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#4 Ohio State vs. #2 Oregon
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, 7:30/8:30 p.m. ET
AT&T Stadium (75,000), Arlington, Texas
TV: ESPN – Chris Fowler (Play-by-Play), Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst), Tom Rinaldi (Sideline) and Heather Cox (Sideline)
Radio: WBNS FM (97.1 The Fan) The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the action with former Buckeye Jim Lachey and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game can also be heard nationally on ESPN Radio and Sirius-XM channels 91 with Mike Tirico, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe and Joe Schad.
FIRST AND 10
COLLEGE Football PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The two hottest teams in college football, the Ohio State Buckeyes, a winner of 12 consecutive games, and the Oregon Ducks, victorious in nine consecutive games, meet for the first College Football Playoff National Championship Monday, Jan. 12, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff is set for 7:31 p.m. Central Standard Time on ESPN.
TEAMS MET IN FIRST NCAA HOOPS CHAMPIONSHIP
Interestingly enough, Ohio State and Oregon also met for the first NCAA basketball championship, in 1939. The teams played for the title in Evanston, Ill., with Oregon claiming a 46-33 victory.
SEEKING TITLE No. 8
Ohio State, in its 125th season of football, is seeking to add national championship No. 8 to its rich and storied history and the school’s first since the 2002 season.
Ohio State National Championships
2002 – 14-0 (Jim Tressel)
1970 – 9-1 (Woody Hayes)
1968 – 10-0 (Woody Hayes)
1961 – 8-0-1 (Woody Hayes)
1957 – 9-1 (Woody Hayes)
1954 – 10-0 (Woody Hayes)
1942 – 9-1 (Paul Brown)
OHIO STATE vs. OREGON
The Bucks and the Ducks have met eight times previously with Ohio State winning each of the previous games. The teams last played in the 2010 Rose Bowl, with No. 8 and 10-2 Ohio State victorious, 26-17, over No. 7 and 10-2 Oregon. That was the first meeting in 22 years between the teams, or since 1987 when Ohio State claimed a 24-14 victory over Oregon in Columbus in the second game of the season and the final season under head coach Earle Bruce.
Bucks & Ducks Series
1955 – Ohio State 10, Oregon 7 (Rose Bowl)
1961 – Ohio State 22, Oregon 12
1962 – Ohio State 26, Oregon 7
1967 – Ohio State 30, at Oregon 0
1968 – Ohio State 21, Oregon 6
1983 – Ohio State 31, Oregon 6
1987 – Ohio State 24, Oregon 14
2010 – Ohio State 26, Oregon 17 (Rose Bowl)
OHIO STATE vs. OREGON II
Ohio State and Oregon have regular season games scheduled in 2020 and 2021. The teams will meet Sept. 12, 2020 in Eugene, Ore., and again on Sept. 11, 2021 in Columbus. The series was announced in October 2012.
This will be the first coaching matchup between Ohio State third-year coach Urban Meyer (37-3 at Ohio State; 141-26 in his 13th season) and second-year Oregon coach Mark Helfrich (24-3 at Oregon and overall). Helfrich represents the 97th different head coach that Meyer will game plan against. Meyer is 81-15 in first-time coaching matchups.
SPARTANS: COMMON OPPONENT
Ohio State and Oregon each played Michigan State in the regular season. The Ducks hosted the Spartans in Week 2 at Autzen Stadium, outscored them 28-3 in the second half and went on to a 46-27 victory. The Spartans led 24-18 at the half. MSU’s Connor Cook threw for 347 yards but was intercepted twice, with both INTs resulting in Duck TDs. Marcus Mariota threw for 318 yards and three scores to complement a 173-yard, three-TD rushing game.
Ohio State defeated Michigan State in a rare Big Ten November night game in East Lansing, 49-37, behind a flawless performance from J.T. Barrett, who completed 16 of 26 passes for 300 yards plus rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Cook had 358 yards passing for the Spartans. Two Barrett touchdown passes inside of four minutes to play in the second quarter – 79 yards to Michael Thomas and 44 yards to Devin Smith – brought the Buckeyes back from a 21-14 deficit and into the lead for good. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
45TH BOWL GAME FOR OHIO STATE
The 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship game represents Ohio State’s 45th post-season bowl game. The Buckeyes are 20-24 in their previous bowl games, including a 42-35 win over No. 1 Alabama Jan. 1 in one playoff semifinal game at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Ohio State has three from the state of Texas on its roster: injured quarterback J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls and Rider High School), the Big Ten’s quarterback and freshman of the year and a finalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award as the best player from the state of Texas; sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson (DeSoto and DeSoto H.S.), who caught 21 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season but has been sidelined with an ankle injury since the Michigan State game; and true freshman offensive lineman Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth and All Saints Episcopal), who is in line for a red-shirt season.
NCAA GAMES & WINS RECORDS
Ohio State and Oregon will each tie the 1996 BYU and the 2003 Kansas State teams for the NCAA record of 15 games played in a season since 1937, the year the NCAA began keeping records. This year’s national champion will also tie six other teams for the NCAA record of 14 victories in a season.
MOST WINS IN A SEASON (Since 1937)
OHIO STATE TOPS IN BIG-TIME BOWLS
Ohio State and Oregon have taken the early national lead in College Football Playoff semifinal victories. During the Bowl Championship Series era, Ohio State had as many BCS appearances (9) and wins (5) as any team in the nation.
