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No. 10/10 Ohio State (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) 42, Michigan (3-9, 2-6 Big Ten) 7
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 22, 2008
Attendance: 105,564

OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES
Ohio State is 808-306-53 in its 119th season of play. The win total ranks fifth all-time in Division I college football. The only other schools to have 800 or more wins are Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas and Nebraska. Penn State seeks its 800th victory today against Michigan State.

Ohio State is 450-189-28 all-time in Big Ten games.

The win improves Jim Tressel’s record with the Buckeyes to 83-18 (.822) and his career record to 218-75-2 (.742). Tressel’s 218 wins rank as the third-most among active FBS coaches, just ahead of Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer and behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno and Florida State’s Bobby Bowden.

The Buckeyes are 422-128-14 all-time as a Top 25 team.

Ohio State is 284-132-19 all-time in November games and 179-78-11 in November home games.

Ohio State is 38-4 (.905) at home over the last six years, which ranks fourth among FBS schools.

In regular season finales, Ohio State is 61-54-5 all-time. In home finales, the Buckeyes are 72-44-3.

This was the 43rd win for Ohio State’s graduating senior class, which ties the record set by the 1995-1998 and 2002-2005 senior classes.

SERIES NOTES
The game today represented the 105th meeting between Ohio State and Michigan. Ohio State has played more games against Michigan than any other opponent.

Ohio State’s all-time record vs. Michigan improves to 42-57-6. Since 1951, the Buckeyes hold a 30-26-2 advantage. Since 1934, the teams have met 75 times, with Ohio State holding a 36-35-4 advantage.

Ohio State’s record against Michigan in Columbus moves to 23-27-2 with the Buckeyes’ fourth-consecutive win in Columbus. The last time Ohio State lost to Michigan in Ohio Stadium was in 2000, 38-26.

Ohio State has won seven of the last eight games against Michigan, the exception coming with the Wolverines’ 35-21 victory at Michigan in 2003. Jim Tressel is the first Ohio State coach to win seven of eight games against Michigan.

With the win, Ohio State has won five-consecutive games against Michigan, the first time the Buckeyes have done so in school history.

The 35-point margin ranks as the second-larges margin for an Ohio State win against the Wolverines. Ohio State had a 38-point margin over Michigan in the 1935 win.

OFFENSIVE NOTES
Terrelle Pryor made his eighth-consecutive start at quarterback for the Buckeyes. He is now 7-1 as a starter. Pryor threw two touchdown passes today, the third time this year he has thrown two or more TD passes in a game. He now has 12 touchdown passes this season.

Brian Hartline’s 53-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was his third TD catch of the season and the longest TD catch for the Buckeyes in 2008. Hartline has five catches for 40 or more yards this season and has caught at least one pass in 28-consecutive games.

With 134 yards, Chris “Beanie” Wells passed Keith Byars (3,200 between 1982-85) for fourth on Ohio State’s all-time rushing charts with 3,276 total rushing yards. This season, Wells has passed Byars, Pepe Pearson, Carlos Snow, Michael Wiley, Antonio Pittman, Raymont Harris, and Calvin Murray on the all-time list.

Wells’ performance Saturday also marked his seventh 100-yard game of 2008 and 16th of his career.

Wells’ 59-yard touchdown in the first quarter was his 30th career touchdown and third career touchdown of 50 or more yards against Michigan. Wells had a 52-yard TD against the Wolverines in 2006 and a 62-yarder in 2007. The 59-yard run also was Ohio State’s longest play from scrimmage in 2008.

Dan “Boom” Herron’s 49-yard touchdown in the third quarter was his fourth TD run and longest of the season. Herron add a two-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Today marks the third-consecutive game in which Herron has scored a touchdown.

Herron’s TD run capped a 2-play, 91-yard, 0:39 scoring drive. The scoring drive was the longest in yards this season for Ohio State.

Ray Small’s 81-yard punt return was the team’s longest in 2008 and set up Terrelle Pryor’s eight-yard touchdown pass to Brian Robiskie.

Robiskie’s touchdown catch was his eighth TD catch of the season. The catch increased Robiskie’s career total to 121, which tied him with John Frank for eighth on the all-time receptions list. Robiskie then passed Frank with a 44-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

Robiskie has now caught a pass in 35-consecutive regular-season games.

Today marked the fourth time Ohio State has scored 40 or more points in a game this season.

DEFENSIVE NOTES
Marcus Freeman’s fumble recovery was his first of the year and 13th of the season for the Buckeyes.

Marcus Williams recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter, his first of the year and Ohio State’s 14th, and helped set up Todd Boeckman’s touchdown pass to Brian Hartline.

Ohio State’s defense registered three sacks for 22 yards: Cameron Heyward had one for eight yards, Dexter Larimore recorded one for 10 yards, and James Laurinaitis one for four yards.

Ohio State held Michigan scoreless in the first, third, and fourth quarters. Ohio State’s defense has held its opponents scoreless in 27 of 48 quarters this season (56.3%).

Ohio State’s defense posted 10 three-and-out series.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
The honorary captain for the game today was Ike Kelley, an All-American linebacker for Ohio State in 1965. Kelley was a co-captain on the 1965 Buckeye squad that went 7-2 overall and placed second in the Big Ten. Kelley and his teammates ended the season with a 9-7 victory in Ann Arbor. Kelley and the Ohio State defensive unit allowed more than 14 points in a game just twice in 1965.