The 2011 season was a forgettable one for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. Longtime coach Jim Tressel resigned after an NCAA investigation, placing interim head coach Luke Fickell at the helm. The Buckeyes finished 6-7.

It was the school’s first non-winning season since 1999.

However, the season was not completely lost as this play would foreshadow the future of the Buckeye offense. An offense that would go on to win the 2015 College Football Playoff.

On October 29, 2011, during an 8 p.m. game televised on ESPN at home against No. 12 Wisconsin, Braxton Miller introduced himself to the college football world.

Down by three with 38 seconds left on the clock Miller scrambled outside the pocket and launched a 40-yard bomb downfield to wide receiver Devin Smith.

The sure-handed Smith snuck behind the Wisconsin secondary and came down with the prayer heave. It gave the Buckeyes a four-point lead with little time remaining.

Ohio State would go on to win only one more game that season, but plays like this gave fans hope for the future. The next season, Urban Meyer came to Columbus and led the team to an undefeated season behind the duo of Miller and Smith.

Plays like this is helped ensure the Ohio State football program wouldn’t stay in turmoil for long.

 

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