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Ohio State playing first Thursday night regular season game since the 1997 opener against Wyoming

Marshall (0-0) at #2/2 Ohio State (0-0)
Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

The Broadcasts
Television: The Big Ten Network will televise the game with Eric Collins and Chris Martin in the booth and Charissa Thompson on the sidelines.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Jim Tressel pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game can also be heard live on Sirius XM satellite radio (check listings).

FIRST AND 10
• Thursday kicks off the 121st season of football at Ohio State

• Jim Tressel is 18-5-1 all-time in season openers and 9-0 at Ohio State

• Jim Tressel has won 14 straight season openers and 18 of his last 20 overall

• The Buckeyes will be going for their sixth consecutive Big Ten championship in 2010

• Ohio State has 34 Big Ten championships all time, trailing only Michigan with 42

• Ohio State is 52-5 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season

• Ohio State is one of only three FBS teams to record at least 10 wins in each of the past five seasons (Virginia Tech, Texas)

• Ohio State has played in 8 BCS bowls, the most all-time ahead of USC and Oklahoma (7)

• Ohio State has won 54 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games against teams not ranked in the AP Top 25

• Ohio State has had 55 consecutive crowds of more than 100,000 at Ohio Stadium

DID YOU KNOW?
• Ohio State has not lost a home opener in 32 years – Sept. 16, 1978 to be exact when No. 6 Ohio State suffered a 19-0 loss to No. 5 Penn State in Woody Hayes’ final season as head coach.

• Ohio State has an all-time opening day record of 104-12-4. The Buckeyes’ last opening day loss away from Columbus was to Miami in the 1999 Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.

• All-time, the Buckeyes are 108-8-4 in home openers since 1890. The largest opening day crowd at Ohio Stadium was 105,092 in the 2009 opener vs. Navy.

• Thursday’s opener will be the first time the Buckeyes play a home game on a non-Saturday since beating Wyoming, 24-10, Aug. 28, 1997, in a Thursday night season opener — the season following the 1997 Rose Bowl victory under John Cooper.

DID YOU ALSO KNOW?
• Junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor is the first Big Ten quarterback to return the season after winning Rose Bowl MVP since Ohio State’s Joe Germaine in 1997. The last Big Ten player to return the season after winning Rose Bowl MVP was Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne in 1999. Dayne went on to the win the Heisman Trophy in 1999.

• In the BCS Era (since the 1998 season), three previous quarterbacks returned after winning Rose Bowl MVP: Vince Young (Texas, 2005), Matt Leinart (2004, USC) and Ken Dorsey (2002, Miami). All three quarterbacks led their teams to the BCS title game the season after winning Rose Bowl MVP. Leinart and Young led their team to a BCS title while Dorsey lost to Ohio State in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl.

BUCKEYES NAME CAPTAINS
Six seniors, OL Bryant Browning, DL Cameron Heyward, LB Ross Homan, LB Brian Rolle, RB Brandon Sanie and WR Dane Sanzenbacher, were elected as captains for the 2010 season.

This is just the second time in Ohio State’s 121-year history that six Buckeyes will serve as season-long captains for the Buckeyes. In 1982, Glen Cobb, Jerome Foster, Joe Lukens, Marcus Marek, Tim Spencer and Gary Williams served as captains. The Buckeyes elected five captains in 1974, 1989 and 1990.

IN NIGHT GAMES
Ohio State is 6-3 at home (27-13 away from home) in night games (games starting 5 p.m. or later local time) since 1959 and 33-16 in night games all-time. Under Coach Jim Tressel, the Buckeyes are 15-10 in night games and 8-3 in Big Ten night games away from Ohio Stadium. Tressel’s teams are 2-3 at home in night games.

SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State and Marshall have met just once before on Sept. 11, 2004, with the Buckeyes prevailing, 24-21, on a last-second field goal.

With two seconds remaining in the game and the score tied at 21, Buckeye senior kicker Mike Nugent nailed a career-long 55-yard field goal to give No. 9 Ohio State the victory.

Ohio State vs. Conference USA

Team Record (Last meeting)
East Carolina 0-0
Houston 1-0 (1994)
Marshall 1-0 (2004)
Memphis 0-0
Rice 2-0 (1996)
Southern Miss 0-0
SMU 7-1-1 (1978)
Tulane 0-0
Tulsa 0-0
UAB 0-0
UCF 0-0
UTEP 0-0
TOTAL 11-1-1

NOTING THE BUCKEYES
• Last season Ohio State became the first FBS team to beat five teams that finished with at least 10 wins: Iowa (11-2), Penn State (11-2), Wisconsin (10-3), Oregon (10-3) and Navy (10-4).

