October 19, 2013

Using everything it has

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COLUMBUS, Ohio-Braxton Miller lined up in the shotgun, with Dontre Wilson at his side. Corey "Philly" Brown stood in the slot, Devin Smith and Evan Spencer out wide. Miller took the snap, faked a sweep to Wilson, and let the ball fly. Brown, with no defender within 15 yards, caught the pass in stride for an easy touchdown.

Plays like that occurred often for Ohio State Saturday. Not all of them ended with easy touchdowns-the Buckeyes tallied just four touchdowns, a mark that's on the low end of Urban Meyer's scoring spectrum-but nearly everything was in play for Tom Herman's offense in the 34-24 victory against Iowa.

Wilson, a "novelty" according to Meyer, had three carries but was involved in more than a dozen plays after not touching the ball against Northwestern two weeks ago. He was the focal point of Iowa's defense many times, a trend that was most evident on the 58-yard touchdown toss to Brown. Iowa's defense bit heavily on the fake to the freshman speedster, which allowed Brown to roam free into the secondary.


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