No. 3 Ohio State at Illinois Game Notes

Nov. 11, 2013

With 116 yards receiving at Purdue, Jeff Heuerman became the first Ohio State tight end to record 100+ yards receiving since Rickey Dudley in the 1996 Citrus Bowl.
With 116 yards receiving at Purdue, Jeff Heuerman became the first Ohio State tight end to record 100+ yards receiving since Rickey Dudley in the 1996 Citrus Bowl.

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#3 Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 B1G) at Illinois (3-6, 0-5 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 - Noon ET
Memorial Stadium (60,670)
Champaign, Ill.

The Broadcasts
Television: ESPN will televise the game with Dave Pasch (p-by-p) and Brian Griese (analyst) in the booth and Tom Luginbill 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 91.

First and 10

  • Ohio State enters the game with the nation's longest winning streak at 21 games. A win Saturday would tie a program record (22 set from 1967-69).
  • The Buckeyes are ranked No. 3 in the BCS rankings after three weeks at No. 4.
  • Ohio State ranks third nationally in rushing defense (88.2 ypg). The unit has not allowed a run of 20 or more yards this season.
  • Ohio State is one of four FBS schools to not allow a 100-yard rusher in 2013.
  • Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the NCAA in scoring with 48.2 ppg.
  • Ohio State is outscoring teams 171-38 in the first quarter this season.
  • Junior QB Braxton Miller needs 90 yards of total offense to become the third Buckeye in program history to record 7,000 yards in a career. (see pg. 12)
  • Senior RB Carlos Hyde has rushed for 575 yards (7.7 ypc) and seven TDs in his last four games. He is second in the Big Ten in rushing in B1G games with 132.0 yards per game.
  • Junior Ryan Shazier (11.0) and sophomore Noah Spence (10.5) rank T-2nd and 5th in the B1G in TFL.
  • Head coach Urban Meyer is 31-3 in November games since 2003, his first season at Utah.

A Glance at the Buckeyes
Ohio State, 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten, is ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 48.2 points per game, leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth nationally with 530.9 yards per game. Their rushing attack ranks first in the Big Ten and eighth in the NCAA with 301.1 yards per game. The offense recorded a season-high 408-yard rushing performance vs. Penn State Oct. 26 -- the first 400-yard game for an Ohio State team since 1995.

Senior Carlos Hyde (701 yards, 7 TDs in six games) is Ohio State's top rusher and is one of only two FBS RBs with zero carries for negative yardage. Junior QB Braxton Miller -- OSU's all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,396 yards, 22 TDs) -- is the Big Ten leader in passer efficiency with 175.9 rating. He completed 19 of 23 passes and threw for four TDs in just over a half of play in the 56-0 win at Purdue. He totaled 324 yards (222 passing, 102 rushing) in the win over Iowa before setting a career high with 252 yards passing and three TDs in the win over Penn State. Senior Corey "Philly" Brown (41 rec., 547 yds, 8 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (38 rec., 542 yds, 6 TDs) are Ohio State's leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who, along with sophomore viper Noah Spence, rank in the top 5 in the Big Ten in TFL with 11.0 and 10.5, respectively. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 88.2 yards per game on the ground -- third best in the NCAA. The defense also ranks eighth in scoring defense (17.0 ppg) and 10th in total defense (311.7 ypg). The Buckeye secondary, led by senior C.J. Barnett and junior All-American Bradley Roby, who are third and fourth on the team with 42 and 39 tackles. Junior Doran Grant leads the team with 3 INTs.

Buckeyes Coming off "Off" Week
Ohio State had its second "off" week of the season last weekend. Prior to the weekend, the team practiced Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and then had Friday through Sunday off. The team returned to the practice fields Monday of this week.

Ohio State 14-9 After "Off" Week
Officially, the Buckeyes are 14-9 in games after an "off" week during the season (the 2010 win at Penn State was vacated) with four consecutive wins and a 7-5 record against Big Ten opponents. Ohio State defeated Iowa, 34-24, earlier this season after an off week.

Meyer's Teams: 35-2 With Longer Prep Time
Coach Urban Meyer's teams 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). The only losses: Bowling Green vs. Miami in 2001; and Florida vs. Michigan in 2007. His teams have won 14 consecutive games with more than a week to prepare.

