No. 4 Ohio State Hosts Penn State Saturday in Primetime

Oct. 21, 2013

Junior QB Braxton Miller set a school record with his seventh career game with at least 300 yards of total offense with 324 yards vs. Iowa last Saturday.
Junior QB Braxton Miller set a school record with his seventh career game with at least 300 yards of total offense with 324 yards vs. Iowa last Saturday.
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#4 Ohio State (7-0, 3-0 B1G) vs. Penn State (4-2, 1-1 B1G)
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 - 8 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

Television: ABC will televise the game with Brad Nessler (p-by-p) and Todd Blackledge (analyst) in the booth and Holly Rowe 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 & XM channels 85.

Just like the Wisconsin game, fans are encouraged to wear their Scarlet for Saturday's game!


  • Ohio State enters the game with the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games.
  • The Buckeyes are ranked No. 4 in the initial Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll released Sunday.
  • Ohio State ranks seventh nationally in rushing defense (92.4 ypg). The unit has not allowed a run of 20 or more yards this season.
  • Ohio State is one of six FBS schools who have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 2013.
  • Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh in the NCAA in scoring with 45.0 ppg.
  • Ohio State is outscoring teams 129-38 in the first quarter this season.
  • Ohio State is outscoring teams 58-27 after halftime in Big Ten play, two vs. ranked opponents.
  • Junior QB Braxton Miller passed Joe Germaine for first place with his seventh career game with at least 300 yards of total offense vs. Iowa.
  • Senior RB Carlos Hyde has rushed for 402 yards and five TDs in three B1G games, good for second in the Big Ten with 134.0 yards per game.
  • Junior LB Ryan Shazier is third in the B1G with 8.0 TFL.
Shades of pink will be prevalent inside Ohio stadium Saturday as The Ohio State University and the Buckeyes recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink towels and glow sticks will be given away to fans on gameday.

Ohio State, 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten, is ranked No. 4 in the initial BCS standings after its 34-24 win vs. Iowa Saturday.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 45.0 points per game, is third in the Big Ten and 20th nationally with 493.1 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 279.6 yards per game on the ground.

Seniors Carlos Hyde (443 yards, 5 TDs in four games) and Jordan Hall (438 yards, 8 TDs) are Ohio State's most experienced rushers. Junior QB Braxton Miller -- Ohio State's all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,321 yards) -- has rushed for 335 yards in a little more than four games. 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 and totaled 324 yards (222 passing, 102 rushing) in the win over Iowa. Senior Corey "Philly" Brown (33 rec., 453 yds, 6 TDs) and junior Devin Smith(30 rec., 434 yds, 6 TDs) are Ohio State's leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who is third in the Big Ten with 8.0 TFL to go along with 56.0 total tackles. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 92.4 yards per game on the ground -- seventh 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 eight interceptions this season.

Former Buckeye All-American Orlando Pace and Ohio State's 1968 National Championship team will be honored at Saturday's game.

Pace, who will he recognized at the end of the first quarter, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Dec. 10 in New York City. He is the 24th Buckeye player to receive the honor.

The 1968 Buckeyes were one of the best teams in program history, going 10-0 and defeating No. 2 USC in the 1969 Rose Bowl to capture Ohio State's fifth national championship -- the fourth of five under legendary head coach Woody Hayes. They will be honored during a second quarter timeout.

Ohio State carries the nation's longest winning streak into Saturday at 19 games. The streak is tied for the second-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)
19 - 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)

Urban Meyeris one of 41 known head coaches at the highest level of the collegiate coaching ranks (major college, university, FBS and FCS) to guide a team to a winning streak of at least 20 games.

Before the Iowa game, those 41 coaches have led teams to 20-game winning streaks 50 times, with Meyer one of nine coaches to have two such win streaks of at least 20 games. The others: Walter Camp, George Woodruff, Fielding Yost, Robert Neyland, Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer, Joe Paterno and Tom Osborne.

