Tonight resulted in a crushing loss for Ohio State -- after winning 24 consecutive games across multiple seasons, the Buckeyes now find themselves on a two-game losing skid, with a lot of time on their hands to think before they hit the gridiron again. One player who is particularly devastated by the loss, of course, is quarterback Braxton Miller. Miller enjoyed a fantastic 2013 campaign in which his name was tossed around for Heisman consideration, but didn't play his best football against the Tigers -- he threw for only 234 yards and two touchdowns, and pitched in a pair of interceptions as well.
In fact, it was the second interception that sealed the win for Clemson -- the Buckeyes were in Tigers territory with less than two minutes to play when Miller was picked off by Stephone Anthony. After the game, Miller said only one thought ran through his head at that moment:
This one was definitely a team loss by Ohio State -- many of the players could have performed better (you know, like the entire defense), so it surely shouldn't fall squarely on his shoulders. But quarterbacks always take the brunt of the blame, so it's easy to see why Miller is worried about the impending reaction from fans. OSU fans would be smart to not hate Miller too much though -- he has an NFL Draft decision to make soon, and the Buckeyes would certainly be better off with him playing again next season:
We should have an answer on his future soon enough.