Postgame Notes: No. 16/18 Ohio State (1-0) 42, Akron (0-1) 0

Sept. 3, 2011

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No. 16/18 Ohio State (1-0) 42, Akron (0-1) 0 Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio September 3, 2011 Attendance: 105,001


• Including first-year head coach Luke Fickell, the last 21 Ohio State coaches are 20-0-1 in their debuts. The last Ohio State coach to lose his debut was Jack Ryder, who suffered a 40-4 loss at Oberlin in 1892.

• The last 22 Ohio State coaches are 21-0-1 in their home debuts. The last Buckeye coach to lose his home opener was Alexander Lilley in 1890.

• Ohio State has started 1-0 every year since 2000. The Buckeyes last lost an opener when they suffered a 23-12 defeat to Miami (Fla.) in the 1999 Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium.

• Ohio State is 31-2 in its last 33 season-openers.

• Ohio State is 53-5 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.

• Ohio State has won 55 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games against teams not ranked in the AP Top 25.

• Ohio State has not lost a home opener in 33 years - Sept. 16, 1978 to be exact when No. 6 Ohio State suffered a 19-0 loss to No. 5 Penn State in Woody Hayes' final season as head coach.

• Ohio State has an all-time opening game record of 105-12-4. The Buckeyes' last opening day loss away from Columbus was to Miami (Fla.) in the 1999 Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.

• All-time, the Buckeyes are 109-8-4 in home openers since 1890. The largest opening day crowd at Ohio Stadium was 105,092 in the 2009 opener vs. Navy.

• The game marked just the second time since 1977 Ohio State opened the season with a shutout. The only other was a 43-0 victory against Youngstown State in 2008.

• Ohio State has 820 wins all-time, the fifth-most among FBS teams.

• The Buckeyes had 27 first downs to five for Akron.

• Senior center Mike Brewster, senior right tackle J.B. Shugarts and junior defensive tackle John Simon served as game captains.


• Ohio State is 7-1 all-time against Akron.

• Ohio State won the last meeting with the Zips, 20-2, Sept. 8, 2007 at Ohio Stadium.


• Ohio State outgained Akron 125-25 in the first quarter and 224-35 for the game.

• The game was the 20th-consecutive outing Ohio State rushed for 100-plus yards. The last time the Buckeyes did not rush for 100 yards was Oct. 17, 2009 at Purdue.

Joe Bauserman made his first career start at quarterback vs. the Zips. He went 12-for-16 for 163 yards and three touchdowns. Bauserman ran for 32 yards on six carries and a touchdown, all career highs.

• The touchdown run was the first of Bauserman's career.

• Bauserman started the game 5-for-5 for 61 yards.

• Ohio State went 74 yards in eight plays to score the opening touchdown on a 15-yard run by Bauserman.

• Bauserman's three-touchdown game was the first since Terrelle Pryor threw three touchdowns in a 49-0 win over Purdue Oct. 23, 2010.

Jake Stoneburner caught a pair of first-half touchdown passes, a 28-yarder and an 11-yarder. He had a pair of touchdowns in his career entering the game. Stoneburner then added a two-yard TD catch on the first drive of the second half.

• Stoneburner's three-touchdown game marked the first time in program history an Ohio State tight end caught three touchdown passes and eighth time any player caught three or more touchdown passes in a game.

• The last Ohio State tight end with two touchdown receptions in a game was Rory Nicol on Oct. 21, 2006 vs. Indiana.

• The Indiana game Oct. 21, 2006 also was the last time Ohio State tight ends combined for three receiving touchdowns in a game (Nicol-2, Jake Ballard-1).

• The last Buckeye with three or more touchdown receptions was Dane Sanzenbacher (four) Sept. 25, 2010 vs. Eastern Michigan.

Carlos Hyde carried the ball 19 times for 93 yards and Rod Smith ran 18 times for 74 yards, all career highs.

• Six different Buckeyes caught a pass in the first half, including the first career catches for Verlon Reed and Carlos Hyde.

Devin Smith caught his first career touchdown on Braxton Miller's first career touchdown pass at the 14:26 mark of the fourth quarter.

• Miller finished 8-for-12 for 130 yards with one touchdown pass, the first of his career.

• The last time a freshman scored in his first career game was when Terrelle Pryor connected with classmate DeVier Posey for a touchdown pass against Youngstown State Aug. 30, 2008.

• Other Buckeyes making their first career reception: Devin Smith, Rod Smith, Evan Spencer and T.Y Williams.


• Since the beginning of the 2005 season, the Ohio State defense has allowed only 10 100-yard rushers during a span of 78 games and only six since the start of the 2007 season. Both of those marks are the third best among FBS schools during those spans.

• Ohio State has held 63 opponents to 21 points or fewer since the start of the 2005 season, the most among FBS teams. TCU (61) is second.

• Ohio State has surrendered 122 touchdowns in 78 games since 2005. That is the fewest in the FBS in this span. TCU is second with 130 allowed in this span.

• Ohio State has allowed 110 touchdowns from scrimmage since the start of the 2005 season, the fewest by any FBS team in this span. TCU is second at 121.

• Ohio State has surrendered 48 rushing touchdowns since the start of the 2005 season. That mark is tied with Alabama for the fewest among FBS teams during that span.

• Ohio State has surrendered 62 passing touchdowns since the start of the 2005 season, the second-fewest among FBS teams.

• Ohio State allowed fewer than 10 points four times in 2010 and 29 times since the start of the 2006 season.

• Ohio State held Akron to 2-of-13 third down conversions.

• Ohio State recorded 10 tackles for loss.

• Twenty different Buckeyes recorded at least one tackle.

Andrew Sweat led the defense six tackles (two for loss) and an interception.

Darryl Baldwin, Michael Bennett, Nate Ebner and Ryan Shazier each recorded their first career sack.