With Ohio State's 34-24 win over Iowa Oct. 19, Meyer became the first to win at least 20 consecutive games three times in a career.

Meyer won his last game as coach at Florida (a 37-24 win over Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl) and he is 19-0 at Ohio State. He has an overall record of 123-23 as a head coach for an .842 winning percentage, a figure that is No. 1 among active Division I coaches with at least 10 years of experience as a head coach.

Urban Meyer Winning Streaks (seasons)
22 - Florida (2008 and 2009)
20 - Utah (2003 and 2004) and Florida (2005)
20 - 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)

Ohio State returns to the ABC/ESPN networks for a fifth consecutive week and for a third time in prime time this week with an 8 p.m. game against 4-2 Penn State at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State has already played prime time games against Wisconsin at Ohio Stadium and Northwestern at Ryan Field this year. This second prime time game under the lights at Ohio Stadium is the first time in school history that Ohio State will play two night games in Ohio Stadium in one season.

Ohio State's opponent will have had an off week prior to meeting Ohio State for the third consecutive week this week. Penn State was off Oct. 12, one week after defeating Michigan in a four-overtime thriller at Beaver Stadium. Northwestern was also off prior to playing the Buckeyes as was Iowa. Ohio State had the week off prior to the Iowa game and will also have the week off prior to playing Illinois Nov. 16. Ohio State's opponent following Penn State is Purdue. The Boilermakers are off this week.

Ohio State holds a one-game edge in wins over Penn State, 14 to 13, in a series that dates to 1912 and has had 20 Big Ten Conference showdowns. Penn State won the first four games in this series - in 1912-56-63-64 - but since then there has been only one winning streak as long as three games (Ohio State won in 2002-03-04). Ohio State won last year, 35-23, in State College behind 134 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Braxton Miller and a 17-yard interception return for a touchdown by Ryan Shazier.

Ohio State holds a slim, 8-7, lead in victories in games played in Columbus, including an 8-6 record vs. Penn State in Ohio Stadium. Penn State has won two of the last three meetings against Ohio State in Ohio Stadium: 13-6, in 2008 and 20-14 in 2011.

The Buckeyes are 6-5 vs. Penn State in games played in State College and have won three consecutive and four of the last five there. Penn State won the only game played on a neutral field: at the 1980 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

Ohio State is officially 38-20 in night games (those starting after 5 p.m. local time; three wins during the 2010 season were vacated). The Buckeyes have won six consecutive night games and they are 9-3 all-time in night games at Ohio Stadium.

Ohio Stadium Night Games

9-14-85 Ohio State 10, Pittsburgh 7
9-11-93 Ohio State 21, Washington 12
8-28-97 Ohio State 24, Wyoming 10
9-11-99 Ohio State 42, UCLA 20
10-6-01 Ohio State 38, Northwestern 20
8-30-03 Ohio State 28, Washington 9
9-10-05 Texas 25, Ohio State 22
10-25-08 Penn State 13, Ohio State 10
9-12-09 USC 18, Ohio State 15
9-2-10 *Ohio State 45, Marshall 7
10-29-11 Ohio State 33, Wisconsin 29
10-6-12 Ohio State 63, Nebraska 38
9-28-13 Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 24

*Win vacated

This week's game with Penn State represents the fifth time the two teams will meet at night. Each team has won twice.

OSU vs. PSU at Night
2012 - OSU 35, PSU 23 (Beaver Stadium)
2008 - PSU 13, OSU 10 (Ohio Stadium)
2007 - OSU 37, PSU 17 (Beaver Stadium)
2005 - PSU 17, OSU 10 (Beaver Stadium)

In six of the last 11 games in this series - dating to the 2002 game - an Ohio State Buckeye has intercepted a pass vs. Penn State and returned it for a touchdown. The Buckeyes have won each of those games.

