Sept. 22, 2014

Freshman QB J.T. Barrett tied an Ohio State record with six TD passes vs. Kent State. He has 757 yards passing and nine TD passes through three games.
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First and 10

  • Ohio State and Cincinnati are meeting for the 16th time with the Buckeyes leading 13-2.
  • Urban Meyer has faced Cincinnati just once in his head coaching career, a 51-24 Florida win over the Bearcats in the 2010 Sugar Bowl.
  • Ohio State has not lost in 44 consecutive games vs. in-state opponents, including 39 straight wins.
  • Ohio State is 75-8 overall at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
  • Ohio State is 39-23 all-time in night games (games 5 p.m. or later) and has won five of its last six night games at Ohio Stadium.
  • Ninty-seven (97) of Ohio State’s 121 points scored this season have been by freshmen and sophomores (true & redshirt).
  • Ohio State has recorded 11 pass plays of 20 or more yards through three games.
  • Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett threw for 312 yards and tied a school record with six TD passes in the win over Kent State.
  • Head coach Urban Meyer is 49-5 in his career in games played in August/September.
  • Buckeyes Joe Burger, Sam Hubbard, Joe Ramstetter and Adolphus Washington all hail from Cincinnati.

Smith & Winfield into OSU Hall
Two of the very best players to play their respective positions at Ohio State University – quarterback Troy Smith and cornerback Antoine Winfield – will be inducted into the Ohio State Sports Hall of Fame during weekend celebrations centered around the Cincinnati game this week.

Smith and Winfield are part of a 13-member Ohio State Sports Hall of Fame class that includes two other football players: Bob Vogel (1959-62) and Ralph Wolf (1935-37). The class also includes hockey player Tessa Bonhamme, women’s basketball coach Nancy Darsch, fencer Boaz Ellis, track and field performer Rosalind Goodwin, golfer Ralph Guarasci, wrestling coach Russ Hellickson, synchronized swimmer Becky Kim, track and field performer Tami Smith and tennis player Jeremy Wurtzman. (Note: Hall of Famers will be available for interviews Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the Traditions Lounge on the second floor of the Ohio Union.)

Smith: 7th Heisman Trophy Winner
Troy Smith won the 2006 Heisman Trophy in a landslide – his victory total was the second-largest margin of victory – and he was a consensus All-American as a senior after leading Ohio State to a 12-0 regular season and to a national title game appearance. He closed an exceptional career at Ohio State – one that included a 25-3 record as a starting quarterback – by throwing for 5,720 yards while completing 62.7 percent of his passes (second-best at Ohio State) with 54 touchdowns (third behind Bobby Hoying and Joe Germaine). His career passing efficiency mark of 157.1 is a school record. Smith led Ohio State to Big Ten championships in 2005 and 2006. His most impressive statistic, though: he is one of only two Ohio State quarterbacks to post a 3-0 mark against Michigan.

Winfield: The First … a Bunch of Times
Antoine Winfield was a two-time All-American for the Buckeyes, including a consensus choice as a senior in 1998. He was the first Buckeye to win the Thorpe Award as the nation’s outstanding cornerback, and his Ohio State career is punctuated by a number of other firsts: he was the first non-linebacker to record at least 200 career solo tackles; he was the first defensive back to be voted team MVP (following the 1997 season); and he was the first cornerback in recorded history to lead the team in tackles when he did so in 1997. A two-time all-Big Ten Conference selection, Winfield closed his career with 278 tackles, including 224 solo stops, 22 tackles-for-loss, 29 pass break-ups and three interceptions.

Game No. 16 Between OSU and UC
The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Bearcats will meet for the 16th time on the gridiron and the first time since 2006 when the two teams collide Saturday in Ohio Stadium. This will be the fifth meeting between the two teams since 1999. Before that season, the teams had not played since 1931, or a span of 68 years without meeting.

Last Meeting: Ohio State 37, UC 7
Cincinnati led 7-3 after the first quarter against No. 1-ranked Ohio State, but the Buckeyes outscored the Bearcats 34-0 the rest of the way for a convincing 37-7 victory. Antonio Pittman rushed for 155 yards and Troy Smith threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns. James Laurinaitis led a defense that allowed just 212 total yards, including minus-4 rushing yards, with nine tackles, a sack and an interception.

