Oct. 31, 2011
Ohio State (5-3, 2-2) vs. Indiana (1-8, 0-5)
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011
Ohio Stadium (102,329) - Columbus, Ohio
Television: BTN will televise the game with Tom Hart and Derek Rackley in the booth and Lisa Byington on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Luke Fickell 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 can also be heard on Sirius satellite radio channel 128 and XM channel 196.
First and 10
- Head coach Luke Fickell picked up his second consecutive victory over a ranked opponent with the 33-29 win vs. No. 15 Wisconsin Oct. 29.
- The Buckeyes are 14-1 in November games since the start of the 2005 season (not including 2010).
- Braxton Miller is one of just three true freshman starting QBs among FBS schools.
- Miller is the reigning Big Ten freshman of the week after posting 188 yards and 3 TDs in the win over Wisconsin.
- Senior RB Dan "Boom" Herron carried the ball a career-high 33 times for 160 yards vs. the Badgers.
- The Buckeyes are 20-1 in Herron's career when he rushes for at least 55 yards.
- Herron is 32 rushing yards shy of recording 2,500 for his career.
- Junior DL John Simon has 7.0 TFL in the past three games and 4.0 sacks in his last two -- both against ranked opponents.
- Kicker Drew Basil has connected on 10 consecutive field goal attempts.
- Ohio State's last two wins over ranked opponents had a combined record of 12-1.
Ohio State vs. Indiana
Ohio State, after coming through a rugged month of October 2-2 against ranked Michigan State, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin, opens the month of November at home on Saturday against the Indiana Hoosiers in a 12 noon game on the Big Ten Network.
The Buckeyes, under the direction of first-year coach Luke Fickell, are 5-3 overall and in second place in the Big Ten Leaders Division behind Penn State (8-1 and 4-0) with a 2-2 record. The Hoosiers, also with a first-year coach in Kevin Wilson, are 1-8 overall and 0-5 in the division.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Indiana 66-12-5. The Buckeyes have won 15 straight from the Hoosiers since a 41-7 loss in 1988 in Bloomington that represents the most lopsided setback for Ohio State in the 109-year-old series (first played in 1901). The Buckeyes have put together several winning streaks during the series, the longest of which was a 23-game stretch between 1960 and 1986.(Note: the 2010 season was vacated by The Ohio State University)
Buckeyes in November
The Buckeyes boast an all-time record of 287-132-19 in November games. Ohio State is 180-78-11 in November home games and 107-54-8 on the road that month.
The Buckeyes are 14-1 in November games since 2005, suffering a 28-21 loss to Illinois Nov. 10, 2007. (Note: the 2010 season was vacated by The Ohio State University)
Braxton Miller ... Wow!
How else can one describe Braxton Miller's finest game as a collegian? Wow! It's simple. It can be quite powerful. And it's accurate. Ohio State's freshman quarterback scored two touchdowns and threw a game-winning, 40-yard touchdown pass to freshman Devin Smith with 20 seconds to play to propel Ohio State to a 33-29 come-from-behind victory over No. 15 Wisconsin to keep alive the team's hopes of a Leaders Division title and a berth in the Big Ten championship game the first weekend of December in Indianapolis. Miller rushed for a career high 99 yards and passed for 89 on 7 for 12 passing for a career high total offense day of 188 yards.
The Wow Factor
Stealing a line from "Storage Wars" bargain hunter Darrell Sheets whenever he scores big off something someone else doesn't want, Braxton Miller's touchdowns were, indeed, big. He coasted in from the 1 in the third quarter for his first collegiate score - after sidestepping a UW defender - to give Ohio State a 10-7 lead. Then he burst off the left edge for a 44-yard sprint in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 26-14. The touchdown pass was his sixth of the season but easily his biggest. He kept the play alive by scrambling to his right and, just before crossing the line of scrimmage, sailed the ball off one foot to an anxiously awaiting Smith for the game-winner.
Miller Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week
Miller, who was named Big Ten freshman of the week after his performance against the Badgers, has played in seven games thus far in his Buckeye career with five starts, completing 33 of 62 passes for 492 yards with six TDs and one INT. He also has carried 80 times for 342 yards. He totaled 186 yards of total offense at No. 14 Nebraska through two and a half quarters before leaving the game with an ankle injury and had 188 in the win over Wisconsin.
Miller led Wayne High School to the Division I state title game in 2010 while passing for 2,167 yards and 17 TDs and rushing for 658 yards and 17 TDs as a senior. He had a career record of 31-7 over three seasons and was a finalist for Ohio's Mr. Football. A first team all-state selection, he also played in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game.
