Ohio State Spring Game 2013: Recap, Grades and Analysis
From Paul Brown Stadium—the home of the Cincinnati Bengals—the Ohio State Buckeyes held their annual spring game.
Ohio State entered the annual matchup without many position battles undecided and looking more to see which players had improved from last season—a season that saw the Buckeyes go 12-0 and earn victories over three ranked opponents.
It was the Scarlet vs. the Gray on Saturday, and Braxton Miller led the Scarlet to a 31-14 victory.
Here's your recap of action from Ohio State's spring game.
Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Doug Lesmerises tweeted out the captains for each team prior to kickoff:
Gray captains are Kenny Guiton and CJ Barnett, Scarlet are Andrew Norwell and Ron Tanner— Doug Lesmerises (@PDBuckeyes) April 13, 2013
Miller got the scoring started early for the Scarlet, hitting Devin Smith for a touchdown that gave the Scarlet an early 7-0 lead (via Lesmerises).
touchdown, Miller rolls right under pressure, lofts ball to endzone for 20 yard TD to Devin Smith— Doug Lesmerises (@PDBuckeyes) April 13, 2013
That was all the scoring in the first quarter, as Lesmerises updates us on the numbers for the two dueling OSU quarterbacks on Saturday.
End of 1st quarter. Only 10-minute Qs. Braxton Miller 4 for 8 for 80 yds and TD. Guiton 3 for 3 for 49 yards.— Doug Lesmerises (@PDBuckeyes) April 13, 2013
After the Gray knotted the score at seven on a Chris Fields slant, the Scarlet took the lead entering the half, as Miller threw his second TD of the first half (via Lantern Sports)
With tight coverage by Doran Grant over Corey "Philly" Brown in right side of end zone, Braxton Miller able to fit in pass for 3-yard TD.— Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) April 13, 2013
Halftime saw notable players from last season's 12-0 team get their rings as well as a Mark May sighting, according to Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
John Simon, Zach Boren, Travis Howard getting 12-0 rings at midfield for 2012 season. Mark May jumped out of stands and tried to tackle them— Doug Lesmerises (@PDBuckeyes) April 13, 2013
Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer highlights the first action of the second half, as it was Miller again getting it done for Scarlet to increase its lead.
Braxton Miller ran in untouched and for a 21-7 lead and is driving Scarlet again.Bust out the Buckeye Grove rakes and lawn bags, Grays.— Bill Livingston (@LivyPD) April 13, 2013
The Scarlet would tack on a Drew Basil field goal to make it 24-7 entering the fourth quarter, but the Gray struck on a Cardale Jones-to-Michael Thomas connection that made it 24-14.
Chris Fields closed out the scoring for the Scarlet, as he took it to the house for a six-yard score that ultimately doomed the Gray (h/t Lantern Sports).
Chris Fields, who has also switched sides to Scarlet offense, ran reverse left to right around the line and scored 6-yard rushing touchdown.— Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) April 13, 2013
Brutus Buckeye tweeted out the final goodbye from Paul Brown Stadium, giving fans an idea of what the atmosphere looked like on Saturday.
QB Braxton Miller: A
Buckeye's starting quarterback Braxton Miller played three quarters and was easily the game's best offensive player, as Lori Schmidt of The Fan shows us his statistics.
Braxton Miller was 16/25 for 217 yds, 2 passing TDs, 1 rushing score in the win. Michael Thomas had 7 catches for 79 yds and a TD in loss.— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) April 13, 2013
Miller was fairly accurate with his passes and was an effective when needed as a rusher, as the junior looks poised for another great season.
WR Michael Thomas: A
The Buckeyes are looking for sophomore wideout Michael Thomas to have a breakout season, and after a strong showing in the spring game, Ohio State could very well get its wish.
Thomas had seven catches for 79 yards and a score in the Gray's loss, and the 6'2" wide receiver looks to be in great shape for the 2013 season.
If OSU plans on going undefeated again this season, Thomas and the offense are going to have a lot to do with it.
QB Kenny Guiton: B+
As the starter for the Gray and Braxton Miller's backup, Kenny Guiton looked impressive, completing the majority of his throws and showing great chemistry with his receivers.
Buckeye TV sports director Brad Comer has Guiton's stats for the day.
Kenny Guiton: 9-13 with 116-yards and a TD. Braxton Miller: 11-17 with 143-yards and and 2 TD's. Two great performances.— Brad Comer (@bradleycomer) April 13, 2013
He may only be the backup, but Guiton looks ready to take over in the unfortunate event that Miller goes down.
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