One More OSU/UC Game Set
There is one more game scheduled between Ohio State and Cincinnati. The two teams will play again in five years: on Sept. 7 2019 in Columbus.

Buckeyes Lead Series, 13-2
These two teams first played in 1893 and the majority of the games – 11 of them – were played between that first meeting and the 1931 game. Ohio State leads the all-time series with Cincinnati, 13-2, and the Buckeyes have won 10 consecutive games. Cincinnati’s two wins came before the turn of the 20th century: 8-6 in 1896 and 24-0 in 1897.

Ohio State vs. Cincinnati

11/18/1893 at OSU W, 38-0
11/17/1894 at UC W, 6-4
11/9/1895 at UC W, 4-0
10/10/1896 at UC L, 6-8
11/13/1897 at UC L, 0-24
10/13/1900 at UC W, 29-0
10/8/1910 at OSU W, 23-0
11/30/1911 at UC W, 11-6
10/26/1912 at OSU W, 47-7
10/11/1919 at OSU W, 46-0
10/3/1931 at OSU W, 67-6
09/25/1999 at OSU W, 34-20
09/21/2002 N (1) W, 23-19
09/4/2004 at OSU W, 27- 6
09/16/2006 at OSU W, 37- 7

(1) Cincinnati, Ohio (Paul Brown Stadium)

More Series/Personnel Notes …

  • Including this year, seven of the most recent eight games in the series have been played in Ohio Stadium. The only exception: the 2002 game was played in Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium.
  • Ohio State TE’s coach Tim Hinton was Cincinnati’s RBs coach (under Mark Dantonio) for the 2006 Ohio State/UC matchup.
  • CB coach and special team’s coordinator Kerry Coombs spent his first five years as a collegiate coach (2007-11) at UC. Coombs was DBs coach in 2007-08 under Brian Kelly; he was assoc. head coach, DBs coach and special team’s coordinator in 2009 under Kelly and from 2010-11 under Butch Jones.
  • Jon Carpenter, one of the Buckeyes defensive graduate assistants, is a 2008 graduate of Cincinnati with a degree in industrial management and mathematics and a master’s in education administration. He played for the Bearcats between 2004-07 and helped the team to three bowl victories. He also coached there under Brian Kelly, helping the Bearcats to a 23-3 record and to back-to-back BCS bowl games.
  • Assistant AD for sports performance Mickey Marotti was UC’s strength and conditioning coach for nearly nine years, from 1990-98.
  • This will be the second game Urban Meyer has coached against his alma mater (2010 Sugar Bowl between Florida and UC; a 51-24 UF victory).

Ohio State vs. Ohio Schools
Ohio State is 179-48-15 all-time vs. schools from the state of Ohio and it has not lost in 44 consecutive games vs. in-state schools dating to a 7-6 loss to Oberlin in 1921. Ohio State has won 39 consecutive games vs. in-state schools dating to a 7-7 tie to the College of Wooster in 1924.

Urban Meyer: Bearcat Grad
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is a 1986 graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in psychology. He played football there under Dave Currey, lettering in 1984. Meyer’s family, in fact, has a long-standing and still current history with the U of C. Consider:

  • His paternal grandfather, Urban, received his associate’s degree from Cincinnati;
  • His father, also named Urban but known as “Bud,” graduated from Cincinnati with a degree in chemical engineering;
  • Both of Meyer’s sisters – GiGi and Erika – are UC graduates with degrees in physics and mathematics, respectively;
  • GiGi has been on the faculty and administrative staff at UC since 1991 and she is currently vice provost for undergraduate affairs; and
  • Wife, Shelley, has her degree in nursing from Cincinnati.

Family Ties To Ohio State
The Ohio State University is also prominent in the Meyer family. Urban Meyer started his collegiate coaching career as graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1986, received his master’s in sports administration in 1987 and returned to his second alma mater in November of 2011 as head coach. Meyer’s sister, GiGi, has both her masters and PhD in economics from Ohio State. And Shelley Meyer currently teaches a psychiatric nursing clinical in the Ohio State College of Nursing.