Ohio State’s BCS Record
5 Wins, 4 Losses
9 – Ohio State
9 – Oklahoma
8 – Florida State
7 – Florida
6 – Alabama
6 – Virginia Tech
5 – Stanford
5 – USC
5 – LSU
5 – Wisconsin
5 – Michigan
5 – Oregon
5 – Ohio State
5 – USC
5 – Florida
4 – Oklahoma
4 – LSU
3 – Texas
3 – Miami
3 – West Virginia
3 – Alabama
MEYER’S TEAMS 8-2 IN BOWL GAMES
Coach Urban Meyer’s teams are 8-2 all-time in bowl games, a record that includes a 4-1 mark in BCS bowl games. Included are national championship game wins in 2007 and 2009.
Urban Meyer-Coached Bowl Games
2003 Liberty Bowl – Utah 17, Southern Miss 0
2005 Fiesta Bowl – Utah 35, Pittsburgh 7
2006 Outback Bowl – Florida 31, Iowa 24
2007 BCS Championship – Florida 41, Ohio State 14
2008 Capital One Bowl – Michigan 41, Florida 35
2009 BCS Championship – Florida 24, Oklahoma 14
2010 Sugar Bowl – Florida 51, Cincinnati 24
2011 Outback Bowl – Florida 37, Penn State 24
2014 Orange Bowl – Clemson 40, Ohio State 35
2015 CFB Playoff Semi – Ohio State 42, Alabama 35
OHIO STATE INDOORS
The Buckeyes have an official, all-time record of 16-6 in games played indoors. The team’s most recent games indoors were the last two Big Ten championship games, held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., and the Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 1.
OHIO STATE AT NIGHT
The game vs. Oregon will extend a school season record of night games for Ohio State to eight. Ohio State is officially 45-23 in night games (those starting after 5 p.m. local time), including records of 33-19 in road (22-10) or neutral field (11-9) night games.
CINCINNATI TAFT TEAMMATES
There is but one set of teammates playing for Ohio State and Oregon. Ohio State junior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington and Duck red-shirt sophomore wide receiver Dwayne Stanford played throughout high school together at Cincinnati’s Taft High School. The dominant duo helped Taft reach the state football playoffs for the first time in 2010 and the state basketball final four in 2011.
Taft’s Buck and Duck
Adolphus Washington: 36 gms/18 starts; 90 TT,
17.5 TFLs, 8.5 sks
Dwayne Stanford: 26 gms/12 starts; 50 Rec.,
684 Yds., 6 TDs
39-3 WITH >WEEK TO PREPARE
Coach Urban Meyer is now 39-3 in games in which he has more than one week to prepare for an opponent. This figure includes season openers, games after an “off” week and post-season games.
BUCKEYES ROLL TIDE
Ohio State rallied from a 21-6 deficit (with 28 consecutive points in the second and third quarters) to defeat No. 1 Alabama and advance to the national championship game with a 42-35 victory over the Crimson Tide Jan.1 at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Ezekiel Elliott was outstanding with a Sugar Bowl-record 230 rushing yards against the nation’s No. 1 rush defense, including an 85-yard touchdown run that clinched the victory. Quarterback Cardale Jones threw for 243 yards and a touchdown and directed the offense to 537 yards. Evan Spencer threw a touchdown pass to Michael Thomas and Devin Smith caught a 47-yard TD pass in the third quarter to give the Buckeyes their first lead of the game.
Defensively, DE Steve Miller had a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown that gave the Buckeyes a 34-21 lead. Darron Lee joined Elliott as a player of the game with seven solo tackles that included two sacks and three TFLs for minus-11 yards. Linebacker Curtis Grant had 10 tackles and Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell had huge interceptions at the Ohio State 1-yard line and in the end zone on the final play of the game, respectively.
Sweet Things Inside the Sugar Bowl
The win marked the first victory for Ohio State over a No. 1 team since defeating Miami, Fla. in the 2003 BCS National Championship game. Ohio State rushed for 256 yards and totaled 537 yards. Coming into the game, Alabama was giving up just 88.7 per game on the ground and 312.4. RB Ezekiel Elliott finished the game with 230 yards on 20 carries and 20 TDs, breaking the Sugar Bowl record for rushing yards in a game (204 by Steve Slaton of West Virginia in 2006). Elliott also became the first player to rush for 100 yards against Alabama this season. It was the eighth 100-yard game of the season for Elliott and the ninth of his career. Kicker Sean Nuernberger connected on FGs of 22 and 21 yards, tying his season high for FGs made in a game. All 11 defensive starters earned “champion” status by the coaching staff, with Vonn Bell earning player of the game accolades. All four senior starters on defense contributed on Steve Miller’s interception pick six. After Miller dropped back into coverage and made the interception, Michael Bennett delivered the first block on Miller’s return, Doran Grant alertly slowed down to block speedy Amari Cooper, and Curtis Grant hustled the entire way to record a block inside the 5 to ensure the TD. Jacoby Boren, Pat Elflein, Taylor Decker and Jalin Marshall were offensive champions with Ezekiel Elliott and Evan Spencer sharing player of the game honors on offense. Ohio State’s KO coverage unit stopped Alabama’s return game inside the 20 on five of eight kickoffs. Corey Smith, with three kickoff coverage tackles inside the 16 yards line – the 12, 10 and the 16 – was named special teams player of the game. Bri’onte Dunn (coverage tackle at the 16 with Smith), Curtis Samuel (coverage tackle at the 19), Devin Smith (downed punt at the 1), Gareon Conley (punt coverage tackle for no return) and Evan Spencer (onside kick recovery with 1:57 to play) also earned champion honors on special teams.
OHIO STATE: SECOND IN STARTING FIELD POSITION
After leading the nation the entire season, Ohio State is now second nationally in starting field position differential with an average difference of 8.6 yards. TCU leads with a difference of 8.8 yards. Ohio State’s kickoff coverage unit ranks first in the nation, limiting opponents to a starting field position of just inside the 24.