"On" after being "Off"

Bowling Green (2001-02)5-1
Utah (2003-04)7-0
Florida (2005-10)19-1
Ohio State (2012-13)4-0

The Chase Is On
Coach Urban Meyer wants his teams to be in a position to chase a championship in November. The chase is officially on. The Buckeyes are vying for a Big Ten Leaders Division championship for the right to play in the Big Ten championship game Dec. 6. Only three teams - Ohio State, Wisconsin and Indiana - can mathematically win the division. Talking title; here's how each can walk the talk:

Ohio State - At 5-0 and with a win over 4-1 Wisconsin already, any combination of two Ohio State wins and/or Wisconsin losses would eliminate the Badgers; any combination of one Ohio State win and/or Indiana loss would eliminate the Hoosiers.

Wisconsin - The 4-1 Badgers need three wins and two Ohio State losses to claim the title.

Indiana - At 2-3, the Hoosiers would need to win all three of their remaining games - at Wisconsin, at Ohio State and vs. Purdue - plus have Ohio State lose its remaining three games plus have Wisconsin lose either at Minnesota or in its finale against Penn State.

Nation's Longest Win Streak
Ohio State continues to hold the nation's longest winning streak at 21 consecutive games. The Buckeyes went 12-0 in Coach Urban Meyer's first season as coach in 2012 and the streak has continued in 2013 with nine more consecutive wins heading into this weekend's game against Illinois.

Nation's Longest Win Streaks

1.Ohio State21
4.Florida State11
5.Northern Illinois9
6.Fresno State8

Seeking Progams-Tying Win
Ohio State is one win from tying the longest winning streak in school history. Woody Hayes' great teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s won 22 consecutive games between 1967-69 for the longest streak in school history. Ohio State has had 15 winning streaks of at least 10 games.

Ohio State Winning Streaks (Buster)
22 - 1967-69 (at Michigan, 24-12)
21 - 2012-13 (current)
19 - 2005-06 (vs. Florida, 41-14)
19 - 2002-03 (at Wisconsin, 17-10)
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)

A Top 5 Big Ten Win Streak
One more win for Ohio State will not only tie the school record for longest winning streak, but it would also place the winning streak among the five longest winning streaks in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State's current streak is the longest by a Big Ten team in 44 years.

Longest Big Ten Winning Streaks
29 - Michigan, 1901-03
26 - Michigan, 1903-05
25 - Michigan, 1946-49
24 - Minnesota, 1903-05
22 - Ohio State, 1967-69
21 - Ohio State, 2012-current
21 - Minnesota, 1933-36
20 - Iowa, 1920-23

Three 20-Game Streaks For Meyer
Urban Meyer is the first head coach at the highest level of the collegiate coaching ranks (major college, Division I, FBS, etc.) to have three winning streaks of at least 20 games. A total of 40 head coaches at this highest level have lead a team to a winning streak of at least 20 games. Nine of those coaches have had two winning streaks of at least 20 wins. And Meyer is the first to add a third such winning streak to his name.

Multiple 20-Game Win Streak Coaches
Urban Meyer
     22 - Florida (2010) & Ohio State (2012-current)
     22 - Florida (2008-09)
     20 - Utah (2003-04) & Florida (2005)
Walter Camp
     28 - Yale (1888-89)
     27 - Yale (1890-92)
Robert Neyland
     22 - Tennessee (1937-39)
     20 - Tennessee (1950-51)
Tom Osborne
     26 -Nebraska (1994-96)
     22 -Nebraska (1982-83)
Joe Paterno
     23 - Penn State (1968-69)
     20 - Penn State (1993-95)
Barry Switzer
     28 - Oklahoma (1973-75)
     20 - Oklahoma (1986-87)
Bud Wilkinson
     47 - Oklahoma (1953-57)
     31 - Oklahoma (1948-50)
George Woodruff
     34 - Pennsylvania (1894-96)
     31 - Pennsylvania (1896-98)
Fielding Yost
     29 - Michigan (1901-03)
     26 - Michigan (1903-05)

More On Meyer's Streaks
Urban Meyer is within one win of a sixth winning streak of at least 10 games. He has had a winning streak of at least eight games at all four of his head coaching positions.

