Sept. 24, 2011
Ohio State (3-1) 37, Colorado (1-3) 17
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 24, 2011
OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES
Ohio State is 55-5 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
Ohio State has won 57 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games against teams not ranked in the AP Top 25.
Ohio State moved to 10-3 in its last 13 games against current teams in the new Pac-12.
Ohio State has 822 wins all-time, the fifth-most among FBS teams.
Junior fullback Zach Boren and junior defensive lineman John Simon served as game captains.
Ohio State outgained Colorado 78-1 on the ground and 78-18 overall in the first quarter.
Ohio State's first 105 yards came on the ground before an 8-yard pass from Braxton Miller to Reid Fragel in the second quarter.
Ohio State controlled time of possession 19:03 to 10:57 in the first half.
Ohio State tallied 47 rushing attempts to 16 for Colorado for the game.
Ohio State moved to 4-1 all-time against Colorado.
Ohio State won the last meeting with the Buffaloes, 13-10, Sept. 20, 1986 at Ohio Stadium.
Freshman Braxton Miller made his first start at quarterback for Ohio State.
Miller's 16-yard run in the first quarter was a career long.
Miller threw for a career-high two touchdowns, a 32-yard completion to Devin Smith in the second quarter and a 17-yarder to Smith in the third quarter. Miller's first career touchdown pass also came to Smith in the fourth quarter against Akron.
Miller tallied a career-best 83 rushing yards on a career-high 17 carries.
Jordan Hall scored his first rushing touchdown of the season and third of his career, a 1-yard run in the first quarter.
Hall tallied a career-high 231 all-purpose yards.
Hall recorded a career-high 18 rushing attempts, totaling 84 yards.
Carlos Hyde scored his third career rushing touchdown, a 5-yard run in the third quarter.
Devin Smith caught a career-high two touchdown passes, a 32-yard reception from Braxton Miller in the second quarter and a 17-yarder from Miller in the third quarter.
Reid Fragel tied his career high with two receptions.
The Buckeyes were 5-for-6 in the red zone, with three touchdowns and two field goals.
The Buffalo offense's average starting possession against the Buckeyes was at its own 18-yard line. Colorado started eight times inside the 20 yard-line, with four of those possessions starting inside the 10-yard line.
Since the beginning of the 2005 season, the Ohio State defense has allowed only 10 100-yard rushers during a span of 80 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.
OSU has surrendered 127 TDs in 80 games since 2005, the fewest in the FBS in this span. TCU is second with 130 allowed in this span.
Ohio State held Colorado to 3-of-13 on third down conversions.
Storm Klein notched his first career sack in the fourth quarter.
The Silver Bullet Defense forced six three-and-outs and claimed two turnovers against the Buffaloes
The OSU defense did not allow a first down in the entire first quarter and six minutes into the second - Colorado claimed its first conversion at 6:55 in the second quarter - a 21:55 span of no conversions
Sophomore defensive tackle Adam Bellamy claimed his first career fumble recovery on the Colorado 22-yard line at 6:59 in the opening quarter.
Nineteen Buckeyes recorded tackles in the game.
Sophomore defensive back Christian Bryant led the team with a career-high six tackles with one pass breakup. Freshman Ryan Shazier was second with a career-best five tackles.
The Buffaloes had just two possessions inside the red zone against the Buckeye defense.
Ohio State has only allowed three touchdowns in the second half through the first four games
Ohio State ranks 17th in the nation in passing defense and allowed 238 against the Buffaloes, who came into the game averaging 304.0 yards a game.
The Scarlet and Gray have held 65 opponents to 21 points or fewer since the start of the 2005 season - tied with TCU for the most among FBS schools.
The Buckeyes have allowed 119 touchdowns from scrimmage since the start of the 2005 campaign - the fewest in the nation among FBS schools in that span.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Drew Basil's 47-yard field goal in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career.
Basil set his career high with three made field goals.
Jordan Hall's 90-yard kickoff return in the third quarter was the longest of his career.
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