Oct. 7, 2012
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Postgame Press Conference
Game Day Magazine
No. 12 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) 63, No. 21/20 Nebraska (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) 38
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 6, 2012
OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES An Ohio Stadium record 106,102 fans were in attendance for the game against Nebraska.
Ohio State is 62-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
Ohio State is 8-3 all-time in home night games and 35-18 in night games overall.
Only two other first-year Ohio State coaches have started a season better than 5-0: Carol Widdoes went 9-0 in 1944 and eventually won his first 12 games before his first loss; and Earle Bruce opened 11-0 in 1979.
Ohio State now is 272-0-1 when scoring 35 or more points. The tie was 35-35 against SMU in 1978.
SERIES NOTES Ohio State moved to 3-1 all-time against Nebraska. The Buckeyes are 3-0 in games played in Columbus.
The game marked the first game played by the teams in Columbus since 1956.
OFFENSIVE NOTES Carlos Hyde had a career-best four touchdowns after three two-TD games in his career (including vs. Nebraska last year). He compiled 140 yards on 28 attempts, both career bests. Hyde's four-touchdown game was the first for a Buckeye since Eddie George ran for four against Iowa Oct. 28, 1995.
Braxton Miller's 72-yard run in the second quarter tied for the Buckeyes' longest play from scrimmage this year (Devin Smith 72-yard touchdown reception from Miller vs. Cal). It marked the longest run of the season by a Buckeye.
The game marked Miller's fourth 100-yard rushing performance of the season and seventh of his career.
Miller's 186 rushing yards set a single-game record by an Ohio State quarterback. Miller set the previous record with 161 earlier this season against Miami.
Miller came in to the game averaging 199.1 yards of total offense per contest. He accounted for 215 yards in the first half and ended the game with 313.
The 371 rushing yards vs. Nebraska marked the first time the Buckeyes rushed for more than 300 yards as a team since Ohio State ran for 346 against Indiana in 2011.
The 63 points are the most for the Buckeyes since scoring 73 vs. Eastern Michigan in 2010. The team scored 56 vs. Miami (Ohio) earlier this season (Sept. 1).
The 59 combined first-half points were the most in a half in an Ohio State game since the Iowa game in 1995. Ohio State led that game 56-7 at halftime and it ended 56-35. The 101 combined points in the game were the most since the 1995 game vs. the Hawkeyes.
The game marked the first time Ohio State scored 50-plus points against a Big Ten opponent since a 52-10 win at Minnesota in 2010.
The four-touchdown second quarter marked the first time the Buckeyes scored four touchdowns in a quarter since the Purdue game in 2010.
The 35-point first half tied for the most points in a half by Ohio State this season (Miami, 2nd half).
Ohio State out-gained Nebraska 242-104 in the second quarter.
Jeff Heuerman's 18-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter marked his first career touchdown catch.
Nick Vannett's 32-yard reception in the second quarter was a career long. Heuerman's 35-yard reception in the third quarter marked a career long. Rod Smith's 33-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the longest run of his career.
DEFENSIVE NOTES The Buckeye defense collected two third-down turnovers (four total) vs. Nebraska. Ohio State posted 18 points off turnovers.
Ohio State has scored 53 points off turnovers this season, while its opponents have scored three.
Sophomore defensive back Bradley Roby claimed a career-high two interceptions vs. the Cornhuskers and now has five career interceptions. Roby is the second Buckeye this season to have two interceptions after Travis Howard caught two takeaways vs. Miami (Sept. 1, 2012) in the home opener.
Roby took back an interception for a touchdown at 8:29 in the first quarter for 41 yards. The interception was his first of the season and fourth of his career. Roby's pick was the first interception for a touchdown since Travis Howard took a 30-yard interception to the end zone against Penn State Nov. 13, 2010.
Ohio State has collected an interception in five of its six games this year (10 total interceptions).
Senior defensive lineman John Simon helped the Buckeye defense force a three-and-out after collecting his second sack of the season during Nebraska's opening offensive drive.
Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier notched a team-best 11 tackles with a sack. He leads the team with 59 stops in 2012, his second game with 10 or more tackles this season.
Senior defensive back Orhian Johnson claimed his second interception of the season and sixth of his career at 3:27 in the third quarter. The Buckeyes have now had three interceptions in two games this season (UAB, Sept. 22, 2012)
Junior safety Christian Bryant posted a season-high nine tackles vs. Nebraska.
Senior defensive lineman Garrett Goebel had a career-high eight tackles.
Overall, the Scarlet and Gray combined for 86 total tackles with 24 different Buckeyes claiming at least one stop.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES Junior wide receiver Corey Brown took a 76-yard punt return down the left sideline for a touchdown at 5:50 in the third quarter. It was the first punt return for a touchdown by a Buckeye since Chris Fields returned a 69-yard punt return to the end zone last season vs. Toledo (Sept. 10, 2011).
Junior placekicker Drew Basil was 9-for-9 on PAT attempts. He is now 29-for-30 on the season.
NEBRASKA POST GAME NOTES
The loss dropped Nebraska to 4-2 on the season and 1-1 in Big Ten play. Nebraska is now 1-3 against Ohio State all-time and 0-3 against the Buckeyes in Columbus. Nebraska dropped to 2-3 in conference road openers under Bo Pelini, with all three losses against opponents ranked in the top 12 of the Associated Press poll. Nebraska is now 4-8 in games away from Lincoln against AP ranked opponents since the start of the 2009 season, with five of those setbacks against teams ranked in the top 12 nationally.
