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No. 3/4 Ohio State Travels to No. 15/16 Northwestern

Sept. 30, 2013

Senior RB C. Hyde ran 17 times for 85 yards in the win vs. Wisconsin Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Senior RB Carlos Hyde ran 17 times for 85 yards in the win vs. Wisconsin Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

 

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#3/4 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0) at #15/16 Northwestern (4-0, 0-0)
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 - 7/8 p.m. ET
Ryan Field (47,130)
Evanston, Ill.

The Broadcast
Television: ABC will televise the game with Brent Musburger and former Buckeye Kirk Herbstreit in the booth and Heather Cox on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 64-station Ohio State Radio Network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game also can be heard nationally on Sports USA Radio with Adam Amin, Gary Barnett and Troy West and Sirius-XM channels 91.

First and 10

  • Ohio State enters the game with the nation's longest winning streak at 17 games.
  • Ohio State has won the last four meetings with Northwestern and 28 of the last 29 overall.
  • Ohio State ranks first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA in first downs with 127.
  • Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the NCAA in scoring with 48.2 ppg.
  • Ohio State is outscoring teams 216-21 in the first quarter this season.
  • Ohio State is averaging 501.2 yards of total offense per game while giving up only 304.0.
  • Ohio State's defense ranks eighth nationally in rushing defense (84.6 ypg). The unit has not allowed a run of 20 or more yards this season.
  • Junior Braxton Miller passed Cornelius Greene to become Ohio State's all-time leading rusher among QBs with 83 yards rushing vs. Wisconsin.
  • Miller is tied for first with Joe Germaine with six career games of at least 300 yards of total offense.
  • Junior LB Ryan Shazier leads the B1G with 7.0 TFL.
  • Urban Meyer last faced Northwestern in 2001 in his first season at Bowling Green, a 43-42 win for the Falcons in Evanston.

A Glance at the Buckeyes
Ohio State is 5-0 and 1-0 in the Big Ten for the second consecutive season and is ranked third in this week's USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll and fourth in the Associated Press poll for the fourth straight week.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 48.2 points per game, leads the Big Ten and is 17th nationally with 501.2 yards per game. Their rushing attack is one of the best in the nation, ranking second in the Big Ten and 12th in the NCAA with 287.2 yards per game on the ground. They rank first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA in first downs with 127.

Seniors Jordan Hall (427 yards, 8 TDs) and Carlos Hyde (126 yards in 2 games) are Ohio State's most experienced rushers. Junior QB Braxton Miller -- Ohio State's all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,151 yards) -- has rushed for 165 yards in a little more than eight quarters of play this season. He returned from a knee injury last Saturday vs. Wisconsin, completing 17 of 25 passes for 198 yards and a career-high tying four TDs. He also rushed for 83 yards on 22 carries.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who leads the Big Ten with 7.0 TFL to go along with 37.0 total tackles. This young group is becoming one of the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 84.5 yards per game on the ground. Last Saturday Ohio State's defense held Wisconsin to 104 yards rushing, nearly 250 yards below its season average, while the Buckeye secondary, led by junior All-American Bradley Roby (2 INTs), ranks 23rd in the NCAA with six interceptions this season.

A Stretch of Prime Time Games
Ohio State is playing a prime time game for the second consecutive week after topping No. 23 Wisconsin, 31-23, last week in an 8 p.m. kickoff that was aired by ABC. An off week follows the Northwestern game and then the Buckeyes return to action with a 3:30 p.m. tilt against Iowa at Ohio Stadium. The prime timers will return after that, though, with Ohio State hosting Penn State in an 8 p.m. kickoff Oct. 26. This is the first time Ohio State will play two night games in one season at Ohio Stadium.

First of Four vs. Rested Teams
Northwestern was off last week. The Wildcats defeated Maine, 35-21, on Sept. 21 to improve to 4-0 on the season. NU is the first of four Big Ten teams that will have the week off before playing Ohio State. The others: Iowa, Penn State and Purdue. Ohio State's "off" weeks come before the Iowa and Illinois games.

