No. 2/2 Ohio State Hosts Buffalo in 2013 Season Opener

Aug 26, 2013

Junior QB B. Miller was the 2012 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year after totaling a school-record 3,310 yards.
Junior QB Braxton Miller was the 2012 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year after totaling a school-record 3,310 yards.

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  • Ohio State and Buffalo are meeting for the first time on the gridiron.
  • Ohio State enters the season with the nation's longest winning streak at 12 games.
  • Ohio State has opened the season with a win every year since 2000.
  • Ohio State is 32-2 in its last 34 season-openers. Both of those 0-1 starts took place in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium - 1999 to Miami and 1986 to Alabama.
  • 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 66-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
  • Junior QB Braxton Miller is 14 rushing yards shy of 2,000 for his career (1,986).
  • Miller needs 95 yards to pass Cornelius Greene (2,080) and become Ohio State's all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks.
  • Head coach Urban Meyer is 42-4 in his career in games played in August/September.
  • Coach Meyer last faced Buffalo in 2001 -- his first year as a head coach -- in Bowling Green's home opener, a 35-0 BGSU win. It was Meyer's second game as a head coach.

Ohio State is ranked No. 2 in the preseason Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 polls of the 2013 season, its highest preseason ranking since 2010 when it started at No. 2 and its highest overall ranking since Oct. 10, 2010 when it was ranked No. 1 by the AP. The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP more times (805) than any other school, are appearing in the AP preseason poll for the 25th consecutive season, the longest such streak in the nation. It also marks the 46th consecutive season Ohio State has appeared in the AP poll, tying Alabama for the longest active streak.

Since the start of the 2002 season, Ohio State has been ranked in the AP Top 10 more times than any other school (128). Oklahoma is second with 119.

The Bulls are coming off a 4-8 season in 2012 where they tied for fourth in the MAC East with a 3-5 mark. They return nine starters on offense and seven on defense from a team that won three of its final four games, dropping its final game to Bowling Green at Crew Stadium in Columbus on Thanksgiving weekend.

The Bulls will be led on offense by sophomore quarterback Joe Licata, who completed 52 percent of his passes in 2012, throwing for 1,045 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Licata started last season as a backup, but earned starts in the final four games of the season as the Bulls went 3-1 in those games. Senior running back Branden Oliver returns after leading Buffalo with 821 yards on the ground, despite missing five games with an injury. He averaged 117 rushing yards per game with five touchdowns. The defense is led by senior linebacker Khalil Mack, who led the Bulls with 94 tackles in 2012.

Head coach Jeff Quinn is in his fourth year at Buffalo with a 9-27 record at UB and a 10-28 mark overall. Quinn also served as interim coach on two occasions; one at Central Michigan in the 2006 Motor City Bowl and the other at Cincinnati in the 2010 Sugar Bowl, falling to Urban Meyer's Florida Gators, 48-17.

Ohio State is 28-1 all-time vs. current members of the Mid-American Conference. Ohio State has hosted a MAC school each year since 1997, with the exception of the 2009 season when Ohio State played the University of Toledo at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

For the second consecutive year, the Ohio State Department of Athletics is encouraging all fans to wear their scarlet and to wear their gray and to be part of a special effort to "Scarlet and Gray the `Shoe" during the Buffalo game. The promotion is aiming for a total of five distinguished sections that are either all scarlet or all gray. The color assignments are as follows:

Scarlet Sections:
- All sections 31-39 (South Stands)
- Both Block "O" North and Block "O" South should wear Scarlet
- Odd numbered sections 21-29
- Even numbered sections 2-18
- Club sections 3, 4 & 5

Gray Sections:
- Odd numbered sections 1-19
- Even numbered sections 20-30
- Club sections 1 & 2
- All suites

Former Buckeye wide receiver Cris Carter, who starred for Ohio State from 1984-86 and then played 16 years in the National Football League, was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 3. He is the seventh Ohio State player and the 10th individual with Ohio State ties to become an NFL Hall of Famer. Carter will be honored on the field Saturday.