• Under Jim Tressel, the Buckeyes are 25-2 at Ohio Stadium versus non-conference teams, the only loss coming to No. 3 USC, 18-15, in 2009 and 25-22 to No. 2 Texas in 2005. The Buckeyes are 30-4 overall in regular season non-conference games since 2001.

• Ohio State has won at least a share of the Big Ten title in each of the last five seasons. That is tied with Michigan from 1988-92 for the second-longest run of consecutive titles. Ohio State holds the record with six straight championships from 1972-77.

• Ohio State has recorded 34 Big Ten championships all-time. The only football program with more is Michigan with 42.

• Ohio State has won three outright Big Ten titles in the last four years. That is more than the rest of the Big Ten in the last decade. The only other Big Ten teams to win the conference title outright since 2000 were Illinois in 2001 and Michigan in 2003. The only time the Buckeyes shared the conference title was when they went 7-1 to tie Penn State in 2008.

• OSU has recorded at least 10 wins in each of the last five seasons. The Buckeyes have a chance to become the first team in Big Ten history to record six straight 10-win seasons. The only other Big Ten team to have this long of a run of double-digit victories was Michigan from 1901-05.

• OSU is one of only three FBS teams to record at least 10 wins in each of the past five seasons. The other two are Virginia Tech and Texas.

• Ohio State has made 84 consecutive appearances in the AP Top 25 poll. The only longer active streak among FBS teams is Texas at 158. Florida is third with 81 and Alabama and Penn State are tied for fourth with 33.

• Ohio State finished fifth in the final AP poll of the 2009 season. The Buckeyes have finished in the Top 10 in that poll in each of the five seasons since 2005.

• Ohio State has finished in the top 10 of the final AP poll in seven of the eight seasons since 2002. The only time the Buckeyes finished outside of the top 10 in this span was 2004, when Ohio State ended up ranked 20th.

• Ohio State is the only FBS team to have finished in the top 10 in the final AP poll in each of the last five seasons.

• Ohio State has finished in the top 10 in the final AP poll in each of the last five seasons. That has only happened once previously in OSU football history. The Buckeyes were in the top 10 of the final poll in each season from 1972-76.

• Ohio State has appeared in a BCS bowl in seven of the last eight seasons – all under Jim Tressel.

• The Buckeyes appeared in a BCS bowl for the eighth time overall last season. That is the most all-time, leading USC and Oklahoma (7).

• Ohio State has been to a BCS bowl in each of the last five seasons. It is the longest active streak among FBS teams. The only team with a longer run of BCS bowls was the seven straight made by USC from 2002-08.

• Ohio State is 5-3 all-time in BCS bowls. That is tied with Florida (5-1) for the second-most all-time BCS bowl wins. The only team with more BCS bowl wins is USC (6-1).

• Ohio State enjoyed one of the most successful decades in Big Ten history during the 2000s. The Buckeyes went 102-25 (.803) in the 10 seasons from 2000 through 2009. That was the most wins by any Big Ten team in any decade all-time. The 102 wins tied USC for the fourth-most wins by an FBS team in that span — Boise State (112-17), Texas (110-19) and Oklahoma (110-24).

• The 102 wins is at least 16 more than any other Big Ten team during that span. Wisconsin had the second-most wins with a record of 86-43 since the 2000 season.

• Ohio State has won six Big Ten titles since the 2000 season. That is the third-most in any decade by any Big Ten team. Ohio State won eight and Michigan had seven in the 1970s.

• Ohio State won six Big Ten titles since the 2000 season. That is at least twice as many as any Big Ten team. Michigan has the second-most over this span with three.

• Ohio State has appeared in a bowl game in each of the 10 seasons since 2000. Nine of those appearances have been January bowl games. The Buckeyes’ run is the longest active streak in the Big Ten. They are among 11 FBS teams to have appeared in a bowl game in each of the last 10 seasons, joining Boston College, Florida State, Florida, Georgia Tech, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech and Virginia Tech.

• Ohio State has appeared in a January bowl game in each of the last five seasons. The only other FBS team to play in that month in each season in this span is Florida.

• Ohio State has been to 15 bowl games in 16 seasons since 1994. Fourteen of those bowl appearances have taken place in January.

• Ohio State ended the Big Ten’s six-game Rose Bowl skid when it defeated Oregon, 26-17. The previous Big Ten team to win the Rose Bowl was when Wisconsin defeated Stanford, 17-9, on Jan. 1, 2000.

