith with a perfect back shoulder throw in the corner of the end zone, and ended the half with a laser throw to Philly Brown, who, on fourth down, got behind the Wisconsin secondary for a 40-yard score with just one second showing on the clock.
Miller finished 17-of-25 for 199 yards and played mistake-free football the rest of the way. He cemented himself as the clear starter on a team with National Championship aspirations in front of a national audience.
And the Buckeyes, ranked fourth before the Wisconsin game, will be in front of a national audience again next week when they travel to face Northwestern, who is also undefeated. Evanston will be the site of ESPN's College Gameday.