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Sep 13, 2013

FOOTBALL

Ohio State football: Defense ready for California’s fast pace
Columbus Dispatch
September 13
First-year Cal coach Sonny Dykes brought the pass-heavy offense from Louisiana Tech after learning it under Mike Leach at Texas Tech. The Bears (1-1) lead the nation in offensive plays with 194 through two games, and freshman quarterback Jared Goff is No. 1 in passing yardage, averaging 467.5.

Gameday+ gets you ready for the Buckeyes vs. the Golden Bears
Columbus Dispatch
September 13
The latest edition of our special weekend section is loaded with features, analysis, stats and more. Click here to get a jump on things.

Cal is nothing like team Ohio State edged last year
Columbus Dispatch
September 13
One year ago, Ohio State barely survived an upset bid by the visiting California Golden Bears … A Braxton Miller-to-Devin Smith 72-yard touchdown with 3 1/2 minutes left allowed Ohio State to escape with a 35-28 victory.

Meet a Buckeye:
Columbus Dispatch
September 13
Ron Tanner has worked his way up the depth chart to be a key special-teams player and reserve defensive back. The Eastmoor Academy graduate has done so while pursuing a rigorous academic schedule. He’s a two-time Scholar-Athlete at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business.

Bennett becoming force on Ohio State’s defensive line
Plain Dealer
September 13
COLUMBUS, Ohio — At times last year, he was “nonexistent.” When he appeared, he was “a liability.” Those are the words Ohio State coach Urban Meyer carefully selected when discussing defensive lineman Michael Bennett.Bennett doesn’t mind Meyer’s diction. It’s not the first time the junior has experienced tough love.

Here to help, Roby ready to be a leader
Columbus Dispatch
September 13
Football lends itself heavily to the second guess. As Bradley Roby will attest, decisions made on the fly sometimes work out and sometimes don’t, but it’s always the next play that matters most.

Ohio State: Buckeyes want to play keep-away with run game
AP/The Morning Journal
September 12
COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer, contrary to popular belief, has nothing against running the ball.Those who thought he might usher in a state-of-the-art, 40-throws-a-game passing attack along with his spread offense at Ohio State were badly mistaken.

Ohio State-California Preview Capsule
AP/Washington Post
September 12
Ohio State is looking to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 games in its toughest nonconference test of the season. California is seeking its first win over a top 5 team in 10 years to give first-year coach Sonny Dykes a signature victory.
 
Ohio State Marching Band set to perform for California crowd
Lantern
September 12
The Ohio State Marching Band starts its season of traveling along with the football team this weekend.The band is set to travel to California Thursday to support the Buckeyes as they face the University of California, Berkley, Saturday at 7 p.m. …

 

Sep 12, 2013

Ohio State Marching Band making the trip to Cal, its first national regular-season road trip since 2006
Plain Dealer
September 11
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Marching Band will report for duty at 4 a.m. Thursday morning. After a trip to the airport, a flight across the country to Los Angeles, some afternoon sightseeing …

Ohio State U. Band Marches Ahead of the Curve With iPads
Chronicle.com
September 11
This semester some members of Ohio State University’s marching band will be looking at iPads while they’re practicing … The change was proposed by two students–Ryan Barta, a senior in the business school, and Charlie King, a senior computer-science major–who saw both economic and sustainability advantages in using the iPad.

Stefanie Spielman’s Celebrate Life Ohio State Tailgate Party To Benefit Cancer Research
10TV
September 11
COLUMBUS, Ohio – You can watch the Buckeyes play this weekend and support a great cause at the same time. Stef’s Celebrate Life Tailgate is Saturday and will raise money to benefit the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center.

FIELD HOCKEY

Field Hockey prepares for 2 matches against top 10 squads
Lantern
September 12
Ohio State’s field hockey team is set to take to the field against two ranked squads as it heads to Syracuse, N.Y., to play No. 7 Massachusetts and No. 6 Syracuse.

