Ohio State vs. No. 21 Penn State Game Notes
All-American Mike Brewster will be making his final start in Ohio Stadium Saturday against Penn State.

Nov. 14, 2011

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First and 10
  • Twenty-four (24) Ohio State seniors will be honored before the start of Saturday's game.
  • The Buckeyes are 15-2 in November games since the start of the 2005 season and 7-1 at home that month (not including 2010).
  • Head coach Luke Fickell is 2-2 against ranked teams this season.
  • Senior RB Dan "Boom" Herron has carried 89 times for 480 yards (120.0 ypg and 5.3 ypc) and 2 TDs in four games this season.
  • Ohio State's three Big Ten defeats have been by a total of 13 points -- an average of 4.3 per game.
  • Ohio State has had six different true freshmen make starts while 14 have played in at least one game -- 10th-most in the NCAA.
  • Ohio State has allowed just one 100-yard rusher in the past 28 games at Ohio Stadium.
  • All-American center Mike Brewster has made 46 consecutive starts for the Buckeyes.
  • Braxton Miller set an Ohio State record for the longest rush by a QB with his 81-yard TD run against the Hoosiers Nov. 5.
  • Three different Buckeyes (Herron, Miller, Carlos Hyde) rushed for at least 100 yards in the win over Indiana Nov. 5.

    This Week
    Ohio State and Penn State meet Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. game at Ohio Stadium that will be televised by ABC. Both teams are coming off losses. The Buckeyes, 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten Leaders Division, dropped a 26-23 overtime decision at Purdue while Penn Stae, 8-2 and 5-1, had its seven-game winning streak snapped by Nebraska, 17-14, on its Senior Day at Beaver Stadium.

    Ramifications off Last Week
    Ohio State no longer controls its chances at a Leaders Division title - as it would have with a win over Purdue Saturday - and subsequent entry into the Big Ten championship game Dec. 3 in Indianapolis. Ohio State now needs wins over Penn State and Michigan in its final two games coupled with a Wisconsin loss at Illinois this week and a Wisconsin win against Penn State in two weeks to climb into a championship game tie-breaker scenario.

    Penn State, meanwhile, can clinch a share of first place in the Leaders Division with a win this week, although a share of first place won't secure a Nittany Lion trip to Indianapolis. It would, however, set the Nittany Lions up for a winner-goes-to-Indy game Nov. 26 at Wisconsin.

    One-Win Difference
    Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State by the slimmest of margins: 13-12. Ohio State has won six of the last eight games in the series. (Note: Ohio State's 2010 victory at Ohio Stadium was vacated. All series records, streaks, etc. in this release do not include the result of the 2010 game.)

    Seven Pick-Sixes; Five Wins
    Seven times since 2002 Ohio State players have intercepted a pass vs. Penn State and returned it for a touchdown. The Buckeyes have won all five of those games that the pick-sixes occurred.

    2010 - Devon Torrence and Travis Howard had fourth quarter returns for scores to clinch Ohio State's comeback, 38-14 victory.
    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.

    OSU vs. PSU in Columbus
    Ohio State has won eight of the 14 games played in Columbus. Penn State won the first four games played in the series - all in Columbus - in 1912, 1956, 1963 and 1964, respectively, but has only two wins in the last 10 games in Columbus (19-0 in 1978 and 13-6 in 2008).

    And in Those Two Wins...
    Ohio State has started a freshman quarterback in Penn State's only two wins in Ohio Stadium in its last 10 tries. In 1978 Art Schlichter started in the first game of his freshman campaign. And in 2008 freshman Terrelle Pryor was making only the fifth start of his career. Freshman Braxton Miller will make his eighth start on Saturday.

    The Coaches
    Luke Fickell, in his 10th-year on the staff, was named the team's interim head coach on May 30 of this year and was later given a contract to serve, at least through this season, as head coach. Penn State named its 33-year assistant Tom Bradley to be its interim head coach last week.

    Senior Day
    Twenty-four Ohio State seniors will be in Ohio Stadium one last time as Buckeyes Saturday. The traditional senior salute will include each of these players making a solo entrance onto the field to be greeted by parents and/or family members: Mike Adams, Dionte Allen, Dan Bain, Joe Bauserman, Evan Blankenship, Mike Brewster, Bo DeLande, Garrett Dornbrook, Nate Ebner, Derek Erwin, Donnie Evege, Dan Herron, Tony Jackson, Don Matheney, Chris Maxwell, Tyler Moeller, Nate Oliver, DeVier Posey, Chris Roark, Donald Senegal, J.B. Shugarts, Spencer Smith, Andrew Sweat and Solomon Thomas.