MEYER: 4-2 vs. No. 1; 8-3 vs. Top 5
The win over Alabama evened Urban Meyer’s record vs. the Crimson Tide at 3-3, it evened his career mark vs. Nick Saban to 2-2, and it improved his record vs. No. 1 ranked teams to 4-2. His teams are 8-3 vs. teams ranked in the Top 5 of the major polls.
Meyer Teams vs. Top 5 (8-3)
2014 – Ohio State 42, No. 1 Alabama 35
2010 – No. 1 Alabama 31, Florida 3
2009* – Florida 51, No. 4 Cincinnati 24
2009 – No. 2 Alabama 32, Florida 13
2009 – Florida 13, No. 4 LSU 3
2008^ – Florida 24, No. 1 Oklahoma 14
2008 – Florida 31, No. 1 Alabama 20
2007 – No. 1 LSU 28, Florida 24
2006^ – Florida 41, No. 1 Ohio State 14
2005 – Florida 14, No. 4 Georgia 10
2005 – Florida 16, No. 5 Tennessee 7
*2010 Sugar Bowl; ^2007 & 2009 NCG
BIG DAY FOR BIG TEN
Ohio State’s win over Alabama capped an outstanding day of football for the Big Ten January 1 as earlier in the day Michigan State came back from a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter to stun Baylor, 42-41, in the Cotton Bowl and Wisconsin came back twice in the fourth quarter and ultimately defeated Auburn, 31-28, in overtime in the Outback Bowl. The Big Ten is 5-5 this year in bowl games.
STREAKING: 12-CONSECutive WINS
Ohio State is riding the nation’s longest winning streak: 12 consecutive games. The streak is the 16th of at least 10 games in Ohio State’s history.
Ohio State Winning Streaks (Buster)
24 – 2012-13 (vs. Michigan State, 34-24)
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 – 2014 (current)
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)
6TH DOUBLE DIGIT WIN STREAK
Urban Meyer’s teams have produced six winning streaks of at least 10 games. He has had a winning streak of at least 10 games at all four of his head coaching positions and each of his three Ohio State teams have had a season-long winning streak of 12 games.
Urban Meyer Winning Streaks
25 – Florida (2010) & Ohio State (2012-13)
22 – Florida (2008 & 2009)
20 – Utah (2003 & 2004) & Florida (2005)
12 – Ohio State (2014-current)
11 – Florida (2006 and 2007)
11 – Bowling Green (2001 & 2002)
Meyer Single Season Win Streaks
12 – Ohio State (2014)
12 – Ohio State (2013)
12 – Ohio State (2012)
12 – Florida (2009)
12 – Utah (2004)
11 – Ohio State (2014)
10 – Florida (2008)
8 – Bowling Green (2002)
13 WINS: 2ND IN OHIO STATE HISTORY
Urban Meyer has not only led Ohio State to the most victories over a three-year span – 37 between 2012-14 – but his team’s 13 wins this season are second-most for a single season, trailing only the 2002 team’s 14 wins on its way to the national championship that year.
FOUR 13-WIN SEASONS FOR MEYER
Urban Meyer has four 13-win seasons on his coaching resume: 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2014. He is the only major college coach since the NCAA began tracking statistics in 1937 to have four seasons of at least 13 wins.
Most Seasons 13 Wins (or more)
4 – Urban Meyer; 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014
3 – Nick Saban; 2003, 2009, 2012
2 – Chris Peterson; 2006, 2009
2 – Tom Osborne; 1994, 1997
ANOTHER TOP OFFENSE
Ohio State has produced another top offense under Urban Meyer in 2014. The team led the Big Ten Conference in total offense (509.7), scoring offense (45.0) and ranks in the Top 10 nationally in both categories (ninth and fourth, respectively). The Buckeyes were also ninth nationally and third in the Big Ten with 262.2 rushing yards per game. Ohio State is 51st in passing yards per game (247.5) but second nationally in passing efficiency (to Oregon) with a 168.0 rating.
DEFENSE SOLID IN 2014
Ohio State’s defense ranks 17th nationally in total defense, allowing just 333.6 yards per game. The Buckeyes are 16th nationally in pass defense (191.6 ypg), 25th against the run (142.0) and 26th in scoring defense (22.1). Last season, Ohio State was 46th in total defense.
24 INTERCEPTIONS FOURTH NATIONALLY
Ohio State leads the Big Ten Conference – and ranks fourth nationally – in interceptions with 24. Ten different Buckeyes have an interception this season and five players have multiple interceptions led by Vonn Bell with six, Doran Grant with five and four by Tyvis Powell.
2014 NCAA Interception Leaders
24 INTS: 2ND ALL-TIME AT OHIO STATE
Vonn Bell and Doran Grant lead a parade of Buckeyes – 10 – with INTs this season with six and five, respectively. The season total of 24 is second-most in school history. The 1986 team has the record with 29 interceptions. The 2014 defense ties the 1995 and 2009 squads for second with 24 INTs.
TEAM TFLs LEAD AS WELL
Ohio State leads the Big Ten, and ranks 10th nationally, in tackles for loss with 105. The Buckeyes also have 43 sacks among that total to rank first in the B1G and 13th nationally.
Team Leaders – Tackles-for-Loss
1. Joey Bosa – 20 for 114 yards (13.5 QB sacks)
2. Darron Lee – 16.5 for 70 yards (7.5 sacks)
3. Michael Bennett – 14.0 for 65 (7.0 sacks)
4. A. Washington – 9.5 for 37 yards (3.5 sacks)
5. Joshua Perry – 8.5 for 31 (3.0 sacks)
6. Steve Miller – 6.5 for 20 yards (1.0 sack)
7. Raekwon McMillan – 6.0 for 22 yards (2.5 sacks)
PILING UP SACKS DOWN THE STRETCH
Ohio State is tied for first with Arizona State with 27 QB sacks since Week 9 at Penn State and is tied for second with Stanford with the second most QB sacks since Week 12 at Minnesota.
