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No. 3/4 Ohio State Back in Action Saturday vs. Iowa

Oct. 14, 2013

Senior wide receiver C. Brown caught six passes for a career-high 127 yards in the 40-30 win at No. 15 Northwestern Oct. 5.
Senior wide receiver Corey "Philly" Brown caught six passes for a career-high 127 yards in the 40-30 win at No. 15 Northwestern Oct. 5.

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#3/4 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 B1G) vs. Iowa (4-2, 1-1 B1G)
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 - 3:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror) will televise the game with Bob Wischusen and Rod Gilmore in the booth and Quint Kessenich 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 on Sirius 113 and XM 190.

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State enters the game with the nation's longest winning streak at 18 games.
  • Ohio State has won the last three meetings with Iowa and 11 of the last 12 overall.
  • Saturday's game will feature the Big Ten's second and third ranked rushing defenses (OSU, 2nd, 86.2 ypg; Iowa, 3rd, 88.5 ypg).
  • Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the NCAA in scoring with 46.8 ppg.
  • Ohio State is outscoring teams 126-28 in the first quarter this season.
  • Ohio State is averaging 492.8 yards of total offense per game while giving up 326.8.
  • Ohio State's defense ranks sixth nationally in rushing defense (86.2 ypg). The unit has not allowed a run of 20 or more yards this season.
  • Urban Meyer's teams are 34-2 overall with more than a week to prepare for an opponent.
  • Junior QB Braxton Miller is tied for first with Joe Germaine with six career games of at least 300 yards of total offense.
  • Junior LB Ryan Shazier is second in the B1G with 8.0 TFL.
  • Saturday is Homecoming for Ohio State. #HomecomingOSU

A GLANCE AT THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State is 6-0 and 2-0 in the Big Ten and is ranked third in this week's USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll and fourth in the Associated Press poll for the fifth straight week.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 46.8 points per game, is third in the Big Ten and 19th nationally with 492.8 yards per game. Their rushing attack is one of the best in the nation, ranking third in the Big Ten and 11th in the NCAA with 280.7 yards per game on the ground.

Seniors Jordan Hall (427 yards, 8 TDs) and Carlos Hyde (294 yards, 3 TDs in three games) are Ohio State's most experienced rushers. Junior QB Braxton Miller -- Ohio State's all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,219 yards) -- has rushed for 233 yards in a little more than 12 quarters of play this season. He returned from a knee injury Sept. 28 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. He then passed for 203 yards in a 40-30 win at No. 15 Northwestern Oct. 5. Senior Corey "Philly" Brown (30 rec., 381 yds, 5 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (23 rec., 362 yds, 5 TDs) are Ohio State's leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who is second in the Big Ten with 8.0 TFL to go along with 47.0 total tackles. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 86.2 yards per game on the ground -- sixth best in the NCAA. 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 fifth in the Big Ten with seven interceptions this season.

BACK IN ACTION ON ABC/ESPN
Ohio State is back in action this week after enjoying the first of two "off" weeks during the season. The Buckeyes will also have an off week Saturday, Nov. 9, following this three-game stretch against Iowa, Penn State (Oct. 26) and at Purdue (Nov. 2). This is the fourth consecutive week that Ohio State's game will be televised on the ABC/ESPN networks.

IT'S HOMECOMING!
Ohio Stadium will play host to the 92nd Homecoming game in school history this week with the Iowa Hawkeyes in town. Ohio State is officially 66-19-5 in Homecoming games.

SECOND OF FOUR vs. RESTED TEAMS
Iowa is the second of four Big Ten teams that will have the week off before playing Ohio State. The others: Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue. Ohio State's "off" weeks come before the Iowa and Illinois games.

STREAKING
Ohio State carries the nation's longest winning streak into Saturday at 18 games. It is the 15th winning streak in school history of 10 or more games. The streak is 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)
18 - 2012 (current)
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)
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 FBS 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 18 consecutive wins for a current 19-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)
19 - 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 HAWKEYES
The Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1 B1G Legends) are also coming off one of their bye weekends after a 26-14 loss at home to Michigan State Oct. 5. Iowa opened the season with a 30-27 loss to now nationally-ranked Northern Illinois Aug. 31, but rebounded to win their next four vs. Missouri State (28-14), at Iowa State (27-21), Western Michigan (59-3) and at Minnesota (23-7).