Carter, who played with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins, recorded 1,101 catches for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns during his NFL career. His receptions and touchdown totals each ranked second in NFL history when he retired from the game. Carter recorded eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, had 42 career games with 100 or more receiving yards and was selected to eight consecutive Pro Bowls from 1994-2001. He was named all-pro in 1994 and 1999.

A member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s, Carter had 10 or more touchdowns in a season six times and he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns three times (1995, 1997, and 1999). He recorded 70 or more catches in a season 10 times.

One of the game's most prolific receivers was also one of its most durable. He played full 16-game seasons in 13 of his 16 years.

Carter, who played for coach Earle Bruce and was part of two Big Ten championship teams (1984 and 1986), held Ohio State career records for receptions (168) and touchdowns (27), and single season marks for receptions (69 in 1986), yards (1,127 in 1986) and touchdowns (11 in 1986) at the conclusion of his Ohio State career. He still ranks second in career receptions and touchdowns and fourth in receiving yards (2,725). Carter's five consecutive games with 100-plus yards receiving in 1986 is still an Ohio State record.

Buckeye Players in the NFL HOF:
Cris Carter
Lou Groza
Dante Lavelli
Dick LeBeau
Jim Parker
Paul Warfield
Bill Willis

The 2013 college football season represents the 124th season of football for The Ohio State University Buckeyes. It also represents Ohio State's 101st season in the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 837-316-53 to rank among the top five winningest programs in NCAA history, and 465-171-24 all-time in Big Ten games.

NCAA Top 10 Winningest Programs

1. Michigan904
2. Texas867
3. Notre Dame865
4. Nebraska857
5. Ohio State837
6. Oklahoma831
7. Alabama827
8. Tennessee799
9. USC786
10. Georgia759

The 2013 season will also represent the 91st campaign for Ohio Stadium to be the home of the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 404-109-20 all-time in the Horseshoe.

Ohio State has won 34 consecutive home-opening games with the last loss happening 35 years ago - Sept. 16, 1978 - when Joe Paterno's No. 5 Penn State team defeated No. 6 Ohio State, 19-0, to open what would ultimately be Woody Hayes' final season as head coach. A few more home game notes:

  • Ohio State has an all-time opening game record of 107-12-4. The Buckeyes' last season-opening loss came against the Miami Hurricanes in the 1999 Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.
  • All-time, the Buckeyes are 111-8-4 in home openers since 1890.
  • The largest opening day crowd at Ohio Stadium was 105,092 in the 2009 opener vs. Navy.

Head coach Urban Meyer is 11-0 all-time in season openers with an average margin of victory of 31.3 points. His largest margin of victory (59) in an opener was vs. Charleston Southern at Florida in 2009, a 62-3 UF victory.

Ohio State carries the nation's current longest winning streak into Saturday's game at 12 games. It is the 15th winning streak in school history of 10-or-more games. The streak is the seventh-longest in school history with 22 consecutive wins the longest.

Ohio State Winning Streaks (buster)
22 - 1967-69 (at Michigan, 24-12)
19 - 2005-06 (vs. Florida, 41-14)
19 - 2002-03 (at Wisconsin, 17-10)
17 - 1915-17 (tied Auburn, 0-0)
14 - 1899-00 (Ohio Medical, 11-6)
13 - 1957-58 (tied at Wisconsin, 7-7)
12 - 1944-45 (Purdue, 35-13)
12 - 2012 (current)
11 - 1995 (at Michigan, 31-23)
11 - 1979 (vs. USC, 17-16)
11 - 1975 (vs. UCLA, 23-10)
11 - 1954-55 (at Stanford, 6-0)
10 - 2010 (Illinois, 28-21)
10 - 1996 (Michigan, 13-9)
10 - 1934-35 (Notre Dame, 18-13)

Urban Meyer is in the midst of his third-longest winning streak for both a single season and multi-years. The only active coach - and one of only nine all-time - to have multiple 20-game winning streaks, Meyer won his last game at Florida - 37-24 over Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl - and he has guided the Buckeyes to 12 consecutive wins for a current 13-game winning streak. He has coached teams to winning streaks of 10 or more games five times.

