Ohio State Football: Nebraska Doesn't Match Up Well vs. Braxton Miller

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 6, 2012

September 29, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is tackled by Michigan State Spartans cornerback Johnny Adams (5) and nose tackle Anthony Rashad White (98) during the second half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Ohio State won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Nebraska's run defense overall has been solid this season, but the Cornhuskers have struggled against dual-threat quarterbacks.

That figures to be a problem against Braxton Miller and No. 12 Ohio State.

It's no secret the No. 21 Nebraska struggled against dual-threat quarterbacks Anthony Alford and Brett Hundley in the first two weeks of the season.

Southern Miss' freshman rushed for 84 yards on 15 carries. UCLA's freshman ran for 53 yards.

The Cornhuskers have allowed 3.6 yards per carry and three rushing touchdowns this season, but there's no question you can make an impact against them if you have a quarterback who can run the pigskin.

Miller, of course, is unlike any dual-threat quarterback Nebraska has seen this season. The sophomore has rushed for 577 yards and seven touchdowns in just five games, averaging 7.7 yards per carry in the process.

He racked up 136 rushing yards against Michigan State's vaunted defense in the Buckeyes' 17-16 victory last week.

Miller will be important, as always, for Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus, but his role takes on more significance against Nebraska, particularly because Nebraska's rushing attack could pose problems.

Yes, Ohio State limited Le'Veon Bell to 45 yards on 17 carries last week, but the Cornhuskers are averaging 6.4 yards per carry this season (third in the nation) with 15 rushing touchdowns.

That includes 259 rushing yards against Wisconsin last week. This is a much more potent running game than Michigan State's.

In that sense, Miller's legs not only serve to score points, but to win the battle for time of possession. Keep in mind, in the 35-28 squeaker against Cal in Week 3, the Golden Bears won the battle for time of possession (35:10 to 24:50) with a running game that totaled 224 yards on the ground. 

While Miller ranks 20th in the nation in carries (first among quarterbacks) and there are concerns about Ohio State wearing him down, don't expect him to let his foot off the gas against Nebraska. With an easier schedule moving forward, this is a big game for the Buckeyes and a nice matchup.

Expect the dynamic sophomore to run wild on Saturday as Ohio State improves to 6-0 on the season.


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