2012 - Ryan Shazier sparked a 21-point third quarter with a 17-yard interception return for a score that broke a 7-all tie.
2010 - Devon Torrence and Travis Howard had fourth quarter returns for scores to clinch Ohio State's comeback, 38-14 victory. (Vacated)
2007 - Malcolm Jenkins extended a 27-10 Ohio State lead with his fourth-quarter interception return as the Buckeyes prevailed, 37-17.
2006 - Jenkins and Antonio Smith returned two interceptions a total of 116 yards for fourth quarter touchdowns in Ohio State's 28-6 win.
2004 - Tyler Everett had a first-quarter pick-six in the Buckeyes' 21-10 victory.
2002 - Trailing 7-3 in the second half, Chris Gamble's touchdown return was the game-deciding play in Ohio State's 13-7 win.

Ohio State has had a 100-yard rusher against Penn State 13 times with Braxton Miller's hitting the mark twice with 105 in 2011 as a freshman and with 134 last year. ... David Boston set the still-standing school record of 14 receptions in a game against Penn State in 1997. ... Tom Cousineau set the school record of 29 total tackles and Art Schlichter threw a record five interceptions in the 1978 game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium ... Ryan Shazierhad a career-high 15 tackles in 2011 vs. Penn State.

Four Buckeyes are from the Keystone State: Sr. S Corey Brown (Monroeville/Gateway), Sr. WR Corey Brown (Upper Darby/Cardinal O'Hara), Sr. RB Jordan Hall (Jeannette/Jeannette) and So. DE Noah Spence(Harrisburg/Bishop McDevitt). And they all contribute:

  • Corey "Philly" Brown has played in 42 games and ranks 11th at Ohio State with 115 receptions and 16th with 1,432 receiving yards.
  • Corey "Pitt" Brown has played in 36 games, started three times this season and has 51 career tackles, including 27 this season.
  • Jordan Hall has played in 42 games and ranks 13th at Ohio State with 3,302 all-purpose yards. He has 1,470 rushing yards, 34 receptions and he has scored 19 touchdowns (14 rushing; four receiving and a kickoff return).
  • Noah Spence has started all seven games this season, played in 18 of the team's 19 games the past two seasons and leads the team with 3.0 sacks this season (9th in Big Ten).

C.J. Barnett was player of the game vs. Iowa on defense and Braxton Miller and Andrew Norwell were offensive players of the week, respectively. Other game champions: Doran Grant, Marcus Hall, Jack Mewhort, Jeff Heuerman, Evan Spencer, Devin Smith, Corey "Philly" Brown, Carlos Hyde, Drew Basil and Devan Bogard.

Ohio State got off to fast starts in its first five wins of the season, outscoring its opponents 116-22 in the first quarter while never trailing in any of those games. The Buckeyes went 308 minutes this season without trailing until Northwestern grabbed a 7-3 lead with eight minutes to play in the first quarter. Subsequently, Northwestern and Iowa each held halftime leads against Ohio State (20-13 and 17-10, respectively) but Ohio State outscored both teams, 51-17, in the second half to win both and remain undefeated.


  • Northwestern led for a total of 41 minutes 5 seconds, but Ohio State outscored the Wildcats, 27-10, in the second half, including 20-7 in the fourth quarter.
  • Iowa led for 22 minutes 18 seconds, but Ohio State outscored the Hawkeyes, 24-7, in the second half and 10-0 in the decisive final quarter.

A sharp and crisp 22-for-27 passing day vs. Iowa has improved Braxton Miller'scompletion percentage this season to 69.6. His two touchdown passes and no interceptions also increased his passing efficiency rating to 160.0 on the season, a figure that would rank 12th nationally this week but Miller hasn't played in 75 percent of the team's games (he needs one more game played).