MEN’S SOCCER

Men’s soccer ready for first of 4 straight in-state matchups
Lantern
September 12
The Ohio State men’s soccer team begins a stretch of four straight in-state matchups with a trip to Bowling Green, Ohio, to take on the Falcons.

FOOTBALL

Ohio State football: Miller will be game-time decision, Meyer says
Columbus Dispatch
September 12
Urban Meyer said after practice yesterday he is still optimistic that quarterback Braxton Miller will answer the bell when Ohio State plays at California on Saturday, but he wasn’t ready to declare it a certainty.

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Ohio State football: Linsley gets back on solid footing
Columbus Dispatch
September 12
Corey Linsley believes he’s finally ready to go the distance this week. The Ohio State center, one of the team’s eight captains, has seen limited action in the first two weeks of the season as he eases back from a left foot injury suffered in November against Illinois.

Meyer: Cal RB Brendan Bigelow made Ohio State ‘look silly’ last year,
Plain Dealer
September 12
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brendan Bigelow had just spun out of his third broken tackle when he planted his right hand on the turf to keep himself from falling. When the California running back finally regained his balance, he jetted down the sideline for an 81-yard touchdown …

5 things to watch for: Ohio State against California
Lantern
September 12
Although Miller took most of the headlines with his injury, sophomore defensive end Adolphus Washington was also taken out of the game against SDSU with an groin injury and did not return. In his place, freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa stepped up.

California heads into game against Ohio State with a chip on their shoulder
Lantern
September 12
For a second consecutive season, the Ohio State football team is set to play California for the third game of the year, looking for a win to remain undefeated. Beating California at Ohio Stadium didn’t come easily for the Buckeyes last season.

Redshirt freshman Dodson open to tough love while positioning himself on Buckeyes’ offensive line
Plain Dealer
September 12
Imagine four giant holes, four empty spots. That’s what Ed Warinner, the offensive line coach, might be thinking about, with the Buckeyes starting four seniors on the line.That’s what someone like redshirt freshman Kyle Dodson might be thinking about.

Hall keys powerful Ohio State offense from backfield position
Tribune-Review
September 11
In the Buckeyes’ 42-7 home win over San Diego State on Saturday, Hall — wearing No. 2 , like his former Jeannette High School and Ohio State teammate, …

Cal’s Top Gun is a young one
Canton Repository
September 11
For every football team there is a highlight video at the end of the year … It serves as motivation to not repeat past mistakes. Brendan Bigelow had a starring role in film Ohio State has looked at of last season’s mistakes.

Sep 11, 2013

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Katie Smith’s career is coming to a close
AP/Wilkes-Barre Times
September 11
(AP) Katie Smith has always been a gritty player throughout her illustrious basketball career … The league’s second all-time leading scorer put forth a vintage effort against Phoenix … It just wasn’t enough as New York fell 80-76 and dropped out of the postseason race.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Ohio State’s women’s soccer ready for Hoosier Classic
Lantern
September 11
After splitting the first two matches away from Columbus, the No. 21 Ohio State women’s soccer team continues its road trip with a pair of matches against Central Michigan and St. John’s at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind.

FOOTBALL

Buckeye offensive line improving together
Lantern
September 11
Entering the 2013 football season, the Buckeyes offensive line was expected to be one of the team’s strongest units.

For Ohio State quarterback Guiton, it’s all about the one day ‘that changed a lot’
Plain Dealer
September 11
On this balmy afternoon, Guiton, a fifth-year senior, is taking some of the most coveted snaps in practice. Braxton Miller, the starter, is limited because of a knee injury, but even with him at full strength, Guiton would spend time in the center of the action …

Ohio State football | Jack Looks Back: Cal delivered downer in Buckeyes’ first bowl berth
Columbus Dispatch
September 11
Ohio State’s first postseason matchup was against the California Golden Bears in the Rose Bowl of Jan. 1, 1921, at the conclusion of the 1920 regular season.