Urban Meyer Winning Streaks
22 - Florida (2010) & Ohio State (2012-cuurent)
22 - Florida (2008 & 2009)
20 - Utah (2003 & 2004) & Florida (2005)
11 - Florida (2006 and 2007)
11 - Bowling Green (2001 & 2002)

Single Season Winning Streaks
12 - Florida (2009)
12 - Utah (2004)
12 - Ohio State (2012)
10 - Florida (2008)
9 - Ohio State (2013)
8 - Bowling Green (2002)

100th Ohio State vs. Illinois Game
Ohio State and Illinois will play for the 100th time since the series was initiated in 1902. Only Ohio State's series against Michigan, which started in 1897 and which has seen 109 games, is older and lengthier than the Illinois series. Ohio State and Illinois played every year for 89 consecutive years, between 1914 and 2002, until the series was interrupted in 2003. The game Saturday will be the ninth consecutive year the teams have played.

Ohio State Leads Series, 64-30-4
Ohio State leads the all-time series, 64-30-4 (the 2010 win was vacated). The Buckeyes are 34-12 vs. Illinois in Champaign and 38-18-4 in Columbus. Between 1968 and 1982, the Buckeyes put together a 15-game winning streak against the Illini, the longest streak in the series by either team. Illinois won five in a row between 1988 and 1992. Ohio State has, officially, won seven of the last eight meetings.

They Play For A Turtle Trophy
The winner of the Ohio State/Illinois game is awarded with the Illibuck, a wooden replica of a turtle. The tradition began with a live turtle in 1925. Illibuck is the second oldest trophy exchanged in the Big Ten, behind the Little Brown Jug trophy played for by Minnesota and Michigan. This is Ohio State's only "trophy" game during the regular season.

Meyer & Beckham & Ohio Ties
Urban Meyer and Illinois coach Tim Beckman coached two seasons together at Bowling Green; Meyer as head coach retaining Beckman as Falcons' defensive coordinator for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Meyer is from Ashtabula, Ohio; Beckman is from Berea, Ohio.

Game No. 5 vs. A Former Assistant
Urban Meyer has had 10 of his assistant coaches move on to head coaching positions in the FBS. This week's game will mark the fifth time Meyer has coached opposite one of them. The previous meetings were: Meyer's Florida Gators defeated Dan Mullin's Mississippi State Bulldogs in 2009, 29-19, in Starkville, Miss., and the Bulldogs topped Florida in Gainesville in 2010, 10-7. Meyer's Buckeyes defeated Beckman's Illini, 52-22, last year at Ohio Stadium. And Ohio State defeated Gary Anderson's Badgers, 31-24, at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 28.

Meyer Assistants to Head Coaches

  • Steve Addazio - Boston College, 1st year
  • Gary Anderson - Wisconsin, 1st year
  • Tim Beckman - Illinois, 3rd year
  • Gregg Brandon - Bowling Green (coached 6 seasons)
  • John "Doc" Holliday - Marshall, 4th year
  • Dan McCarney - North Texas, 3rd year
  • Dan Mullen - Mississippi State, 5th year
  • Mark Sanford - UNLV (coached 5 seasons; In first year as Indiana State coach)
  • Charlie Strong - Louisville, 4th year
  • Kyle Whittingham - Utah, 9th year

Ohio State's Offense On A Roll
Ohio State's offense is on a roll in 2013. The unit ranks sixth nationally and first in the Big Ten in yards per game (530.9), fifth nationally and first in the Big Ten in scoring (48.2), eighth nationally and first in the Big Ten in rushing (301.1) and sixth nationally and first in the Big Ten in passing efficiency with a rating of 171.2. The Buckeye offense is also ...

  • Seventh nationally in red zone scores (43 of 46);
  • Sixth nationally in completion pct. (71.0; 184-259);
  • On pace to set single season school records for yards and points per game;
  • On pace to set a rushing yards per attempt record with 6.5 yards per attempt (5.7; 1974);
  • Has four 600-plus yard games, including the third-most in school history (686 vs. Penn State); and
  • Is just four passing touchdowns from the school record (33 in 1995);

Ohio State's Defense Dialing In
Ohio State's defense is ranked third nationally against the run (88.2), eighth in scoring (17.0) and 10th in total defense with just 311.7 yards per game allowed. Here's more bullet points on the Silver Bullets:

  • The unit has yet to allow a 20-yard rush this season or a 100-yard runner;
  • Their 26 sacks rank second in the Big Ten Conference; and
  • They have an interception in all nine games this season;

November To Remember on "D"
Ohio State's defense has allowed just 473 yards and 14 points in its last two games (236.5 ypg). It was this time last year when Ohio State's defense came together. In fact, in the month of November in 2012, Ohio State's defense ranked second nationally in total defense, allowing just 269.7 yards per game. It also ranked sixth nationally in pass defense (140.3) last November and its 26 plays allowed over 10 yards was second fewest in the month.