    Only Nine Seniors Have Starts
    This year's senior class has only nine seniors who have started games for the Buckeyes. Mike Brewster leads the way with 46 consecutive starts and, unless the Buckeyes win out and get helped into the Big Ten Conference championship game, Brewster will fall one-start short of tying Luke Fickell's school record of 50 consecutive starts. Note: a ninth senior starter - 13-game starter at DE Nathan Williams - had season ending knee surgery after having played in just one game this season. He will not take part in Senior Day this year.

    Senior Starters
    OC Mike Brewster - 46
    OT J.B. Shugarts - 32
    WR DeVier Posey - 25
    OT Mike Adams - 22
    RB Boom Herron - 21
    LB Andrew Sweat - 18
    DB Tyler Moeller - 11
    QB Joe Bauserman - 3
    DE Solomon Thomas - 3

    Last Time for Three Managers, Too
    Three young men who have been an integral part of the Ohio State football program for a number of years and who have logged literally hundreds of hours at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center will also be recognized at the game Saturday: head manager and fifth-year member of the staff Tim Weirich, from Massillon, Ohio; fourth-year manager Robbie Maylor, from Canton, Ohio; and fourth-year manager John Streicher, from Cincinnati.

    The 2011 senior class has never not won a Big Ten championship...and it has never experienced a loss to Michigan. Some members of this class were red-shirt freshmen on the 2007 Big Ten championship team that played in the national championship game - Boom Herron, Tyler Moeller, Joe Bauserman, Nate Oliver, Solomon Thomas, Evan Blankenship, Bo DeLande, Tony Jackson - and the group as a whole extended that run of Big Ten titles to the current run of five consecutive, which ties the all-time Big Ten record. The class has also helped the Buckeyes into the Fiesta Bowl and to a Rose Bowl win over Oregon, and it is a part of a streak of victories over Michigan that started in 2004 and is ongoing.

    Buckeyes Derailed at Purdue
    Ohio State dropped a 26-23 overtime decision to Purdue Saturday in West Lafayette - a place that has been a most-difficult environment of late for the Buckeyes - after Braxton Miller had engineered a 66-yard TD drive in the last six minutes of the game to tie the score at 20-all on a 13-yard pass to Jordan Hall. The extra point that could have won the game for the Buckeyes was blocked. In the extra session, Drew Basil kicked a 33-yard field goal to give Ohio State its first lead of the game. But Robert Marve converted on two third-down plays to keep Purdue's initial possession in OT alive, and then Marve scored on a 1-yard keeper to give the Boilermakers their fourth win over the Buckeyes in the last six games at Ross-Ade Stadium dating back to the 2000 season.

    2 of 3 November Losses to Purdue
    The loss to Purdue was only the second loss in the month of November for Ohio State since the 2005 season. The team entered the game with a record of 15-1 in November games since 2005 with the last loss being to Illinois, 28-21, at Ohio Stadium in 2008. Dating back to the 2004 season, Purdue owns two of the last three November losses Ohio State has had in November. The Boilermakers defeated Ohio State, 24-17, in 2004 in November.

    Another Dramatic TD
    Two weeks ago Braxton Miller helped Ohio State defeat No. 12 Wisconsin with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith with 40 seconds to go in the game. Saturday he engineered a 66-yard scoring drive vs. Purdue, hitting Jordan Hall on fourth-and-3 from the Purdue 13 for a game-tying touchdown with 55 seconds left to play. On the play Miller, a dynamic runner, scrambled out of trouble just before he was about to be tackled, lofted a perfect pass across the field that Hall leapt for and pulled in for the tying score. It was Miller's second touchdown pass of the day. He also scored on a six-yard rush and was a part of all three Ohio State scores.

    Multi-Threat & Multi-TDs
    Jordan Hall re-emerged as an offensive threat Saturday with two touchdowns against the Boilermakers. Hall, who came into the game with two receptions on the season, had three against Purdue, including a 38-yard catch and run for a score (helped along by a fine block from freshman Evan Spencer) and the 13-yard touchdown catch with 55 seconds left in the game to tie it. Hall also had 46 rushing yards, including a 25-yard gain.