Ohio State and GameDay
Ohio State has a 20-10 record in games that ESPN's College GameDay is on site. The Buckeyes are 10-3 when Gameday is in Columbus, 7-5 on the road and 3-2 at neutral sites. Some GameDay tidbits:

  • Ohio State's first GameDay game was the Sept. 28, 1996 game at Notre Dame (a 29-16 victory);
  • GameDay, not an every week spectacle in its infancy, featured Ohio State on three consecutive productions in 1996: the Notre Dame game; the Oct. 5 Penn State at Ohio State game; and the Oct. 26 Ohio State at Iowa game; and
  • Ohio State won its first four games with GameDay on site and 10 of its first 11.
  • Streaking
    Ohio State carries the nation's longest winning streak into Saturday at 17 games. It is the 15th winning streak in school history of 10 or more games. The streak is tied for the fourth-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)
    17 - 2012 (current)
    14 - 1899-00 (Ohio Medical, 11-6)
    13 - 1957-58 (tied at Wisconsin, 7-7)
    12 - 1944-45 (Purdue, 35-13)
    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)

    Five 10-Plus Win Streaks For Meyer
    Urban Meyer is in the midst of his third-longest winning streak. 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 17 consecutive wins for a current 18-game winning streak. He has coached teams to winning streaks of 10 or more games five times.

    Urban Meyer Winning Streaks (seasons)
    22 - Florida (2008 and 2009)
    20 - Utah (2003 and 2004) and Florida (2005)
    18 - Florida (2010) and Ohio State (2012-13)
    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)

    Scouting The Wildcats
    The Widcats (4-0, 0-0) are ranked 15th in this week's USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll and 16th in the Associated Press poll. They had a bye last Saturday and are coming off a 35-21 win over Maine Sept. 21. The Wildcats also have posted wins at Cal (44-30), and at home vs. Syracuse (48-27) and Western Michigan (38-17).

    Northwestern's offense, which ranks 18th in the NCAA with 249.5 rushing yards per game, features a two-quarterback system in senior Kain Colter and junior Trevor Siemian. Colter, who has started all four games for the Wildcats this season, has 264 yards passing with three TDs and two INTs to go along with 237 yards rushing and three TDs. Siemian has completed 77.1 percent of his passes for 671 yards, four TDs and two INTs. Senior RB Venric Mark, a second team All-Big Ten performer and first-team All-American at punt returner in 2012, has not played since the Aug. 31 game at Cal because of an injury. Last season he posted the second-most all-purpose yards in a single-season in school history with 2,166 yards.

    The defense is led by junior LB and Gahanna, Ohio native Chi Chi Ariguzo who has 35 tackles on the season. Junior safety Ibraheim Campbell ranks fifth nationally and second in the Big Ten with three interceptions this season. As a team, NU ranks third in the NCAA with 10 total interceptions, four of those returned for TDs.

    Pat Fitzgerald is in his eighth season as head coach with a 54-39 record. Last season he led the Wildcats to a 10-3 overall record, including a win over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.

    Braxton Returns ...
    Braxton Miller returned to action against Wisconsin after missing nearly three games - and two starts - with a knee sprain and tied his personal best with four touchdown passes in Ohio State's 31-24 victory over No. 23 Wisconsin. Miller, out since the first series of the Sept. 7 win over San Diego State, looked sharp while completing 17 of 25 passes for 198 yards. He also rushed 22 times for 83 yards for a 281-yard game of total offense.

    ... And Ties Personal TD Mark
    Four touchdown passes vs. Wisconsin - 25 yards to Evan Spencer in the first to give Ohio State a 7-0 lead; 26 yards to Devin Smith in the first to regain the lead at 14-7; a 40-yard laser to Corey Brown with 1 second to play in the first half to give Ohio State a 24-14 lead; and 1 yard to Brown late in the third to increase the lead to 31-21 - tied Braxton Miller's personal best of four TD passes in one game, set last year vs. California.