Some Special Teams
The 2013 Buckeyes present a formidable, three-pronged attack: offense, defense and special teams. Ohio State's special teams units feature a kickoff return unit that limits opponents to just 18.5 yards per return (22nd nationally). And the punt return unit is sixth nationally allowing just 1.5 yards per return and its three yards allowed on punt returns are third-fewest nationally.

Braxton & Kenny
Ohio State quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton are combining to complete 71 percent of their passes with 29 touchdowns and only five interceptions. They rank first and third, respectively, in the Big Ten Conference in passing efficiency with ratings of 175.8 and 166.7, respectively. Braxton's rating is sixth-best nationally.

Braxton O'Brien Semifinalist
Braxton Miller is a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. Miller was a finalist for the O'Brien Award last season along with Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Kansas State's Collin Klein.

Miller has been precise and razor sharp all season. He has completed 72.5 percent of his passes (fourth-best nationally), a total that would smash the school completion record of 65.3 percent set by Troy Smith during his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 2006. Miller's 175.87 efficiency rating is also well above the school single season record of 163.4 by Bobby Hoying in 1995. Miller, from Huber Heights, Ohio, and Wayne High School, has thrown 15 touchdown passes with only three interceptions, and he has also rushed for 410 yards and scored twice.

National Honors For TE Heuerman
Jeff Heuerman's career-best receiving day vs. Purdue earned the junior from Naples, Fla., and Barron Collier High School the John Mackey Tight End of the Week award last week. Heuerman tied a career-best with five receptions vs. the Boilermakers and he set personal bests with 116 receiving yards and with a long reception of 40 yards. Heuerman gained four first downs on the afternoon and had additional catches covering 24, 34 and 18 yards.

A Top Tight End Game
Jeff Heuerman's big game marked the first time an Ohio State tight end had topped 100 receiving yards since Rickey Dudley recorded 106 against Tennessee in the 1996 Citrus Bowl. Heuerman's 116 yards were also the most by an Ohio State tight end in 30 years, or since John Frank had 123 receiving yards vs. Michigan in 1983. Heuerman is fourth on the team with 20 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns.

Shazier's Impact Recognized Nationally
LB Ryan Shazier was named the Lott IMPACT National Player of the Week after the 6-2, 230-pound junior from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida had three tackles for loss, including two sacks, and seven total tackles as the Buckeyes rolled over Purdue, 56-0 Nov. 2.

Lots Of National Award Opps.
Ryan Shazier heads a list of four Ohio State players who are in contention for major national awards this season. He is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and the Bednarik Award, and he is a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Here is the list of Buckeye candidates:

Roll Hyde, Roll!
This is too good of a headline not to repurpose from its original use by a still unidentified author on the internet (attribution to be provided once known). Carlos Hyde, with 701 rushing yards in six games, is vying to become the second player under Meyer, and first running back, to top 1,000 rushing yards in a season. He ranks second in Big Ten games only with an average of 132.0 yards per game. His seven rushing touchdowns lead in Big Ten games only.

Hyde: Zero Lost Yards Rushing
Carlos Hyde is one of only two players nationally to not lose a yard rushing the football (min. 75 carries). He has gained 701 yards without losing a yard off 96 carries for a ridiculous nearly-a-first-down-per-carry average of 7.3 yards per.

Touchdowns & More Touchdowns
Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde are each piling up impressive touchdown totals. Hyde has powered into fourth-place all-time at Ohio State with 38 touchdowns scored, trailing only Pete Johnson (58; 1973-76), Keith Byars (50; 1982-85) and Eddie George (45; 1992-95). Miller is third all-time at Ohio State with 65 touchdowns responsible for. Miller has 43 passing TDs and 22 rushing TDs. Art Schlichter (85; 1978-81) holds the school record with Troy Smith (68; 2003-06) second.

And Even More Touchdowns
Ohio State is tied for first nationally (with Clemson and Baylor) with 11 different players who have scored multiple offensive touchdowns this season. Ohio State has 14 different players with an offensive touchdown. That total is tied for third nationally behind Clemson (16) and Northern Illinois (15). And by the way: Ohio State has scored 59 touchdowns this season. The school record is 64 (1995).

