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No. 3 Ohio State vs. Indiana Game Notes

Nov. 18, 2013

Offensive lineman Jack Mewhort will be one of 18 seniors playing in their final game at Ohio Stadium Saturday vs. Indiana.
Offensive lineman Jack Mewhort will be one of 18 seniors playing in their final game at Ohio Stadium Saturday vs. Indiana.

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#3 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 B1G) vs. Indiana (4-6, 2-4 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 - 3:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

The Broadcasts
Television: ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror) will televise the game with Dave Flemming (p-by-p) and Chris Spielman (analyst) in the booth and Shannon Spake 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 119 & XM 202.

First and 10

  • Ohio State enters the game with the nation's longest winning streak at 22 games. A win Saturday would set a program record.
  • The Buckeyes, who have won 17 in a row over the Hoosiers, are ranked No. 3 in the BCS rankings.
  • Ohio State ranks fifth nationally in rushing defense (92.6 ypg). The unit has only allowed one rush of more than 20 yards this season.
  • Ohio State is one of three FBS schools to not allow a 100-yard rusher in 2013.
  • Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth in the NCAA in scoring with 49.4 ppg.
  • Ohio State also leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth in the NCAA in rushing with 315.1 ypg.
  • Junior QB Braxton Miller became the third Buckeye in program history to record 7,000 total yards in a career with 334 yards at Illinois.
  • Senior RB Carlos Hyde has rushed for 821 yards (8.3 ypc) and 11 TDs in his last five games. He leads the Big Ten in rushing in B1G games with 151.0 ypg.
  • Junior LB Ryan Shazier leads the Big Ten in TFL with 14.5 and also ranks second in conference play with 10.0 tackles per game.
  • Head coach Urban Meyer is 32-3 in November games since 2003, his first season at Utah.

A Glance at the Buckeyes
Ohio State, 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten, is currently ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings.

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
Pregame ceremonies prior to the Ohio State vs. Indiana game Saturday will honor 18 seniors who are either fifth- or fourth-year students academically and in Ohio Stadium for the last time as Buckeye players. This departing class of young men has made its mark on the Ohio State program by forging through adversity early on to produce a school-record winning streak and to be in the chase for a championship as seniors. The 2013 senior class accomplishments on the playing field include:

  • A school-record-tying 22 game winning streak;
  • The longest current winning streak in college football;
  • The fifth-longest winning streak all-time in the Big Ten Conference;
  • The longest winning streak in the Big Ten Conference in 44 years;
  • 40 wins on the playing field against just seven losses;
  • Two wins over Michigan;
  • A 24-6 record vs. Big Ten opponents including a current 14-game winning streak;
  • 23 consecutive weeks nationally ranked in the Associated Press Top 10;
  • The sixth undefeated, untied season in school history in 2012 (12-0); and
  • A 2012 championship in the Big Ten leaders division.

The Senior Class
Ohio State's senior class includes five true seniors (no red-shirt season; noted by asterisk below), nine fifth-year seniors, two fourth-year walk-ons and two juniors who are seniors academically.

2013 Seniors ...
SAF C.J. Barnett - Dayton, Ohio
K *Drew Basil - Chillicothe, Ohio
OG Ivon Blackmon - Bedford, Ohio
SAF Corey Brown - Monroeville, Pa.
WR *Corey Brown - Upper Darby, Pa.
SAF *Christian Bryant - Cleveland, Ohio
WR Chris Fields - Painesville, Ohio
CB Adam Griffin - Columbus, Ohio
QB Kenny Guiton - Houston, Texas
H-Back Jordan Hall - Jeannette, Pa.
OG Marcus Hall - Cleveland, Ohio
RB *Carlos Hyde - Naples, Fla.
C Corey Linsley - Youngstown, Ohio
LS George Makridis - Warren, Ohio
OT Jack Mewhort - Toledo, Ohio
OG *Andrew Norwell - Cincinnati, Ohio
CB Bradley Roby - Suwanee, Ga.
SAF Jamie Wood - Pickerington, Ohio

Game Ramifications
Ohio State can clinch a spot in the 2013 Big Ten championship game - 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis - with a win Saturday. The Buckeyes, 10-0 and 6-0 in the Leaders Division, own a win over BCS No. 19 Wisconsin (8-2 and 5-1), the only other team mathematically in this chase for a championship in November. A win would also clinch a second consecutive Leaders Division title for Ohio State.