    Another offensive player of the week
    Ohio State's fine quarterback play has resulted in three consecutive Big Ten Conference offensive or co-offensive player of the week awards. Braxton Miller is the offensive player of the week this week after Kenny Guitonearned the honor the previous two weeks.

    2013 Buckeye B1G Award Winners
    Braxton Miller, Offensive (Sept. 30)
    Cameron Johnston, Special Teams (Sept. 30)
    Kenny Guiton, Offensive PoW (Sept. 23)
    Ryan Shazier, Defensive PoW (Sept. 23)

    2013 Buckeye National Honors
    Kenny Guiton, Earl Campbell/Tyler Rose and Walter Camp PoW (Sept. 30)
    Ryan Shazier, Athlon Sports Defensive PoW (Sept. 29).

    No. 5 Now 19-6 as starting QB
    The Buckeyes have won 15 consecutive games that Braxton Miller has started, making the junior from Huber Heights (near Dayton, Ohio) 20-6 as a starting quarterback at Ohio State. Miller is now tied with 19-game winners Steve Bellisari (1999-01), Greg Frey (1988-90) and Terrelle Pryor (2008-09) for 10th place at Ohio State in QB wins.

    Top 5 OSU QB Win Totals
    1. Art Schlichter (36-11-1 from 1978-81)
    2. Cornelius Greene (31-3-1 from 1973-75)
    3. Bobby Hoying (30-6-1 from 1993-95)
    4. Troy Smith (25-3 from 2004-06)
    5. Rex Kern (25-2 from 1968-70)

    Tops among OSU rushing QBs
    Braxton Miller became Ohio State's all-time leader among quarterbacks with 89 rushing yards against the Badgers, putting him over Cornelius Greene's 38-year-old school record of 2,080 yards (between 1972-75). Miller now has 2,151 rushing yards and ranks sixth all-time in Big Ten history among quarterbacks.

    Big Ten QB Rushing Yards
    1. 4,495 by Denard Robinson, Michigan
    2. 3,895 by Antwaan Randle El, Indiana
    3. 2,858 by Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
    4. 2,557 by Juice Williams, Illinois
    5. 2,176 by Rick Leach, Michigan
    6. 2,151 by Braxton Miller, Ohio State

    104 < 349.8
    Ohio State's defense held the Badgers almost 250 yards below their rushing average of 349.8 yards per game (third-best nationally entering the game). Wisconsin gained just 104 yards on the ground and managed just 3.9 yards per carry. Ohio State's starting linebackers - Ryan Shazier, Curtis Grant and Joshua Perry- combined for 23 tackles with Perry and Grant either setting or tying personal bests.

    Unfortunate news for Bryant
    Three-year starting safety and team leader Christian Bryant suffered a broken ankle at the end of the Wisconsin game and has been lost for the season. Voted to be one of the team's eight game captains prior to the start of the season, Bryant had played in 36 Ohio State games and had made 27 starts in the secondary. He recorded 171 tackles in his career with two interceptions, 23 pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

    295 and 85
    Ohio State's success vs. Wisconsin's run prompted the Badgers to go to the air. While Wisconsin did throw for 295 yards vs. Ohio State, only 85 yards came in the second half. It was a passing miscue that resulted in Ohio State's final touchdown. Bradley Roby's interception of a Joel Stave pass in the third quarter led to Ohio State's final touchdown and the difference in the 31-24 victory. It was Roby's second interception this season and the team-leading seventh of his career.

    Big Games From Bennett & Barnett
    DT Michael Bennett had a strong game in the middle of Ohio State's line, recording four tackles, including a quarterback sack, and forcing a fumble. SS C.J. Barnett had six tackles.

    OSU QBs hovering at 70 percent
    A big reason Ohio State is No. 1 in the Big Ten Conference in passing efficiency (170.5) is its quarterbacks are completing 69.4 (Braxton Miller) and 68.4 (Kenny Guiton) percent of their passes. The duo has combined to complete 99 of 144 attempts for 1,070 yards with 19 touchdowns and only three interceptions.

