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No. 14 Ohio State (2-0) 31, UCF (1-1) 16
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 8, 2012
OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES With the win, Urban Meyer improved to 36-4 in September.
Ohio State has won 59 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games against teams not ranked in the AP Top 25. The last loss: 34-17 to Florida State, Oct. 2, 1982.
Ohio State is 59-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
SERIES NOTES The game marked the first game on the gridiron between Ohio State and UCF.
OFFENSIVE NOTES Ohio State outgained UCF 248-114 in the first half.
Braxton Miller completed his first seven passes of the game, extending his streak to nine consecutive completions dating back to last Saturday.
Miller's 18 completions tied a career high, last set Jan. 2, 2012, against Florida.
The game marked the second consecutive game Miller rushed for 100 or more yards in the first half.
With the 141-yard rushing performance, Miller went over 1,000 rushing yards in his career.
Miller set a career high with three rushing touchdowns. The game marked the second multiple touchdown rushing game of Miller's career (Wisconsin, '11).
The last Buckeye with three rushing touchdowns in a game was Chris Wells against Wisconsin in 2007.
The 27 rushing attempts by Miller marked a career high.
Miller completed passes to seven different Ohio State receivers.
The last Ohio State quarterback with three rushing touchdowns in a game was Art Schlichter against Illinois in 1979.
The game marked the fifth 100-yard rushing game of Miller's career, breaking a record he held with Cornelius Greene.
Jake Stoneburner's 12-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter marked the 10th touchdown reception of his career.
The seven carries by Zach Boren marked a career high.
DEFENSIVE NOTES The last time Ohio State recorded three interceptions was at Michigan Jan. 21, 2009.
The Ohio State defense claimed three turnovers and now has posted five takeaways in two games in 2012. The Buckeyes came into the game tied for fourth in the country in TO margin.
Since the beginning of the 2007 season, the Ohio State defense has allowed only 11 100-yard rushers. That mark is tied for third best among FBS schools.
Senior defensive back Travis Howard posted his team-leading third interception of the season at 3:29 left in the second quarter following a tip pass by classmate Orhian Johnson at the UCF 48-yard line. The three interceptions for Howard is a season-high for the OSU defensive back.
The Buckeyes have held 70 opponents to 21 points or fewer since the start of the 2005 season, the most among FBS teams.
Senior linebacker Etienne Sabino collected his first career interception at 8:54 in the third quarter following a tip pass.
Nineteen Buckeyes notched tackles vs. the Knights, with Christian Bryant leading the way with seven stops.
Johnson tallied his fifth career interception in the fourth quarter
The Buckeyes held UCF to 7-of-15 on third down conversions.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES Junior placekicker Drew Basil posted his first field goal of 2012 at 9:58 in the second quarter from 24 yards out to put Ohio State ahead, 10-3. Basil's career field goal percentage is now 17-of-20.
The Buckeye defensive PAT unit blocked a UCF extra point attempt at 1:37 in the third quarter to put the score 31-16 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray. Freshman defensive lineman Adolphus Washington was credited with the block.
CENTRAL FLORIDA TEAM NOTES UCF falls to 1-1 on the season, while No. 14 Ohio State jumps to 2-0.
The Knights also dropped to 0-7 in games against Big Ten teams. Saturday marked the first meeting between the two schools.
It was the first non-conference loss for the Knights vs. a school from an automatically-qualifying BCS conference since 2010 at Kansas State. UCF entered with a two-game winning streak (Georgia in 2010, Boston College in 2011) in such games.
Attendance at Ohio Stadium was 104,745, marking the most fans to ever watch a UCF game since the program's inception in 1979. The previous record was 103,029 at Penn State on Aug. 31, 2002.
CENTRAL FLORIDA INDIVIDUAL NOTES Senior captains for the Ohio State game were: wide receiver/quarterback Rob Calabrese and cornerback A.J. Bouye.
Bouye notched his first interception of the year at the end of the third quarter. It was his fourth of his career, and he now has a pick in each of the last three seasons.
Meanwhile, Bouye completed the afternoon by tying his career high with seven tackles.
Sophomore wide receiver Rannell Hall earned his first-career start Saturday.
With 82 yards, Hall entered UCF's all-time top-10 for kickoff return yards and is now ninth. He entered the game with 714 yards to his name and surpassed Joe Burnett (745) and Doug Gabriel (795).
Sophomore Shawn Moffitt converted on his first field-goal try of the year - a 28-yarder with 12 seconds left in the first quarter.
Sophomore MLB Terrance Plummer recorded eight tackles in the first quarter alone. His previous career-high for an entire game was seven.
Plummer finished the game with 15 tackles.
Sophomore TE Justin Tukes recorded his first-career touchdown reception on a 1-yard catch in the second quarter, which helped tie the game at 10-10.
Junior DT E.J. Dunston was credited with his first forced fumble of his career when he stripped Zach Boren in the second quarter.
Senior fullback Billy Giovanetti caught his second touchdown pass as a Knight on a 2-yard reception on fourth down in the third quarter. It was his first TD since 2009.