Newsflash: Kenny Guiton is good. Really, really good. The senior backup QB was under center again last week when the Ohio State Football team (4-0) made a mockery of Florida A&M (1-3), demolishing the Rattlers 76-0 on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The game was only close before kick-off, but once the clocked started running, so did Guiton and the high-powered Buckeye offense.
Head coach Urban Meyer decided to sit starting QB Braxton Miller again this week, but it didn’t phase the offense one bit. Guiton picked up right where he left off against Cal, completing 24-of-34 passes for 215 yards and a school record 6 touchdown passes (all in the first half). Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Kenny G is in the Ohio State football record books, and it’s beyond well deserved.
Guiton is a captain for this team, which is something you don’t see everyday from a backup quarterback on a national championship contending team. Guiton has adequately filled in for Miller, who Meyer says is still the starting quarterback for the Scarlet and Gray Brigade when healthy. However, Meyer also said that Guiton has “earned playing time,” so don’t fret, Buckeye Nation. Expect to see a lot of our favorite backup as the season continues.
Guiton wasn’t the only headline for the Buckeyes on Saturday, as the team welcomed back starting RB Carlos Hyde from his three-game suspension for a bar altercation in the offseason. Hyde carried the ball five times for 41 yards, adding one reception for one yard and a touchdown off of a shovel pass on the goal line from Guiton. The real story of the backfield came from true freshman RB Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott took his garbage time touches and turned them into gold, rushing for 162 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries.
Not much can be said for FAMU on offense or defense, seeing as the Rattlers only earned two first downs and gained a dismal 80 yards of total offense (no, that’s not a typo). Meanwhile, the Rattler defense conceded 603 total yards to the Buckeyes, who earned an incredible 34 first downs.
The cupcake non-conference schedule is now over for the Buckeyes, who begin B1G Ten play Saturday night at home against Wisconsin. The Buckeyes will put their fourth ranked scoring offense (52.5 points per game) up against the Badger’s Melvin Gordon, who leads the country in rushing yards with 624. Could it be that the Buckeyes will finally have somewhat of a test? Tune in Saturday at 8 on ABC.