Nov. 3, 2012
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Postgame Press Conference
Game Day Magazine
No. 6 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) 52, Illinois (2-7, 0-5 Big Ten) 22
Ohio Stadium - Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 3, 2012
OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES Ohio State is 64-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
At 10-0, Ohio State has tied its longest win streak since the Scarlet and Gray went 10-0 during the 2007 campaign. The Buckeyes were one of only six unbeaten teams left in Football Bowl Subdivision entering week 10 of the season.
With the 52 points, Ohio State scored 50 points or more four times in a season for the first-time ever.
With the win over Illinois, head coach Urban Meyer has now guided six different teams to at least one 10-win season in his coaching career. Meyer becomes the second first-year coach in Ohio State history to open 10-0 (Earl Bruce opened 11-0 in 1979). Meyer is 27-0 when his teams score 50 points or more.
Ohio State is 274-0-1 all-time when it scores at least 35 points. The tie was 35-35 against SMU in 1978.
SERIES NOTES Ohio State and Illinois met for the 99th time since the series was initiated in 1902. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 64-30-4 vs. the Fighting Illini and now hold a 38-18-4 advantage in Columbus.
OFFENSIVE Carlos Hyde rushed for three touchdowns and now has 13 rushing touchdowns this season. Hyde has 11 touchdowns in the last five games. He finished the game with a game-high 137 yards.
With his three touchdowns today, Hyde is now tied with teammate Braxton Miller and Wisconsin's Montee Ball with 13 rushing touchdowns this year and leads the league with 14 touchdowns overall. Hyde also leads the league in scoring (10.5 points per game).
Ohio State leads the Big Ten with 34 rushing touchdowns this year. It's only the third time in the last 29 years Ohio State has had at least 30 rushing touchdowns (2002- 31, 1984 - 35).
Rod Smith's 51-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was his first touchdown catch of his career and his first reception of 2012. The touchdown reception was Braxton Miller's fifth touchdown completion of 50 yards or more in 2012.
Miller was 12-for-20 with 226 yards and two touchdowns in the air vs. the Fighting Illini. Miller finished the game with 73 yards on the ground with a touchdown.
With his rushing touchdown in the third quarter, Miller passed former Buckeye Cornelius Greene (12; 1973) for sole possession of second place on the Ohio State single-season rushing touchdown list by a quarterback (13).
Corey Brown posted the team's sixth touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 37-yard reception from Miller. Brown had four catches with a game-high 79 yards.
Nick Vannett had a career-high 45 receiving yards on two catches.
Ohio State rushed for more than 200 yards for the seventh time this year. The Buckeyes came into the game ranked 10th in the country in rushing offense (247.89).
Bri'onte Dunn scored his second career touchdown in the fourth quarter. His first came vs. Miami Sept. 1.
The Buckeyes were 6-for-7 in the red zone today, collecting 38 points with five rushing touchdowns.
DEFENSIVE Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier collected a team-high 14 tackles, including two tackles for loss (ties career-high) vs. the Fighting Illini. Shazier has had five double-digit tackle performances this season. He set a career best with 11 solo tackles, passing the 10 he had vs. California earlier this season.
Travis Howard claimed the game's first turnover at the end of the second quarter and now has a team-high four interceptions. The OSU defense has had one interception in the last four games.
Zach Boren started at linebacker for the fourth-consecutive game, notching eight tackles to match his career best set at Indiana Oct. 13. He has 29 tackles in five games on defense this year.
SPECIAL TEAMS Drew Basil made a 31-yard field goal in the second quarter to improve to 4-of-6 in 2012.
Basil was 7-for-7 on PATs.