Urban Meyer Winning Streaks (all games)
22 - Florida (2008 and 2009)
20 - Utah (2003 and 2004) and Florida (2005)
13 - Florida (2010) and Ohio State (2012)
11 - Florida (2006 and 2007)
11 - Bowling Green (2001 and 2002)

Meyer's Single Season Winning Streaks
12 - Florida (2009)
12 - Utah (2004)
12 - Ohio State (2012)
10 - Florida (2008)
8 - Bowling Green (2002)

Reigning Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and all-around dynamic player Braxton Miller returns at quarterback for his junior season. Fifth in the 2012 Heisman Trophy voting, Miller set a school record with 3,310 yards of total offense in 2012. He led the team to only the sixth undefeated/untied season in school history with a lethal combination of 1,271 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns and 2,039 passing yards with 15 touchdowns and only six interceptions. See page 7 of this release for more on Miller.

Braxton Miller is closing in on two milestones: 2,000 yards rushing and passing Cornelius Greene. Miller, who has 1,986 rushing yards entering the Buffalo game, is 14 yards shy of 2,000 for his career. He also needs 94 yards to tie and 95 to pass Greene (2,080) to become Ohio State's all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks.

Four senior starters return on the offensive line. Averaging 6-5 and 308 pounds, this unit helped pave the way for the Buckeyes to rank 10th in the nation last year with 242.2 rushing yards per game while scoring a 34-year Ohio State high 37 rushing touchdowns. Boasting a combined 80 cumulative starts on the line, the group features LT Jack Mewhort, LG Andrew Norwell, C Corey Linsley and RG Marcus Hall. Sophmore Taylor Decker will make his first career start Saturday.

Senior receiver Corey Brown headlines a skilled group of throw-to performers that also includes seniors Jordan Hall and Chris Fields, juniors Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, and sophomore Michael Thomas. Brown emerged as a reliable target last year with 60 catches and 5.0 receptions per game (fourth in the Big Ten) and a big-play maker as well. He scored five touchdowns, including on a 76-yard punt return vs. Nebraska, a second- and third-effort 37-yard TD reception vs. Illinois, and a 68-yard punt return vs. Wisconsin. Smith has 10 receiving touchdowns so far, including three over 60 yards in 2012 - 72 vs. Cal; 63 vs. Michigan State; 60 vs. Indiana) - and he averages 39.3 yards per touchdown catch.

Bradley Roby, who will sit out the Buffalo game, earned first-team All-America honors last year by after leading the nation in passes defensed (1.73 per game) with a school record-tying 17 pass break-ups. This big play maker also scored touchdowns three different ways: an interception return vs. Nebraska; off a fumbled punt vs. Miami; and off a blocked punt return vs. Indiana.

C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant return for a third season as starters at safety. Barnett has made 24 starts and was honorable mention all-Big Ten in 2012 after recording eight passes defended in nine games. Bryant, second-team all-Big Ten in 2012, was second on the team in both tackles (70) and solo tackles (36), and he ranked sixth in the conference with 13 passes defended and 1.08 per game. He has made 21 starts.

Ryan Shazier, arguably, was the top linebacker in the Big Ten at season's end last year. He was among the conference's Top 10 in five categories, including leading the league with 17 tackles-forloss, ranking second with 115 tackles and eighth with 12 passes defended. He was named first-team all-Big Ten.

Sophomores Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence had fine 2013 spring campaigns along the defensive front. They'll be joined in the hunt for playing time by a handful of 2012 letterwinners: Juniors Michael Bennett, Joel Hale and Steve Miller, sophomore Tommy Schutt and a solid bunch of freshmen recruits.

Five from the 2013 recruiting class - CB Eli Apple, QB J.T. Barrett, CB Cam Burrows, DL Tyquan Lewis and DL Tracy Sprinkle - enrolled at Ohio State in January and took part in spring drills.