Gettin' In Their Kicks
Senior kicker Drew Basil and freshman punter Cameron Johnston are each kicking up a storm this season. Basil hasn't missed a kick - 7 of 7 on field goals and 52 of 52 on extra points - yet and his school-record 96 consecutive extra points (dating to 2012) rank as the fifth-longest kick among active players.

Johnston currently ranks second in the nation in percentage of punts downed inside of the 20-yard line (61.5 percent) and he ranks third nationally in percentage of punts downed inside the 10 (26.9 percent). He has also had 15 of his 26 punts fair caught.

"One Of The Best In The Country"
This heading is what coach Meyer thinks of his offensive line. "I see an offensive line that's one of the best in the country," Meyer said after the Buckeyes rushed for 408 yards and set an opponents' record vs. Penn State with 686 yards of offense. "I'm willing to say that. ... I'll take my offensive line anywhere. Those guys are playing very well."

Third Best YPC & Yards ... Ever
Behind the offensive line and additional blocking from tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, Ohio State averaged 8.0 yards per carry vs. Penn State for the fourth-highest yards per carry average in school history. The 686 offensive yards also ranks as the third best total in school history. Urban Meyer's teams now have four of the top six rush average games in school history.

Best Rushing Averages - Game

1.9.23 at Illinois - 1962
2.8.40 vs. Florida A&M - 2013
3.8.34 vs. Eastern Michigan - 2010
4.8.00 vs. Penn State - 2013
5.7.82 vs. Wisconsin - 1941
6.7.70 vs. Florida A&M - 2012
 7.70 vs. Nebraska - 2012

Most Total Offense Yards - Game

1.718 vs. Mt. Union - 1930
2.715 vs. Utah - 1986
3.686 vs. Penn State - 2013
4.645 vs. Eastern Michigan - 2010
5.644 vs. Illinois - 1974

Who Are These Guys?
Ohio State's offensive line features Sr. LT Jack Mewhort, Sr. LG Andrew Norwell, Sr. C Corey Linsley, Sr. RG Marcus Hall and So. RT Taylor Decker. They have combined for 126 starts. Add in 17 and two starts at tight end for Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, respectively, and the total jumps to 145 starts for Ohio State's corps of key blockers and the foundation for Ohio State's impressive offensive numbers, such as:

  • No. 5 nationally in scoring (48.2);
  • No. 6 nationally in total offense (530.9);
  • No. 8 nationally in rushing (301.1);
  • No. 6 nationally in passing eff. (171.2);
  • No. 3 nationally in 3rd down conv. (.542); and
  • No. 7 nationally in red zone pct. (.935).

7 300-Plus Rush Games
The 408 rushing yards against Penn State represented an all-time high for an Urban Meyer-coached Ohio State team, but it also was the sixth game in Meyer's 20-game Ohio State tenure of over 300 rushing yards. In the 15 previous years - and 176 games - Ohio State teams had topped 300 yards rushing only seven times. The six rushing TDs tied for the most by a Meyer-coached team. The Buckeyes then added a seventh 300+ yard performance with 345 yards rushing at Purdue.

The last time an Ohio State team rushed for 400 yards was in 1995 when the Buckeyes rushed for 409 yards vs. Illinois.

Most Rushing Yards Under Meyer

1.408 (8.0 ypc) vs. Penn State - 2013
2.388 (8.4) vs. Florida A&M - 2013
3.371 (7.7) vs. Nebraska - 2012
4.353 (6.5) at Indiana - 2012
5.345 (8.4) at Purdue - 2013
6.332 (6.0) vs. California - 2012
7.330 (5.8) vs. Illinois - 2012

Braxton Rules
Braxton Miller passed for a career-high 252 yards on the way to 320 yards of total offense with five touchdowns in the Buckeyes' 63-14 win over Penn State. Playing a little over two-and-a-half quarters, Miller was razor sharp once again in the pocket, completing 18 of 24 passes and touchdown strikes to three different receivers. He scored two touchdowns, including a 39-yarder with 1:10 to go in the first quarter to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead while building a 42-7 first-half lead.

The very next week at Purdue, Miller picked up right were he left off, completing 19 of 23 passes for 233 yards and four TDs in just over one half of play.