• The only time Ohio State reached the Rose Bowl in back-to-back seasons was when it appeared in four straight from 1972-75.

• Ohio State has appeared in eight BCS bowls. That is as many as Michigan (4), Penn State (2) and Wisconsin (2) combined.

• OSU is 87-16 (.845) since the start of the 2002 season, the fourth-best record among FBS teams in this span. The only teams with a better record in this span are: Boise State (94-11, .895), USC (91-13, .875) and Texas (90-14, .865).

• Ohio State is 44-8 (.846) since the start of the 2006 season, the fourth-best record among FBS teams in this span. The only teams with a better record in this span are: Boise State (49-4, .925), Florida (48-7, .873) and Texas (45-8, .849).

• Ohio State is 36-4 in Big Ten games since the 2005 season, winning the conference title each year in that span. The only FBS team with a better conference record in this span is Boise State (38-2).

• The Buckeyes are 52-5 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.

• Ohio State is 29-3 in Big Ten home games since the start of the 2002 season.

• Ohio State is 18-1 in Big Ten road games since Oct. 22, 2005. The only conference road loss in that span was the 26-18 defeat to Purdue on Oct. 17, 2009.

• Ohio State is 85-6 when it has allowed fewer than 24 points in the nine seasons under Tressel.

• Ohio State has never recorded a losing Big Ten record in nine seasons under Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes went 4-4 in 2004.

• Ohio State is 26-4 in November games since Jim Tressel became coach in 2001. The Buckeyes are 14-1 in November games since 2005, suffering a 28-21 loss to Illinois Nov. 10, 2007.

• Ohio State is 26-4 in November games since Jim Tressel became coach in 2001. That is the fourth-best November record among FBS teams in this span. The only teams with better November records in this span are: USC (29-1), Boise State (32-3) and Florida (31-3).

• Ohio State is 14-1 in November games since 2005, only suffering a 28-21 loss to Illinois on Nov. 10, 2007. Only Florida (19-1) and USC (16-1) have better records in this month in this span.

• Jim Tressel has taken Ohio State to seven BCS bowls. That is tied with USC’s Pete Carroll and Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops for the most by any coach.

• Ohio State is 8-1 in Big Ten openers under Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes have won their Big Ten opener in each of the last five seasons, winning the conference title each season since 2005.

• Ohio State has started 3-0 or better in the Big Ten in each of the last four seasons.

• Ohio State is 30-4 in non-conference regular-season games since Jim Tressel became the Buckeyes coach in 2001.

• Ohio State has won 53 straight regular-season non-conference games against teams not ranked in the AP Top 25. The last unranked non-conference team to beat Ohio State was Pitt, a 42-17 winner on Sept. 17, 1988.

• Ohio State has won 54 straight regular-season non-conference home games against teams not ranked in the AP Top 25. The last unranked non-conference team to beat the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium was Florida State, a 34-17 winner on Oct. 2, 1982.

• Junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor is 19-3 as Ohio State’s starting quarterback. That includes a 8-1 mark in 2008 and an 11-2 record in 2009. Pryor started at wide receiver in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

• Pryor rushed for 779 yards in 2009. That was the fifth-most overall and led all quarterbacks in the Big Ten last season. That also was the most by any Big Ten quarterback since Penn State’s Michael Robinson had 806 in 2005.

• Pryor rushed for 1,410 yards over the last two seasons. That was the sixth-most by an FBS quarterback in this span, trailing only UAB’s Joe Webb (2,448), Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick, Georgia Tech’s Joshua Nesbitt (1,730), Navy’s Ricky Dobbs (1,698) and Florida’s Tim Tebow (1,583).

• Pryor’s 1,410 yards and 13 touchdowns over the last two seasons are the most by any Big Ten quarterback in this span.

• Pryor currently ranks third among Ohio State quarterbacks in career rushing yards with 1,410. He trails Rex Kern (1,714) and Cornelius Greene (2,066).

• Pryor rushed for a first down or ran for a touchdown 58 times last season, trailing only Big Ten rushing champion and offensive player of the year John Clay from Wisconsin (84).

• Pryor had two games in which he passed for at least 200 yards and rushed for at least 100 last season. Since 1996, the only other Big Ten players to have at least two performances with 200 passing yards and 100 rushing yards are Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El, Northwestern’s Zak Kustok and Illinois’ Juice Williams.