Nebraska's 63 points allowed are the most by Nebraska since Colorado scored 65 against the Huskers on Nov. 23, 2007. Overall, the 63 points mark the fourth most points Nebraska has allowed in its history.
Nebraska rushed for 223 yards, marking the first time this season Nebraska did not reach 250 rushing yards. Nebraska also lost for just the fourth time under Bo
Pelini when it has rushed for 200 yards (28-4). The five-game stretch of 250-yard rushing games to open the season was NU's longest since rushing for 250 yards in
seven straight games in 2002.
Nebraska scored 38 points tonight and has scored 30 points or more in each of its first six games. The last time Nebraska had reached 30 points in six or more
straight games was a seven-game stretch including the final three games of 2007 and the first four games in 2008.
Nebraska finished with 437 yards of total offense and has topped 400 yards in each of the first six games of the season. The last time Nebraska had a longer
stretch of 400-yard total offense games was a seven-game stretch during the 2008 season.
Senior I-back Rex Burkhead rushed 14 times for 119 yards, including a career-long 73-yard run in the first quarter. The 73-yard run bettered Burkhead's previous
long run of 61 yards against Idaho State on Sept. 22. Burkhead has posted the three longest runs of his career this season (57 yards vs. Southern Miss, 61 yards vs.
Idaho State, 73 yards vs. Ohio State).
With his 119 yards in tonight's game, Burkhead pushed his career rushing total to 3,042 yards to become the seventh Husker to rush for 3,000 career yards.
Burkhead hit exactly 3,000 yards with his 73-yard run in the first quarter. Burkhead moved up to sixth place on the NU career rushing list, moving past Ken Clark
(3,037 career yards).
Burkhead's 119 yards marked the 13th 100-yard rushing game of his career and his second of 2012 (also Idaho State). Burkhead's 13 career 100-yard games are
the eighth-most in Nebraska history. Burkhead topped the century mark for the second straight year against Ohio State after running 26 times for 119 yards and a
touchdown against the Buckeyes last year in Lincoln.
Sophomore Ameer Abdullah had a pair of touchdown runs in the first quarter (1 and 3 yards), giving Abdullah seven rushing touchdowns and nine total
touchdowns this season, both team highs. Abdullah also has a punt return for a touchdown and a receiving touchdown.
Abdullah also finished with eight kickoff returns for 128 yards. He increased his career total to 1,033 return yards to become the seventh Husker to surpass 1,000
kickoff return yards.
Sophomore receiver Kenny Bell had a career-long 74-yard reception in the second quarter, setting up a Taylor Martinez touchdown rush. The 74-yard reception
bettered his previous career long of 68 yards against Idaho State two weeks ago. Bell has had at least one reception in 18 straight games, with at least three
receptions in 10 of those games.
Bell finished the game with five receptions for a career-high 133 yards, marking his second career 100-yard receiving game. Bell's 133 receiving yards betters his
108 yards on six catches earlier this season at UCLA. Bell has 20 receptions for 463 yards this season, an average of 23.2 yards per reception. Bell's 463 receiving
yards this season are two more than his team-high 461 yards in 2011.
Senior tight end Ben Cotton had a three-yard TD reception in the third quarter for his second career touchdown reception, and first since a 2009 TD catch at
Colorado in his redshirt freshman season. Cotton had two receptions for 19 yards.
Junior quarterback Taylor Martinez passed for 214 yards and a touchdown in tonight's game, while rushing for 40 yards and two touchdowns. Martinez's 254
total offensive yards moved his career total to 7,172, making him just the second Husker to top 7,000 yards in career total offense (Eric Crouch, 7,915).
Senior defensive end Eric Martin recorded 2.0 sacks for eight yards in tonight's game, giving him a team-high 5.5 sacks for 30 yards this season. Martin has had at
least one sack in three of the past four games and tonight marked his second multiple-sack game of the season (2.5 vs. Idaho State).
Senior place-kicker Brett Maher had a 26-yard field goal in tonight's game. Maher now has eight field goals this season and 27 in his career. Maher moved into a
tie with Dale Klein on the NU career field goal list. Maher's 27 field goals rank fourth in NU history. Maher added five extra points for eight points in the game, giving
him 158 career points. He climbed to a tie for 27th place on the NU career scoring list in tonight's game.
NU had a 7-play, 92-yard drive in the first quarter, marking the Huskers' third drive of the season of at least 90 yards (1 each vs. UCLA, Wisconsin, Ohio State).
Tonight's attendance of 106,102 is the fourth-largest crowd for a Nebraska game. Three of the four largest crowds Nebraska has played in front of have come in
the past 11 months (at Michigan and at Penn State in 2011; at Ohio State, 2012).
Tonight's game captains were senior linebacker Will Compton, senior defensive back Justin Blatchford and junior offensive guard Spencer Long.
Nebraska is off next week before returning to action on Oct. 20 at Northwestern. The Wildcats are 5-1 entering next week's game at Minnesota. The game will be
Nebraska's first at Northwestern since 1931.