Senior linebacker Andrew Sweat has had games with more tackles than the team-high eight he recorded in the win over Wisconsin, but he probably hasn't had two plays that were as large as two he produced in the fourth quarter. His first was stopping Montee Ball - with help from Etienne Sabino - a yard short of a first down on fourth down from the Ohio State 38 and the Buckeyes clinging to a 20-14 lead. And on the last play of the game he delivered, perhaps, the defensive play of the year to date for the Buckeyes: hitting quarterback Russell Wilson as he is throwing the football to cause an incompletion and enable Ohio State to capture its biggest win of the Luke Fickell era.
How about the effort of the Ohio State defense ... holding Wisconsin's powerful rushing attack to 89 yards and only 3.1 yards per carry and containing the dangerous Russell Wilson for a good 56 minutes? Wilson did rally his team to the brink of victory with two four-play fourth-quarter touchdowns in the final four minutes, but when it mattered most, the Buckeyes stopped the signal caller: on the last play of the game. Teaming up to lead the Buckeye defenders were Andrew Sweat (eight tackles), C.J. Barnett and Johnathan Hankins (seven stops apiece), six hits from Christian Bryant, five from Travis Howard and two quarterback sacks for minus-21 yards from relentless defensive tackle John Simon.
Boom, Boom, Boom & Boom!
Dan "Boom" Herron passed Pete Johnson, Lydell Ross, Jonathan Wells and Hopalong Cassady in the Wisconsin game to move into 13th-place at Ohio State with 2,468 career rush yards. He rushed for a season-high 160 yards off a career-high 33 carries and produced the first of at least a handful of memorable plays by Buckeyes on the first play of the second half. Trailing 7-3, Herron burst through a hole for a 57-yard gain. He followed with an 18-yard gain to the Wisconsin 1 and Braxton Miller took it in from there. Herron has 274 yards rushing in two games this season for a lights out 137.0 yards per game average and with a 4.9 yards per carry average.
More on Boom ...
John Simon, a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, now has five sacks for minus-36 yards, totals that are included into his team-leading 9.5 TFLs for minus-42 yards. Simon is fourth in the Big Ten in sacks.
Fickell on Simon
Talking to some television reporters one day before the Wisconsin game Ohio State coach Luke Fickell said of Simon: "He is as good on his 75th snap as he is on his first."
Aggressive, Precision Punting
If this title has the look and feel of a fast auto parts store, that's because punter Ben Buchanan has all the tools of a precise, skilled mechanic. Don't simply look at Buchanan's average, because there's nothing sluggish about a 41.3 average (sixth in the Big Ten) and a team net average (37.7) that ranks fourth. Look, instead, at what Buchanan is doing with his punts. After dropping three of his six punts vs. UW inside the 20, including two more inside the 10, Buchanan ranks near the top nationally in both stats with 20 and 11, respectively. Equally impressive, he has just one touchback in 48 punts this season.
Nothing Sneaky Either
Ben Buchanan isn't just sneaking his punts inside the 20 either; he is aggressively attacking the extreme limits of the field. Saturday vs. Wisconsin, which featured the nation's No. 1 punt returner in Jared Abbrederis, Buchanan averaged 41.2 yards off six kicks with two downed inside the 10 at the 8- and 4-yard lines. Most importantly, Abbrederis wasn't a factor on returns with just six yards and only three opportunities.
Miller to Smith ... Again
Freshman receiver Devin Smith now has 10 receptions for a team-leading 227 yards (22.7) with four touchdowns. All four of his touchdown passes have been thrown by Braxton Miller. The freshmen hooked up Saturday on a game-deciding 40-yard touchdown pass play with 20 seconds left to play. Previously the duo had teamed up for touchdowns vs. Akron (14 yards) and twice vs. Colorado (32 and 17 yards).
Devin Smith is approaching TE Jake Stoneburner's fine percentage rate of touchdowns per receptions. Stoneburner's rate is 50 percent (12 receptions; six TDs); Smith's rate is now 40 percent (10 receptions; four TDs). Smith is tied for fifth nationally among freshmen with four touchdown receptions.
More on the Defensive Effort
Wisconsin came into the game averaging 252.1 rushing yards per game, eighth-best nationally. Well ... Montee Ball and Co. ran into a wall in Columbus, as the Buckeyes limited the Badgers to just 89 yards and a 3.1 yards per carry average. The rushing total was the fewest in two years for Wisconsin, or since Iowa held UW to 87 yards in 2009.
