No. 2 Ohio State Opens Big Ten Play Saturday vs. Rutgers

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No. 2 Ohio State vs. Rutgers
Saturday, October 1st, 2016, Noon ET
Ohio Stadium (104,955), Columbus, OH

TV: BTN
Kevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Matt Millen (Analyst)
Lisa Byington (Sideline)

Radio: WBNS FM (97.1 The Fan) The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the action with former Buckeye Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews on the sidelines. The game can also be heard nationally on Sirius-XM channels 134 (Sirius) and 196 (XM) and SiriusXM internet channel 958.

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State has nine INTs through the first three games of the season. The 1942 and 1936 teams each had 10 through the first three games.
  • Ohio State's four INT returns for touchdowns has tied the school single-season record set previously by the 1987 and 1996 teams.
  • Ohio State leads the nation in turnover margin (+9) with 11 turnovers caused (9 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries) against two turnovers. The Buckeyes also lead the FBS with four defensive TDs, all INTs.
  • Ohio State is the only FBS team to not allow a rushing TD this season.
  • J.T. Barrett is three TD passes away from owning the Ohio State school record with 55. Only Joe Germaine (56) and Bob Hoying (57) have more.
  • Noah Brown tied the Ohio State record with four TD receptions in the win at Oklahoma.
  • Head coach Urban Meyer has the highest winning percentage (.853) among active coaches with at least 10 years of FBS coaching experience.
  • Meyer is a perfect 14-0 at Ohio State in the month of October.
  • The Sept. 17 win at No. 14 Oklahoma extended its nation's-best and school-record road winning streaks to 19 games.
  • Ohio State lost 16 starters from last year's team, eight on each side of the ball. It returned just six starters (3 on offense, 3 on defense), the fewest among all 128 FBS schools.

URBAN MEYER. CHRIS ASH.
Saturday will mark the first coaching matchup between teams coached by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and first-year Rutgers coach and former Meyer assistant Chris Ash. Ash is the 106th different coach that Meyer will game plan against. He is 90-15 in first-time coaching matchups.

GREG SCHIANO.
Greg Schiano, associate head coach, defensive coordinator along with Luke Fickell and safeties coach, led Rutgers for 11 seasons (2001-11). He guided Rutgers to six of its 10 bowl games, including five consecutive bowl wins, and had a 68-67 coaching record along the banks of the Raritan River. In 2006 Schiano led the Scarlet Knights to an 11-2 record and he was named the Eddie Robinson, Walter Camp, Home Depot and Liberty Mutual national coach of the year as well as the Big East Coach of the Year. That same season, Rutgers earned its first Top 25 ranking in 30 years.

MEYER: 8TH MEETING AGAINST FORMER ASSISTANT
Urban Meyer has had 14 of his assistant coaches move on to collegiate head coaching positions (see list of coaches below) with 11 of them active head coaches. Saturday will mark the eighth meeting between Meyer and one of his former assistant's teams. Meyer is 6-1 in the previous games.

MEYER VS. ASSISTANTS

  • The 1st - Meyer's Florida Gators defeated Dan Mullen's Mississippi State Bulldogs in 2009, 29- 19, in Starkville, Miss.
  • 2nd - Mullen's Bulldogs topped Florida in Gainesville in 2010, 10-7
  • 3rd - Meyer's Buckeyes defeated Tim Beckman's Illinois Illini, 52-22, in 2012 at Ohio Stadium
  • 4th - Ohio State defeated Gary Andersen's Wisconsin Badgers, 31-24, at Ohio Stadium in 2013 at Ohio Stadium
  • 5th - Ohio State defeated Beckman's Illini, 60-35, in 2013 at Memorial Stadium
  • 6th - Ohio State defeated Beckman's Illini, 55-14, in 2014 at Ohio Stadium
  • 7th - Ohio State defeated Andersen's Badgers, 59-0, in the 2014 Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium

14 MEYER ASSISTANTS TO HEAD COACHES
Urban Meyer has had 14 of his assistant coaches move on to head coaching positions. Chris Ash, in his first year at Rutgers, is the most recent. Currently, 11 former Meyer assistant coaches are collegiate head coaches.

MEYER ASSISTANTS TO HEAD COACHES
Year reflects 2016 campaign; (Most recent position)
Steve Addazio: Boston College, 4th year
Gary Andersen: Oregon State, 2nd year
Chris Ash: Rutgers, 1st year
Tim Beckman: Illinois (2011-14)
Gregg Brandon: Bowling Green (2003-08)
D.J. Durkin: Maryland, 1st year
Tom Herman: Houston, 2nd year
John "Doc" Holliday: Marshall, 7th year
Dan McCarney: North Texas (2011-15)
Dan Mullen: Mississippi State, 8th year
Mike Sanford: Indiana St, 4th year
Charlie Strong: Texas, 3rd year
Kyle Whittingham: Utah, 12th year
Everett Withers: Texas State, 1st year

44-3 WITH MORE THAN A WEEK TO PREPARE
Coach Urban Meyer is 44-3 in games in which he has more than one week to prepare for an opponent. This figure includes season openers, games after an "off" week and post-season games.

JERSEY BUCKEYES
Ohio State has four players from the state of New Jersey on scholarship: third-year sophomore WR Noah Brown, who is coming off a four-touchdown game against Oklahoma, is from Flanders and Pope John XIII High School; OL Kevin Feder, a red-shirt freshman still recovering from spring foot surgery, is from Ramsey and Don Boscoe Prep; true freshman Jordan Fuller, from Old Tappan High School, has played in all three games on special teams and in two games at safety; and third-year sophomore DE Darius Slade is out for the year after surgery this fall for an achilles tendon injury.

RUTGERS TIES TO OHIO STATE
Chris Ash, who was co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Ohio State for the 2014 national championship season and in 2015, has a number of key personnel on his staff and in his program with Ohio State ties, including:

  • Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Drew Mehringer, who was a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 2012 and 2013
  • Special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Vince Okruch, who worked in quality control for Urban Meyer in 2014 and 2015
  • Defensive backs coach Bill Busch, a quality control coach last season for Ohio State
  • Running backs coach Zach Kuhr, who was a running backs and special teams intern with the Buckeyes in 2011 and 2012
  • Strength coach Kenny Parker, an assistant to Mickey Marotti from 2012 through 2015
  • Defensive quality control assistant Adam Weber, a defensive intern with the Buckeyes from 2013-15
  • Director of recruiting Adam Caltury, who worked the 2014 and 2015 seasons at Ohio State as a recruiting assistant