Versus Tommy Tuberville
Second-year Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville is 2-0 vs. Urban Meyer. His 2006 and 2007 Auburn teams each defeated Meyer’s Florida teams, by scores of 27-17 and 20-17, respectively. Florida was 6-0 and No. 2 in the nation when No. 11 Auburn toppled them in 2006. Florida was No. 4 and Auburn unranked for the 2007 contest. Only one other coach who has coached opposite Meyer on more than one occasion has a winning record against him: Nick Saban (2-1).

It’s Coach to Cure MD Week!
The Ohio State and Cincinnati coaching staffs will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.

Barrett Honored by Big Ten
J.T. Barrett was named the Big Ten Conference’s offensive player of the week and its freshman of the week Sept. 15 after throwing for 312 yards and a school-record tying six touchdowns in Ohio State’s 66-0 win over Kent State. Barrett threw for 297 yards and five touchdowns in the first half while directing the Buckeyes to a 45-0 lead. He played just one series in the second half and finished his day 23-of-30 passing for 312 yards with six touchdowns and one interception, a pass that was bobbled by a receiver at the goal. Barrett tied Kenny Guiton’s one-year-old school record (2013 vs. Florida A&M) for touchdown passes. He became the first Ohio State quarterback to officially throw for more than 300 yards in a game since Troy Smith passed for 316 yards in a 2006 win over Michigan, a span of 95 games.

Barrett is currently tied for second in the Big Ten Conference with nine touchdown passes.

Barrett Hits 11 Different Receivers in Kent State Win
Redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett was spreading the ball all over the field in the 66-0 win over the Golden Flashes, hitting 11 different receivers and tying a school record with six TD passes in the win. It marked the first time in 25 years an Ohio State QB hit 11 different receivers in a game. Barrett was

Barrett on Pace for 3,000?
J.T. Barrett has 757 passing yards through his first three games for an average of 252.3 yards per game through the air. At his current pace, Barrett would top 3,000 yards passing by the end of the regular season, which would be the most by an Ohio State QB since Joe Germaine threw for a school-record 3,330 yards in 1998 in 12 games. Germaine and Bobby Hoying (3,269 yards in 1995) are the only two Ohio State QBs to throw for 3,000 yards in a season.

Samuel Hits 100 Yards
True freshman Curtis Samuel became the first Ohio State running back to reach the 100-yard rushing mark with 100 yards and two TDs in the win over Kent State. He also added four catches for 40 yards. Samuel busted off a 26-yard run and hauled in a 30-yard catch and run in the victory before his TD runs of 3 and 1 yards in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. Samuel leads all rushers with 171 yards and is averaging 6.3 yards per carry.

Record crowd makes Ohio State No. 1
A record crowd of 107,517 fans were in Ohio Stadium for the Ohio State/Virginia Tech game. The crowd is the largest of this young season in college football and positions Ohio State No. 1 in average home attendance through the first four weeks of the season.

2014 Home attendance – Average
1. 105,961 – Ohio State (Ohio Stadium)
2. 104,508 – Michigan (Michigan Stadium)
3. 104,298 – Texas A&M (Kyle Field)
4. 101,316 – Alabama (Bryant-Denny Stadium)
5. 101,284 – LSU (Tiger Stadium)

Top 5 Ohio Stadium crowds
1. 107,517 vs. Virginia Tech; Sept. 6, 2014
2. 106,102 vs. Nebraska; Oct. 6, 2012
3. 106,033 vs. USC; Sept. 12, 2009
4. 105,899 vs. Penn State; Oct. 26, 2013
5. 105,899 vs. Michigan; Nov. 24, 2012

Regular Season Win Streak Snapped
The loss to Virginia Tech snapped two impressive Ohio State winning streaks: a 25-game regular season winning streak and a 15-game home winning streak.

Big Ten Win Streak Still In Play
Ohio State’s all-time winning and regular-season streaks may have ended, but the 2014 Ohio State team can still make additional winning streak history. The Big Ten Conference record for regular season Big Ten wins is 20, set by Ohio State from 2005-07 and these current Buckeyes currently have 16 consecutive Big Ten wins.

