COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A closer look at the standouts in Ohio State's 42-7 laugher over San Diego State on Saturday at the Horseshoe.
QB Kenny Guiton: The backup quarterback coming off the bench to keep the offense rolling without Braxton Miller on the field isn't a new thing for the Buckeyes, but typically Guiton isn't needed for all that long. With Miller going down with a knee injury on the opening drive against the Aztecs, suddenly the senior was needed for what amounted to a complete game -- and he again delivered exactly what Ohio State needed. Guiton might not have the same speed or arm strength as his decorated teammate, but he showed some similar traits with 83 rushing yards, 152 more through the air and 3 combined touchdowns to offer another reminder of his value in reserve.
DT Michael Bennett: The reviews from coach Urban Meyer about the junior's work on the practice field have bordered on gushing, but Bennett backed them up by stuffing the stats sheet and anchoring an aggressive defensive line on the interior. Bennett chipped in half of a sack, adding another tackle for loss and forced a fumble that he recovered in the kind of effort Ohio State has long anticipated but seldom actually seen in a meaningful situation. More work like that on the inside will be critical for the Buckeyes and their rebuilt line moving forward.
WR Philly Brown: The lack of touches for the senior clearly bothered Meyer last week, and he was quick to shoulder the blame when Brown wasn't involved in the win over Buffalo to start the season. The emphasis to keep him in the mix was clear against the Aztecs, and he and Guiton formed a dangerous combination as Brown scored twice, hauled in six catches and picked up 73 yards while stretching the field a bit more than he did a year ago. No apologies from Meyer will be necessary as the Buckeyes turn their attention to a trip to Cal.