Braxton Miller and the Ohio State Record Book
By Tony Gerdeman
Photo by Jim Davidson
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Last November, I wrote about Braxton Miller's record-setting season before it was even over. In that same vein, I thought it was time to write about his record-setting career while he still has at least one more season to play.
The trouble with examining his Buckeye records, however, is that they're everywhere. Rushing, passing, total offense, by the end of the season, Miller will be in some rarefied air in all three categories.
He currently owns or shares six major records in the Ohio State football record books, and it looks like there are many more to come. Let's take a look.
Rushing Yards per Game in a Career
1. Archie Griffin - 121.5 yards per game
7. Braxton Miller - 82.8 yards per game
Obviously, he's never going to approach Archie Griffin, but right now Miller is doing better than such luminaries as Eddie George (78.5 ypg) and Tim Spencer (75.6 ypg).
Most 100-Yard Rushing Games in a Career
1. Archie Griffin - 34
10. Braxton Miller - 9
Again, Miller won't be challenging this one, but he's already in the top 10 after just two seasons. His next 100-yard game will tie him with Michael Wiley. Eddie George is second all-time with 20 100-yard rushing games. It's not unreasonable to think that Miller tops that by the end of 2014.
Most 100-Yard Rushing Games by a Quarterback
1. Braxton Miller - 9
2. Cornelius Greene - 4
3. Terrelle Pryor - 3
Obviously, Miller is going to put this totally out of reach for the foreseeable future.
Rushing Yards in a Career
1. Archie Griffin - 5,589 yards
2. Eddie George - 3,768 yards
3. Tim Spencer - 3,553 yards
Miller is currently just outside of the top 20 in school history, but still has 1,986 career rushing yards. He only needs 663 yards to pass Raymont Harris and move into the top 10. If he stays for four seasons, it would not be unreasonable to think that he could rush for more yards than Eddie George's 3,768.
If Miller plays in 13 games per season (and this could go up or down for various reasons), he would only need to average 68.6 yards rushing per game over the next two seasons (which is 14 yards per game fewer than he is currently averaging) to move past George into second place all-time.
Passing Yards in a Season
1. Joe Germaine - 3,330 yards in 1998
16. Braxton Miller - 2,039 in 2012
If Miller can throw for just 2,380 yards this season, he'll have one of the top five passing seasons in Ohio State history. (This is an embarrassing statistic, by the way.) With 2,552 yards, he will move into the top three. He would need 3,270 yards to break into the top two.
Passing Yards in a Career
1. Art Schlichter - 7,547 yards
11. Braxton Miller - 3,198 yards
With 208 yards passing against Buffalo, he will pass Terrelle Pryor and move into 10th place all-time. With 2,523 yards passing, he will move past Troy Smith into sixth place all-time.
If he simply averages as many passing yards per game the rest of his career (26 games) as he did last season (170.0), he will end up with 7,615 yards passing, giving him the school record in career passing. And that's using low estimates.
Touchdown Passes in a Game
1. Bobby Hoying (twice) - 5
1. John Borton - 5
4. Braxton Miller (and others) - 4
This seems like a record that a quarterback in this offense should eventually own, especially if one or two come from cheapo screens.
Passing Yards per Game in a Career
1. Joe Germaine - 172.2 yards
7. Braxton Miller - 133.2 yards
Miller would need to average around 210 yards passing per game for the rest of his career to break this record. That seems almost probable.
Passing Efficiency in a Career
1. Troy Smith - 157.1
4. Braxton Miller - 139.7
Yeah, I'm not even going to try to figure out how Miller takes home this trophy. Way too much math for this noggin.
Individual Total Offense in a Game
1. Art Schlichter - 412 yards against Florida State in 1981
Miller's best is 368 yards against Miami (OH) last year, which is good for sixth. He holds two other spots in the top 20. It's not outrageous to think that this record could be his this season.