    19 touchdowns tops
    Ohio State quarterbacks have thrown for 19 touchdowns through the first five games of the season (13 by Kenny Guiton and 6 by Braxton Miller). No Ohio State team has ever thrown as many TD passes in the first five games of the season. The 1995 Ohio State team, quarterbacked by Bobby Hoying, had 18 TD passes through five on the way to a school-record 33 for the season.

    B1G day for Cameron Johnston
    At the end of the game when one looked at the final score and the final stats, it was the numbers dropped by freshman punter Cameron Johnston that had as much of an outcome on the game as any. Johnston punted six times against the Hoosiers and landed all six inside the 20 yard line, and even more impressive, he dropped five punts on or inside the 10 yard line. The Badgers' starting field position after each of his punts was their own 10, 9, 5, 8, 16 and 10. His final punt was most impressive: a 55-yarder downed at the 10 with 1:29 left to play in a one-score ball game. The Big Ten Conference named Johnston its special team's player of the week for his efforts.

    Non-returnable items
    Ohio State's special teams allowed the first punt return yards against them all year when Jarid Abbrederis had a three-yard return on Ohio State's last punt of the game. The short gain stopped a string of 17 consecutive non-returnable punts, including 12 fair catches.

    Another two-touchdown performance
    Ohio State has had a receiver catch two touchdown passes in five consecutive games. This note, first brought to light last week by beat reporter Steve Helwagen, was extended against Wisconsin with Corey Brown catching two of Braxton Miller's career-high tying four scoring passes.

    Two-TD Receivers in 2013
    Buffalo - Chris Fields (3-53-2TDs)
    San Diego State - Corey Brown (6-73-2TDs)
    California - Devin Smith (3-149-2TDs)
    Florida A&M - Even Spencer (4-50-2TDs)
    Wisconsin - Corey Brown (8-85-2TDs)

    Third-largest Ohio Stadium crowd
    Ohio State's crowd of 105,826 was the third-largest crowd in school history (and the 91st consecutive crowd of over 100,000 fans in Ohio Stadium). The two largest crowds: 106,102 vs. Nebraska in 2012 and 106,033 in 2009 vs. USC.

    Champions vs. Wisconsin
    Players of the game against the Badgers were Ryan Shazier, Corey "Philly" Brown and Jack Mewhort, and special teamer Devin Smith, who's speed on punt returns forced four fair catches. Also named champions this week were Adolphus Washington, Michael Bennett, C.J. Barnett, Marcus Hall, Evan Spencer, Devin Smith (again), Devan Bogard and Cameron Johnston.

    Noting the Win vs. Wisconsin

    • With the win, Ohio State extends the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games - tied for the fourth-longest streak in school history. The longest is 22 games from 1967-69.
    • The crowd of 105,826 marked the third-highest in Ohio Stadium history.
    • Urban Meyer improved his career record to 47-4 in games played in August/September.
    • After tallying a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter Saturday, the Buckeyes are now outscoring the opposition 116-21 in the first quarter this season.
    • With 83 rushing yards, Braxton Miller became the all-time leading rushing quarterback at Ohio State with 2,151 yards for his career. He passed Cornelius Greene, who had 2,080 from 1972-75.
    • Miller's three first-half touchdown passes marked the most touchdown passes in a half in his career.
    • Miller's four total touchdown passes vs. Wisconsin tied his career high, first set vs. California in 2012. His four touchdown passes moved him into eighth all-time in Ohio State history for career touchdown passes (34).
    • Corey Brown became the 15th Buckeye to tally 100 or more career receptions after grabbing eight Saturday. He ended the game with a team-best 85 yards receiving, with two TD catches.
    • Ohio State held Wisconsin to just 104 yards rushing. The Badgers came into the game No. 3 nationally with 349.8 rushing yards per game.
    • Cameron Johnston punted six times Saturday, pinning Wisconsin inside the 20-yard line each time. Eleven of Johnston's 18 punts have been downed inside the 20 yard line.
    • Ryan Shazier led Ohio State with nine total tackles vs. the Badgers.
    • Joshua Perry set a career highs with seven total - and four solo - tackles vs. UW.