A B1G week for the Buckeyes
ESPN
September 11
While most of the nation will be focused on the Alabama-Texas A&M matchup this Saturday, there’s a less-hyped storyline that also could have a major impact on the BCS championship race.

Ohio State football: Urban Meyer wants more yards from receiver Corey Brown
Columbus Dispatch
September 11
On coach Urban Meyer’s football assembly line at Ohio State, no player is ever a finished project.Take the case of receiver Corey Brown.

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Faster guys on the field: Six DBs could be Ohio State’s normal defense against Cal on Saturday
Plain Dealer
September 10
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five is no longer enough. Against Cal on Saturday, Ohio State could make six defensive backs a regular part of the defensive plan. And it might not just be Saturday.

No. 4 Ohio State’s defensive unit likely to send waves of players at Cal rookie QB Jared Goff
AP/Washington Post
September 10
“A true freshman can be really athletic and all that,” Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett said. “But it’s easier to get flustered and to get a little nervous — especially when you see a defensive line closing in.”

Fake an injury? Ohio State defenders say Buckeyes will deal with Cal up-tempo offense the real way
Plain Dealer
September 10
Do you just fall over like your body turned to jelly? Do you more slowly lower yourself to the ground? … Staying on the field in college football is a badge of honor, so the Buckeyes’ defensive tackle isn’t alone in trying to act healthy.

 

Sep 10, 2013

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Sherwin excelling for Ohio State women’s volleyball
Lantern
September 10
For Taylor Sherwin, some basketball, lacrosse and even a year of swimming were originally mixed in, but volleyball was the sport that stuck. Sherwin, a junior setter on the No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team, said she picked up the sport in sixth grade at the urging of a friend and never looked back. 

FOOTBALL

Strapped a camera to Buckeyes drummer’s head: First-person video of Ohio State’s marching alumni band
Plain Dealer
September 10
COLUMBUS, Ohio – What would it be like to storm out onto the Ohio Stadium field in front of more than 105,000 screaming fans banging your snare drum?

Ohio State football: It’s uncertain if Miller will play at Cal
Columbus Dispatch
September 10
Yesterday, four days before Ohio State heads west to play California in its first road game of the season, it’s unclear whether Miller will be ready to play on Saturday.

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Commentary: `Kenny G’ not your normal backup
Lantern
September 10
Just two minutes and 58 seconds into Saturday’s win over San Diego State, the most important play of the game had already happened … Ohio State’s Heisman-hopeful junior quarterback Braxton Miller to the Ohio Stadium turf with an MCL sprain.

Buckeyes gain swagger with Guiton in huddle
Canton Repository
September 9
COLUMBUS — There is no quarterback controversy at Ohio State. When Braxton Miller is ready to play, he will be the starter again.
But the third-ranked Buckeyes do gain something when Miller leaves the huddle and backup Kenny Guiton takes over. Moxie and swagger.

Ohio State notebook: Buckeyes not worried about polls
Canton Repository
September 9
“Can we explain it or does it impact us?” Meyer said of dropping in the AP poll for the second week in row despite winning. “It doesn’t impact us and I can’t explain it. In the end, I think everything’s going to work out. The best teams will be up there.”

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Diversity dots OSU hoops slate
Marion Star
September 9
COLUMBUS — The Ohio State basketball schedule has its share of flour, corn meal and maltodextrine. Fillers like Morgan State, American, North Florida and Central Connecticut State still bind the schedule, but there’s also a few tasty morsels for Ohio State fans to sample.

 

Sep 9, 2013

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Women’s volleyball takes three matches in Tallahassee
Lantern
September 9
The beat rolls on for the No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team. The Buckeyes picked up three wins at the Four Points By Sheraton Seminole Invitational over the weekend to win the tournament, pushing their record to 6-0.

FIELD HOCKEY

Field Hockey goes 1-1 at Buckeye Classic
Lantern
September 9
Ohio State’s field hockey team finished the Buckeye Classic 1-1. On Friday the team was victorious against Missouri State, 5-1 and on Sunday they took on Bucknell and fell in overtime, 3-2.