Total Offense for a Season
1. Braxton Miller - 3,310 yards in 2012
Braxton set the record last year, though it still fell a couple hundred yards short of the season that Terrelle Pryor had in 2010 which no longer exists. He should obliterate his current record this season.
Total Offense for a Career
1. Art Schlichter - 8,850 yards from 1978-1981
10. Braxton Miller - 5,184 yards.
Here's where some more interesting numbers pop up. Miller needs 3,667 yards to break the school record. That comes out to 282 yards per game (13 games), which is just six more yards per game than he averaged last season. Or 262 yards per game if the Buckeyes play in Indianapolis, which would be 14 yards fewer than he averaged last season.
Average Total Offense per Game for a Season
1. Braxton Miller - 275.8 yards per game in 2012
Don't most quarterbacks own this record following their sophomore season? No? Oh.
Average Total Offense per Game for a Career
1. Braxton Miller - 216.0 yards per game
This is over 30 yards more than Terrelle Pryor from 2008-2009, though Pryor's best season is not included for obvious reasons. Miller's existing career record will only go up over the next two years.
Games Gaining 200 Yards of Total Offense in a Season
1. Bobby Hoying - 11 in 1995
2. Braxton Miller - 10 in 2012
2. Joe Germaine - 10 in 1998
Not only should Miller break this record, but he needs to. There's no reason for a defense to hold him under 200 yards of total offense this season unless a tailback goes to the house on every single snap.
Games Gaining 200 Yards of Total Offense in a Career
1. Troy Smith - 19
8. Braxton Miller - 11
It would seem that this record being broken is only a matter of time at this point.
Games Gaining 300 Yards of Total Offense in a Season
1. Braxton Miller - 5 in 2012
1. Joe Germaine - 5 in 1998
A record isn't yours until it's "all yours". Miller will have to one up himself this season to land the top spot all by his lonesome.
Games Gaining 300 Yards of Total Offense in a Career
1. Braxton Miller - 6
1. Joe Germaine - 6
Well, this race should be over pretty quickly.
Touchdowns Responsible For in a Game
1. Tony Curcillo (6) against Iowa in 1951
2. Braxton Miller (and many others) (5) against California in 2012
Six touchdowns is a lot to ask, as five seems to be the most common threshold between a blowout and running it up. Five seems acceptable, while six is excessive.
Touchdowns Responsible For in a Season
1. Troy Smith - 31 in 2006
1. Bobby Hoying - 31 in 1995
3. Braxton Miller - 28 in 2012
It would be a bit of a disappointment if Miller wasn't at the top of this list following the season, especially since Miller almost broke the record in just 12 games last season.
Touchdowns Responsible For in a Career
1. Art Schlichter - 85
7. Braxton Miller - 48
It's a bit much to expect Miller to get this record this season, but if we're expecting him to account for 32 touchdowns this season, is it that outrageous to expect 38? Probably.
Longest Play from Scrimmage
1. Gene Fekete - 89 yards in 1942
5. Braxton Miller - 81 yards in 2011 against Indiana
"Mean" Gene Fekete owns one of the most unbreakable and unbelievable records in Ohio State history. The Buckeyes have never had a run or pass of 90 yards or more. Could Miller take a quarterback counter the distance from his own 10-yard line? It's entirely possible.
Big Ten Total Offense in a Career
1. Drew Brees - 12,692 yards
NR. Braxton Miller - 5,184 yards
Miller would need 289 yards of total offense per game over the next 26 games to break the record. That's just over 13 yards per game more than he averaged last season. If the Buckeyes play in 14 games per season the next two years, which isn't a stretch, he would only need to average 268.2 yards per game to set the Big Ten's career record in total offense, which is eight fewer yards than he averaged last season.
In summation, if Miller keeps up his current pace, he is on pace to become Ohio State's #2 all-time rusher and it's #1 all-time passer, which would then be good enough for the Big Ten's career record in total offense.
Not bad for a guy who is still getting better.
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