Seeking Monumental Record
Ohio State is one win from establishing a new school record for longest winning streak. The 2012-13 Buckeyes have now won 22 in a row to tie Woody Hayes' great teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which won 22 consecutive games between 1967 and 1969. This is the 124th season of Ohio State football and the program has produced 15 winning streaks of at least 10 games.

Ohio State Winning Streaks (Buster)
22 - 2012-13 (current)
22 - 1967-69 (at Michigan, 24-12)
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)

Nation's Longest Win Streak
Ohio State continues to hold the nation's longest winning streak at 22 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 10 more wins heading into this weekend's game against Indiana.

Nation's Longest Win Streaks

1.Ohio State22
2.Alabama14
3.Baylor13
4.Florida State12
5.Northern Illinois10
6.Fresno State9

A Top 5 Big Ten Win Streak
One more win for Ohio State will place the winning streak among the Top 5 longest winning streaks in Big Ten Conference history. Ohio State's current 22-game 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, 2012-current
22 - Ohio State, 1967-69
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. Meyer is the first to add a third such winning streak to his name.

Multiple 20-Game Win Streak Coaches
Urban Meyer
     23 - 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's teams have now had five winning streaks 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
23 - Florida (2010) & Ohio State (2012-13)
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)
10 - Ohio State (2013)
8 - Bowling Green (2002)

Buckeyes vs. Hoosiers
Ohio State has won 17 consecutive games over Indiana and leads the all-time series, 68-12-5. The last Hoosier victory in the series was a 41-7 drubbing of the Buckeyes in 1988 in Bloomington. The score represents the most lopsided setback for Ohio State in the 111-year-old series (first played in 1901).

Some Series Streaks
This 17-game winning streak for Ohio State over Indiana is the second-longest winning streak for Ohio State in the series. Between 1960 and 1986 Ohio State won 23 consecutive games in the series and 30 of 31 with a scoreless tie in 1959 the only non-Ohio State win. Indiana won four in a row between 1903 and 1914 and consecutive games in 1987 (31-10) and 1988 (41-7). Ohio State holds a 43-10-4 advantage in games played in Columbus and a 25-2-1 advantage in games played in Bloomington.

Hyde Rolls To 246 Yards
Running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 246 yards - the third-most in school history - and scored five touchdowns to power Ohio State to a 60-35 victory over Illinois Saturday in Champaign. Hyde averaged 10.2 yards per carry with touchdown runs of 8, 1, 51 and 55 yards plus had an 18-yard touchdown reception. He totaled 272 all-purpose yards on the day.

Top 3 Rush Game Ties Archie
In the process of rushing for 246 yards against the Illini, Carlos Hyde tied the great Archie Griffin for third on Ohio State's single game rushing list. Griffin had 246 yards vs. Iowa in 1973. The Top 5 rushing games in school history include three against Illinois.

Most Rushing Yards - Game

1.314 - Eddie George, 1995 vs. Illinois
2.274 - Keith Byars, 1984 vs. Illinois
3.246 - Carlos Hyde, 2013 vs. Illinois
 246 - Archie Griffin, 1973 vs. Iowa
5.239 - Archie Griffin, 1972 vs. North Carolina

Shazier Sets Career High
Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier had another statistical monster of a game Saturday vs. Illinois, registering a career-high 16 tackles (11 solos) with 3.5 tackles for losses, including 1.5 sacks. His TFLs totaled 16 yards, plus he forced a fumble off an end zone sack. His effort moved him into fourth in the B1G with 88 tackles and 8.8 tackles per game.

