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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Forgettable first series for Braxton Miller

By Brian Bennett

Ohio State fans finally got a look at freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, but it's not one they'll want to remember.

Miller came in for the Buckeyes' third series, which coincided with the start of the second quarter. After he scrambled for a short gain on first down, he had a pass dropped by tight end Reid Fragel and then had to fall on a bad snap on third down.

Joe Bauserman had more success in the first quarter during his two series. The senior went 3-for-3 for 47 yards and scrambled for a 15-yard touchdown, showing more athleticism than fans had given him credit for. Ohio State would have scored on its second series, too, but Rod Smith fumbled inside the 5.

Early impressions: Ohio State is much too good for Akron, especially in the trenches. Fullback Zach Boren has made some excellent blocks to spring the tailbacks. Only a couple of mistakes on offense has kept the Buckeyes from opening up a huge early lead.

One last note: running back Jaamal Berry (hamstring) warmed up with the starters but has yet to play. Doesn't look like he'll be needed today.