Urban Meyer's coaching staff is one of 10 BCS schools and one of four Big Ten schools keeping its coaching staff intact from 2012 to 2013. Below is a list of all FBS schools who have remained completely intact: Akron, Baylor, Boise State, Buffalo, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Minnesota (2011-12-13), Navy, Nebraska, Northwestern (2011-12-13), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rice, Toledo, Tulane, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.

The Buckeyes have returned at least one punt and/or a kickoff for a touchdown 10 consecutive years. That mark is tied for second among FBS schools and second overall among BCS programs. Last season Corey Brown's 68-yard punt return for a TD extended Ohio State's streak to 10.

Consecutive Years of Returning a Kickoff/Punt for a Touchdown:

2.Ohio State10
 Ole Miss8
 Kansas State8
8.Louisiana Tech7
 Oklahoma State7
 Southern Cal5

Urban Meyer's six Florida teams blocked a total of 21 punts, and they were 16-0 in those games. His Buckeyes have blocked two punts since the start of the 2012 season and his teams are now 18-0 when blocking a punt since the start of the 2005 season.

Meyer's Ohio State coaching staff has 209 combined years of NFL, college and high school coaching experience. The total includes three coaches on staff with college head coaching experience (Meyer, Luke Fickell and Everett Withers), two with a combined 32 years of high school head coaching experience (Kerry Coombs and Tim Hinton), two with 14 years of offensive coordinator experience on the collegiate level (Tom Herman and Ed Warinner) and two with 17 years of collegiate defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator experience (Withers and Fickell).

The Ohio State freshman have been watched closely this fall. Coach Urban Meyer had a black stripe taped on each of their helmets at the beginning of camp. Getting the black stripe removed is a signal that a freshman is ready to become a full fledged Buckeye. Each freshman is assigned a big brother, a leader on the team, who helps the younger player get through the rigors of fall camp while teaching what it takes to be an Ohio State Buckeye. It is a program that Meyer has implemented throughout his head coaching career, beginning in 2001 at Bowling Green.

Fourteen have had their stripe removed so far, with big brother in parenthesis:
QB Joe Ramstetter (Michael Thomas)
RB Dontre Wilson (Bri'onte Dunn)
LB Mike Mitchell (Curtis Grant)
DL Joey Bosa (Michael Bennett)
RB Ezekiel Elliott (Warren Ball)
CB Cam Burrows (Armani Reeves)
LB Aaron Mawhirter (Craig Fada)
DL Michael Hill (Adolphus Washington)
OL Billy Price (Corey Linsley)
SAF Vonn Bell (Tyvis Powell)
CB Devonte Butler (Ron Tanner)
OL Evan Lisle (Andrew Norwell)
QB J.T. Barrett (Braxton Miller)
OL Logan Gaskey (Ben St. John)

A number of players have changed numbers and/or positions since Ohio State last took the field. Among the more notable changes:

Ohio State has featured a Top 20 scoring defense in nine of the past 10 seasons, including a top 6 in six of the last eight.

YearPPG AllowedFBS Rank

*Defense ranked No. 2 nationally in the month of November in total defense, allowing just 269.7 yards per game; ranked sixth nationally in passing defense, allowing just 140.3 yards per game; ranked in a tie-for-second nationally in fewest plays allowed over 10 yards with 26; and ranked 19th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 19.0 points per game.

NOT SINCE 1922-24
Ohio State ranks first among all NCAA Div. I programs with 87 consecutive seasons since last posting back-to-back losing records. The Buckeyes have not been under .500 for two or more consecutive seasons since 1922-24. Tennessee had been first until back-to-back losing seasons in 2010 and 2011 snapped a 98-year streak (since 1909-11).