Boom Also Named Captain
Dan "Boom" Herron, not mentioned as a captain earlier in the week, indeed made his first game captain appearance for the Buckeyes Saturday vs. Wisconsin, joining Mike Brewster, Andrew Sweat and John Simon in the role.
2011 Game Captains
Akron: Mike Brewster, John Simon, J.B. Shugarts
Toledo: Joe Bauserman, Nate Ebner, Andrew Sweat
Miami: Brewster and Tyler Moeller
Colorado: Zach Boren, Simon
Michigan State: Ebner, Jordan Hall, Nate Oliver
Nebraska: Brewster, Sweat, Moeller
Illinois: Brewster, Sweat, Stoneburner
Wisconsin: Brewster, Sweat, Simon, Dan Herron
Notable Notes & Numbers
It's true: an unranked Ohio State team has defeated two consecutive ranked teams for the first time in school history ... Ohio State snapped Wisconsin's Big Ten record of consecutive games with 30 or more points at 10 games...Rather strange: eight games into the season and both Braxton Miller and Joe Bauserman have the same passing yardage total: 492 yards ... Even stranger: Saturday was only the second time since 1974 that Wisconsin came into Ohio Stadium ranked ... A running back - Boom Herron - is the current active team leader in career receptions with 36 despite not having caught a pass yet this year. TE Jake Stoneburner is next with 35 with FB Justin Boren (17) and TE Reid Fragel (13) and RB Jordan Hall (11) following. Devin Smith is the first receiver on the list, ranking right behind Hall with 10 receptions ... DeVier Posey will overtake all these totals combined when he returns vs. Penn State with his 124 career catches ... Herron has 186 career points, good for 20th on Ohio State's all-time charts. He is three touchdowns away from overtaking Ryan Pretorius (190), Michael Wiley (200) and Chic Harley (201).
John Simon Named Big Ten Defensive POW Oct. 17
John Simon's aggressive, relentless pursuit of all things Blue and Orange Oct. 15 in Champaign, Ill., earned the junior defensive tackle from Youngstown, Ohio, with the Defensive Player of the Week Award from the Big Ten Conference. The Big Ten award, the first by a Buckeye this season, was one of numerous awards for Simon last week. On a national scale, Simon was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Award's National Defensive Lineman of the Week. Simon spearheaded an Ohio State defense with a career-high eight tackles, including a career-high four tackles-for-loss, in the team's 17-7 road win over 16th-ranked and previously unbeaten Illinois. Simon's TFLs included two quarterback sacks and totaled 16 yards in losses. The TFL total was one off the school record of five held by Andy Katzenmoyer (vs. Arizona State in 1996), Jayson Gwinn (vs. Indiana in 1993) and Judah Herman (vs. Iowa in 1991).
Stoneburner on John Mackey Midseason Watch List
Jake Stoneburner was named to the midseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end. He is one of 25 individuals under consideration for the award.
Stoneburner, a fourth-year junior from the Columbus suburb of Dublin and a family resource management major, leads the Buckeyes with 12 receptions (for 150 yards) and six touchdowns. He caught his sixth touchdown pass Oct. 15 at Illinois, a 17-yarder from Miller that was the only completion on the day for Ohio State in its 17-7 win over the 16th-ranked and previously unbeaten Illini.
Noting the Win Over Wisconsin
Stoneburner's Fifth in Career TDs
Jake Stoneburner is tied for fifth place among Ohio State tight ends with eight career touchdown receptions. The junior caught his fifth touchdown this season - a 32-yard screen pass from Braxton Miller with blocking assistance from Mike Brewster and Mike Adams - in the first quarter against Nebraska and his sixth with a 17-yarder from Miller at Illinois.
Tight End Touchdowns
10 - John Lumpkin (1996-98)
9 - Rickey Dudley (1994-95)
9 - Charles Bryant (1959-61)
9 - Darnell Sanders (1999-01)
8 - Jan White (1968-70)
8 - Robert Grimes (1950-52)
8 - Jake Stoneburner (2009-present)
Basil's Streak Reaches 10
Kicker Drew Basil, after missing the first four attempts of his career (including two from over 50 yards last year), has now made 10 consecutive field goals after connecting on a 39 and a 22 yarder in the win over Wisconsin. He is 10 of 12 on field goals this season plus 22 for 22 on extra points.
Five Consecutive Leaders Games
The game this week against the Hoosiers is the third during a stretch of five consecutive games against Leaders Division opponents for the Buckeyes before closing out with the traditional season-ender vs. Michigan, which is situated in the Legends Division.