    Moving the Chains
    The Ohio State offense has converted on 46.4 percent of its third downs and ranks eighth nationally with a 78.6 conversion rate on fourth down. As a result, the Buckeye offense ranks first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA with 127 first downs (73 rushing, 47 passing and seven on penalties) and ranks third in percentage of drives ending with a touchdown:

    Percentage Of Drives Scoring a TD
    (Does not include drives taking a knee)

    Rk. Team # of Drives # of TD's .Pct
    1. Baylor 43 27 62.8
    2. Oregon 57 31 54.3
    3. Ohio State 62 34 54.8
    4. Florida State 45 24 53.3
      Texas A&M 60 32 53.3
    6. UCLA 38 20 52.6
    7. Louisville 48 25 52.1

    Buckeyes In the Polls
    Ohio State held steady once again in each poll this week at No. 3 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll and No. 4 in the Associated Press poll.
    Fifth-year senior Kenny Guiton threw a school-record six touchdown passes - all in the first half - to lead Ohio State to a 55-0 halftime lead over Florida A&M and to an eventual 76-0 win Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. In just his second career start, Guiton connected on 24 of 34 throws for 215 yards and one interception. He and the Buckeyes did not attempt a pass in the second half. Guiton threw four of his touchdown passes in the first quarter. He tied Bobby Hoying's (1994 vs. Purdue; 1995 vs. Pitt) and John Borton's (1952 vs. Washington State) record for touchdown passes in a game when he connected with Chris Fields on a 15-yarder. He then broke the record with 13 seconds to play in the half, hitting Evan Spencer with a 15-yard completion.

    Kenny G's 6-Touchdown Day
    11:50 1st - 11 pass to Jeff Heuerman
    9:25 1st - 8 pass to Evan Spencer
    00:32 1st - 1 pass to Carlos Hyde
    00:13 1st - 5 pass to Devin Smith
    6:09 2nd - 15 pass to Chris Fields
    00:05 2nd - 15 pass to Evan Spencer

    Starred in First Start, Too
    Kenny Guiton had back-to-back record-setting starts vs. Cal and FAMU. Making his first career start at California Sept. 14, he threw for three touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game to spark Ohio State to a quick 21-0 lead and finished with 368 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in a 52-34 win at Cal's Memorial Stadium. Guiton connected with Devin Smith on a school-record 90-yard touchdown pass - the longest play from scrimmage in school history - on his second throw of the game and later hit Smith on a 47-yard touchdown pass, Chris Fields on a 1-yarder and Corey Brown on a 6-yard play to give Ohio State a 45-20 lead in the third quarter. When he wasn't handing off to Jordan Hall, who carried 30 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns, Guiton was rushing it himself for 92 total yards. He led a Buckeye offense to a three-year high 608 yards of offense, the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached Ohio State team.

    Ezekiel Elliott Eases for 162 & 2 TDs
    Freshman running back Ezekiel Elliott took advantage of a playing time opportunity against Florida A&M by rushing for 162 yards in the second half of the game and scoring twice. He had a 16-yard run early in the third quarter and a 13-yard TD run to cap a 90-yard drive late in the third. He averaged 11.6 yards per carry (14 attempts) with a long of 57 yards.