Most QB Sacks since Week 9
Most QB Sacks since Week 12
BIG TEN SOLID ON “D” IN 2014
Ohio State is one of five Big Ten teams to rank among the Top 20 nationally in total defense, with four Big Ten schools currently in the Top 10 in total defense. Ohio State defeated all four of those schools plus the No. 12 total defense unit – Alabama – in 2014.
B1G Total Defense: National Picture
No. 2 – Penn State, 278.7 ypg
No. 4 – Wisconsin, 294.1 ypg
No. 7 – Michigan, 311.3 ypg
No. 8 – Michigan State, 315.8 ypg
No. 17 – Ohio State, 333.6 ypg
2014 BIG TEN CHAMPION
Ohio State captured the 35th Big Ten championship in school history – and first since 2009 – Dec. 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium with a 59-0 win over of Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. Third-year sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones was named the game MVP after throwing for 257 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start.
Big Ten Championship Game Notes
Ohio State’s 59-0 win was the second-largest margin of victory ever in a shutout win over a team ranked in the top 15 of the AP poll. The Buckeyes put up 558 yards of total offense, more than doubling what Wisconsin’s defense was giving up per game this season (260.3). Ohio State held Wisconsin to 258 total yards, 224 below its season average. The Buckeyes recorded the first shutout in the history of a Power 5 conference championship game. Ohio State held the nation’s No. 1 rusher, Melvin Gordon, to 76 yards on 26 carries (2.9 ypc). QB Cardale Jones set a new Big Ten Football Championship Game record with a career-long 44-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith in the second quarter. He also tied the Championship Game record with three TD passes, and his 255.8 QB Rating is a new Championship Game record. Running back Ezekiel Elliott set a new career high with 220 yards rushing, establishing a new Championship Game record. His 81-yard rushing touchdown was the longest rush of his career and is also a Big Championship Game record. RBs Elliott and Curtis Samuel become the second pair of teammates to each rush for two touchdowns in a Championship Game, joining Montee Ball and James White of Wisconsin, who accomplished the feat in 2012. Wide receiver Devin Smith set a new Championship Game record with 137 yards receiving, and tied the Championship Game record with three receiving touchdowns. He also surpassed Cris Carter for second on Ohio State’s career receiving touchdown list with 29 touchdowns. The Buckeyes defense set a new Championship Game record with four forced turnovers, and tied the Championship Game record with two interceptions. Cornerback Doran Grant set a new Championship Game record with two interceptions returned for 60 yards. Defensive end Joey Bosa added a fumble recovery, while safety Vonn Bell intercepted a pass. Bosa’s fumble return for a touchdown was the first in the history of the Championship Game. Michael Bennett forced a Championship Game record two fumbles, and tied the record with 4 TFL. Punter Cameron Johnston punted four times for 212 yards, establishing a new Championship Game record of 53.0 yards per punt. His long of 73 yards is also a Big Ten Football Championship Game record and a new career long.
BUCKEYES PERFECT IN BIG TEN PLAY, AGAIN
By finishing 8-0 in conference play in 2014, Ohio State became the first Big Ten team since Minnesota from 1933-35 to go undefeated in regular-season conference play three consecutive years. The Buckeyes also became the first Big Ten team to win every game (undefeated and untied) in Big Ten regular season games three consecutive years.
Conference Games Win Streaks
24 – Ohio State, 2012-current
20 – Ohio State, 2005-07
19 – Michigan, 1990-92
17 – Ohio State, 1974-76
17 – Ohio State, 1967-69
17 – Ohio State, 1954-56
All-Time Big Ten Win Streaks
29 – Michigan, 1901-03
26 – Michigan, 1903-05
25 – Michigan, 1946-49
24 – Ohio State, 2012-13
24 – Minnesota, 1903-05
Ohio State under Urban Meyer
2012 – 12-0 & 8-0 in Big Ten Leaders Div.
2013 – 12-2 & 8-0 in Big Ten Leaders Div.
2014 – 12-1 & 8-0 Big Ten Champion
OHIO STADIUM NO. 1 IN ATTENDANCE
Ohio State lead the nation in home attendance this season – for the first time since 1973 – with an average of 106,296 fans attending each game in Ohio Stadium. Ohio State finished the regular season with five record crowds, including a stadium record 108,610 against Michigan in the regular-season finale.
2014 Home attendance – Average
1. 106,296 – Ohio State (Ohio Stadium)
2. 105,123 – Texas A&M (Kyle Field)
3. 104,909 – Michigan (Michigan Stadium)
4. 101,723 – LSU (Tiger Stadium)
5. 101,534 – Penn State (Beaver Stadium)
Top 5 Ohio Stadium crowds
1. 108,610 vs. Michigan; Nov. 29, 2014
2. 108,362 vs. Cincinnati; Sept. 27, 2014
3. 107,517 vs. Virginia Tech; Sept. 6, 2014
4. 106,961 vs. Illinois; Nov. 1, 2014
5. 106,795 vs. Rutgers; Oct. 18, 2014
Four years ago the senior class hit a speed bump with a 6-7 record. In 2012, in their first season under Urban Meyer, the then-sophomores went 12-0 for just the sixth undefeated/untied season in school history. Two years later, these guys are not only Big Ten and Sugar Bowl champions, but they are playing for a national championship. These Buckeyes have also won 12-or-more games three consecutive years for the first time in school history and have more wins over three seasons than any class of players in Ohio State history.