Ohio State has jumped to No. 8 nationally (and first in the Big Ten Conference) in passing efficiency (163.9) as its quarterbacks are completing 69.6 (Braxton Miller) and 68.4 (Kenny Guiton) percent of their passes. The duo has combined to complete 136 of 197 attempts for 1,495 yards with 21 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

Ohio State's rushing game has powered the team to NCAA national rankings of No. 11 in rushing (279.6 ypg), seventh in scoring (45.0 ppg) and No. 20 in total offense (493.1 ypg). Ohio State's 1,957 rushing yards through the first seven games are the most in 36 years, or since the 1977 team rushed for 2,269 yards through its first seven games on its way to the third-most yards in school history for a season: 3,694 yards.

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 116 starts. Throw in 15 and two starts at tight end for Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, respectively, and the total jumps to 133 starts for Ohio State's corps of key blockers.

Braxton Millerhas 56 touchdowns responsible for in his career (rushing and passing scores) and has tied the great fullback Pete Johnson (school record 56 rushing touchdowns) and 1998 Big Ten Silver Football award winner Joe Germaine (56 passing TDs) for fourth on the school charts.


  • His 222-yard passing and 102-yard rushing day prompted Dispatch columnist Bob Hunter to write "he is running like the old Miller and passing like the new one."
  • Miller now has 10 100-yard rushing days.
  • He has tied Jim Karsatos for sixth in school history with 36 touchdown passes.
  • He needs 19 yards rushing to pass Lydell Ross (2,339 yards between 2001-04) for 15th place in career rushing yards. Miller enters the Penn State game with 2,221 yards.
  • His school-record seventh 300-yard game of total offense vs. Iowa (324) moved him past Joe Germaine and Greg Frey and into fifth place on that all-time Ohio State list.

Carlos Hydescored two rushing touchdowns against an Iowa defense that had not given up a rushing touchdown all season. The scores were part of another big game for the senior with 149 rushing yards and a 6.2 yards per carry average. Hyde had a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns vs. Northwestern and now has taken the team lead with 443 rushing yards and a 110.8 per game average.

Carlos Hydehas powered his way into Ohio State's Top 20 all-time rushers with 2,120 career yards. He has the second-fewest rushing attempts of any Buckeye who has reached 2,000 career rushing yards: 387. Don Clark rushed for 2,116 yards off 385 attempts from 1956-58.


  • Carlos has not lost a yard rushing this season.
  • He has nine career 100-yard games.
  • His 27 rushing touchdowns are only nine shy of a Top 5 place in Ohio State history.
  • He ranks second in the Big Ten in rushing (134.0) in conference games and third with 5 TDs.
  • Carlos has rushed for at least 100 yards in the second half in each of the last two games vs. Northwestern (112) and Iowa (106).

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 Grantalso has a blocked punt this season vs. FAMU.

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)

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).
7. Doran Grant (Punt vs. FAMU); and
8. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Northwestern).

The Buckeyes have won 17 consecutive games that Braxton Millerhas started, making the junior from Huber Heights (near Dayton, Ohio) 21-6 as a starting quarterback at Ohio State. His next win will tie him for seventh with Jim Karsatos, who went 22-6 from 1983-86.

Top 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)
6. Mike Tomczak (23-8 from 1982-84)
7. Jim Karsatos (22-6 from 1983-86)
8. Braxton Miller (21-6 from 2011-present)