MEN’S SOCCER

Men’s soccer splits weekend matches in Tulsa, Okla.
Lantern
Septermber 9
The Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated the Southern Methodist University Mustangs, 1-0, Sunday in the second day of the Holiday Inn City Center Golden Hurricane Classic in Tulsa, Okla.

FOOTBALL

Football | OSU Insider: Trip out West beckons Buckeyes
Columbus Dispatch
September 9
It’s a trip to California (1-1), a team in its first year under Sonny Dykes. The Bears are in search of themselves, especially on defense, after a 44-30 opening loss to Northwestern and a 37-30 win over Portland State of the FCS. Ohio State leads the series 6-1, with Cal’s win in the Rose Bowl after the 1920 season.

Offensive line, Decker take a step forward
Herald Star
COLUMBUS – The difference between Week 1 and Week 2 put a smile on Taylor Decker’s face. As the only new starter on Ohio State’s offensive line, the Buckeyes’ starting right tackle probably got an undue share of the spotlight when that unit fell a little short of expectations in a 40-20 win over Buffalo in the season opener.

Commentary: Ohio State freshman Wilson’s day is coming
Newark Advocate
We rarely will catch more than a glimpse of running back Dontre Wilson; he’s that much of a blur.But when will Ohio State’s flashy freshman become less of a bit player and more of a showstopper? Inquiring, impatient minds want to know.

Guiton steps up in place of Miller
Lantern
September 9
When a team loses its starting quarterback, particularly when he’s a Heisman trophy candidate, things don’t typically go well … junior Braxton Miller, left OSU’s 42-7 victory 2:58 into the game after spraining his MCL and did not return.In came redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton, with the hopes of the Buckeye faithful on his shoulders.

Return of defensive starters boost the Buckeyes
Lantern
September 9
The Ohio State football team’s secondary received a boost Saturday from the return of redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby, but with Roby, that boost did not come until the third defensive play of the game.

NFL: How former Buckeyes fared
Columbus Dispatch
September 9
… James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis: Had 12 tackles, including six solo, in a 27-24 win against Arizona.

Buckeyes drop to No.3 in coaches poll, No.4 in AP
Columbus Dispatch
September 8
Even a 35-point win using backup quarterback Kenny Guiton almost all the way wasn’t enough to keep poll voters from dropping Ohio State down a notch today in both major polls.

OSU’s Guiton preparing to play; Miller may be ready
Canton Repository
September 8
COLUMBUS — Over the last two years, Kenny Guiton has led Ohio State for a whole game and come on late to lead the Buckeyes back to a win.The fifth-year senior from Texas may get a chance to try to lead the Buckeyes back up the polls.

Keen observations from Ohio State’s destruction of San Diego State
Plain Dealer
September 8
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State defense recorded four takeaways during the Buckeyes’ 42-7 victory against San Diego State. Our Ohio State coverage team offers even more takeaways following the Week 2 win.

Backup QB gives Buckeyes insurance
Youngstown Vindicator
September 8
The worst-case scenario for Ohio State’s national championship hopes was never an upset loss, at least not against the likes of Buffalo, San Diego State or Floria A&M. Even next week’s road game against California seemed a mere speed bump on the way to a BCS date of some kind, perhaps a berth in the title game.

Two captains (and winners) at QB for Buckeyes
Coshocton Tribune
September 8
The Kardiac Kid, considerably grayer now, boarded the press box elevator with other forlorn members of the San Diego State coaching staff, any hope of being part of another miracle finish having long since faded … Brian Sipe probably had a hand in the decision to pull starting quarterback Adam Dingwell … Too bad his other option wasn’t himself — circa 1980. Or Kenny Guiton.

Guiton lifts No. 3 Ohio St. after Miller hurts knee
AP/ESPN.com
September 7
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kenny Guiton took over when Braxton Miller left with a sprained left knee, running for one touchdown and passing for two on Saturday while leading No. 3 Ohio State to a 42-7 victory over San Diego State.