COLUMBUS, Ohio • Braxton Miller found a way to top himself.
Miller became the first Ohio State quarterback to rush for three touchdowns in 34 years, and he passed for another score to lead the 14th-ranked Buckeyes to a 31-16 victory over Central Florida on Saturday.
Miller finished with 141 yards on 27 carries a week after setting a school record for quarterbacks with 161 rushing yards in a 56-10 win over Miami (Ohio). His number kept coming up after starting running back Carlos Hyde left with a knee injury in the first half.
Miller's scoring runs covered 37, 6 and 8 yards. He also found Jake Stoneburner on a 12-yard touchdown pass for the Buckeyes (2-0).
Blake Bortles threw two TD passes for UCF (1-1) but he also was intercepted three times.
Miller hit on 18 of 24 passes for 155 yards no completion went for more than 15 yards with one interception.
The 27 carries were a career high for the sophomore. No other Buckeye had more than seven attempts.
The last Ohio State quarterback to rush for three touchdowns in a game was Art Schlichter against Illinois in 1978.
Bortles completed 25 of 41 passes, including TDs of 1 yard to Justin Tukes and 2 to Billy Giovanetti. Storm Johnson, who started in place of Latavius Murray, who was out with a shoulder injury, rushed for 75 yards on 12 carries.
The Buckeyes, who were ahead by seven points at the start of the second half, put the game out of reach with big contributions from Miller and the defense.