• Pryor threw for a career-high 266 yards in his Rose Bowl MVP performance, leading Ohio State to a 26-17 win over Oregon.

• Pryor totaled 338 yards of total offense in his Rose Bowl MVP performance. It was the third-highest total of his career, trailing the 372 yards against Toledo and the 343 against Minnesota.

• Ohio State is 13-1 in the games in which Pryor has rushed for at least 50 yards.

• Ohio State is 8-0 against Big Ten opponents when Pryor has rushed for at least 50 yards.

• Ohio State is 11-1 in the games in which Terrelle Pryor has rushed for at least one touchdown. The Buckeyes’ only loss in these performances was the 26-18 loss on Oct. 17, 2009, at Purdue.

• Ohio State is 15-1 in the games in which Pryor has averaged at least 3.7 yards per carry, only losing the 2009 Fiesta Bowl against Texas.

• Ohio State is 16-1 in the games in which Pryor has thrown at least one touchdown pass.

• Only three times in Ohio State history has a Buckeye quarterback rushed for 100 yards and passed for 200 yards or more in the same game, a feat achieved twice by Terrelle Pryor last season. The three times it has happened at OSU:
145 rush/241 pass: T. Smith vs. Michigan (2004)
110 rush/262 pass: T. Pryor vs. Toledo (2009)
104 rush/239 pass: T. Pryor vs. Minnesota (2009)

• Pryor led Ohio State in passing and rushing yards in 2009. He was among nine FBS players to lead their teams in those categories in 2009.

• Ohio State returns each of its top four leading rushers from last season: Terrelle Pryor (779 yards), Brandon Saine (739 yards), Dan Herron (600 yards) and Jordan Hall (248 yards).

• Ohio State rushed for at least 200 yards in each of its final five regular-season games in 2009.

• Ohio State had eight performances with at least 200 rushing yards last season. Wisconsin had the second-most in the conference with six.

• Terrelle Pryor and Brandon Saine each rushed for more than 700 yards during the 2009 season. It is the first time a pair of Buckeyes reached that rushing total in the same season since 1989. Carlos Snow had 990 rushing yards and Scottie Graham added 977 that season.

• Terrelle Pryor, Brandon Saine and Dan Herron each recorded at least 600 rushing yards during the 2009 season, marking the first time in program history that the Buckeyes featured three players with at least 600 yards rushing.

• Ohio State went 11-0 in the games in which it rushed for at least 90 yards during the 2009 season.

• Ohio State is 84-6 in the games in which it has rushed for at least 125 yards since Jim Tressel became the Buckeyes coach in 2001. Ohio State is 10-15 in the games in which it has failed to rush for that total in this span.

• Senior running back Brandon Saine had 739 rushing yards and 224 receiving yards last season. He was among two Big Ten players to have at least 700 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards in 2009; Purdue’s Ralph Bolden was the other.

• Junior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron scored six of his seven rushing touchdowns at Ohio Stadium last season.

• Ohio State went 6-0 in the games in which Herron rushed for at least 50 yards last season. The Buckeyes are 10-1 in Herron’s career when he has rushed for at least 50 yards.

• Ohio State is 9-2 when Herron has a rushing touchdown.

• Junior wide receiver DeVier Posey had a breakout season in 2009 with 60 catches for 828 yards and eight touchdowns. He posted 11 catches for 117 yards and a score as a freshman in 2008.

• Posey averaged 15.9 yards per catch in seven home games last season. He averaged 12.1 yards per catch in six games away from Ohio Stadium.

• Posey had 560 receiving yards in his final seven games of the 2009 season. That was the second-most receiving yards among Big Ten players from Oct. 17 through the end of the season. Only Northwestern’s Andrew Brewer had more with 645 receiving yards in that span.

• Posey had five touchdown catches in his final seven games of the 2009 season. That was tied for the second-most among Big Ten players from Oct. 17 through the end of the regular season, tying him with Michigan State’s Blair White and Penn State’s Graham Zug. Only Northwestern’s Andrew Brewer and Iowa’s Marvin McNutt had more with six in that span.

• Posey has caught at least one pass in 14 consecutive games.

• Posey had 101 receiving yards in the Rose Bowl win over Oregon. It was the second straight year that an Ohio State player surpassed 100 receiving yards in a BCS bowl. Brian Robiskie had 116 receiving yards in the Fiesta Bowl win over Texas.

• Senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher had nine catches for 64 yards in the 26-17 Rose Bowl win over Oregon. The nine catches was one more than he totaled in the final four regular-season games of the 2009 season.