  • Ohio State holds the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games, tied for the second-longest in school history (2005-06, 2002-03). The longest is 22 games from 1967-69.
  • Urban Meyer's teams are 35-2 overall with more than a week to prepare for an opponent.
  • Corey Brown's 58-yard touchdown reception from Braxton Miller in the second quarter marked the longest catch of his career.
  • Carlos Hyde's 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the first rushing touchdown allowed by Iowa this season.
  • Devin Smith's 14-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter marked the 16th of his career, tying him for eighth on the Ohio State career list.
  • Smith tied his career high with seven receptions against the Hawkeyes, totaling 72 yards.
  • Hyde's 149-yard rushing performance marked the eighth 100-yard game of his career and his second in a row after rushing for 168 vs. Northwestern.
  • Jeff Heuerman caught a career-high five passes against the Hawkeyes.
  • Miller tallied 324 yards of total offense against Iowa. The game marked his Ohio State record seventh time tallying over 300 yards of total offense in a game. Miller was tied with Joe Germaine for first in program history heading into the game.
  • Miller connected on 22 of 27 pass attempts for 222 yards, a career high for completions in a game. Miller now has back-to-back 200-plus yard throwing games.
  • Miller, already Ohio State's record leader for 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback, had the 10th 100-yard rushing game of his career after finishing the game with 102 yards on 18 carries.
  • Hyde and Miller each rushed for more than 100 yards, the first time Ohio State had two backs with 100 yard games since last year vs. Indiana. The same duo combined to each rush for 100 yards against both Nebraska and Indiana last year. All-time, 39 tandems have rushed for 100 yards each in a game (six times since 2000).
  • Ohio State did not punt vs. the Hawkeyes, the first time the team did not punt in a game since Aug. 30, 2008 vs. Youngstown State.
  • Miller moved into fifth place on the Ohio State career total offense list with 6,350 yards, passing Joe Germaine (6,094) and Greg Frey (6,098). Steve Bellisari is next (6,496) in fourth place.
  • Ohio State is yet to allow a 100-yard rusher.
  • Ryan Shazier led the Buckeyes with nine total tackles, followed by Curtis Grant with eight. Armani Reeves had a career-best six tackles, passing the five he had vs. SDSU earlier this year.
  • The Buckeyes have scored 30 or more points in each game this year. The squad entered the year sixth in the NCAA averaging 46.8 points a game.

In Big Ten play Ohio State has shut down the run. The Buckeyes held No. 23 Wisconsin to 104 rushing yards -- 245 yards below its season average. The very next week Ohio State held No. 15 Northwestern to 155 yards below its average of 249 per game. Then vs. Iowa, Ohio State held the Hawkeyes to 130 yards on the ground, 77 yards below its season average.

Opponent Avg. Yds. Actual Yds. Diff.
Wisconsin 349.5 104 -245
Northwestern 249.0 155 -94
Iowa 207.5 130 -77

Three-year starting safety and team leader Christian Bryantsuffered 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.

Ohio State is officially 32 of 35 in the red zone this season with 27 TDs and five 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, 5 of 6 at Northwestern and 5 of 5 vs. Iowa. 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 13 scoring plays of at least 20 yards so far this season, 10 through the air and three rushing.

The Ohio State offense has converted on 51.0 percent of its third downs, good for 12th in the NCAA, and ranks 16th with a 68.8 conversion rate on fourth down. As a result, the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and are 14th in the NCAA with 182 first downs (108 rushing, 65 passing and nine on penalties). They also rank fourth 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 84 49 .583
2. Florida State 70 38 .543
3. Oregon 99 53 .535
4. Ohio State 81 41 .506
5. Texas A&M 85 42 .494
6. Louisville 77 36 .468
7. Oregon State 97 41 .423
8. Georgia Tech 81 34 .419
9. Missouri 76 31 .408
10. South Carolina 74 30 .405


School % of Drives Avg. per game
Baylor 04.5% (4 of 89) 0.67 (3/5)
Texas A&M 10.1% (8 of 79) 1.33 (8/6)
Ohio St. 14.6% (12 of 82) 1.71 (12/7)
Navy 15.8% (10 of 63) 1.66 (10/6)
Florida St. 17.4% (12 of 69) 2.00 (12/6)
South Carolina 17.6% (13 of 74) 1.86 (13/7)
Louisville 18.8% (13 of 69) 1.86 (13/7)
Washington 21.3% (20 of 94) 2.86 (20/7)
Georgia Tech 21.4% (12 of 56) 2.40 (12/5)
Arizona St. 21.6% (22 of 102) 2.67 (22/7)

Ohio State has outscored its opponents 129-38 in the first quarter this season on its way to 315 points scored for an average of 45.0 points per game -- good for seventh in the NCAA.