And Leads The Big Ten
Ryan Shazier leads the Big Ten Conference, and ranks among the Top 15 nationally, in tackles for loss with 14.5 and 1.45 per game. Teammate Noah Spence is third in the Big Ten with 12.0 TFLs and he is second in the Big Ten with 7.5 QB sacks.

The Big Ten Honors Both
Carlos Hyde and Ryan Shazier were named the Big Ten Conference's offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, for their efforts against the Illini. Ohio State has now had 11 different Big Ten offensive, defensive, special teams and freshman of the week honors, respectively, this year. (See list on page 6).

14 Stops For Barnett A Career Best
C.J. Barnett had a career-best total with 14 tackles vs. Illinois, a total that included 10 solo stops. Barnett also recorded an interception - his second this season and the sixth of his career - and had a pass break-up on the afternoon.

Braxton Rushes For 184
Braxton Miller rushed for 184 yards and one touchdown - a 70-yard run just 36 seconds into the game - and threw for 150 yards and two scores in the Buckeyes' 60-35 win over Illinois. Miller directed the Buckeyes to an early lead of 28-0 with touchdown passes to Carlos Hyde (18 yards) and Corey Brown (11), and to a 35-14 halftime lead. The 334 yards of total offense was his school record-extending ninth game of over 300 yards.

Hyde & Miller 11th & 12th
Those huge rushing games by Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller moved the pair into 11th and 12th place, respectively on Ohio State's all-time rushing charts. Hyde enters the Indiana game with 2,624 career yards and just 26 yards shy of taking over 10th on the all-time list (Raymont Harris; 2,649 yards). Miller has 2,580 rushing yards.

Hyde On THe Cusp of 1,000
Carlos Hyde is just 53 yards from a 1,000-yard rushing season. It would be the first for an Ohio State running back since Beanie Wells rushed for 1,197 yards in 2008, and it would be the first running back for Urban Meyer to accomplish the feat. In Meyer's 12 coaching seasons he has had 22 different players rush for over 600 yards in a season, but only quarterback Braxton Miller has topped 1,000, netting 1,271 last year. Meyer has had five teams rank among the Top 15 rushing teams in the nation, and this year's team will increase that total to six.

Joey Bosa: 2.5 Sacks in One Half
Joey Bosa, the powerful and precocious true freshman who has started seven games at defensive end, was dominant in just two quarters of play vs. the Illini with 2.5 sacks for losses totaling 21 yards. He had four tackles on the day, but left after the second play of the third quarter with what appeared to be an upper body issue. He came back to the sidelines later in the game, but did not play. Bosa is tied for seventh in the Big Ten with 4.5 sacks.

P Johnston Sets School Mark
Ray Guy semifinalist Cameron Johnston set an Ohio State single-game record by averaging 57.0 yards per punt in the Illinois game. The freshman from Geelong, Australia, broke Tom Skladany's 37-year old record average of 52.3 yards per punt, set in 1976 vs. Michigan. Johnston bested his previous career long of 61 yards three times on the day with punts of 63, 50, 64, 53, 71 and 41 yards. Two were downed at the Illinois 4 and a third was downed inside the 20 at the 13. Johnston doesn't yet qualify for NCAA rankings (he needs 3.6 punts per game and has just 3.2), but he ranks second in the Big Ten with his 43.9-yard average.

Two Starting LBs Out
Ohio State played Illinois without two starting linebackers who were out with injuries: junior Curtis Perry and sophomore Joshua Perry. That prompted a first-time start for sophomore Cam Williams, who responded with 10 tackles and a pass break-up. The loss of the two linebackers increased the number of games missed by key defensive players and/or special teams players to 27 so far this season.

