Ohio State Football: Braxton Miller Will Make Purdue Forget Denard Robinson

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 20, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, IN - OCTOBER 13:  Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The last time Purdue faced a dual-threat quarterback this season, Michigan's Denard Robinson went off for 235 rushing yards.

You can expect the same kind of output from sophomore and Heisman contender Braxton Miller on Saturday in Columbus.

Miller has rushed for 912 yards and nine touchdowns this season, comparable to the 804 yards and six touchdowns Robinson has accumulated on the ground. That includes 471 rushing yards and two touchdowns in his past two games.

To say the dynamic sophomore will blow through Purdue's defense would be an understatement.

It must be rough to have trouble stopping the run when you are in the same conference as Miller and Robinson. The Boilermakers will game plan this week, find what they did wrong against Robinson and march into Columbus with fire in their bellies. 

It won't matter.

Purdue simply doesn't have the personnel to stop a quarterback like Miller this season. Heck, the Boilermakers didn't have it last season, either, when Robinson and Co. rolled over them.

Michigan rushed 54 times against Purdue in Week 6. Robinson threw the ball 16 times. After Wisconsin racked up 57 carries against the Boilermakers last week, you wonder if the defensive unit is going to even be able to walk off the field when Miller is done with it.

I mean, Miller rushed for 136 yards in Week 5 against a Michigan State defense allowing 3.1 yards per carry this season (15th in the nation). Purdue has allowed 4.99 yards per carry (tied for 103rd) and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Ohio State will continue to roll behind its sophomore dual-threat and Purdue will continue to give up chunks of yardage on the ground. 

It will happen in a flash.

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