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QB Braxton Miller will not play for No. 4 Ohio State Saturday night at Cal

Ohio State quarterback BraxtMiller throws during first half against Indianan NCAA college football game BloomingtInd. Saturday Oct. 13 2012. (AP

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller throws during the first half against Indiana in an NCAA college football game in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Sam Riche)

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BERKELEY, Calif. — Braxton Miller will not play for No. 4 Ohio State at California because of a sprained ligament in his left knee.

An Ohio State spokesman confirmed the decision about 30 minutes before Saturday’s kickoff. Fifth-year senior Kenny Guiton was expected to start in Miller’s place.

Miller was in shorts and a T-shirt when the Buckeyes ran onto the field at Memorial Stadium. He injured his knee in Ohio State’s 42-7 win over San Diego State last weekend.

Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said earlier this week he was “fairly optimistic” that the junior might play. Instead, Ohio State turned to Guiton — who entered the game 15 of 25 passing for 144 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a backup role.

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