Games Missed...
DT Tommy Schutt - 6 games
SAF Christian Bryant - 4
DE Adolphus Washington - 2
DT Michael Bennett - 1
SAF C.J. Barnett - 1
LB Curtis Grant - 1
LB Joshua Perry - 1
DT Michael Hill - 5
Spec. Teamer Devan Bogard - 1
Spec. Teamer James Clark - 5

Another Fine Game by "Philly"
Wide receiver Corey "Philly" Brown had seven receptions for 49 yards with one touchdown in the Illinois game. The touchdown was his ninth this season and leaves him just two shy from owning one of the top four totals in school history. Five different players are tied for fourth with 11 TD receptions in one year. Brown came into the season with five career touchdown receptions and he has moved into 13th on the all-time school charts with 14 for his career.

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 (536.9), fourth nationally and first in the Big Ten in scoring (49.4), fourth nationally and first in the Big Ten in rushing (315.1) and eighth nationally and first in the Big ten in passing efficiency with a rating of 164.6. The Buckeye offense is also...

  • Sixth nationally in red zone scores (48 of 51);
  • Ninth nationally in completion pct. (68.2); and
  • Sixth nationally in first downs per game (26.9).

TD Record Smashed
Ten games into the season and Ohio State has already established a new school record for touchdowns scored in a season with 67. The old mark: 64 by the 1995 team.

Points Record Next To Fall
Ohio State is just 11 points away from breaking the single season points scored mark of 504 by the 1998 Ohio State Buckeyes. Through 10 games this season Ohio State has scored 494 points.

Some notable points on points ...

  • Ohio State has scored 179 points the last three games - 63 vs. Penn State, 56 vs. Purdue and 60 vs. Illinois - for the most points ever in a three-game span.
  • Ohio State is scoring 49.4 points per game. The school record is 42.5.
  • The 31 passing touchdowns so far rank second on the school charts with the record - 33 by the 1995 team - easily in reach.
  • Ohio State has scored 40-or-more points in eight of 10 games this season.

Rushing Toward History
Thirty-nine years ago - 1973 - Ohio State's offense rushed for a still-standing school record 4,199 yards in one season. The record was set during an 11-game season and it has withstood handfuls of 12-, 13- and 14-game seasons since. It may not withstand 2013. The 2013 Buckeyes have totaled 3,151 rushing yards...just 1,048 yards from the mark and the team is averaging 315.1 yards per game. The top two per game averages appear safe: 355.3 in 1973 and 349.9 in 1974.

8 300-Plus Rush Games
Urban Meyer's Buckeyes have rushed for 300-or-more yards eight times in his 22 games as coach, including two games this season of over 400 yards. In the 15 previous years - and 176 games - Ohio State teams had topped 300 yards rushing only seven times. Saturday against Illinois, Ohio State rushed for 441 yards, an all-time high for an Urban Meyer coached team.

Most Rushing Yards Under Meyer

1.441 (10.5 ypc) vs. Illinois - 2013
2.408 (8.0 ypc) vs. Penn State - 2013
3.388 (8.4) vs. Florida A&M - 2013
4.371 (7.7) vs. Nebraska - 2012
5.353 (6.5) at Indiana - 2012
6.345 (8.4) at Purdue - 2013
7.332 (6.0) vs. California - 2012
8.330 (5.8) vs. Illinois - 2012

Best Yards Per Carry ... Ever!
Ohio State averaged a school-record 10.5 yards per carry vs. Illinois. It marked the first time an Ohio State team has ever averaged in double figures for per carry average. Urban Meyer's teams now hold six of the Top 10 single game yards per carry averages in school history.

Best Rushing Averages - Game

1.10.5 at Illinois - 2013
2.9.23 at Illinois - 1962
3.8.41 at Purdue - 2013
4.8.40 vs. Florida A&M - 2013
5.8.34 vs. Eastern Michigan - 2010
6.8.00 vs. Penn State - 2013
7.7.82 vs. Wisconsin - 1941
8.7.70 vs. Florida A&M - 2013
 7.70 vs. Nebraska - 2012
10.7.64 vs. Notre Dame - 2005

A Top 10 Defense
Ohio State's defense is ranked fifth nationally against the run (92.6), 13th in scoring (18.8) and 10th in total defense with 322.5 yards per game allowed. Here's more bullet points on the Silver Bullets:

  • Their 32 sacks and 3.2 per game average ranks fourth nationally;
  • The unit has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season;
  • They have an interception in all 10 games this season; and
  • They rank 14th nationally in third-down conversion pct. (32.4; 46 of 142).