    5-2 In OT
    Ohio State is now 5-2 in overtime games (OT was instituted into college football in 1996). The Buckeyes are 3-2 in overtime games against Big Ten opponents.

    Ohio State in Overtime
    Nov. 16, 2001 - won at Illinois, 23-16
    Jan. 3, 2002 - def. Miami, 31-24 (2OT)
    Sept. 13, 2003 - def. N.C. State, 44-38 (3OT)
    Nov. 15, 2003 - def. Purdue, 16-13
    Oct. 2, 2004 - lost at Northwestern, 33-27
    Nov. 14, 2009 - def. Iowa, 27-24
    Nov. 12, 2011 - lost at Purdue, 26-23

    Posey Expected Back
    With sophomore Corey Brown missing the Purdue game Saturday - his fourth game missed this season because of injury - and Verlon Reed out for the season, the Buckeyes had just four scholarship receivers available against the Boilermakers. The expected return of DeVier Posey this week will add not only another receiver to the mix, but it will add one who has 25 starts behind him already.

    Posey's Career Stats (OSU Rank)
    Receptions - 124 (T9th)
    Yards - 1,793 (13th)
    Touchdowns - 16 (T8th)
    Yards per Catch - 14.5 (25th)

    Boom Climbs into Top 10
    Dan "Boom" Herron had his streak of 100-yard rushing games this season end at three Saturday - and his per-game average dropped from 138 per game to 119 per game - when he netted 65 yards against Purdue. The effort moved Herron into Ohio State's all-time Top 10 rushers with 2,674 yards. He needs 272 yards to move into ninth place (passing Antonio Pittman), 278 yards for eighth place (passing Michael Wiley) and with 326 yards he would hit 3,000 career yards and top Carlos Snow for seventh place.

    "O" Yes!
    Orhian Johnson's second interception of the season and the third of his career was a big one: it forced the overtime Saturday. The Boilermakers had a first-and-10 at the Ohio State 46 with 37 seconds left to play when Johnson picked off Robert Marve at the 12 yard line on the OSU side.

    Active Career Leaders - Interceptions

    CBTravis HowardJr.4
    CBBradley RobyFr.3
    SFOrhian JohnsonJr.3
    LBAndrew SweatSr.3
    SFC.J. BarnettSo.2
    LBStorm KleinJr.2

    Shugarts Start Streak Snapped
    J.B. Shugarts had started 24 consecutive games at right tackle before missing the Purdue game with a leg issue. Antonio Underwood started in Shugarts' place and Corey Linsley also spent considerable time at the position. Ohio State had started the same offensive line crew of LT Mike Adams, LG Andrew Norwell, C Mike Brewster, RG Jack Mewhort and LG Shugarts four consecutive games - since Adams' return - and had averaged 267.0 rushing yards per game in that stretch. Ohio State had just 163 yards vs. Purdue.

    Six Frosh Have Now Started
    With T.Y. Williams making his first career start at receiver and Antonio Underwood doing the same at right tackle, Ohio State has now had six different freshmen start a game this season. RS frosh Bradley Roby leads all with nine starts at CB. He is followed by QB Braxton Miller (seven starts), WR Verlon Reed (five before season-ending knee surgery), DE J.T. Moore (three) and then Williams and Underwood.

    Shazier Could Make it Seven
    Andrew Sweat is not on Ohio State's depth chart this week, so look for freshman linebacker Ryan Shazier to become the seventh freshman to start a game this year for the Buckeyes. He was terrific in relief of Sweat on Saturday with career highs in solo tackles (six) and total tackles (seven) plus he had a quarterback sack and a forced fumble.

    A Mountain of Youth
    All those freshmen starters only begin to tell the story of the number of young Buckeyes seeing playing time in 2011. So far 14 true freshmen have played in at least one game (10th-most nationally) and seven red-shirt freshmen have played for a mountain of youth totaling 21 freshmen (19th nationally) who have played this season.

    True Frosh on the Field:
    Michael Bennett, Brian Bobek, Jeremy Cash, Curtis Grant, Doran Grant, Joel Hale, Jeff Heuerman, Braxton Miller, Steve Miller, Ryan Shazier, Devin Smith, Evan Spencer, DerJuan Gambrell and Antonio Underwood.

