Athletes of the Week
• Terrelle Pryor passed for a career-high 266 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 72 more as he led the Ohio State football team to its first BCS bowl win in three years at the Rose Bowl Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. The sophomore recorded career highs in completions (23), attempts (37) and passing yards (266) while setting an Ohio State bowl game record with 338 yards of total offense, breaking Steve Bellisari’s 330 yards in the 2002 Outback Bowl.
The Buckeyes were making their fifth-consecutive BCS bowl appearance and their first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1997.
• Melissa Feste, a sophomore forward on the women’s hockey team, opened 2010 with a three-goal, one-assist performance against Robert Morris in a nonconference series, Jan. 2-3 at the OSU Ice Rink. The Bloomington, Minn., native had a goal in a 4-1 win Saturday and followed with two goals and an assist in the 6-1 victory Sunday to complete the sweep. Feste now has the second-most goals on the team with 10 and ranks fifth in points with 18 – tripling her production from last season.
Athletics Good Stuff
No. 15 Men’s Basketball (10-4; 0-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Junior Evan Turner was named a midseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award, the nation’s most coveted college basketball honor, Jan. 4. The list contains 31 players, not the traditional 30, because the playing status of Turner is uncertain because of a back injury.
• Ohio State fell, 65-43, to No. 23 Wisconsin in its Big Ten opener Dec. 31 in Madison, Wis. William Buford led the Buckeyes with 14 points vs. the Badgers.
• The Scarlet and Gray then dropped a 73-64 decision to Michigan Jan.3. Jon Diebler scored 17 points and Buford added 16 against the Wolverines.
Up Next: vs. Indiana, 8:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at Value City Arena (BTN)
at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. Jan. 9 in Minneapolis, Minn. (BTN)
at Purdue, 7 p.m. Jan. 12 in West Lafayette, Ind. (ESPN)
vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at Value City Arena (BTN)
vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Value City Arena (BTN)
at West Virginia, 2 p.m. Jan. 23 in Morgantown, W.V. (CBS)
at Iowa, 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in Iowa City, Iowa (BTN)
vs. Minnesota, 1 p.m. Jan. 31 in Columbus, Ohio (CBS)
No. 6 Women’s Basketball (16-1; 4-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Ohio State coach Jim Foster earned his 700th career victory as the Buckeyes defeated Northwestern, 86-60, Dec. 31 in Evanston, Ill. Foster ranks ninth in wins among active Division I coaches and is 12th all-time in his 32nd season.
• Sarah Schulze and Samantha Prahalis each scored 16 points against the Wildcats.
• The Buckeyes then defeated Michigan, 59-56, Jan. 3 in Value City Arena for their eighth-consecutive victory while moving to 4-0 in the Big Ten. Jantel Lavender posted 18 points and 15 rebounds while Prahalis added 15 points.
• Lavender has scored in double figures in all 83 career games – the longest active streak in Division I.
Up Next: at Michigan State, 2 p.m. Jan. 9 in East Lansing, Mich. (CBS)
vs. Illinois, 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Value City Arena (BigTenNetwork.com)
vs. Indiana, 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at Value City Arena (Big Ten Network)
at Purdue, 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in West Lafayette, Ind. (ESPN2)
vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Value City Arena (Big Ten Network)
at Indiana, noon Jan. 31 in Bloomington, Ind. (Big Ten Network)
No. 8 Football (11-2; 7-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Terrelle Pryor passed for a career-high 266 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 72 more, leading Ohio State to a 26-17 victory over No. 7 Oregon Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl. Pryor set an Ohio State bowl game record with 338 yards of total offense, breaking Steve Bellisari’s 330 yards in the 2002 Outback Bowl.
• Running back Brandon Saine scored the first touchdown of the game on 13-yard pass from Pryor, his second TD catch of the season and the third of his career.
• DeVier Posey went over 100 yards receiving for the second time this season. He caught eight passes for 101 yards.
• In 2009 season, Ohio State allowed just 163 points (12.5 ppg) – the fewest points given up in the Jim Tressel era.
Men’s Hockey (7-12-1, 5-8-1-1 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
• Ryan Kesler, who played for the Buckeyes in 2002-03, was named to the US Olympic Team, USA Hockey announced Jan. 1. A two-time participant in the World Junior Championship and a U.S. National Team Development Team product, he is believed to be the first former Buckeye to play for the US team. Kesler represented the United States in the 2006 Men’s World Championship, the 2003 and ’04 World Junior Championship and the 2002 Men’s World Under-18 Championship.
Up Next: vs. Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m. Jan. 8 at Value City Arena (BigTenNetwork.com)
vs. Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m. Jan. 9 at Value City Arena (BigTenNetwork.com)
vs. U.S. National Under-18 Team (exhibition), 7:05 p.m. Jan. 15 at Value City Arena
at Michigan State, 7:35 p.m. Jan. 22 in East Lansing, Mich. (FS Plus)
at Michigan State, 5:05 p.m. Jan. 23 in East Lansing, Mich. (Big Ten Network)
vs. Ferris State, 7:05 p.m. Jan. 29 at Value City Arena (BigTenNetwork.com)
vs. Ferris State, 7:05 p.m. Jan. 30 at Value City Arena (BigTenNetwork.com)
Women’s Hockey (9-7-4; 6-6-2-0 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Ohio State opened the 2010 part of its schedule with a sweep of nonconference opponent Robert Morris Jan. 2-3 at the OSU Ice Rink.