    Nothing lucky about this 13
    Thirteen (yes, 13) walk-ons saw their first-ever game action Sept. 21 vs. Florida A&M as Coach Urban Meyer substituted freely after the first quarter. These players who played weren't lucky to get into the team, though. They earned the privilege. "I love guys like these," Meyer said in referring to this Buckeye dozen. "Their value is huge to this team, and we appreciate the guys who bust their tails (without knowing whether they will ever play in a game)." The 13 walk-ons who played for the first time as Buckeyes Sept. 21:

    RB Devonte Butler (Columbus, Ohio)
    SAF Russell Doup (Mt. Vernon, Ohio)
    DL Rashad Frazier (Middletown, Ohio)
    WR Peter Gwilym (Freeport, Maine)
    DL John Holman (Riverdale, Ga.)
    TE Cameron Kinzig (Gates Mills, Ohio)
    WR Devlin McDaniel (Marion, Ohio)
    WR Kato Mitchell (Cleveland, Ohio)
    SAF Kevin Niehoff (Mason, Ohio)
    WR Brandon Ojikutu (Cleveland, Ohio)
    DL Chris Rock (Columbus, Ohio)
    CB Nic Sarac (Cleveland, Ohio)
    LB Nick Snyder (Columbus, Ohio)

    About 76 points scored
    The 76 points Ohio State scored against Florida A&M represented the most points ever for an Urban Meyer-coached team and the sixth-most points scored in a game in school history. It was the most points in 63 years, or since the 1950 team scored 83 vs. Iowa.

    More Scoring Numbers
    Some notes about the offensive explosion by the Buckeyes against Florida A&M, keyed by a 55-point first half that was keyed by a 34-point first quarter:

    • The 55-point half is the second-most points scored in a half in modern history (since 1950), trailing only the 56 scored vs. Iowa in 1996 and tied with the 55 scored vs. Iowa in 1950;
    • The 34 points in the first quarter is second-most in a quarter since 1950 (35 in the first vs. Iowa;
    • The 11 touchdowns scored is fourth-most in school history;
    • The six passing touchdowns is the second-most in school history, trailing only seven vs. Pitt in 1995; and
    • The 76-point margin of victory is tied for fifth-largest in school history, and it is the largest since defeating Drake, 85-7, in 1935.

    No better three-game TD run
    Kenny Guitonthrew 12 touchdown passes in his three-game stretch vs. SDSU, Cal and FAMU. No Ohio State quarterback has ever thrown for as many touchdowns in one three-game stretch.

    Guiton named Walter Camp player of the week Sept. 16
    Kenny Guiton, who completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions (or sacks) and rushed for 92 yards in the win at Cal, was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation's offensive player of the week Sept. 16. Guiton became the eighth Buckeye to earn national player of the week honor from the prestigious Walter Camp Football Foundation, joining LB Bobby Carpenter (10/16/05), LB A.J. Hawk (11/13/05), LB James Laurinaitis (9/10/06 and 11/4/07), QB Troy Smith (11/19/06), DT Cameron Heyward (11/8/09) and DB Chimdi Chekwa (9/12/10).

    Back-to-back 300-yard games
    Ohio State's offensive line - LT Jack Mewhort, LG Andrew Norwell, C Corey Linsley, RG Marcus Hall and RT Taylor Decker - powered the offense to back-to-back games of 332 rushing yards vs. Cal and then 388 rushing yards vs. Florida A&M. The line had plenty of help vs. FAMU as Coach Meyer substituted liberally after the first quarter and second-team guys like Pat Elflein, Jacoby Boren and Darryl Baldwin each played more than half the game and fifth-year senior Ivon Blackman seeing his most action from the line of scrimmage as well.

    388 rush yards an 18-year high
    Ohio State did not throw a pass in the second half vs. FAMU. As a result, the team rushed for 277 of its 388 yards in the third and fourth quarters (Ezekiel Elliott had 121 yards himself in the third). The 388 yards is an 18-year high for Ohio State or the most since the 1995 team had 409 vs. Illinois.

    5 300-yard rushing games vs. 7
    Ohio State has had five 300-plus yard rushing games in Urban Meyer's 17 games as coach. Prior to Meyer's arrival, Ohio State had just seven 300-yard rushing games in the past 15 years and covering 176 games.