Most Wins Over 3 Seasons
37 – 2012-13-14 seasons
33 – 2006-07-08 seasons
33 – 2005-06-07 seasons
33 – 2002-03-04 seasons
32 – 4 times, most recently in 2007-08-09
HERMAN TO HOUSTON
In a span of just over one week, OC Tom Herman was named the 2014 Frank Broyles Award winner as the nation’s top assistant and then he was named head coach at the University of Houston. Herman will continue coaching the Buckeyes through the College Football Playoff games. The 2014 Ohio State offense didn’t skip a beat in 2014 despite losing Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller prior to the season. Herman directed Miller’s replacement, RS-freshman J.T. Barrett, to a fifth-place finish in the voting for the Heisman Trophy after setting a Big Ten record with 45 TDs responsible for, 34 through the air and 11 on the ground. And then Barrett’s replacement, Cardale Jones, has merely thrown for 500 yards and four TDs with just one interception in wins over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game and Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Meyer Assistants to Head Coaches
Steve Addazio: Boston College, 2nd year
Gary Andersen: *Oregon State
Tim Beckman: Illinois, 4th year
Gregg Brandon: Bowling Green (2003-08)
Tom Herman: *Houston
John “Doc” Holliday: Marshall, 5th year
Dan McCarney: North Texas, 4th year
Dan Mullen: Mississippi State, 6th year
Mike Sanford: Indiana St, 2nd year
Charlie Strong: Texas, 1st year
Kyle Whittingham: Utah, 10th year
Everett Withers: James Madison, 1st year
*First year in 2015
WARINNER: OL COACH of the YEAR
Ohio State co-OC/OL coach Ed Warinner is the 2014 FootballScoop offensive line coach of the year. Warinner joins a short list of coaches – Mark Helfrich, Kliff Kingsbury and Philip Montgomery – to be named a FootballScoop coach of the year twice and he is the first to earn offensive line coach of the year honors twice.
Ohio State’s offensive line has been a foundation of the team’s success the past three seasons when the team has gone 37-3 – and with the second-best winning percentage (.925) in college football between 2012-14 – and won three Big Ten divisional crowns plus the 2014 Big Ten championship and 2015 Sugar Bowl.
ELLIOTT: FIRST WITH BACK-TO-BACK 200s
This is a wonderful stat: Ezekiel Elliott is the first Buckeye running back in history to rush for 200-or-more yards in consecutive games. The sophomore gashed Wisconsin, and it’s No. 8 rush defense, for 220 yards on 20 carries, and then he came back to rush for a second consecutive career best with 230 yards on 20 carries against Alabama and its No. 2 rated rush defense. That’s 450 yards, an 11.25 yards per carry average and four touchdowns in the last two games for Elliott.
In these last two games on the national stage, Elliott has rushed for 100+ yards in the first quarter of each game vs. the No. 2 total defense (Wisconsin) and the No. 2 rushing defense (Alabama) in the country.
FOURTH IN SEASON RUSH YARDS
Ezekiel Elliott has surged to fourth on Ohio State’s single season rushing charts with four consecutive games over 100 yards and 1,632 yards on the season. His 6.9 yards per carry average are second to Carlos Hyde’s 7.3 average in 2013. His 1,000-yard season is the 30th in school history, accomplished by 22 different players.
Ohio State Season Rushing Yards
1,927 – Eddie George in 1995
1,764 – Keith Byars in 1984
1,695 – Archie Griffin in 1974
1,632 – Ezekiel Elliott in 2014
Ezekiel Elliott 100-Yard Games
2014 – ^230 on 20 carries vs. Alabama
2014 – *220 on 20 carries vs. Wisconsin
2014 – 121 on 17 carries vs. Michigan
2014 – 107 on 13 carries vs. Indiana
2014 – 154 on 23 carries vs. Michigan State
2014 – 109 on 26 car. vs. Penn State
2014 – 139 on 24 car. vs. Maryland
2014 – 182 on 28 car. vs. Cincinnati
2013 – 162 on 14 car. vs. Florida A&M
^Sugar Bowl record
*B1G Championship game record>
BOSA A UNANIMOUS ALL-AMERICAN
Joey Bosa, a finalist this year for the Lombardi Trophy, the Bednarik Award and the Ted Hendricks Award after recording 50 tackles, including Big Ten-leading numbers in TFLs (20 for -114 yards in losses) and quarterback sacks (13.5 for 96 yards in losses), was named a unanimous All-American with first-team honors by the Associated Press, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the American Football Coaches Association, the Football Writers and The Sporting News. Bosa joins an elite list of Buckeyes to attain the status of unanimous All-American. He is the first to do so since James Laurinaitis in 2007.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Unanimous All-Americans (27)
2014 – DE Joey Bosa
2007 – LB James Laurinaitis
2006 – QB Troy Smith
2005 – LB A.J. Hawk
2002 – DB Mike Doss
1995 – OT Orlando Pace
1995 – RB Eddie George
1987 – P Tom Tupa
1987 – LB Chris Spielman
1984 – RB Keith Byars
1977 – OT Chris Ward
1975 – RB Archie Griffin
1974 – RB Archie Griffin
1973 – LB Randy Gradishar
1973 – OT John Hicks
1970 – DB Jack Tatum
1970 – MG Jim Stillwagon
1968 – OT Dave Foley
1961 – FB Bob Ferguson
1960 – FB Bob Ferguson
1956 – G Jim Parker
1955 – HB Howard “Hopalong” Cassady
1954 – HB Howard “Hopalong” Cassady
1950 – HB Vic Janowicz
1945 – G-T Warren Amiling
1944 – HB Les Horvath
1930 – E Wes Fesler
BENNETT FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Senior defensive tackle and captain Michael Bennett was named a first-team CBS Sports All-American. He also was a third-team All-America by the Associated Press. Bennett, dominant in the Big Ten championship vs. Wisconsin with championship-game records of four tackles-for-loss and two forced fumbles, has 40 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and three forced fumbles this season. He anchors a Buckeye defensive that held Heisman Trophy finalist Melvin Gordon to 76 yards on 26 carries (2.9 yards/carry). A veteran of 48 career games, Bennett was named to the Bednarik, Outland, Nagurski and Lombardi watch lists prior to the season. He was also a candidate for football’s Senior CLASS Award, given annually to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year across nine different sports.