• In their first home game since Nov. 21, nine different Buckeyes contributed to the scoring in a 4-1 win Jan. 2 over RMU while the OSU defense limited the Colonials to just six shots in the first 40 minutes and rookie goaltender Chelsea Knapp posted her second-consecutive game with one goal allowed.
• Ohio State posted a 6-1 victory in game two. Five Buckeyes had multiple-point games, led by sophomore forward Melissa Feste with two goals and an assist. Rookie forward Hokey Langan also recorded an assist to extend her point streak to 14 games, tying for the second-longest in team history.
Up Next: at Minnesota, 6:07 p.m. Jan. 8 in Minneapolis, Minn.
at Minnesota, 4:07 p.m. Jan. 9 in Minneapolis, Minn.
at Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. Jan. 15 Mankato, Minn.
at Minnesota State, 3:07 p.m. Jan. 16 in Mankato, Minn.
vs. Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m. Jan. 22 at OSU Ice Rink
vs. Bemidji State, 2:07 p.m. Jan. 23 at OSU Ice Rink
vs. Wisconsin, 7:07 p.m. Jan. 29 at OSU Ice Rink
vs. Wisconsin, 3:07 p.m. Jan. 30 at OSU Ice Rink
No. 10 Men’s Volleyball
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State has been ranked 10th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Preseason Poll. The Buckeyes, ranked 10th in the final 2009 poll, finished with a 16-11 overall record last season and won the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season and tournament championship.
• The Buckeyes open the 2010 season with matches against three teams in the poll. Ohio State will play at the Outrigger Hotels Invitational (Honolulu, Hawai’i) where they will face No. 12 Hawai’i, No. 1 Southern California and No. 5 Penn State.
Up Next: vs. Hawai’i at Outrigger Hotels Invitational, 7 p.m. Jan. 7 in Honolulu, Hawai’i
vs. Southern California at Outrigger Hotels Invitational, 4 p.m. Jan. 8 in Honolulu, Hawai’i
vs. Penn State at Outrigger Hotels Invitational, 4 p.m. Jan. 9 in Honolulu, Hawai’i
vs. IPFW, 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at St. John Arena
at St. Francis, 2 p.m. Jan. 17 in Loretto, Pa.
at Juniata, 6 p.m. Jan. 18 in Huntingdon, Pa.
vs. Grand Canyon, 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at St. John Arena
vs. Grand Canyon, 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at St. John Arena
vs. George Mason, 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at St. John Arena
vs. Juniata, 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at St. John Arena
No. 3 Wrestling (8-0)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• The Buckeyes posted a 3-0 record Jan. 3, beating Hofstra, 32-6, in Hempstead, N.Y., before shutting out George Mason, 46-0, and Columbia, 37-0, in New York, N.Y.
• In all, Ohio State recorded six major decisions, four technical falls and three pins to earn 23 bonus points. So far this season, the Buckeyes have amassed 82 bonus points in dual action. Additionally, Ohio State has outscored its opponents, 301-39.
• Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer had an exceptional afternoon, recording a pair of major decisions and a fall at 149 pounds. Fellow team captain and No. 1-ranked Reece Humphrey stayed perfect on the season as he collected wins No. 16, 17 and 18.
Up Next: at National Duals, 9 a.m. Jan. 9-10 in Cedar Falls, Iowa
vs. Penn State, 2 p.m. Jan. 24 at St. John Arena (Big Ten Network (Tape Delay))
at Purdue, 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in West Lafayette, Ind.
at Indiana, 2 p.m. Jan. 31 in Bloomington, Ind.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Men’s basketball vs. Indiana, 8:30 p.m.
Men’s volleyball vs. Hawaii (Outrigger Hotels Invitational), 7 p.m.
Pistol at Air Sectionals, 4 p.m.
Men’s volleyball vs. Southern California (Outrigger Hotels Invitational), 4 p.m.
Women’s hockey at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Women’s gymnastics at Missouri, 6:30 p.m.
Men’s hockey vs. Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Men’s track and field at Buckeye Classic, 10 a.m.
Women’s track and field at Buckeye Classic, 10 a.m.
Pistol at Air Sectionals, 8 a.m.
Wrestling at National Duals, 9 a.m.
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Women’s swimming at Toledo, 1 p.m.
Men’s gymnastics at Varsity Exhibition, 2 p.m.
Women’s basketball at Michigan State, 2 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.
Men’s basketball at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m.
Men’s volleyball vs. Penn State (Outrigger Hotels Invitational), 4 p.m.
Women’s hockey at Minnesota, 4:07 p.m.
Men’s hockey vs. Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Men’s swimming vs. Wright State, 1 p.m.
Women’s swimming vs. Wright State, 1 p.m.