Roby Making Name for Himself
Redshirt freshman cornerback Bradley Roby is tied for second in the Big Ten with three interceptions this season. His latest came in the win at Illinois when he returned a third-quarter INT 36 yards down the sidelines to set up Ohio State's first touchdown. He is tied with teammate C.J. Barnett for second in the Big Ten with seven passes defended and has 24 tackles and 3.0 TFL from his cornerback position.
Brewster Reaches 44 Straight
All-American center Mike Brewster started his 44th consecutive game Saturday vs. Wisconsin. The senior from Orlando, Fla. made his first start in Game 4 of the 2008 season vs. Troy and started the final 10 games of the season. He started all 13 games in 2009 and 2010, respectively, in addition to the first six games this year.
Red Zone Efficiency
Ohio State has scored 21 of 24 times (87.5 percent) this season inside the 20 with 15 touchdowns and six field goals. The only three times the Buckeyes have failed to score came on a fumble and on two end-of-game possessions against Akron and Colorado while running out the clock.
Since Rod Smith's fumble in the first quarter against Akron, Ohio State has scored on 20 consecutive red zone possessions if you don't count the two possessions in which the Buckeyes took a knee to run out the clock.
The Silver Bullet Defense
The Buckeyes have a long-standing tradition of producing the best defenses in the Big Ten and the nation year in, year out. Here are some bullets that put into perspective the Silver Bullets dominance:
|Year||PPG Allowed||FBS Rank|
Fewest 100-yd rushers allowed (FBS Teams Since 2005)
Fewest 100-yd rushers allowed (FBS Teams Since 2007)
Last nine opponents to rush for 100 yards since 2007:
|10/8/11||Taylor Martinez||at Nebraska||17-102|
|10/8/11||Rex Burkhead||at Nebraska||26-119|
|9/17/11||Lamar Miller||at Miami||26-184|
|1/4/11||Knile Davis||vs. Arkansas||26-139|
|11/27/10||D. Robinson||Michigan||18 -105|
|10/16/10||John Clay||at Wisconsin||21-104|
|9/13/08||Joe McKnight||at USC||12-105|
|9/15/07||Jake Locker||at Washington||14-102|
Head Coach Luke Fickell
Not Since 1922-24
Ohio State ranks second among all NCAA Div. I programs with 85 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, which trails only Tennessee; the Vols have not had back-to-back losing seasons since 1909-11, a span of 98 consecutive seasons.
Big Ten Announces 2013-14 Football Schedule
The Big Ten Conference has announced its 2013 and 2014 conference football schedules. Ohio State, a member of the Leaders division, will play four home and four away league contests in each of those seasons.
In 2013, OSU opens Big Ten play hosting Wisconsin Sept. 28. Other Big Ten games in 2013: Oct. 5 at Northwestern; Oct. 19 vs. Iowa; Oct. 26 vs. Penn State; Nov. 2 at Purdue; Nov. 16 at Illinois; Nov. 23 vs. Indiana; Nov. 30 at Michigan.
Ohio State has two non-conference dates confirmed for the 2013 season: Aug. 31 vs. Vanderbilt at Ohio Stadium; and Sept. 14 at California.
In 2014, Ohio State begins Big Ten action hosting Purdue Oct. 4. Other Big Ten contests in 2014: Oct. 18 at Iowa; Oct. 25 vs. Northwestern; Nov. 1 at Wisconsin; Nov. 8 vs. Illinois; Nov. 15 at Penn State; Nov. 22 at Indiana; Nov. 29 vs. Michigan.
The Buckeyes' non-conference games for 2014 are Aug. 30 vs. Navy in Baltimore; followed by three games at Ohio Stadium: Sept. 6 vs. Cincinnati; Sept. 13 vs. Kent State; and Sept. 20 vs. Virginia Tech.
Big Ten to Play Nine Conference Games Beginning with 2017 Season
The Big Ten will move to a nine-game conference schedule beginning with the 2017 season.
Three teams each from the Legends Division and Leaders Division will feature five conference home games during odd-numbered years, while the other three schools from each division will host five conference contests during even-numbered years. The 2017 schedule will include five conference home outings for Iowa, Michigan State and Nebraska from the Legends Division and Illinois, Indiana and Ohio State from the Leaders Division. The 2018 schedule will feature five Big Ten home games for Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern of the Legends Division and Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin of the Leaders Division. The Big Ten will return to a full nine-game conference schedule for the first time since the 1983 and 1984 seasons. Eight of 10 conference schools played nine-game schedules during the 1981 and 1982 seasons, while two of 10 teams featured nine-game schedules from 1971-72 and 1977-80.
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