    Redshirt Frosh on the Field:
    David Durham, Chad Hagan, J.T. Moore, Verlon Reed, Bradley Roby, Rod Smith and T.Y.Williams.

    News, Notes and Quotes ...
    Braxton Miller set a season's best with 132 yards passing vs. Purdue and his eight completions tied his season's best (Akron)...freshmen receivers T.Y. Williams (2-28), Devin Smith (1-14) and Evan Spencer (1-12) combined for four catches for 56 yards and three first downs (one apiece) ... Five of Miller's eight completions went for first downs...The blocked extra point attempt was the first against the Buckeyes since the first game of the 2009 season vs. Navy, snapping a string of 130 consecutive made extra points...the last one-point game Ohio State was in: Sept. 5, 1992 vs. Louisville, a 20-19 Ohio State win...Braxton Miller has a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games and he has accounted for eight touchdowns (rushing and throwing) during that time.

    More Notes from West Lafayette

  • Ohio State is 5-2 all-time in overtime games.
  • Dan "Boom" Herron (2,674 coming in) moved into 10th place on Ohio State's all-time rushing list, passing Raymont Harris who rushed for 2,649 yards from 1990-93.
  • Jordan Hall hauled in a career-long 38-yard pass for a TD in the first quarter. He then caught a second TD pass with 13 seconds left in regulation. He finished with three catches for 58 yards and two TDs.
  • Ryan Shazier recorded a career-high seven tackles, including 1.0 TFL and a forced fumble in the third quarter.
  • Drew Basil came into the game with 12 consecutive field goals. That was snapped when he missed a 50-yarder at the end of the first half. He hit a 33-yarder in the first overtime period.

    15-Year Best 346-Yards Rushing
    Two weeks ago Dan Herron (141), Braxton Miller (105) and Carlos Hyde (105) each ran for 100 yards against Indiana and the end result was a 15-year best 346-yard rushing game by the Buckeyes. The last time an Ohio State team rushed for more was Nov. 9, 1996 at Illinois when Pepe Pearson, no doubt running behind Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award winner Orlando Pace all day, led a 348-yard team effort with 165 rushing yards.

    Seventh-Best Per Carry Avg. Ever!
    Ohio State averaged 7.52 yards per carry vs. the Hoosiers (46-346), a figure that ranks seventh-best all-time for a single game.

    Miller Big Ten Freshman of the Week Oct. 31
    The best game of Braxton Miller's collegiate career vs. Wisconsin - three TDs accounted for including a game-winning TD pass with 20 seconds to play - earned the quarterback from Huber Heights, Ohio, the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week honor Oct. 31. Ohio State defeated No. 15 Wisconsin, 33-29. Miller scored the first two touchdowns of his career before capping the game with his most important TD pass to date. He coasted in from the 1 yard line in the third quarter for his first collegiate score 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. And then after Wisconsin scored two touchdowns inside of the final four minutes to take a 29-26 lead, Miller threw his sixth touchdown pass of the season, a 40-yarder to fellow freshman Devin Smith with 20 seconds to play to give Ohio State the come-from-behind victory. For the game, 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.

    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'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 - John Frank (1980-83)
    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)

    Five Consecutive Leaders Games
    The game this week vs. Penn State is the fifth 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.

    Brewster Reaches 46 Straight
    All-American center Mike Brewster started his 46th consecutive game Saturday at Purdue. 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.

    Red Zone Efficiency
    Officially, Ohio State has scored 28 of 32 times (87.5 percent) this season inside the 20 with 20 touchdowns and eight field goals. The only four times the Buckeyes have failed to score came on a fumble and on three end-of-game possessions against Akron, Colorado and Indiana while running out the clock. So if you take out those three instances, Ohio State is really 28 of 29 (96.5 percent).

    Since Rod Smith's fumble in the first quarter against Akron, Ohio State has scored on 27 consecutive red zone possessions if you don't count the three possessions in which the Buckeyes took a knee to run out the clock.

    Buchanan a Wuerffel Award Finalist
    Junior punter Ben Buchanan, a strategic communications major from Westerville, Ohio, has been named a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented by the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The award is presented to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

    Simon a Lott IMPACT Trophy Semifinalist
    Junior defensive lineman John Simon is among eight semifinalists for the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, which was announced by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.