There will be a number of team reunions and teams being honored at Ohio Stadium this season. The list of past team honorees and recognitions - to date - includes the following:

Buffalo - Scarlet and Gray Game, OSU Marching Band, Student-Athlete/Cris Carter recognition
San Diego State - Alumni Band/Cheerleader game
Florida A&M - Military Appreciation Game, 1973 Big Ten championship team, student veteran and Ohio National Guard recognition
Wisconsin - Hall of Fame Game, 1993 Big Ten championship team recognition
Iowa - Homecoming Game
Penn State - Go Pink, Breast Cancer Awareness, Orlando Pace and 1968 Big Ten and National Championship team recognition
Indiana - Senior Day

The 2013 season will be Ohio State's 101st season of play in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State joined the former Western Conference during the 1912-13 academic year, but it could not compete in the conference in football until 1913. Ohio State ranks second in all-time Big Ten wins with a record of 465-171-24. Ohio State also ranks second with 34 outright or shared Big Ten championships.

Ohio Stadium, grand and venerable and registered on the National Register of Historic Places, will host its 91st football season in 2013. Ohio Stadium is endearingly nicknamed the "Horseshoe" or the "Shoe" because of its open south end. It is also referred to as the "House that Harley Built" after Chic Harley, Ohio State's first three-time All-American who fans flocked to see at Ohio Field in 1916-17-19. Just one year after Harley's career at Ohio State was over, things were in motion for a new stadium for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State has an all-time record of 404-109-20 in Ohio Stadium and the stadium has an official capacity of 102,329. The Buckeyes have not played before fewer than 100,000 fans in the last 77 games, or since the completion of a three-year renovation project in 2001 that restored and improved the stadium but also boosted attendance from an 88,000-plus capacity to over 100,000. Ohio State has played before more than 105,000 fans 44 times with a record crowd of 106,102 vs. Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012.

Orlando Pace, one of the all-time greats at Ohio State as well as in college and professional football, was named a member of the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) in May. Pace is the 24th Buckeye player to be so honored by the NFF.

Pace and the rest of the 2013 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 10, 2013, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be honored guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2, 2014 and officially enshrined in the summer of 2014.

In 1995 he became the first sophomore to win the Lombardi Award and in 1996 he became the first to ever win the Lombardi Award twice. Pace was a first-team consensus All-American in 1995 and 1996 and first-team all-Big Ten Conference in 1995 and 1996. In 1996 he was the first offensive lineman since Ohio State's John Hicks in 1972 to finish among the Top 4 vote getters for the Heisman Trophy. In 1997 Pace was the first pick of the 1997 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.

Buckeye Players in the College Football HOF:
Name (Year Inducted)
Chic Harley, 1951
Gaylord Stinchcomb, 1973
Wes Fesler, 1954
Gomer Jones, 1978
Gust Zarnas, 1975
Bill Willis, 1971
Les Horvath, 1969
Warren Amling, 1984
Jim Daniel, 1977
Vic Janowicz, 1976
Howard Cassady, 1979
Jim Parker, 1974
Aurealius Thomas, 1989
Archie Griffin, 1986
Jim Stillwagon, 1991
Bob Ferguson, 1996
Randy Gradishar, 1998
John Hicks, 2001
Jack Tatum, 2004
Jim Houston, 2005
Rex Kern, 2007
Chris Spielman, 2009
Eddie George, 2012
Orlando Pace, 2014


  • Ohio State is tied with Oklahoma with the most (8) BCS bowl appearances. USC, Florida and Florida Sttae are tied for third with seven.
  • Ohio State's three BCS national championship game appearances match, Alabama, Florida State and LSU for the second-most all-time. Only Oklahoma has more with four.
  • Ohio State is 5-3 in BCS bowls and is tied with Florida (5-2) and USC (5-1) for the most BCS Bowl wins all-time.
  • Ohio State (19-23) is second behind Michigan (20-22) for the most bowl wins all-time by a Big Ten team. Nebraska is 24-25 in bowl games overall, but did not represent the Big Ten in bowl games until the 2011 season.
  • Ohio State has won 34 Big Ten titles. Only Michigan has more with 42.
  • Ohio State has had 77 consecutive crowds of more than 100,000 at Ohio Stadium.