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 are one of six FBS teams who have not allowed a 100-yard rusher and the longest run allowed by Ohio State was a 17-yarder vs. Wisconsin. 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.

Year PPG Allowed FBS Rank
2013 19.9 22nd
2012 22.8 31st*
2011 21.0 27th
2010 14.3 5th
2009 12.5 5th
2008 13.9 6th
2007 12.8 1st
2006 12.8 5th
2005 15.3 5th
2004 18.3 19th
2003 17.6 16th
2002 13.1 2nd

*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.

FBS teams that have not allowed a 100-Yard Rusher in 2013:
East Carolina
Michigan State
Ohio State

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 56.0 tackles, 38 of those solo. He has 8.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, 1 PBU, 2 FFs and 1 QBH.

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.

Determined and exceptional efforts by the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 40-30 comeback victory over No. 15 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 Bosaearned 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 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.

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 Spencerwith a 15-yard completion.

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

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 Meyercoached Ohio State team.

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 Johnstonthat 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.

Ezekiel Elliott EASES FOR 162 & 2 TDS
Freshman running back Ezekiel Elliotttook 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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Speedy junior receiver Devin Smith caught a strike in stride from Kenny Guitonat 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

Devin Smithhas now caught 16 touchdown passes in his career at an average distance of 38.7 yards per score. Smith, who has 74 career receptions for 1,346 yards, is tied for eighth all-time at Ohio State with his 16 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
2013 - 14 from B. Miller vs. Iowa

Ohio State's offensive line 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 Blackmanseeing his most action from the line of scrimmage as well.

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 Elliotthad 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's19 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

After setting personal bests with 21 carries for 159 yards and two scores vs. Buffalo Aug. 31, Jordan Halltopped 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.

Urban Meyerhas 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, "Philly" Brown and Barnett
Cal: Mewhort, Linsley, Bryant and Barnett
FAMU: Barnett, Linsley, "Philly" Brown
Wisconsin: Guiton, Barnett, Mewhort, Bryant
Northwestern: Guiton, Barnett, Linsley, Mewhort
Iowa: Guiton, Barnett, "Philly" Brown, Bryant

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)

(through 10/19/13):

1. Aaron Jones (Baylor) 155
2. Brendan Gibbons (Michigan) 136
3. Jeff Budzien (Northwestern) 126
4. Mike Meyer (Iowa) 105
5. Ryan Bustin (Texas Tech) 93
6. Justin Haig (Marshall) 89
7. Warren Harvey (East Carolina) 82
8. Drew Basil (Ohio State) 79
  Cody Parkey (Auburn) 79
10. Sean Ianno (UTSA) 72

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).

Coach Urban Meyer'steams are 35-2 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 14 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) 4-0

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).

Urban Meyer'scoaching 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.

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

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 (813) 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 (136). Oklahoma is second with 123.

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

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

The 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.

With its victory over Buffalo Aug. 31, 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 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 844-316-53 to rank among the top five winningest programs in NCAA history.

NCAA Top 10 Winningest Programs

1. Michigan 910
2. Texas 871
3. Notre Dame 870
4. Nebraska 861
5. Ohio State 844

The 2013 season is 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 468-171-24. Ohio State also ranks second with 34 outright or shared Big Ten championships.

Ohio Stadium, grand and venerable and registered on the National Register of Historic Places, 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 State has an all-time record of 409-109-20 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 92 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 47 times with a record crowd of 106,102 vs. Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012.

Ohio State's crowd of 105,826 vs. Wisconsin Sept. 28, 2013 was the third-largest crowd in school history.

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

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

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

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


  • Ohio State is tied with Oklahoma with the most (8) BCS bowl appearances. USC, Florida and Florida 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.