Iowa features one of the top defenses in the Big Ten, ranking third in total defense (290.0 ypg), fewest points allowed (16.8 ppg), rushing defense (88.5 ypg) and pass defense (201.5 ypg) while its nine interceptions on the year are tied for third. They lead the conference in red zone defense, allowing just one TD and five field goals in nine opportunities. And when forcing its opponents to punt, they make them pay with a Big Ten-best 21.8 yards per return (2 for TDs), good for third in the NCAA. Senior LB Anthony Hitchens leads the team and is second in the Big Ten with 59 tackles. Senior CB B.J. Lowery has three interceptions, two of which he has returned for TDs.

Junior RB Mark Weisman leads the team and is third in the Big Ten with 104.0 yards per game with three TDs. Sophomore Jake Rudock has completed 60.3 percent of his passes with eight TDs and six INTs. His favorite target is junior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley who has 26 catches for 225 yards and one TD.

MEYER TEAMS: 34-2 WITH LONGER PREP TIME
Coach Urban Meyer's teams are 34-2 when having more than one week to prepare for an opponent (includes season-openers, games after an "off" week, and bowl games), and his teams have won 13 consecutive games with more than a week to prepare. The only losses: Bowling Green vs. Miami in 2001; and Florida vs. Michigan in 2007.

"ON" AFTER BEING "OFF"

Bowling Green (2001-02)5-1
Utah (2003-04)7-0
Florida (2005-10)19-1
Ohio State (2012)3-0

OHIO STATE 13-9 AFTER "OFF" WEEK
Officially, the Buckeyes are 13-9 in games after an "off" week during the season (the 2010 win at Penn State was vacated) with three consecutive wins and a 6-5 record against Big Ten opponents.

FIRST vs. IOWA IN THREE YEARS
Ohio State and Iowa are playing for the first time since playing Nov. 20, 2010 in Iowa City, a 20-17 Buckeye win that was later vacated. The teams last played in Ohio Stadium during the 2009 season. Ohio State won that game in overtime, 27-24. Iowa's last win in the series: 33-7 in Iowa City on Oct. 16, 2004.

IOWA WAS ALSO OFF
Iowa had last weekend off from competition as well as the Buckeyes. The Hawkeyes are one of four opponents this season that will have the week off before playing Ohio State. The others: Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue.

THE OHIO STATE/IOWA SERIES
This will be the 64th meeting between Ohio State and Iowa in a series that began in 1922. The Buckeyes, officially, have a 45-14-3 lead in the series (the 2010 win was vacated).Ohio State has a 28-8-1 advantage in games played in Columbus and a 17-6-2 record in games at Iowa City. The Buckeyes have won 11 of the last 12 games dating back to 1992. Iowa's 33-7 win in 2004 in Iowa City snapped an eight-game Ohio State win streak in the series.

HYDE, ROBY, BOSA CLAIM B1G AWARDS
Determined and exceptional efforts by the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 40-30 comeback victory over No. 15/16 Northwestern Oct. 5 earned three individuals Big Ten Conference weekly honors: Carlos Hyde shared the conference's offensive player of the week award with Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah; All-American cornerback Bradley Roby was the special teams player of the week; and defensive lineman Joey Bosa earned the Big Ten's freshman of the week award.

  • Hyde, from Naples, Fla., rushed for a career-high 168 yards with three second-half touchdowns to power Ohio State back from a 23-13 third-quarter deficit. He also caught four passes for 38 yards for a total of 206 all-purpose yards.
  • Hyde's fine game included amassing 15 first downs; 12 rushing and three receiving. He scored on a 4-yard run late in the third quarter to close a 10-point Northwestern lead to three, 23-20. He added a 2- yard TD run early in the fourth to give Ohio State its first lead in over 32 minutes, 27-23. And after Northwestern regained the lead, Hyde capped an 81-yard drive with a 7-yard run for a 34-30 Buckeye lead with 5:22 left to play.
  • Roby, a fourth-year junior from Suwanee, Ga., blocked a Northwestern punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for Ohio State's only touchdown of the first half. He also had two special team tackles among his seven tackles for the game.
  • Roby now has four career touchdowns; he has scored off a fumbled punt vs. Miami in 2012; he recovered a blocked punt vs. Indiana in 2012; he had a "pick-six" vs. Nebraska in 2012; and his recovery of his own blocked punt in the end zone vs. Northwestern Saturday.
  • Bosa, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had five tackles, including two quarterback sacks, and he recovered a fumble in the end zone on the final play of the game. He tied his personal best with four solo tackles and with his two tackles-for-loss.

