Berkeley, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Ohio State Buckeyes bucked the absence of quarterback Braxton Miller as Kenny Guiton threw four touchdown passes in a 52-34 win over the California Golden Bears Saturday at the Memorial Stadium.
Guiton connected with Devin Smith on a 90-yard pass on the Buckeyes’ second offensive play–the longest play from scrimmage in school history.
It was the first start for Guiton, a fifth year senior, who threw three of his touchdown passes in the first six minutes. He completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards and added 92 yards rushing to lead the No. 4 Buckeyes.
Jordan Hall added 168 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
“That’s pretty cool,” Guiton said. “I’m in my fifth year, getting my first start. It’s a blessing.”
The Buckeyes (3-0) jumped out to a 21-0 lead over the less than halfway through the first quarter before the Bears (1-2) answered with two touchdown passes from Jared Goff in the first quarter and two field goals from Vincenzo D’Amato in the second.
But the Buckeyes, who led 31-20 at halftime, continued to pour it on in the third, outscoring the Bears 21-7 with two touchdowns from Jordan Hall and another scoring throw from Guiton.
The Bears were able to score again on a one-yard touchdown run from Daniel Lasco when the game was out of reach.
It was the 15th consecutive victory for the No. 4 Buckeyes, which the longest winning streak in major college football.
Miller did not play Saturday due to sprain in the left MCL suffered last week against San Diego State.
The injury occurred in Ohio State’s first drive and did not return in their 42-7 win.
Miller, believed to be a strong Heisman candidate coming into the season, travelled with the team to California and watched pregame warmups from the sideline in shorts and a t-shirt.