Posted: 4:23 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013
By Austin Kemp
Ohio State suffocated SDSU on the opening kickoff, pinning them at the 12 yard line. The Aztecs weren't able to get anything going on the first drive, throwing two incomplete passes and the offense was pulled off the field after going three and out. The Buckeyes had great field position and took over on at the 50.
On third down Braxton Miller faced the pressure, looked poised and hit Jeff Heuerman for a 25 yard gain and a first down. The offense stalled for a bit after moving the chains but the Buckeyes were able to convert again, this time on a 4th down run by Braxton Miller. Losing his helmet on the play, Miller remained down. Kenny Guiton came in, and on his first play, ran an option to the left, pitched it to Dontre Wilson, and Wilson was off to the races as the Buckeyes jumped out to 7-0 lead.
On San Diego State's ensuing possession, quarterback Adam Dingwell was intercepted by Doran Grant and the Buckeyes, for the second time today, started with great field position. However, Ohio State couldn't take advantage and went three and out. Braxton Miller remained out with rumors flying of an MCL injury.
The Buckeye defense continued to look stout on the next series, filling the right gaps and pressuring the QB as Adam Dingwell, again, could not connect on a pass and forced the Aztecs to another quick outing.
It appeared that, at least for the rest of the first quarter, Ohio State was content to ride with Kenny Guiton at quarterback. In other news Rod Smith made his season debut with a run up the middle for a short gain. Remember, Smith served a suspension last week. Kenny Guiton connected with Corey Brown on a 27 yard TD pass giving OSU a 14-0 lead.
SDSU came out with a new quarterback, Quinn Kaehler. Still, Kaehler had a hard time getting the offense going, as two penalties set the drive back to 2nd and 19. Back up to 3rd and long, the silver bullets pinned their ears back and Steve Miller got the sack.
Kenny Guiton made a big conversion on third and long, giving Ohio State a first down on SDSU's 43. The Buckeye offense continued to drive and Jordan Hall found the end zone with three seconds left in the half giving Ohio State a 21-0 lead.
Kenny Guiton 6-7, 72 yards and one touchdown
Jordan Hall, 9 rushes, 31 yards one TD