    Most Rushing Yards Under Urban Meyer
    1. 388 (8.4 ypc) vs. Florida A&M in 2013
    2. 371 (7.7) vs. Nebraska in 2012
    3. 353 (6.5) vs. Indiana in 2012
    4. 332 (6.0) vs. California in 2013
    5. 330 (5.8) vs. Illinois in 2012

    Smith, Guiton Combine For Longest Play
    Speedy junior receiver Devin Smith caught a strike in stride from Kenny Guiton at about midfield Sept. 14 at Cal and then cruised untouched into the end zone to complete the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history: 90 yards. Minutes later he caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Guiton for the fourth multi-touchdown of his career.

    Ohio State Longest Plays from Scrimmage:
    90 - Kenny Guiton pass to Devin Smith vs. California last weekend
    89 - Gene Fekete rush vs. Pittsburgh in 1942
    88 - Morris Bradshaw rush vs. Wisconsin in 1971
    87 - Eddie George rush vs. Minnesota in 1995
    86 - Art Schlichter pass to Calvin Murray vs. Washington State in 1979
    85 - Troy Smith pass to Santonio Holmes vs. Notre Dame in 2005 Fiesta Bowl

    Smith: 15 TDs at 40.4 yards per score
    Devin Smith has now caught 15 touchdown passes in his career at an average distance of 40.4 yards per score. Smith, who has 64 career receptions for 1,243 yards, is tied with Ted Ginn Jr. for 11th all-time at Ohio State with 15 TD receptions.

    Devin Smith TD Receptions
    2011 - 14 from B. Miller vs. Akron
    2011 - 32 from B. Miller vs. Colorado
    2011 - 17 from B. Miller vs. Colorado
    2011 - 40 from B. Miller vs. Wisconsin
    2012 - 23 from B. Miller vs. Miami
    2012 - 25 from B. Miller vs. Cal
    2012 - 72 from B. Miller vs. Cal
    2012 - 63 from B. Miller vs. Michigan State
    2012 - 60 from B. Miller vs. Indiana
    2012 - 46 from B. Miller vs. Indiana
    2013 - 47 from B. Miller vs. Buffalo
    2013 - 90 from K. Guiton vs. Cal
    2013 - 47 from K. Guiton vs. Cal
    2013 - 5 from K. Guiton vs. FAMU
    2013 - 26 from B. Miller vs. Wisconsin

    Hall Tops Career Best and Sets More Bests
    After setting personal bests with 21 carries for 159 yards and two scores vs. Buffalo Aug. 31, Hall topped those numbers with 30 carries for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the win at California Sept. 14. He also set a career-best with five receptions vs. the Golden Bears, for 20 yards.

    A Fine Game for Freshman Dontre Wilson
    Freshman Dontre Wilson was a primary speed threat for Ohio State against Cal with Braxton Miller unable to play because of a knee injury. Wilson averaged 15.3 yards every time he touched the football while setting personal bests in rushing yards (59), receptions and receiving yards (3 for 48) and long rush and reception (26 and 32, respectively). He had first downs on three of his eight touches from scrimmage in that game.

    124th Year of Football in Columbus
    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 842-316-53 to rank among the top five winningest programs in NCAA history, and 466-171-24 all-time in Big Ten games.

    NCAA Top 10 Winningest Programs

    1. Michigan 908
    2. Texas 869
    3. Notre Dame 868
    4. Nebraska 860
    5. Ohio State 842
    6. Oklahoma 835
    7. Alabama 831
    8. Tennessee 802
    9. USC 789
    10. Georgia 762

    Eight Serving as Game Captains
    Urban Meyer has announced that eight student-athletes will serve as Ohio State game captains for the 2013 season with a decision coming at the end of the year as to who will be recognized as the season's official team captains. Those eight individuals include:

  • Fifth-year senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, a consumer and family financial services major from Toledo and St. John's High School;
  • Fifth-year senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, a criminology major from Dayton and Northmont High School;
  • Senior free safety Christian Bryant, a sociology major from Cleveland and Glenville High School;
  • Fifth-year senior quarterback Kenny Guiton, a consumer and family financial services major from Houston, Texas, and Eisenhower High School;
  • Junior quarterback Braxton Miller, a communications major from Huber Heights and Wayne High School;
  • Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, a psychology major from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School;
  • Fifth-year senior center Corey Linsley, an economics major from Youngstown and Boardman High School; and
  • Senior wide receiver Corey Brown, a criminology major from Upper Darby, Pa., and Cardinal O'Hara High School.
  • Ohio State's game-by-game captains:
    Buffalo: Mewhort, Norwell, Shazier and Bryant
    SDSU: Mewhort, J. Hall, Corey "Philly" Brown and Barnett
    Cal: Mewhort, Linsley, Bryant and Barnett
    FAMU: Barnett, Linsley, Corey "Philly" Brown
    Wisconsin: Guiton, Barnett, Mewhort, Bryant

    105 Starts Along The Offensive Line
    The Buckeyes returned four senior starters from last season along the offensive line. Averaging 6-5 and 308 pounds, this unit has helped the Buckeyes average 262.0 rushing yards per game through two games. Last season they paved 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 105 cumulative starts on the line, the group features LT Jack Mewhort, LG Andrew Norwell, C Corey Linsley, RG Marcus Hall and RT Taylor Decker, who made his first career start Aug. 31 vs. Buffalo.

    Staff Remains Intact
    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.

    To the House
    The Buckeyes have returned at least one punt and/or a kickoff for a touchdown in 10 consecutive years. That mark is tied for second among FBS schools and second overall among BCS programs. Last season Corey Brown's 76-yard punt return for a TD vs. Nebraska extended Ohio State's streak to 10.

    Ohio State also is one of three FBS schools who have at least three players on a team with career kickoff or punt returns for TDs.

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

    1. LSU 12
    2. Ohio State 10
      FIU 10
    4. UConn 9
    5. Florida 8
      Ole Miss 8
      Kansas State 8

    At least three players on a team with career kickoff or punt returns for TDs
    TCU: B.J. Catalon (KR), Deante' Gray (PR), Waymon James (KR)
    Ohio State: Corey Brown (PR), Chris Fields (PR), Bradley Roby (PR)
    Oklahoma State: Zack Craig (PR), Justin Gilbert (KR), Desmond Roland (KR)

    Since 2005: 19-0 When Blocking A Punt
    Urban Meyer's six Florida teams blocked a total of 21 punts, and they were 16-0 in those games. His Buckeyes have blocked three punts since the start of the 2012 season and his teams are now 19-0 when blocking a punt since the start of the 2005 season.

    209 Years of Coaching Experience
    Meyer's 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).

    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).

    Changes
    A number of players have changed numbers and/or positions since last season. Among the more notable changes:

    Game Snapshots
    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

    101st Big Ten Season
    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 466-171-24. Ohio State also ranks second with 34 outright or shared Big Ten championships.

    Black Stripe Watch List
    The Ohio State freshmen were watched closely this fall. Coach Urban Meyerhad 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 BGSU.

    Below are the first 10 Buckeyes to get their stripe removed, 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)

    35 Consecutive Home Opening Wins
    With its victory over Buffalo, Ohio State has now won 35 consecutive home-opening games with the last loss happening 36 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 108-12-4. 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 112-8-4 in home openers since 1890.
    • The largest opening day crowd at Ohio Stadium was 105,092 in the 2009 opener vs. Navy.

    91st Year in Ohio Stadium
    Ohio Stadium, grand and venerable and registered on the National Register of Historic Places, is hosting 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 Stadium Stats>
    Ohio State has an all-time record of 408-109-20 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 90 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 45 times with a record crowd of 106,102 vs. Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012.

    Pace Named to College Football HOF
    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

    Team/Miscellaneous Notes

    • Ohio State is tied with Oklahoma with the most (8) BCS bowl appearances. USC, Florida and Florida State 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 91 consecutive crowds of more than 100,000 at Ohio Stadium.

     

     

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