Braxton Completing 72.5 PCT.
Ohio State is sixth nationally in passing efficiency and first in the Big Ten with a rating of 175.9. Quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton are combining to complete 71.2 pct. of their passes (183 of 257) with 29 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Miller's 72.5 completion percentage is fourth-best nationally.

Shazier Still Everywhere
Ryan Shazier, one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, is tied for eighth in the Big Ten in tackles (72) and tied for second in TFLs (1.22 per game, 11.0 overall). He has led the Buckeyes in tackles in 16 of the 24 games he has started in his career.

Basil Sets School Record
Senior kicker Drew Basil has some significant and serious streaks going on, most notably a school record 96 consecutive extra points. He hit his final 44 extra point tries last season after missing his first attempt of the game vs. California. He is 52 for 52 this season. His nine conversions vs. Penn State moved him past Mike Nugent (83 from 2002-04) and Tim Williams (86 from 1991-93) and into first in the record books. His streak is currently seventh-longest nationally. He has converted on 104 consecutive kicks when his eight consecutive field goals are included.

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:
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).

No. 5 Now 23-6 as starting QB
The Buckeyes have won 19 consecutive games that Braxton Miller has started, making the junior from Huber Heights (near Dayton, Ohio) 23-6 as a starting quarterback at Ohio State.

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)
 Braxton Miller (23-6 from 2011-present)
8.Jim Karsatos (22-6 from 1983-86)

Record Setting Pace
The Buckeyes are on pace to set a program record for total points in a season. At its 48.2 points per game average, Ohio State is on pace to score 578 points by the end of the regular season. The record for most points scored in a season is 504 during the 1998 season when Ohio State went 11-1 under John Cooper. Ohio State is currently at 434 points through nine games.

And at 530.9 yards per game, Ohio State also will be knocking at the door looking to break the single-season record for total yards in a season (6,222), set in 1995. The 2013 Buckeyes have totaled 4,778 yards and are on pace for 6,370 yards by the end of the regular season.

Noting the Win at Purdue

  • Ohio State holds the nation's longest winning streak at 21 games, the second-longest in school history (2005-06, 2002-03). The longest is 22 games from 1967-69.
  • The 56-point margin of victory marked the largest in the series history between Ohio State and Purdue. The previous largest was 46 in a 46-0 Ohio State win in 1977.
  • The 22-game win streak by Urban Meyer-coached teams (Florida 2010 and Ohio State 2012-13) ties a personal best for Meyer (Florida 2008-09).
  • Ohio State recorded its second shutout of the season Saturday after defeating Florida A&M 76-0 Sept. 21. The last time the Ohio State defense tallied multiple shutouts in a season was 2009 (vs. Toledo, Illinois and New Mexico State).
  • With the touchdown on its opening drive, Ohio State has scored on a Big Ten-best eight opening drives. The six opening-drive touchdowns also are a conference best.
  • Ohio State finished the game with 640 yards of total offense. It marked the fourth time this season the Buckeyes have gone over 600 yards offensively.
  • Doran Grant scored his first-career touchdown when he returned an interception 33 yards in the first quarter. The interception marked Grant's third interception of the season and fourth of his career.
  • Grant's interception return 57 seconds into the game was Ohio State's quickest score of the year.
  • The interception return for a touchdown was the first for Ohio State since Ryan Shazier returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown at Penn State Oct. 27 of last season.
  • Jeff Heuerman's 40-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was the longest catch of his career.
  • With his touchdown pass to Heuerman, Braxton Miller became the fifth Big Ten player in the BCS era to record at least 40 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns in a career.
  • Nick Vannett's eight-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was the first touchdown reception of his career.
  • The game marked the first time two Ohio State tight ends caught a touchdown pass in the same game since Rory Nicol and Jake Ballard achieved the feat against Indiana in 2006.
  • After tallying a 28-0 lead through the first quarter Saturday, Ohio State is outscoring its opponents 171-38 in the opening quarter this season.
  • Heuerman tallied the first 100-yard receiving game by an Ohio State tight end since Rickey Dudley recorded 106 receiving yards against Tennessee in the 1996 Citrus Bowl. Heuerman's 116 yards are the most by an Ohio State tight end since John Frank recorded 123 at Michigan in 1983.
  • Ezekiel Elliott's 10-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was the first touchdown catch of his career.
  • The game marked the first time Ohio State scored at least 40 points in back-to-back first halves since 1996 against Rice (42) and Pittsburgh (52).
  • With 111 rushing yards, Carlos Hyde went over 100 yards rushing for the fourth time this season and 10th time in his career.
  • Shazier tied his career-best with three tackles for loss (at Wisconsin, 2012).
  • Kenny Guiton's 98 rushing yards marked a career high, eclipsing his previous high of 92 at California earlier this season. It also marked the second-consecutive game Guiton rushed for two touchdowns.
  • The Ohio State defense has an interception in every game this season and 10-consecutive games dating back to last year.
  • The six sacks by the Ohio State defense marked a season high.

