Dec. 30, 2004
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The win in the MasterCard Alamo Bowl over Oklahoma State upped Jim Tressel’s career mark to 175-68-2, including a 40-11 record at Ohio State.
Jim Tressel became the fifth coach in Ohio State history to win 40 games at Ohio State and the second fastest to do so.
Coach Games to Win 40th
Earle Bruce 50
Jim Tressel 51
John W. Wilce 52
John Cooper 65
Wesley E. Fesler 67
Ohio State held a 23-0 lead at halftime. With the win, the Buckeyes are 29-2 under Tressel when leading at the half. The Buckeyes extended their lead to 30-0 after three periods. Under Tressel, OSU is 31-3 overall when leading after three periods. The fewest points allowed in a bowl game by Ohio State was seven, which last happened in the 1986 Citrus Bowl a 10-7 Buckeye victory vs. BYU. Ohio State also limited opponents to seven points in the 1957 Rose Bowl, a 10-7 victory over Oregon in the 1957 Rose Bowl, and in the 1954 Rose Bowl, a 20-7 victory over Southern California.
For the 102nd consecutive game, Ohio State scored at least one touchdown. The last time a Buckeye team was held without a touchdown was a 13-9 loss to Michigan in the 1996 season.
The 2004 Alamo Bowl marked only the second-ever meeting between Ohio State and Oklahoma State. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 2-0 in the series, having previously won in 1989, defeating the Cowboys 37-13 in Columbus. The Buckeyes are 27-3-1 against the teams that now make up the Big 12. Ohio State will play host to Texas next year on Sept. 10 before returning to the Lone Star state in 2006 when the teams meet Sept. 9 in Austin. Ohio State has defeated a team from the Big 12 each of the last three seasons, beating Kansas State 35-28 in last year’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and downing Texas Tech, 45-21, in the 2002 season opener in Columbus, to go along with the win over Oklahoma State. The Buckeyes improved to 5-0 in bowl games against teams currently in the Big 12. To go along with the win over Kansas State last year, Ohio State has twice beaten Texas A&M (1999 Sugar Bowl, 24-14 and 1986 Cotton Bowl, 28-12) and Colorado, 27-10, in the 1976 Orange Bowl.
Tressel has guided the Buckeyes to 3-1 record in bowl games. After losing 31-28 to South Carolina in the 2001 Outback Bowl, Ohio State has won three straight bowl games, winning the last two Fiesta Bowls (31-24 in double overtime vs. Miami, Fla., for the 2002 national championship, and 35-28 vs. Kansas State last season, to go with the victory in tonight’s MasterCard Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State.
Ohio State Special Teams
2004 Lou Groza Award winner Mike Nugent became Ohio State’s all-time points leader when he converted a PAT following the Buckeyes’ touchdown that extended their lead to 20-0 with 10:26 to play in the second quarter. The score gave him eight points, moving him past fullback Pete Johnson (1973-76), who Nugent had tied with 348 points following a PAT and his first two field goals, from 37 and 35 yards. He later added field goals from 41 and 36 and finished with 15 points in the game.
Nugent’s four field goals against Oklahoma State set the school record for field goals in a bowl game. His fourth, from 36 yards out gave the Buckeyes a 33-0 lead with 10:44 to play in the game. With his third make, he tied Rich Spangler, who was the last OSU kicker to convert three field goal attempts, doing so against Southern California in the 1985 Rose Bowl. Vlade Janakievski also kicked three field goals in a bowl game, also against the Trojans in the 1980 Rose Bowl.
Nugent now has 22 school records. In the Alamo Bowl, he added: most career points by an OSU player (353), most career points by an OSU kicker (353) and most field goals made in a bowl game (4).
Ohio State Offensive Notes
Quarterback Justin Zwick hit Anthony Gonzalez for a 23-yard scoring strike to give Ohio State a 7-0 lead with 12:02 to play in the game. It was Zwick’s sixth touchdown pass of the season, while it was the second TD score for Gonzalez, who has now caught TD passes in back-to-back games. He had a 68-yard TD reception against Michigan. For Gonzalez, it was his fourth straight game with a reception.
Freshman flanker Ted Ginn Jr. appeared at quarterback against Oklahoma State. It was his first action at quarterback at Ohio State. Ginn took the snap in the third quarter and ran six yards to the end zone to lift the Buckeyes to a 30-0 lead with 8:13 to play in the frame. It was his second rushing TD of the season.
Santonio Holmes’ 6-yard reception in the first quarter extended his streak to 18 games with at least one pass reception.
Lydell Ross carried the ball one yard into the end zone to cap a nine-play, 78-yard drive that gave the Buckeyes a 20-0 lead with 10:26 to play in the second quarter. It was Ross’ fourth touchdown of the year and the first since he scored at Northwestern on Oct. 2. It was his 26th career touchdown.
Ohio State Defensive Notes
Linebacker Bobby Carpenter picked off Oklahoma State quarterback Donovan Woods on the Cowboys’ first possession of the game to set up the Buckeyes’ opening score with 12:02 to play in the first quarter. It was Hawk’s third interception of the season and the third of his career. His previous two interceptions came against Indiana and Northwestern.
Joel Penton’s fumble recovery in the first quarter was his first career takeaway.
Leading 13-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Buckeyes kept their sixth opponent of the season off the scoreboard in the opening stanza. Oklahoma State joined Cincinnati, N.C. State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State in being held off the scoreboard until at least the second quarter.
The 23-0 halftime lead was the second first half shutout by the Buckeyes this season. Ohio State had kept N.C. State off the scoreboard in the first half in Raleigh on Sept. 18 and led13-0 before claiming a 22-14 decision. The last time Ohio State shutout a team through three quarters was the 20-0 final score against Northwestern in 2003.
Other Ohio State Notes
The Buckeyes first fielded a football team in 1890. With the win Wednesday, Ohio State has posted an all-time record of 765-298-53 in 114 years.
A sell-out crowd of 65,265 attended the game Wednesday. The Buckeyes have played before sellout crowds in all 12 games this season. It was the fourth sellout in Alamo Bowl history and the first involving two teams from outside the state of Texas.
The Alamo Bowl marked the final game for 17 Ohio State seniors, which all joined the four captains – Dustin Fox, Simon Fraser, Mike Nugent and Lydell Ross – on the field for the coin toss. The class, which includes 12 fifth-year seniors, has a combined won-lost record of 46-15, has won a national championship, a Big Ten co-championship and has played in four bowl games, which includes two wins in BCS games.