Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was “doing fine” after being taken to a hospital and undergoing tests in the wake of an injury sustained late in the third quarter of No. 7 Ohio State’s 29-22 overtime win over Purdue on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
Team spokesman Jerry Emig said the sophomore had been taken to a hospital, and his shoulders, head and neck were evaluated. Miller’s father, Kevin, was with him in the hospital.
“He passed all of the tests and he’s getting ready to be released,” said Emig, who added that there were no symptoms of a concussion or other serious injury.
Emig said he had spoken to Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, who told him, “(Braxton is) doing fine.”
Miller, mentioned among the top Heisman Trophy contenders, was at the end of a 37-yard run when he was thrown to the turf by Boilermakers cornerback Josh Johnson.
Miller didn’t get up for several minutes – he was in obvious pain – while several doctors and trainers tended him. Eventually he sat up, then stood on shaky legs for at least 60 seconds before he was led to the sideline. He was later taken to the locker room by cart.
Miller completed nine of 20 passes for 113 yards with an interception and ran for 47 yards on 12 carries before leaving the game.
His replacement, Kenny Guiton, led Ohio State to a touchdown with 3 seconds to play, then after that scoring pass also threw a two-point conversion pass to force overtime.
’NOLES LOSE TOP BACK
No. 12 Florida State lost leading rusher Chris Thompson to a left-knee injury in the second quarter of its game at Miami.
Thompson was injured with 12:44 remaining in the quarter, on a play where he made a 32-yard reception. He remained down on the turf after the tackle, then was helped to the sideline for further evaluation.
Thompson had 47 yards on seven carries Saturday, giving him a team-best 687 yards for the season. He also has 248 receiving yards, including 47 more in the Miami game before getting hurt.
TIGHT END OUT
Auburn senior tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen says a hip injury that has bothered him since fall camp has now ended his college career. Lutzenkirchen posted on his Twitter page that he was “sad to say it is over at Auburn.”
Lutzenkirchen’s 15 catches for 139 yards were second on the team. He caught 14 career touchdowns, a record for Auburn tight ends.