• Ohio State is 24-4 in the games in which Sanzenbacher has recorded at least one catch.

THE SILVER BULLET DEFENSE
• Ohio State has held 52 opponents to 21 points or fewer since the start of the 2005 season. That is tied with TCU for the most among FBS teams. Virginia Tech is second with 51.

• OSU has allowed 13.4 points per game since the start of the 2005 season. That is the best scoring defense among FBS teams in this span.

• Ohio State has allowed 100 touchdowns overall since the start of the 2005 season. That is the fewest by any FBS team in this span. Virginia Tech has allowed the second-fewest with 107.

• Ohio State has surrendered 39 rushing touchdowns since the start of the 2005 season. That is the fewest among FBS teams in this span. Alabama is second with 41 and Penn State is third with 47 in this span.

• Ohio State has surrendered 53 passing touchdowns since the start of the 2005 season. That is the second-fewest among FBS teams in this span. Only Virginia Tech has surrendered fewer with 48. TCU is third with 54 allowed and Penn State is fourth with 55.

• Ohio State went 9-0 in the games in which it has surrendered 17 points or fewer last season. The Buckeyes were 2-2 in the games in which they gave up 18 points or more.

• In the two games that Ohio State lost last season, it held its opponents to fewer than 300 yards of total offense. The Buckeyes gave up 265 yards against USC and 287 at Purdue.

• Ohio State had 24 interceptions last season. That was tied with Alabama and Boise State for the second-most among FBS teams. Only Texas had more with 25.

• The Buckeyes intercepted 24 of the 417 passes thrown against them last season. The 5.8 interception percentage was second-best among FBS teams, trailing only Air Force (6.1 pct) and Clemson (also 5.8 pct).

• Ohio State’s defensive squads have held opponents to fewer than 21 points 50 times since 2006, the best among FBS teams. The Buckeyes are 47-3 in those games. OSU has allowed fewer than 10 points 25 times since the start of the 2006 season.

• Ohio State finished the 2009 campaign ranked among the NCAA Top 10 in five categories: total defense (5th), scoring defense (5th), turnover margin (5th), pass efficiency defense (5th) and rushing defense (7th). Ohio State ranked 13th among the NCAA leaders in pass defense.

Past Defensive Rankings Under Tressel:
2001: 33rd in total defense (10th in TO margin)
2002: 23rd in total defense (2nd in scoring def, 3rd in rushing defense)
2003: 10th in total defense (2nd in rushing defense)
2004: 30th in total defense
2005: 5th in total defense (1st in rushing defense, 5th in scoring defense)
2006: 12th in total defense (5th in scoring defense, 10th in pass eff. def.)
2007: 1st in total defense (1st in scoring defense, 1st in pass defense, 3rd in rushing defense, 4th in pass efficiency defense)
2008: 14th in total defense (6th in scoring defense, 6th in TO margin)

• Ranked fifth nationally in rushing defense, the Buckeyes gave up just 90.8 yards per game on the ground last season, allowing just 2.9 yards per rush. Ohio State’s opponents scored only eight rushing touchdowns in 13 games.

• It has been 23 games since the Buckeye defense allowed a 100-yard individual rushing performance; that was by USC’s Joe McKnight, who gained 105 yards on 12 carries in the 2008 meeting. That streak is second-longest in the nation, trailing only Alabama (32 games).

• Since the beginning of the 2005 season, the Buckeyes have allowed only seven 100-yard rushers during a span of 65 games. That mark is the best record by an FBS school during that time period.

• The Ohio State defense averaged 5.61 three-and-outs per contest last season, third in the nation in that statistic behind TCU and Alabama. Ohio State had 73 total three-and-outs for the 2009 campaign.

2009 Big Ten Rankings (Big Ten games)

Rank Category
1st Scoring Defense (12.6)
1st Total Defense (277.9)
1st Opp. 3rd Down Conversion % (30.6)
2nd Pass Efficiency Defense (98.0)
2nd Rushing Defense (80.5)
3rd Opponent First Downs (129)
T-3rd Sacks (22)
4th Pass Defense (197.4)

2009 NCAA Defensive Rankings

Rank Category
5 Turnover Margin (+1.31)
5 Scoring Defense (12.54)
5 Total Defense (262.31)
5 Pass Efficiency Defense (95.52)
7 Rushing Defense (90.77)
13 Pass Defense (171.54)

Fewest 100-yd rushers allowed (FBS Teams Since 2005)

1. Ohio State 7
2. Boston College 8
  Alabama 8
4. Boise State 10
  Penn State 10

Teams That DID NOT ALLOW a 100-Yard Rusher in 2009:
Alabama
Ohio State
Penn State
Nevada

GMS Allowing Fewer than 21 Pts (FBS Teams Since 2005)

  Team No. Record
1. Ohio State 50 47-3
2. TCU 49 46-3
  Virginia Tech 49 46-3
4. Florida 46 45-1
  Penn State 46 43-3

BUCKEYES WILL HOST BUFFS IN 2011
Ohio State and Colorado will meet on the football field Sept. 24, 2011, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Ohio State will pay the Buffaloes $1.4 million for the one-time matchup.