Consecutive 10 TFL Games
Ohio State's defense has put together back-to-back games of 10 tackles-for-loss (vs. Purdue and Illinois). Big Ten leader Ryan Shazier has 5.5 TFLs during this time with Joey Bosa (3.5) and Noah Spence (3.0) prime pursuers as well.

Braxton & Kenny
Ohio State quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton are combining to complete 68.2 percent of their passes with 31 touchdowns and only five interceptions. They rank first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten Conference in passing efficiency with ratings of 165.3 and 165.2, respectively.

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 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
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, the Bednarik Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Here is the list of Buckeye candidates:

Touchdowns & More Touchdowns
Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde are each piling up impressive touchdown totals. Hyde has powered into sixth place all-time at Ohio State with 36 touchdowns scored. Miller is tied for second all-time at Ohio State with 68 touchdowns responsible for. Miller has 45 passing TDs and 23 rushing TDs. Art Schlichter (85; 1978-81) holds the school record with Troy Smith (68; 2003-06) also tied for second.

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 131 starts. Add in 18 and two starts at tight end for Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, respectively, and the total jumps to 146 starts for Ohio State's corps of key blockers and the foundation for Ohio State's impressive offensive numbers, such as:

  • No. 4 nationally in scoring (49.4);
  • No. 4 nationally in rushing (315.1);
  • No. 6 nationally in total offense (536.9);
  • No. 6 nationally in red zone pct. (.941); and
  • No. 8 nationally in passing eff. (164.5).

Braxton Throws for Career High
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 Oct. 26. 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.

No. 5 Now 24-6 as starting QB
The Buckeyes have won 20 consecutive games that Braxton Miller has started, making the junior from Huber Heights (near Dayton, Ohio) 24-6 as a starting quarterback at Ohio State and 20-0 under Urban Meyer.

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. Braxton Miller (24-6 from 2011-present)
7. Mike Tomczak (23-8 from 1982-84)
8. Jim Karsatos (22-6 from 1983-86)

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:

2012
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).
2013
7. Doran Grant (Punt vs. FAMU); and
8. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Northwestern)

Record Setting Pace
The Buckeyes are on pace to set a program record for total points in a season. At its 49.4 points per game average, Ohio State is on pace to score 592 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 494 points through 10 games.

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
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.
Wisconsin349.5104-245
Northwestern249.0155-94
Iowa207.5130-77
Penn State157.2120-37
Purdue76.127-49
Illinois136.4132-2

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 48 of 51 in the red zone this season with 42 TDs and six 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 21 scoring plays of at least 20 yards this season, 13 through the air and eight rushing.

Moving the Chains
The Ohio State offense has converted on 51.9 percent of its third downs, good for 10th in the NCAA, and ranks 12th with a 66.7 conversion rate on fourth down. As a result, the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and are sixth in the NCAA with 269 first downs (160 rushing, 96 passing and 13 on penalties). They also rank second in percentage of drives ending with a touchdown and 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.Baylor12970.542
2.Ohio State12064.533
3.Florida State11962.521
4.Texas A&M12664.508
5.Oregon13265.492

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.

YearPPG AllowedFBS Rank
201318.813th
201222.831st*
201121.027th
201014.35th
200912.55th
200813.96th
200712.81st
200612.85th
200515.35th
200418.319th
200317.616th
200213.12nd

*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:
Ohio State
Syracuse
Wisconsin

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:

1.LSU12
2.Ohio State10
 FIU10
4.UConn9
5.Florida8
 Ole Miss8
 Kansas State8

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.

Changes
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

1.Michigan911
2.Texas874
3.Notre Dame872
4.Nebraska863
5.Ohio State847

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

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