BLACKSBURG (WAVY) – Lane Stadium was rocking, and Virginia Tech seemed poised for an upset with a 17-14 halftime lead over top-ranked and defending national champion Ohio State. That all changed early in the third quarter, when Hokies quarterback Michael Brewer hit the deck, grimacing in pain after an incomplete pass on third down.
The senior quarterback, who was having a terrific opening game, left the field accompanied by the training staff and watched the rest of the game in a t-shirt and an ice pack around his shoulder. The Buckeyes took advantage, scoring the next 21 points and ran away with a 42-24 win.
Brewer completed 11 of 16 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns before leaving. Team doctor Mike Goeforth later annnounced Brewer suffered a broken collarbone and will miss 4-8 weeks, depending on his recovery.
Ohio State quarterback-turned-receiver Braxton Miller showed his Heisman trophy athleticism with a touchdown catch and touchdown run. The second, Miller left a Hokie defender in the dirt after a stunning spin move that only seems possible in a video game.
As a team, the Buckeyes rushed for 360 yards, while the Hokies only managed 128. For now, head coach Frank Beamer will turn to junior Brenden Motley at quarterback as the team prepares for Furman.