FRESHMEN ALL-OVER FROSH LISTS
Ohio State freshmen, led by J.T Barrett, were named by numerous publications as freshman All-Americans, including first-team freshman All-Americans QB J.T. Barrett, LB Darron Lee, LB Raekwon McMillan and CB Eli Apple and OG Billy Price. Additionally, H-Back Jalin Marshall was selected a third-team All-America.
QB J.T. Barrett – USA Today, Athlon’s, Phil Steele and Scout.com first-team freshman All-America and second-team All-America by The Sporting News; LB Raekwon McMillan – 247Sports, Athlon’s and Scout.com first-team freshman All-America; LB Darron Lee – USA Today, Athlon’s, Phil Steele and Scout.com first-team freshman All-America; CB Eli Apple – Athlon’s and Scout.com first-team freshman All-America; H-Back Jalin Marshall – Athlon’s third-team freshman All-America; and OG Billy Price – Phil Steele, Athlon’s second-team freshman All-America.
BOREN LEADS ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Twelve Ohio State Buckeye football players, including five starters, were named Academic All-Big Ten Conference for having an overall grade point average of 3.00 or above. Leading the way was second-team Academic All-America Jacoby Boren, who was one of four starters along the offensive line named to the Big Ten’s academic honor roll.
2014 Academic All-Big Ten honorees:
Gr. Darryl Baldwin – Sports Management Jr. Jacoby Boren – Sustainable Plant Systems Jr. Joe Burger – Engineering RS Fr. James Clark – Business So. Pat Elflein – Communications So. Ezekiel Elliott – Undecided Sr. Peter Gwilym – Finance Jr. Bryce Haynes – Biology RS Fr. Billy Price – Business Sr. Jake Russell – Marketing Sr. Nik Sarac – Exercise Science Jr. Cam Williams – Communications
BARRETT SUFFERS SEASON-ENDING INJURY
Ohio State freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett suffered a right ankle fracture in the second half of the Buckeyes’ 42-28 victory over Michigan. He underwent surgery at the Ohio State University Medical Center and will miss the remainder of the season.
Barrett, 11-1 as Ohio State’s starting quarterback after taking over the starting position just 12 days before the opening game of the season, had rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 176 yards and another score against the Wolverines. Ohio State was leading 28-21 when Barrett was injured. OSU scored the next two touchdowns of the game for a game-clinching 42-21 lead.
Barrett, who entered fall camp as the No. 3 QB, finished his campaign with school-record totals of 3,772 total yards and a Big Ten-record 45 touchdowns responsible for. He passed for 2,834 yards and a school-record 34 touchdowns and he rushed for an additional 938 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Big Ten Conference
Touchdowns responsible for (45) Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors (6)
Wins as a first-year starting quarterback (11) Touchdown passes(34) Total offense (3,772) Total offense per game (314.3) Singleseason passing efficiency (169.83) Career passing efficiency(169.3) QB game rushing yards (189) QB longest rush (86) Singlegame touchdown passes (6) Games with at least 200 yards totaloffense (11) Games with at least 300 yards total offense (7) Careercompletion percentage (64.6) Career passing yards per game (236.2)Touchdown passes over three-games (14) Consecutive completions (12)
BUCKEYES DEFEAT 9 BOWL-ELIGIBLE TEAMS
The Buckeyes built a solid resume in landing a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff by defeating nine teams who are bowl eligible, including three ranked teams away from home.
|at Penn State||7-6|
|at #8 Michigan State||11-2|
|at #25 Minnesota||8-5|
|vs. #13 Wisconsin||11-3|
Records include bowl games
GREAT DAY FOR MARSHALL VS. INDIANA
One week after two fumbles spoiled what could have been Jalin Marshall’s breakout game as a collegian (he had a 47-yard TD reception as part of a five-catch game vs. Minnesota), Marshall went wild with four second-half touchdowns – all consecutive – to awaken the Buckeyes from a 20-14 deficit and into a 42-20 lead over Indiana Nov. 22. Marshall scored on a 54-yard punt return to get things going and then caught three touchdown passes from J.T. Barrett in less than 14 minutes covering 6, 15 and 54 yards. The Big Ten Conference chose him as its freshman of the week for his efforts.
Marshall became the first freshman to return a punt for TD since Ted Ginn, Jr. in 2004. And, according to ESPN Stats & Info, became the first player from a Power 5 conference with at least three receiving touchdowns and a punt return for a TD in the same game since Justin Blackmon in 2010 and was also the first player to do all that in a half in 10 years.
BOSA: 33.5 TFLs; 21.0 Sacks
Joey Bosa tied a school-record earlier this season with at least one tackle-for-loss in 14 consecutive games. Bosa has played in 29 career games for the Buckeyes and has totaled 33.5 TFLs and 21.0 quarterback sacks.
