Postgame Notes From Ohio State vs. UAB

Sept. 22, 2012

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No. 16 Ohio State (4-0) 29, UAB (0-2) 15
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 22, 2012
Attendance: 105,019


  • With the win, Urban Meyer improved to 38-4 in September.
  • Ohio State has won 61 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 61-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
  • With the 4-0 start, Meyer is tied for the third-best start to a career by an Ohio State coach.


  • Saturday marked the first game between the Buckeyes and Blazers.


  • Braxton Miller put Ohio State on top with his sixth rushing touchdown of the season in the second quarter and added a second TD with a 1-yard rush in the fourth quarter to increase his team-leading total to seven. It was his second game this season with multiple rushing touchdowns after scoring three vs. UCF and he has rushed for at least one each game.
  • Rod Smith tallied his second career rushing touchdown (Akron, '11) and first of the season in the second quarter.
  • Zach Boren recorded his second career rushing touchdown, and second of the season (Miami) in the second quarter.
  • Miller completed all six passes for 81 yards in the second quarter.
  • Michael Thomas recorded his first career reception in the second quarter.
  • Jordan Hall finished with a career-high 105 yards on 17 carries, passing the 90 yards he had vs. New Mexico State in 2009. He was one shy of the career-best 18 carries he had twice before (last vs. Michigan State 2011).


  • The Ohio State defense did not allow UAB a red zone chance until the fourth quarter - a span of 45:09. UAB settled for no offensive touchdowns and three field goals vs. the Buckeyes.
  • Senior linebacker Etienne Sabino collected a career-high 12 stops, besting the three eight-tackle games he has had in his career (last at Michigan 2011). Seven of his tackles were solos, also a career high, and he matched his career best with two pass breakups
  • Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier posted a team-high 14 tackles vs. the Blazers, one shy of the career-best 15 he had vs. Penn State last season. He leads the squad with 41 tackles in 2012 and has back-to-back games with at least 10 tackles.
  • Sophomore cornerback Doran Grant posted a career-high five tackles. He had his first career sack, forced fumble and interception vs. the Blazers.
  • Junior defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins had a career-best 10 tackles for the second-consecutive game.
  • Ohio State has a +1.0 turnover margin on the year. The Buckeyes have collected at least one turnover in each of the first four games.


  • Senior defensive back Orhian Johnson blocked UAB's PAT attempt at 9:21 in the first quarter. It was the second of the season after freshman defensive lineman Aldolphus Washington blocked a PAT against UCF Sept. 8.
  • The Blazers blocked a punt for a touchdown at 9:21 in the first quarter. The last time the Buckeyes had a punt blocked for a touchdown was against Florida in the 2012 Gator Bowl (1/2/12).
  • The 54-yard field goal by UAB placekicker Ty Long in the second quarter was the third-longest field goal by an opponent at Ohio Stadium.
  • Three of Ben Buchanan's punts landed inside the UAB 20-yard line, including a punt that was downed inside the UAB four-yard line. Those three punts are a tie for Buchanan's career high which he has achieved five times.



  • UAB captains were senior linebackers Marvin Burdette and Greg Irvin and senior offensive lineman Chris Hubbard
  • This afternoon's game marked the first time that UAB and Ohio State have squared off on the football field. It is the second time the Blazers have faced a Big Ten opponent (Lost 55-18 at Michigan State on Sept. 1, 2007).
  • The announced attendance of 105,019 at Ohio Stadium was the third-largest crowd a UAB Football team has played in front of in program history. The top two crowds the Blazers have played in front of both were at Tennessee (107,259 in 2005 and 106,508 in 1998).
  • UAB led Ohio State, 6-0, at the end of the first quarter of play. It is the first time the Blazers held a first quarter lead on an opponent since Nov. 20, 2010 when they Blazers held a 14-3 lead over Memphis at Legion Field. UAB went on to win that contest 31-15.
  • For the second time in three games this season, the Blazers recovered an onside kick to begin the 2nd half. It also occurred in the season opener vs. Troy (Sept. 1).


  • Redshirt freshman Austin Brown saw the most significant action of his young Blazer career. Brown finished the contest with 196 yards passing on 21-of-35 throwing, including a career-long 32-yard pass completion to Bashr Coles.
  • A first quarter blocked punt by junior Calvin Jones was returned for a touchdown by Nick Adams. It marked the first time since Nov. 1, 2003 that the Blazers returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. The last time it happened was when Jhun Cook blocked a punt which was returned by Dominique Cosper vs. Army.
  • Nick Adams returned the blocked punt for a touchdown, marking the fourth touchdown of his career. His touchdowns have come three different ways (two receiving, kick return and blocked punt return).
  • Kicker Ty Long was 3-of-4 from field goals against Ohio State, including a career-long 54-yard kick late in the second quarter - the longest field goal in UAB history. It was also the third-longest in Ohio Stadium history and the fifth-longest ever against the Buckeyes.
  • Long made his first three field goals of the game, before missing a 47-yarder midway through the fourth quarter. The miss snapped his consecutive field goals streak at 12, which dated back to last year. Despite the miss, Long tied his career-high for field goals made in a contest (three made at Troy in 2011). He is now 6-of-7 for the season.
  • Darrin Reaves finished the contest with a combined total of 113 yards in the contest. Reaves had 71 rushing yards (on 16 carries) and a career-best 42 receiving yards (7 receptions). Reaves led the team in receptions, receiving yards, rushing attempts and total rushing yards on the day.
  • Jackie Williams finished with five receptions for 55 yards on the afternoon. With his first reception in the third quarter, Williams becomes the fifth Blazer in program history to record 100 receptions for his career (104).
  • Williams has now caught at least one pass in all 26 games he has played in for the Green and Gold. That streaks ranks as the third-longest in school history (Roddy White and Derrick Ingram each had 35-game streaks).
  • Senior linebacker Marvin Burdette recorded eight tackles vs. Ohio State. He now has 274 during his career, placing him in a tie for seventh on the career tackles list in program history.
  • Tight end Sam Accursio had his first reception of the season, a seven-yard catch late in the fourth quarter.