3 WITH 160-PLUS RUSHING YARDS
Carlos Hyde is the third Buckeye running back to top 160 yards rushing this year. Jordan Hall, who missed the Northwestern game with a knee issue, had a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns vs. California. Freshman Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 162 yards and two scores in less than two quarters vs. Florida A&M. And Hyde notched his career-best game with a 26-carry, 168-yard gem against the Wildcats that prompted someone out there in the world wide web world to author the term "Roll Hyde." Solid!

20-0 SINCE 2005 WITH PUNT BLOCK
Urban Meyer's teams are now 20-0 since the 2005 season when blocking a punt. Bradley Roby's second career blocked punt (vs. Northwestern) was the most recent. Doran Grant also has a blocked punt this season vs. FAMU.

59 BLOCKED KICKS
Urban Meyer-coached teams, from 2001 to the present, have now blocked 59 kicks. Meyer's Buckeyes have blocked eight kicks, including two punt blocks this season. (Source for the first 51 blocks: University of Florida stats)

Buckeyes Building Blocks:
2012
1. Adolphus Washington (PAT vs. UCF);
2. Orhian Johnson (PAT vs. UAB);
3. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Michigan State);
4. Travis Howard (Punt vs. Indiana);
5. Garrett Goebel (PAT vs. Purdue); and
6. Johnathan Hankins (FG vs. Purdue).
2013
7. Doran Grant (Punt vs. FAMU); and
8. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Northwestern).

CHAMPIONS vs. NORTHWESTERN
Ohio State players of the week vs. Northwestern were DL Joey Bosa, RB Carlos Hyde and CB Bradley Roby. Michael Bennett, Marcus Mall, Andrew Norwell, Jeff Heuerman, Evan Spencer, Devin Smith, Corey Brown and special teamers Ryan Shazier, Camren Williams, Joshua Perry and Armani Reeves were also honored as champions.

NO. 5 NOW 20-6 AS STARTING QB
The Buckeyes have won 16 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 moved ahead of 19-game winners Steve Bellisari (1999-01), Greg Frey (1988-90) and Terrelle Pryor (2008-09) and into sole possession of ninth place at Ohio State in QB wins after the Northwestern game.

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)

No. 1/5 OSU/B1G RUSHING QB
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). His 68 yards gained vs. Northwestern moved him past Rick Leach (2,176) and into fifth place in Big Ten history among rushing quarterbacks.

Big Ten QB Rushing Leaders
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. 2,219 by Braxton Miller, Ohio State

RUN GAME POWERS OFFENSE
Ohio State's rushing game has powered the team to NCAA national rankings of No. 11 in rushing (280.67 ypg), sixth in scoring (46.8 ppg) and No. 19 in total offense (492.8 ypg). Ohio State's 1,684 rushing yards through the first six games are the most in 36 years, or since the 1977 team rushed for 1,969 yards through its first six games on its way to the third-most yards in school history for a season: 3,694 yards.

126 STARTS AT O-LINE & TE
Ohio State's offensive line - Sr. LT Jack Mewhort, Sr. LG Andrew Norwell, Sr. C Corey Linsley, Sr. RG Marcus Hall and So. RT Taylor Decker - have combined for 110 starts. Throw in 14 and two starts at tight end for Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, respectively, and the total jumps to 126 starts for Ohio State's corps of key blockers.

PASSING: 19TH IN COMP. PCT.
A big reason Ohio State is 19th nationally and first in the Big Ten Conference in passing efficiency (162.1) is its quarterbacks are completing 65.3 (Braxton Miller) and 68.4 (Kenny Guiton) percent of their passes. The duo has combined to complete 114 of 170 attempts for 1,273 yards with a Big Ten-best 19 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

5 WITH 2-TD RECEIVING GAMES
Ohio State has had a receiver catch two touchdown passes five times this season.

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)

BUCKS 15TH IN TOTAL DEFENSE
Ohio State's defense ranks 15th nationally in total defense, allowing 326.2 yards per game. The Silver Bullet run defense has been particular stout, ranking sixth nationally at 86.1 yards per game. Opponents have been forced to try and defeat the Buckeyes through the air, but to no avail. The Buckeyes have allowed 240.0 passing yards per game - eighth in the Big Ten - but the team has seven interceptions, including a key one last week by junior CB Doran Grant.

FIRST DEFICIT IN 2013
Ohio State trailed in a game for the first time this season against Northwestern. The Buckeyes went 308 minutes without trailing until Northwestern grabbed a 7-3 lead with eight minutes to play in the first quarter. The Wildcats led for a total of 41 minutes 5 seconds all told in the game, but couldn't add to that number after Carlos Hyde's third touchdown of the game with 5:22 left to play.