Consecutive Games with a TFL
Joey Bosa, 14 (2013-14)
Andy Katzenmoyer, 14 (1996-97)
Ryan Shazier, 14 (2012-13)
Will Smith, 12 (2002-03)
Mike Vrabel, 11 (1994-95)
Matt Wilhelm, 10 (2000)
ROAD WIN STREAK TOPS IN THE NCAA
Ohio State has won 13 consecutive games on the road, the longest such streak in the nation. Florida State has won 12 consecutive road games with Missouri (10) next and followed by UCLA, which has seven consecutive road games.
CONSECUTIVE ROAD Ws OVER RANKED FOES
Ohio State’s road winning streak includes consecutive road wins over Top 25 teams and Top 25 defenses. Ohio State defeated No. 8 Michigan State Nov. 8, and its No. 5-rated total defense, 49-37 and, in 15-degree weather and snowy conditions the entire game, Ohio State defeated No. 25 Minnesota Nov. 15, 31-24. The Golden Gopher defense was as stout as its No. 21 national ranking, but Ohio State still produced 489 yards of offense. The Gophers scored three touchdowns after Ohio State turnovers.
OHIO STATE OFFENSIVE RANKS Since WEEK 2
|Third Down %||56.0||2nd|
|Total First Downs||320||2nd|
|Yards from Scrimmage||6,389||3rd|
22 CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH TD PASS
Going back to last season and including quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton in the mix, Ohio State QBs have thrown a touchdown pass in 22 consecutive games. This TD streak is second-longest in school history, trailing only a 24-game streak of touchdown passes by quarterbacks on the 1994-96 teams. J.T. Barrett threw a TD in all 12 regular-season games before his injury and Cardale Jones threw three in his first career start Dec. 6 vs. Wisconsin and two more vs. Alabama. Only three times – 1997, 1995 and 1979 – has an Ohio State team had TD passes in every game during the season.
RUN STATS ARE ALSO FUN STATS
Not to be outdone by the passing game, Ohio State’s rushing game has produced a touchdown in 22 consecutive games and in 38 of 39 games coached by Urban Meyer. The only game Ohio State has not scored a rushing touchdown under Meyer: the 2013 Wisconsin game when Braxton Miller threw four touchdown passes in the 31-24 win.
The Buckeyes have featured one of the most potent rushing attacks in the country since Coach Meyer’s arrival and most notably since the start of 2013, averaging 285.4 yards per game on the ground, seventh best in the FBS and fourth among Power 5 conference schools. Ohio State’s 6.3 yards per rush during that time frame ranks second only to Wisconsin (6.9).
Team Rushing Last 2 Seasons (Power 5 Teams)
|1.||Georgia Tech||321.5 ypg|
Avg.Yds Per Rush Last 2 Years (Power 5 Teams)
38 TDS IN 10 GAMES MOST IN LAST 10 YEARS
According to ESPN Stats & Info, J.T. Barrett’s 38 touchdowns responsible for through his first 10 games were the most in the last 10 years for a first-year FBS quarterback. Barrett’s total eclipsed by five the 33 TDs responsible for that Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel accounted for in 2012.
TDs Responsible For Last 10 Years by debut FBS quarterback
|1.||38 in 2014 – J.T. Barrett, Ohio State|
|2.||33 in 2012 – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M|
|3.||32 in 2012 – Marcus Mariota, Oregon|
|4.||31 in 2013 – Jameis Winston, Florida State|
15 WEEKLY HONORS FOR J.T.
The Big Ten Conference named J.T. Barrett its Freshman of the Week after he posted 265 total yards (176 passing, 89 rushing) and three TDs vs. Michigan before leaving in the fourth quarter with a season-ending injury. Barrett has now been honored for a weekly award by the Big Ten or nationally after eight of his 12 starts this season. He has been the Big Ten’s freshman of the week seven times; its offensive player of the week three times. And he has been a national freshman of the week twice and a national player of the week twice.
THE PLAN IS TO WIN
Ohio State has better than a 90-percent winning rate under Urban Meyer. Only one school – Florida State – has a better winning percentage than Ohio State since the start of the 2012 season.
Best Records – 2012-2014
Since Coach Meyer’s arrival in 2012, Ohio State’s offense has been one of the most potent in the country. The Buckeyes are one of just five FBS teams from a Power 5 conference to average at least 40 points per game since the start of the 2012 season and are one of four Power 5 teams to average at least 40 points since the start of last season.
FBS Scoring – Since 2013
FBS Scoring – Since 2012
MOVING THE CHAINS
Since week 2, Ohio State has the second-highest third-down conversion rate in the FBS at 56.0 % (89 of 159).
Devin Smith PASSES CARTER & NO. 2
Devin Smith has moved into sole possession of second place at Ohio State with 30 career touchdown receptions, passing the great Cris Carter in the Big Ten championship game with three TD grabs. Smith is now just four away from the school record of 34, held by David Boston.
Ohio State Career Touchdown Receptions
SMITH’S RECEIVING NOs. IMPRESSIVE
Devin Smith, in addition to 30 touchdown passes, has caught 120 passes in his career for 2,458 yards and a 20.5 yards per reception average. His 30 career touchdown passes have averaged 37.9 yards per reception.
Devin Smith’s 30 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
2013 – 39 from B. Miller vs. Indiana
2013 – 53 from B. Miller vs. Michigan
2014 – 80 from J.T. Barrett vs. Navy
2014 – 50 from J.T. Barrett vs. Kent State
2014 – 19 from J.T. Barrett vs. Cincinnati
2014 – 34 from J.T. Barrett vs. Cincinnati
2014 – 30 from J.T. Barrett vs. Maryland
2014 – 32 from J.T. Barrett vs. Illinois
2014 – 8 from J.T. Barrett vs. Illinois
2014 – 44 from J.T. Barrett vs. Michigan State
2014 – 39 from Jones vs. Wisconsin
2014 – 44 from Jones vs. Wisconsin
2014 – 42 from Jones vs. Wisconsin
2014 – 47 from Jones vs. Alabama
SMITH SCORES. BUCKS WIN.
