The Ohio State Buckeyes lost their Heisman trophy candidate, quarterback Braxton Miller, to a left MCL injury on first series of their 42-7 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs Saturday night.
The quarterback did not return.
“The things that make him dangerous are his wheels,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said via Cleveland.com. “We all decided it was best not to (put him back in). I think there’s a chance he’ll be ready next week.”
Senior Kenny Guiton took over for Miller and played very well. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 152 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran nine times for 83 yards.
An update on Miller’s status was released Monday and said the junior quarterback was “stiff” and would be listed as day-to-day.
After practice Wednesday, Meyer told reporters Miller got a little work in, but still wasn’t cleared to play.
“We’ll know more tomorrow,” Meyer told the Associated Press.
So far this season, Miller is 17-of-24 for 208 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He has rushed 18 times for 82 yards.
The Buckeyes will travel across the country to take on California Saturday. Last season, the Bears nearly knocked off the Buckeyes, losing 35-28 on a 72-yard touchdown pass from Miller to Devin Smith with 3:24 to go.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST and the game is on Fox.