No. 3 Ohio State vs. Indiana Game Notes
Nov. 18, 2013
#3 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 B1G) vs. Indiana (4-6, 2-4 B1G)
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 119 & XM 202.
First and 10
A Glance at the Buckeyes
The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 49.4 points per game, leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally with 536.9 yards per game. Their rushing attack ranks first in the Big Ten and fourth in the NCAA with 315.1 yards per game. The offense recorded a season-high 441-yard rushing performance at Illinois -- the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached team.
Senior Carlos Hyde (947 yards, 11 TDs in seven games) is Ohio State's top rusher and is 53 yards shy of becoming the first running back under Urban Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Junior QB Braxton Miller -- OSU's all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,580 yards, 23 TDs) -- is the Big Ten leader in passer efficiency with 165.3 rating. He also is tied for the Big Ten lead with 295.0 yards of total offense per game in conference play. In his last outing he recorded his ninth career game with 300+ yards of total offense, rushing for 184 yards and a TD and throwing for 150 yards and a TD. Senior Corey "Philly" Brown (48 rec., 596 yds, 9 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (39 rec., 552 yds, 6 TDs) are Ohio State's leading receivers.
The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (14.5), who, along with sophomore viper Noah Spence (12.0), rank first and third in the Big Ten in TFL, respectively. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 92.6 yards per game on the ground -- fifth best in the NCAA. The Buckeye secondary, led by senior C.J. Barnett and junior All-American Bradley Roby, are third and fourth on the team with 56 and 45 tackles. Roby and junior Doran Grant leads the team with 3 INTs and have each returned INTs for TDs in consecutive games.
Senior Day at Ohio Stadium
The Senior Class
2013 Seniors ...
Seeking Monumental Record
Ohio State Winning Streaks (Buster)
Nation's Longest Win Streak
Nation's Longest Win Streaks
A Top 5 Big Ten Win Streak
Longest Big Ten Winning Streaks
Three 20-Game Streaks For Meyer
Multiple 20-Game Win Streak Coaches
More On Meyer's Streaks
Urban Meyer Winning Streaks
Single Season Winning Streaks
Buckeyes vs. Hoosiers
Some Series Streaks
Hyde Rolls To 246 Yards
Top 3 Rush Game Ties Archie
Most Rushing Yards - Game
Shazier Sets Career High
And Leads The Big Ten
The Big Ten Honors Both
14 Stops For Barnett A Career Best
Braxton Rushes For 184
Hyde & Miller 11th & 12th
Hyde On THe Cusp of 1,000
Joey Bosa: 2.5 Sacks in One Half
P Johnston Sets School Mark
Two Starting LBs Out
Another Fine Game by "Philly"
Offense on a Roll
TD Record Smashed
Points Record Next To Fall
Some notable points on points ...
Rushing Toward History
8 300-Plus Rush Games
Most Rushing Yards Under Meyer
Best Yards Per Carry ... Ever!
Best Rushing Averages - Game
A Top 10 Defense
Consecutive 10 TFL Games
Braxton & Kenny
Braxton O'Brien Semifinalist
Miller has been precise and razor sharp all season. He has completed 68.0 percent of his passes, a total that would break the school completion record of 65.3 percent set by Troy Smith during his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 2006. Miller's 165.3 efficiency rating is also just 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 17 touchdown passes with only three interceptions, and he has also rushed for 594 yards and three TDs.
National Honors For TE Heuerman
A Top Tight End Game
Shazier's Impact Recognized Nationally
Lots of National Award Opps.
Touchdowns & More Touchdowns
Who Are These Guys?
Braxton Throws for Career High
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.
No. 5 Now 24-6 as starting QB
Top OSU QB Win Totals
20-0 Since 2005 With Punt Block
59 Blocked Kicks
Buckeyes Building Blocks:
Record Setting Pace
And at 536.9 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 5,369 yards and are on pace for 6,442 yards by the end of the regular season.
Buckeyes Hold Big Ten Rushing Attacks in Check
Unfortunate news for Bryant
Red Zone Efficiency
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 21 scoring plays of at least 20 yards this season, 13 through the air and eight rushing.
Moving the Chains
Percentage Of Drives Scoring a TD
|Rk.||Team||# of Drives||# of TD's||.Pct|
Fewest Offensive 3-and-Outs
|Rk.||School||% of Drives|
|1.||Baylor||.113 (15 of 133)|
|2.||Ohio State||.146 (18 of 123)|
|3.||Navy||.166 (17 of 102)|
|4.||Alabama||.173 (19 of 110)|
|5.||Indiana||.174 (25 of 144)|
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 three FBS teams who have not allowed a 100-yard rusher and just one run of more than 20 yards.
|Year||PPG Allowed||FBS 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:
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:
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 in 2013
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 caught 16 touchdown passes in his career at an average distance of 38.7 yards per score. Smith, who has 83 career receptions for 1,464 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
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:
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
Illinois: Barnett, "Philly" Brown, Norwell, Linsley
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:
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:
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:
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 847-316-53 to rank among the top five winningest programs in NCAA history.
NCAA Top 5 Winningest Programs
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 471-171-24. 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