NOTABLE NATIONAL NOTES
Here are a few more national statistics of note on offense, defense and special teams that pertain to the Buckeyes:

  • Ohio State and Baylor share the lead for fewest punt returns allowed: 1. The Buckeyes have allowed three punt return yards total to rank 14th nationally.
  • Ohio State is 16th nationally in net punting (40.0) and punter Cameron Johnston has dropped 14 of his 21 punts inside of the opponents' 20 yard line.
  • The defense is limiting opponents to a third-down conversion success rate of only 25 percent (21 of 83), good for fourth-best nationally.
  • The defense also ranks 23rd in sacks with 2.67 per game and 16 total.
  • On offense, 152 first downs rank 20th nationally.

NOTING THE WIN AT NORTHWESTERN

  • Ohio State extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games - the fourth-longest streak in school history. The longest is 22 games from 1967-69.
  • Head coach Urban Meyer is now 26-10 in his career vs. ranked teams and 5-0 at Ohio State.
  • Ohio State has won the last five meetings with Northwestern and 29 of the last 30 overall.
  • Carlos Hyde rushed for a team-high 168 yards and 3 TDs, marking the seventh 100-yard rushing game of his career and his first of the season.
  • Hyde's rushing total was a career high and his 26 carries was just two shy of his 28 attempts vs. Nebraska (10/8/11).
  • Hyde tied his career high with 4 receptions and set a career best with 38 receiving yards.
  • Braxton Miller is now 20-6 in his career as a staring QB and 16-0 under Coach Meyer.
  • With 68 yards rushing, Miller passed Rick Leach (2,176) for fifth place on the Big Ten's all-time rushing list among QBs with 2,219 yards.
  • Corey "Philly" Brown recorded a career-high 127 receiving yards -- the first 100-yard receiving game of his career.
  • Bradley Roby blocked a punt in the first quarter and recovered it for a TD. It marked his third career TD on either a blocked or recovered punt. It also marks his second career blocked punt. His last blocked punt was at Michigan State in 2012.
  • Coach Meyer's teams are 20-0 since 2005 when blocking a punt and 4-0 at Ohio State.
  • C.J. Barnett recorded 11 tackles. His career high is 12 at Michigan (11/26/11).
  • Joey Bosa recorded five tackles, two for loss and had two sacks. He also ended the game with a recovered fumble in the endzone for a touchdown.
  • Curtis Grant finished the game with a career high 10 tackles. He had recorded seven twice previously, last vs. Wisconsin (9/28/13).

BRAXTON RETURNS ...
Braxton Miller returned to action Sept. 28 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, who had been 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 A PERSON TB 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. BUCKEYES HOLD BADGER GROUND GAME IN CHECK
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) Sept. 28. 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.

MOVING THE CHAINS
The Ohio State offense has converted on 47.6 percent of its third downs and ranks 11th nationally with a 73.3 conversion rate on fourth down. As a result, the Buckeye offense ranks second in the Big Ten and 20th in the NCAA with 152 first downs (89 rushing, 55 passing and eight on penalties). They also rank fifth 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.Baylor7042.600
2.Florida State5933.559
3.Oregon8445.536
4.Texas A&M7137.521
5.Ohio State7437.500
6.Louisville6631.470
7.Missouri6228.452
8.South Carolina6027.450
9.UCLA6328.444
10.Navy4718.383

FAST STARTS AND POINTS SCORED
Ohio State has outscored its opponents 126-28 in the first quarter through six games this season on its way to 281 points scored for an average of 46.8 points per game -- good for sixth in the NCAA.

B1G DAY FOR Cameron Johnston
At the end of the Wisconsin 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 Badgers Sept. 28 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 Jared Abbrederis had a three-yard return on Ohio State's last punt of the game Sept. 28 vs Wisconsin. The short gain stopped a string of 17 consecutive non-returnable punts, including 12 fair catches.

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.

The No. 2 preseason AP ranking was Ohio State's 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. The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP more times (812) than any other school, appeared in the AP preseason poll for the 25th consecutive season, the longest such streak in the nation. It also marked 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 (135). Oklahoma is second with 123.

THE SILVER BULLET DEFENSE
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. Ohio State recorded its first shutout since 2011 with the 76-0 win over FAMU Sept. 21. The Buckeyes also have not allowed a rush of 20 or more yards all season. The longest run allowed by Ohio State's defense was a 17-yarder vs. Wisconsin Sept. 28. In that meeting with the Badgers, Ohio State's defense held Wisconsin to a season-low 104 yards rushing after the Badgers came into the game averaging 349.5 yards per game on the ground.

