Ohio State foootball: Guiton continues to show he's not typical backup QB

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When — maybe the more appropriate word is if — the incredible run by Kenny Guiton comes to an end, the Ohio State backup quarterback will have record tales to tell of his senior season.

Yesterday, in his second straight start in place of the injured Braxton Miller, Guiton threw a school-record six touchdown passes in a 76-0 win over Florida A&M. All came in the first half, the last a 15-yarder to a wide-open Evan Spencer with five seconds left in the second quarter to give the Buckeyes a 55-0 halftime lead.

“It’s a blessing,” Guiton said, one week after he and Devin Smith teamed up on the longest play from scrimmage in school history, a 90-yard touchdown pass in the win at California. “I thank God; I thank my ‘O’ linemen. I had all day.

“The coaches wanted to come out throwing the ball around, and I thank them for the trust they put in me to be able to do that.”

Look at his numbers: 13 TD passes on the season, including 10 in the past two games; 664 yards passing, including 491 in the past two games, and all 215 yesterday came in the first half. Going back to the win over San Diego State, in which he played all but the first three minutes after Miller went out, Guiton is 65 of 95, with just two interceptions; he was 24 of 34 with one interception yesterday.

And talk about charmed: The one interception against FAMU came on the first possession, but Patrick Aiken elected to take it out of the end zone. Aiken was hit by OSU running back Jordan Hall and fumbled; Hall recovered at the OSU 3.

“I’m thinking we’re driving down the field and we’re going to score to keep this going,” Guiton said. “Then I threw the interception, got hit on a block and didn’t know he fumbled at first, but then saw Jordan with the ball. Man, that’s just another blessing.”

Coach Urban Meyer has praised Guiton’s play for several weeks now, saying at one point, “Buy stock in Kenny Guiton.” But he also left no doubt where Miller will stand if he is able to return this week against Wisconsin.

“He is our starting quarterback,” Meyer said after yesterday’s game. “Our backup quarterback has earned some time.”

Guiton said he understands his role.

“I’m a team player. I’ll go out and practice hard, do whatever is asked of me, and I’ll be ready whenever my number’s called,” he said.

He obviously isn’t wasting his opportunities, carving a couple of niches into the school record book.

tmay@dispatch.com

@TIM_MAYsports

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