    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:

  • Ohio State has featured a Top 20 scoring defense in each of the last nine seasons, including a top 6 in each of the last six.

    YearPPG AllowedFBS Rank

  • Since the beginning of the 2005 season, the Ohio State defense has allowed only 13 100-yard rushers during a span of 88 games and only nine since the start of the 2007 season. Both of those marks are the third best among FBS schools during those spans.

    Fewest 100-yd rushers allowed (FBS Teams Since 2005)

    2.Boston College10
    3.Ohio State13

    Fewest 100-yd rushers allowed (FBS Teams Since 2007)

    2.Boston College8
    3.Ohio State9
    4.Brigham Young11

    Last nine opponents to rush for 100 yards since 2007:

    10/8/11Taylor Martinezat Nebraska17-102
    10/8/11Rex Burkheadat Nebraska26-119
    9/17/11Lamar Millerat Miami26-184
    1/4/11Knile Davisvs. Arkansas26-139
    11/27/10D. RobinsonMichigan18 -105
    10/16/10John Clayat Wisconsin21-104
    9/13/08Joe McKnightat USC12-105
    11/10/07Daniel DufreneIllinois8-106
    9/15/07Jake Lockerat Washington14-102

  • Ohio State has allowed just one 100-yard rusher in the past 28 games at Ohio Stadium.

  • Since the 2005 season, Ohio State has finished either first or second in scoring defense among Big Ten teams all six years. The Buckeyes were first in 2010, 2007 and 2005 and second in 2009, 2008 and 2006.

  • Among FBS teams in 2010, Ohio State ranked fourth in total defense (262.2 ypg), third in rushing defense (96.7 ypg), eighth in pass defense (165.5 ypg), fifth in scoring defense (14.3 ppg) and fourth in TO margin (+1.15).

  • Ohio State has held 67 opponents to 21 points or fewer since the start of the 2005 season, the most among FBS teams with TCU.

  • Ohio State has allowed fewer than 10 points 31 times since the start of the 2006 season.

  • Ohio State has allowed an average of 13.6 points over the last six full seasons. That is the best scoring defense among FBS teams in this span. TCU is second at 14.2 points per game.

  • Ohio State had 30 takeaways last season. It was the second straight season that the Buckeyes forced at least 30 turnovers. The Buckeyes forced 35 in 2009.

    Head Coach Luke Fickell

  • Head coach Luke Fickell is backed by nine assistant coaches who have 184 years combined working as college assistant coaches or staff assistants in their careers.

  • Fickell is 2-2 against ranked teams this season. He is 6-4 thus far in 2011, looking to match the win total from Jim Tressel's first year (7-5) in 2001 with a win Saturday. He already has more wins than John Cooper posted (4-6-1) in 1988.

  • Fickell is among four first-year head coaches in the Big Ten. The last time the Big Ten featured four first-year coaches: 1997. Illinois (Ron Turner), Indiana (Cam Cameron), Minnesota (Glen Mason) and Purdue (Joe Tiller) were hired that season.

  • Fickell picked up his first win over a ranked opponent with the 17-7 win at No. 16/15 Illinois Oct. 15 in Champaign. He won is second with the thrilling 33-29 win over No. 15 Wisconsin Oct. 29. Fickell is 2-2 against ranked teams this season (AP and Coaches poll).

  • Fickell was the first Ohio State coach to face a defending Big Ten champion in his conference opener (Michigan State) since the Buckeyes began Big Ten competition in 1913. Since 1913, Ohio State coaches are 6-5-1 in their Big Ten debuts.

  • In guiding OSU to a season-opening win in his first game as coach, Fickell joins 20 other Buckeye coaches with a first-game win. OSU has had only 23 head coaches in 122 years of football and that group is 21-1-1 in first games.

    Team/Miscellaneous Notes

  • After the loss to Miami in week 3 the Buckeyes fell out of the AP Top 25 for the first time since Nov. 20, 2004 -- nearly 7 years and ending the nation's longest current streak of appearances in the Top 25 (103 straight weeks).