Buckeyes Hold Big Ten Rushing Attacks in Check
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 yards per game. Against Iowa, Ohio State held the Hawkeyes to 130 yards on the ground, 77 yards below its season average, before holding Penn State to 120 yards, 37 below its average. The Buckeyes then allowed just 27 rushing yards in the 56-0 win at Purdue.

OpponentAvg. Yds.Actual Yds.Diff.
Penn State157.2120-37

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.

Red Zone Efficiency
Ohio State is officially 43 of 46 in the red zone this season with 38 TDs and five field goals.

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.

OSU has 18 scoring plays of at least 20 yards this season, 13 through the air and five rushing.

Moving the Chains
The Ohio State offense has converted on 54.2 percent of its third downs, good for third in the NCAA, and ranks 18th with a 64.7 conversion rate on fourth down. As a result, the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and are ninth in the NCAA with 244 first downs (143 rushing, 90 passing and 11 on penalties). They also rank first in percentage of drives ending with a touchdown and second in fewest offensive 3-and-outs.

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

Rk.Team# of Drives# of TD's.Pct
1.Ohio State10457.548
3.Florida State10855.509
4.Texas A&M12664.508

Fewest Offensive 3-and-Outs

Rk.School% of Drives
1.Baylor.102 (12 of 117)
2.Ohio State.130 (14 of 107)
3.Indiana.152 (20 of 132)
4.Navy.172 (16 of 93)
5.Alabama.173 (17 of 98)

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 and then notched a second with the 56-0 win at Purdue. The Buckeyes also are one of four FBS teams who have not allowed a 100-yard rusher and the longest run allowed by Ohio State was a 17-yarder vs. Wisconsin.

YearPPG AllowedFBS Rank
*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:
Michigan State
Ohio State

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.

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 then three-year high 608 yards of offense, the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached Ohio State team until the Buckeyes racked up 686 vs. Penn State.

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;
  • 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 last weekend
89 - Gene Fekete rush vs. Pittsburgh in 1942
88 - Morris Bradshaw rush vs. Wisconsin in 1971
87 - Eddie George rush vs. Minnesota in 1995
86 - Art Schlichter pass to Calvin Murray vs. Washington State in 1979
85 - Troy Smith pass to Santonio Holmes vs. Notre Dame in 2005 Fiesta Bowl

Smith: 16 TDs at 38.7 yards per score
Devin Smith has now caught 16 touchdown passes in his career at an average distance of 38.7 yards per score. Smith, who has 82 career receptions for 1,454 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

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, "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
Penn State: Bryant, Barnett, Guiton, "Philly" Brown
Purdue: Mewhort, Barnett, Guiton, Brown

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:

2.Ohio State10
 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.

A number of players have changed numbers and/or positions since last season or earlier this year. 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 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.

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 846-316-53 to rank among the top five winningest programs in NCAA history.

NCAA Top 10 Winningest Programs

3.Notre Dame872
5.Ohio State846

101st Big Ten Season
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 470-171-24. 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 410-109-20 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 93 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 48 times with a record crowd of 106,102 vs. Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012.

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

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

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

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

Team/Miscellaneous Notes

  • Ohio State is tied with Oklahoma with the most (8) BCS bowl appearances. USC, Florida and Florida State are tied for third with seven.
  • Ohio State's three BCS national championship game appearances match Alabama, Florida State and LSU for the second-most all-time. Only Oklahoma has more with four.
  • Ohio State is 5-3 in BCS bowls and is tied with Florida (5-2) and USC (5-1) for the most BCS Bowl wins all-time.
  • Ohio State (19-23) is second behind Michigan (20-22) for the most bowl wins all-time by a Big Ten team. Nebraska is 24-25 in bowl games overall, but did not represent the Big Ten in bowl games until the 2011 season.
  • Ohio State has won 34 Big Ten titles. Only Michigan has more with 42.