YearPPG AllowedFBS Rank
201319.224th
201222.831st*
201121.027th
201014.35th
200912.55th
200813.96th
200712.81st
200612.85th
200515.35th
200418.319th
200317.616th
200213.12nd
*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.

PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF
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-for-loss, ranking second with 115 tackles and eighth with 12 passes defended. He was named first-team all-Big Ten.

Through six games in 2013, Shazier leads the Buckeyes with 47 tackles, 34 of those solo. He has 8.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, 1 PBU, 2 FFs and 1 QBH.

SPENCE 6th IN SACKS; 7th IN TFLs
Junior viper (DE) Noah Spence, who has a quarterback sack and/or TFL in six consecutive games, ranks sixth in the Big Ten Conference in sacks with 3.0 (-25 yards) through the first six games of the season. Spence also is seventh in the Big Ten in total tackles-for-loss with 6.0 (-32 yards).

Spence enjoyed a career day in the win over Buffalo. The Harrisburg, Pa., native recorded six tackles (three solo) and, had 2.0 TFL for 11 yards, including a QB sack for seven yards. He now has 4.0 sacks and 7.0 TFL on his young career.

FIRST TIME SINCE 1917
This year Ohio State opened the season with four consecutive 40-plus point games for the first time since 1917 when Ohio State opened with wins over Case (49-0), Ohio Wesleyan (53-0), Northwestern (40-0) and Denison (67-0).

With 76 points Sept. 21 vs. FAMU, it marked the first time since 2005 that a Buckeye team has scored at least 40 points in four consecutive games overall.

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY
Ohio State is officially 27 of 30 in the red zone this season with 24 TDs and three field goals. The Buckeyes were 1 of 1 in the red zone vs. Buffalo, 3 of 3 vs. San Diego State, 6 of 6 at California, 11 of 12 vs. FAMU, 1 of 2 vs. Wisconsin and 5 of 6 at Northwestern. The only times Ohio State did not score in the red zone were after an interception in the end zone vs. FAMU (Ohio State would force and recover a fumble on that same play and score the very next play), when Ohio State took a knee to run out the clock vs. Wisconsin and after a fumble inside the 5-yard line at Northwestern.

The Buckeyes have 12 scoring plays of at least 20 yards so far this season, nine through the air and three rushing.

KENNY "G" STARTS & STARS
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 172 & 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 (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:

RBDevonte Butler (Columbus, Ohio)
SAFRussell Doup (Mt. Vernon, Ohio)
DLRashad Frazier (Middletown, Ohio)
WRPeter Gwilym (Freeport, Maine)
DLJohn Holman (Riverdale, Ga.)
TECameron Kinzig (Gates Mills, Ohio)
WRDevlin McDaniel (Marion, Ohio)
WRKato Mitchell (Cleveland, Ohio)
SAFKevin Niehoff (Mason, Ohio)
WRBrandon Ojikutu (Cleveland, Ohio)
DLChris Rock (Columbus, Ohio)
CBNic Sarac (Cleveland, Ohio)
LBNick Snyder (Columbus, Ohio)

ABOUT 76 POINTS SCORED
The 76 points Ohio State scored against FAMU 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 Guiton threw 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).

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 this season
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 67 career receptions for 1,274 yards, is tied with Ted Ginn Jr. for 11th all-time at Ohio State with 15 TD receptions.

Devin Smith TB 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, Jordan 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.

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 Sept. 21. 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
Ohio State has had five 300-plus yard rushing games in Urban Meyer's 18 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

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
Northwestern: Guiton, Barnett, Linsley, Mewhort

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.LSU12
2.Ohio State10
 FIU10
4.UConn9
5.Florida8
 Ole Miss8
 Kansas State8

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)

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).

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.

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

BLACK STRIPE PROGRAM
The Ohio State freshmen were 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 BGSU.

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.

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 843-316-53 to rank among the top five winningest programs in NCAA history.

NCAA TOP 10 WINNINGEST PROGRAMS

1.Michigan909
2.Texas871
3.Notre Dame869
4.Nebraska861
5.Ohio State843
6.Oklahoma836
7.Alabama833
8.Tennessee802
9.USC790
10.Georgia763

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 467-171-24. Ohio State also ranks second with 34 outright or shared Big Ten championships.

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 91 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 46 times with a record crowd of 106,102 vs. Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012.

THIRD-LARGEST OHIO STADIUM CROWD
Ohio State's crowd of 105,826 vs. Wisconsin Sept. 28 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.

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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