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The Suburbanite
  • OSU notebook: Miller remains the starting QB

  • There is no need to ask whether Braxton Miller still is Urban Meyer’s starting quarterback.

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  • There is no need to ask whether Braxton Miller still is Urban Meyer’s starting quarterback. Ohio State’s head coach didn’t hesitate to say so after Saturday’s 76-0 win against Florida A&M.
    But he also knows he has to play Kenny Guiton in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener against Wisconsin. That is an 8 p.m. game at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.
    Guiton started his second straight game and has taken most of the snaps the last three games. Miller should be back to full health for the Wisconsin game, but will not have taken a game snap in three weeks. What does Meyer do next week in the Big Ten opener against Wisconsin?
    It is similar to the predicament Ohio State had in 2005 when Justin Zwick played in the previous bowl game and started the season because Troy Smith was suspended. Smith came back when No. 2 Texas faced No. 4 Ohio State in a night game at Ohio Stadium.
    The Buckeyes lost that game, but Smith went on to win the starting job. This year, it isn’t as dramatic, but Meyer has a decision to make. Stay with the hot hand, or hope Miller isn’t too rusty in an important prime-time game against a ranked Big Ten opponent?
    Honoring journalist’s daughter
    Ohio State players wore “MT” stickers on the back of their helmets for Saturday’s game.
    Veteran Columbus sportscaster Dom Tiberi, who covers Ohio State for WBNS-TV, lost his 21-year-old daughter Maria. She was killed in a car accident on I-270 in Columbus last week.
    She graduated from Dublin Coffman High School and was a student at Ohio State.
    FAMU holes
    Florida A&M’s offense, already in a mismatch, didn’t help itself early. The Rattlers had a delay of game on their first play of the game and false-start penalties to put itself in first-and-15 on three of their first four drives.
    First-quarter notes
    The first quarter, in which Ohio State took a 34-0 lead, took 51 minutes to complete.
    QB Kenny Guiton threw four TD passes to four receivers and finished with six in the half. The last player to throw five TDs passes in a game was Bobby Hoying in 1995 against Pitt.
    John Borton (Alliance) had five TD passes against Washington State in 1952 to set the OSU single-game record. It had been matched, but never surpassed until Saturday.
    Buckeyes
    • OSU game captains were C.J. Barnett, Corey Linsley and Ryan Shazier.
    • FAMU’s first first down came at 5:22 left in second quarter.
    • Former Browns cornerback Corey Fuller is FAMU’s defensive backs coach. He was a vocal and animated player. After a player fumbled an interception, and another was called for holding on a second pick, Fuller may have blown a gasket.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Ohio State School for the Blind performed a Braille version of Script Ohio with the OSU Marching Band.
    • QB Cardale Jones cut his hand and went to the locker room in the third quarter for stitches. Guiton had to return to the field, mostly in handoff duty.
    • DT Michael Bennett did not play because of a stinger injury to his shoulder.
    • OSU’s 76 points are the sixth-highest in school history and the most since an 83-21 win against Iowa in 1950. The last time the Buckeyes scored more than 70 points was a 72-0 win against Pitt in 1996.
    • The 76-point winning margin was the fifth-greatest in OSU history, matching a 76-0 victory against Western Reserve in 1934.
    • The offense was 11 of 12 in the red zone with 11 touchdowns.
    • OSU is outscoring opponents 102-14 in the first quarter.