Devin Smith has caught a TD pass in 22 games during his career. Ohio State is 22-0 in those contests.
37 POINTS OFF BOSA TURNOVERS/PLAYS
Four forced fumbles and a recovery by Joey Bosa have led to 37 Ohio State points so far this season:
Darron Lee and returned 61 yards for a third-quarter touchdown.
7 points – His sack and forced fumble of Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer was recovered by Rashad Frazier at the VT 15. Two plays later Ezekiel Elliott scored to tie the game at 21-all.
9 points – In the win over Cincinnati, Bosa delivered a devastating strip-sack to UC QB Gunner Kiel. The ball was batted out of the end zone for a safety and Ohio State scored on its possession after the free kick.
7 points – His strip-sack and forced fumble on Michigan QB Devin Gardner was scooped up by Darron Lee and returned 33 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown.
7 points – He recovered a fumble and returned it four yards in the Big Ten championship game vs. Wisconsin to give Ohio State a 38-0 lead going into halftime.
THREE 20-GAME WIN STREAKS FOR MEYER
Last season Urban Meyer became 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 41 head coaches at this 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
24 – Florida (2010) & Ohio State (2012-13)
22 – Florida (2008-09)
20 – Utah (2003-04) & Florida (2005)
28 – Yale (1888-89)
27 – Yale (1890-92)
22 – Tennessee (1937-39)
20 – Tennessee (1950-51)
26 -Nebraska (1994-96)
22 -Nebraska (1982-83)
23 – Penn State (1968-69)
20 – Penn State (1993-95)
28 – Oklahoma (1973-75)
20 – Oklahoma (1986-87)
47 – Oklahoma (1953-57)
31 – Oklahoma (1948-50)
34 – Pennsylvania (1894-96)
31 – Pennsylvania (1896-98)
29 – Michigan (1901-03)
26 – Michigan (1903-05)
AND ONLY ONE THREE-GAME LOSING STREAK
Urban Meyer has had just one losing streak reach three games in his 161-game head coaching career: in 2010 at Florida. He has had only four multi-game losing streaks in all, with all of them two-game streaks except for the 2010 trio while at Florida. The others: in 2002 at BG; 2007 at UF; and 2013 at OSU.
50-POINT GAME RECORD
OSU set a school record this year with four consecutive 50-point games. The stretch was also a personal best for an Urban Meyer-coached team. Three times previously he had a team score 50-or-more points in three consecutive games, but this is the first time his team has done so four consecutive times.
TOTAL OFFENSE TIES SCHOOL MARK
Ohio State also tied the school record this season with four consecutive games of 500-or-more yards of total offense (628 vs. Kent State; 710 vs. Cincinnati; 533 vs. Maryland; 585 vs. Rutgers). The 1998 Ohio State team was the first to accomplish this feat.
BARRETT HITS 11 DIFFERENT RECEIVERS
Redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett was spreading the ball all over the field in the 66-0 win over the Golden Flashes Sept. 13, hitting 11 different receivers and tying a school record with six TD passes in the win. It marked the first time in 25 years an Ohio State QB hit 11 different receivers in a game.
BUCKEYES IN THE POLLS
Since the start of the 2002 season, Ohio State has been ranked in the AP Top 10 more times than any other school (150). Oklahoma (126) and LSU (123) are second and third, respectively.
The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP Top 25 more times (836) than any other school, appeared in the AP preseason poll for the 26th consecutive season this year, the longest streak in the nation. It also marked the 47th consecutive season Ohio State has appeared in the AP poll, tying Alabama for the longest active streak.
REMEMBERING KOSTA KARAGEORGE
Kosta Karageorge was in his fourth-year as a student-athlete at his hometown school when he tragically lost his life. After three years on the wrestling team, this personable young man who had a positive presence on and off the field, walked onto the Ohio State football team in August of 2014 and quickly became a favorite among many on the team. He was described by one teammate as someone who “made every day enjoyable,” and was lauded by another for his effort, toughness, passion and loyalty. These were attributes his wrestling teammates already knew.
FIVE SENIORS NAMED CAPTAINS FOR 2014
Five seniors were chosen by vote of their teammates, included injured and out-for-the-year quarterback Braxton Miller, cornerback Doran Grant, linebacker Curtis Grant, defensive tackle Michael Bennett and tight end Jeff Heuerman.
22-0 SINCE 2005 WITH PUNT BLOCK
Urban Meyer’s teams are 22-0 since the 2005 season when blocking a punt. Last season Ohio State blocked three punts: Bradley Roby (2) vs. Indiana and at Northwestern and Doran Grant vs. FAMU. This season, Ohio State has one (Jeff Greene vs. KSU).
60 BLOCKED KICKS
Urban Meyer-coached teams, from 2001 to the present, have blocked 61 kicks. Meyer’s Buckeyes have blocked 10 kicks over the past three-plus seasons. (Source for the first 51 blocks: U of Florida stats)
Buckeyes Building Blocks:
1. Adolphus Washington (PAT vs. UCF)
2. Orhian Johnson (PAT vs. UAB)
3. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Michigan State)
4. Travis Howard (Punt vs. Indiana)
5. Garrett Goebel (PAT vs. Purdue)
6. Johnathan Hankins (FG vs. Purdue)
7. Doran Grant (Punt vs. FAMU)
8. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Northwestern)
9. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Indiana)
10. Jeff Greene (Punt vs. KSU)