Ohio State’s 2011 non-conference schedule will be: Sept. 3 vs. Akron; Sept. 10 vs. Toledo; Sept. 17 at Miami (Fla.); Sept. 24 vs. Colorado. The two schools last met in football in 1986. Ohio State leads the all-time series by a 3-1 margin.

OHIO STATE TO WEAR SPECIAL NIKE UNIFORMS FOR UM GAME
Ohio State is one of 10 of the top college football programs that will wear uniquely designed Nike uniforms for at least one game during the 2010 season the company announced today. Ohio State will wear the innovative design for the Michigan game November 27.

Other premier schools participating include Alabama, Boise State, Florida, Miami (FL), Oregon State, Pittsburgh, TCU, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. The particulars of those events will be announced at the unveiling of the uniforms Sept. 1 in New York.

INDIANAPOLIS WILL HOST 2011 BIG TEN TITLE GAME
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis has been chosen as the proposed site for the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game to be played in December of 2011. Once the 2011 agreement is in place, the conference office will conduct a thorough process over the next year to determine the location of the Big Ten Football Championship Game in 2012 and beyond.

NOT SINCE 1922-24
Ohio State ranks second among all NCAA Div. I programs with 84 consecutive seasons since last posting back-to-back losing records. The Buckeyes have not been under .500 for two or more consecutive seasons since 1922-24, which trails only Tennessee; the Vols have not had back-to-back losing seasons since 1909-11, a span of 97-consecutive seasons.

FOR STARTERS
After the Rose Bowl kickoff, the Buckeyes had a total of 39 players with at least one game of starting experience. 26 of those players with starting experience return for the 2010 campaign.

Those are: Cameron Heyward (33); Bryant Browning, Chimdi Chekwa (27); Mike Brewster, Terrelle Pryor (23); Ross Homan (19); Jermale Hines (16); Dane Sanzenbacher (15); Justin Boren (13); Brian Rolle, DeVier Posey (12); Devon Torrence (11); Dexter Larimore, J.B. Shugarts, Brandon Saine (10); Zach Boren (9); Dan Herron (7); Mike Adams (4); Andrew Miller (3); Tyler Moeller, Jake Stoneburner (2); Aaron Gant, Nathan Williams, Marcus Hall, Taurian Washington (1).

The Boren brothers – Justin (OG) and Zach (FB) – products of Pickerington, Ohio, are the first siblings to start in the same game for the Buckeyes since John (LB) and Mike (NG) Sullivan from Mentor, Ohio, started nine games together during the 1988 season.

HONOR ROLL
For 2009, 31 Buckeyes were named to the Big Ten’s all-academic team; the Buckeyes have led the conference over the past eight years. Those honored last season were: Devin Barclay, Zach Boren, Bryant Browning, Ben Buchanan, Chimdi Chekwa, Jim Cordle, Todd Denlinger, Zach Domicone, Nate Ebner, Donnie Evege, James Georgiades, Garrett Goebel, Adam Homan, Ross Homan, Orhian Johnson, Dexter Larimore, Jake McQuaide, Andrew Miller, Andrew Moses, Aaron Pettrey, Terrelle Pryor, Anderson Russell, Etienne Sabino, Dane Sanzenbacher, Ryan Schuck, Austin Spitler, Jake Stoneburner, Andrew Sweat, Marcus Williams, Nathan Williams, Lawrence Wilson.

Additionally, 44 Ohio State football players qualified for the annual OSU Scholar-Athlete Dinner in May, which requires a grade-point average of 3.00 or better for the past academic year.

Two current Buckeyes, Scott Sika and Aaron Gant, are already graduates of The Ohio State University.

UP NEXT
Ohio State will play host to No. 13 Miami, Fla., at 3:40 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 11. Marshall will host rival and No. 25 West Virginia at 7 p.m. ET Friday, Sept. 10.