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Saturday, September 8, 2012
Braxton Miller earns his ice against UCF

By Austin Ward

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The projected starter was already on the sideline in street clothes.

By halftime, the next guy in line was in sweatpants.

Maybe quarterback Braxton Miller is meant to be the leading rusher for Ohio State, but with its options at running back dwindling on Saturday against Central Florida, there wasn’t any choice but to put even more work on the sophomore's shoulders. And 27 carries, 141 yards and three touchdown runs later, the Buckeyes had a 31-16 win to their credit and the focal point of the offense had a bulky ice bag tucked underneath his black track jacket as a reminder of how it was earned.

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