  • Tight end Jake Stoneburner set a modern day Ohio State record for tight ends by catching three touchdown passes vs. Akron Sept. 3, from 28, 11 and 2 yards out with Bauserman throwing all three. Stoneburner, who came into the game with two career touchdowns, finished with four catches for 50 yards. The Ohio State record for career touchdowns by a tight end: 10 by John Lumpkin from 1996-98.

  • Senior All-America center Mike Brewster is regarded by some as the best center in college football. He is a four-year starter with 46 career starts. In 2010 he was the only junior to rank among finalists for the Rimington Trophy, was a first team all-Big Ten selection and a FWAA and Phil Steele first team All-American. This season Brewster was named to the preseason Playboy All-America team, the Rimington and Outland Trophy watch lists and was voted one of 12 "players to watch" by a Big Ten media panel.

  • Junior John Simon was named Big Ten defensive player of the week for his performance at Illinois Oct. 15. He recorded 8.0 tackles, 4.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks. He then set a new career best with 10.0 total tackles, 3.0 more TFL and 1.0 sacks in the win over Indiana. Simon named one of 12 "players to watch" at the Big Ten media days .

  • Simon has 98 career tackles and 25.5 TFL. A promising defensive star with power and strength, Simon was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection and Lott Trophy nominee in 2010 as a true sophomore.

  • Ohio State is tied with Oklahoma with eight BCS bowl appearances. USC is third with seven.

  • Ohio State is 1-2 in national title games since the inception of the BCS in 1998. The three national title game appearances match Florida State for the second-most all-time. Only Oklahoma has more with four.

  • Ohio State is 5-3 in BCS bowls, tied for second with Florida (5-1) for the most BCS Bowl wins all-time. USC is first at 6-1.

  • Ohio State has not finished with a losing record since finishing 4-6-1 in 1988 (John Cooper's first season leading the Buckeyes). Ohio State's run of 21 straight seasons without a losing record is the third-longest among active FBS teams. Florida State has gone 34 straight seasons since finishing 5-6 in 1976 and Florida has gone 31 seasons since going 0-10-1 in 1979. Virginia Tech and Texas Tech have the fourth-longest runs at 18 seasons each.

  • In Ohio State's eight BCS bowl appearances, they have only been the Big Ten's automatic BCS bowl qualifier four times (2002, 2006, 2007, 2009). They have received an at-large berth three times (1998, 2003, 2008) and were an automatic participant by the `3-4 rule' in 2005.

  • Ohio State has won the Fiesta Bowl three times, the Sugar Bowl once and the Rose Bowl once in the BCS era. The Buckeyes join Oklahoma (Orange, Rose and Fiesta), Florida (Orange, Sugar and BCS title game) and Miami (Sugar, Rose and Orange) as the only teams to win three different BCS bowls.

  • Ohio State is among three different programs to have appeared in at least four different BCS bowls, joining Oklahoma and Miami. The Buckeyes only need to play in the Orange Bowl to join Oklahoma as the only program to appear in five different BCS bowls. While Miami has won the BCS title (2001 season), they have not played in a bowl game specifically called the BCS title game.

  • Ohio State has appeared in a bowl game in 15 of the last 17 seasons. Fourteen of those bowl appearances have taken place in January (2004 Alamo Bowl). Ohio State has appeared in a January bowl in five of the past six seasons.

  • Ohio State (19) is tied with Michigan (19) for the most bowl wins all-time by a Big Ten team. Nebraska is 24-23 in bowl games, but has not represented the Big Ten in the postseason.

  • Ohio State has won 34 Big Ten titles. Only Michigan has more with 42.

  • Ohio State has 825 wins all-time, the sixth-most among FBS teams.

    Notre Dame852
    Penn State 825
    Ohio State 825

  • Ohio State has featured 14 NFL Draft first-round picks since 2004. That is the most by any college team in this span.

  • Ohio State has had 69 consecutive crowds of more than 100,000 at Ohio Stadium.

  • Ohio State has not lost a home opener in 34 years - Sept. 16, 1978 to be exact when No. 6 Ohio State suffered a 19-0 loss to No. 5 Penn State in Woody Hayes' final season.

  • Ohio State has an all-time opening game record of 105-12-4. The Buckeyes' last opening day loss away from Columbus was to Miami in the 1999 Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.

  • All-time, the Buckeyes are 109-8-4 in home openers since 1890. The largest opening day crowd at Ohio Stadium was 105,092 in the 2009 opener vs. Navy.

    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.