Postgame Notes From Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Sept. 29, 2012

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#14 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0) 17, at #20 Michigan State (3-2, 0-1) 16
Spartan Stadium - East Lansing, Mich.
Sept. 29, 2012
Attendance: 76,705

HEAD COACH Urban Meyer

  • With the 5-0 start, Meyer becomes the third first-year Ohio State coach to start their career 5-0. Only two other first-year coaches have started a season 5-0: Carol Widdoes went 9-0 in 1944 and eventually won his first 12 games; and Earle Bruce opened 11-0 in 1979.
  • Meyer improves to 39-4 in September in his head coaching career.
  • Meyer improves to 11-0 all-time in conference openers in his head coaching career.
  • Meyer is 95-5 in his career when leading at halftime in his head coaching career.
  • Meyer is 66-14 when coaching a ranked team.
  • Meyer is 34-13 on the road.
  • Meyer is 22-10 vs. ranked teams.
  • Meyer is 6-6 on the road vs. ranked teams.
  • Since 2005, Meyer teams are 17-0 when his team blocks a punt.


  • Saturday marked the 41st meeting between Ohio State and Michigan State. Ohio State leads the all-time series, 28-13.
  • Ohio State has won eight of the last nine meetings overall and seven of the last eight at Spartan Stadium.
  • Ohio State is 14-5 all-time against the Spartans in East Lansing.


  • Braxton Miller finished with 136 yards rushing on 23 carries. He passed for 179 yards, completing 16 of 23 passes with one INT.
  • Miller has three games this season with 100 or more yards rushing and six for his career.
  • Corey "Philly" Brown caught a career-high 12 passes for 84 yards. It marks the first 10-reception game for a Buckeye since Ted Ginn, Jr. caught 10 in 2006 vs. Bowling Green. The Ohio State record for receptions in a game is 14 by David Boston in 1997. The 12 receptions tied for fourth all-time for receptions in a game at Ohio State.
  • Ohio State scored on its opening drive for the second time this season, going 75 yards in eight plays on the opening drive of the game.
  • Jordan Hall scored his first TD of the season on a 1-yard plunge to open the game.
  • Ohio State has scored 15- consecutive times in the red zone.
  • The Buckeyes finished with 204 rushing yards on 44 carries. Ohio State had 383 yards in total offense.


  • The Ohio State defense held MSU's Le'Veon Bell, the nation's third-leading rusher with 152.5 yards per game, to a season-low 45 yards on 17 carries. He had just 24 yards on eight carries in the first half.
  • The Ohio State defense did not allow Michigan State to gain a first down rushing. The Buckeyes had 14 rushing first downs to finish with 21. MSU had 17 total, three by penalty.


  • Bradley Roby blocked his first career punt late in the second quarter. The last time Ohio State blocked a punt was Ryan Shazier last season in the win over Wisconsin.