Earlier today from the Big Ten offices in Park Ridge, Ill., the conference announced its players of the week for last Saturday and two Buckeyes earned the highest recognition.
Fifth-year senior quarterback Kenny Guiton was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week, while junior linebacker Ryan Shazier was selected as the B1G’s top defensive player.
When it was confirmed by an Ohio State spokesman that junior starting quarterback Braxton Miller would not play against California 30 minutes before kickoff, there were no worries. The Buckeyes had Guiton waiting in the wings.
Guiton, who made his first collegiate start, completed 65.6 percent (21-32) of his passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns, all career highs, to lead Ohio State as the Buckeyes rolled up 608 yards of total offense in the 52-34 win over California in Berkeley.
Guiton connected with Devin Smith on a 90-yard touchdown pass, the longest pass play from scrimmage in OSU history two snaps into the contest. The pair later combined for a 47-yard TD pitch-and-catch with 11:27 left in the first quarter to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead.
Guiton added his third touchdown pass of the game on a 1-yard toss to Chris Fields on a fourth-and-goal play with 9 minutes left in the opening period.
In the third quarter, Guiton threw a 6-yard TD pass to Philly Brown with 5:26 to go that made the score 45-20 in favor of the Buckeyes.
Shazier led the OSU defense with 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, with a forced fumble and a sack. It was Shazier’s third career Defensive Player of the Week honor.