A Top 5 Big Ten Win Streak
Ohio State’s 24 consecutive wins in 2012 and 2013 rank among the Top 5 longest winning streaks in Big Ten Conference history. It was the longest winning streak in the Big Ten in 64 years, or since Michigan won 25 consecutive games between 1946-49.

Longest Big Ten Winning Streaks
29 – Michigan, 1901-03
26 – Michigan, 1903-05
25 – Michigan, 1946-49
24 – Ohio State, 2012-13
24 – Minnesota, 1903-05
22 – Ohio State, 1967-69
21 – Minnesota, 1933-36
20 – Iowa, 1920-23

Three 20-Game Win Streaks For Meyer
Last season Urban Meyer became the first head coach at the highest level of the collegiate coaching ranks (major college, Division I, FBS, etc.) to have three winning streaks of at least 20 games. A total of 40 head coaches at this level have lead a team to a winning streak of at least 20 games. Nine of those coaches have had two winning streaks of at least 20 wins. Meyer is the first to add a third such winning streak to his name.

And Only One Three-Game Losing Streak
The win over Navy snapped a two-game losing streak for coach Urban Meyer’s team. Meyer has had just one losing streak reach three games in his 155-game head coaching career: in 2010 at Florida. He has had only four multi-game losing streaks in all, with all of them two-game streaks except for the 2010 trio while at Florida. The others: in 2002 at Bowling Green; 2007 at Florida; and 2013 at Ohio State.

Thomas Emerging as Top WR Threat
Sophomores Michael Thomas is emerging as one of Ohio State’s top wide receiver threats. So far this season the Los Angeles native leads the Buckeyes with 11 catches for 214 yards and four TDs. He caught a career-high six passes for 98 yards, including a 53-yard TD catch and run, in the loss to Virginia Tech and had two TD grabs in the win over Kent State. He is averaging 34.7 yards per TD reception and 71.3 yards per game.

Scouting Cincinnati
The Bearcats are 2-0 on the young season after defeating two in-state MAC schools in Toledo (58-34) and Miami (31-24) at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati started the year with consecutive bye weeks before hosting the Rockets Sept. 12.

UC is led offensively by sophomore QB Gunner Kiel, who has passed for 689 yards and 10 TDs in two games. He has completed 65.8 percent of his passes. His favorite two targets are juniors Mekale McKay (12 rec, 215 yds, 3 TDs) and Shaq Washington (11 rec, 125 yds, 1 TD). Senior RB Hosey Williams leads all rushers with 114 yards on 19 carries. The Bearcat offense ranks ninth nationally in passing with 353.5 yards per game thus far.

Tommy Tuberville is 11-4 in his second season at Cincinnati and 141-81 in his 19th season as a head coach. Tuberville has previously held head coaching jobs at Ole Miss (1995-98), Auburn (1999-2008) and Texas Tech (2010-12). He is 7-3 all-time in bowl games, which included 2005 Sugar Bowl (2004 season) when he led Auburn to a 13-0 record.

Ohio State vs. The AAC
The Buckeyes are 22-3-1 all-time against current members of the American Athletic Conference. In fact, Ohio State has only faced four current members of the AAC.

School Record
Cincinnati 13-2
SMU 7-1-1
Houston 1-0
UCF 1-0
South Florida 0-0
Tulsa 0-0
East Carolina 0-0
Temple 0-0
Memphis 0-0
UConn 0-0
Tulane 0-0

Frosh & Sophs Have 12 of 16 TDs
Young players have accounted for 12 of Ohio State’s 16 touchdowns this season, led by redshirt sophomore Michael Thomas’ team-high four scores. Overall, 97 of Ohio State’s 121 points (.801) have been scored by freshmen and sophomores (true and redshirt). Below is a breakdown of Ohio State’s scoring:

Player TDs FGs PAT PTS
Sean Nuernberger – Fr. 3-5 16-16 25
Michael Thomas – So. 4 24
Ezekiel Elliott – So. 2 12
Curtis Samuel – Fr. 2 12
Devin Smith – Sr. 2 12
Rod Smith – Sr. 2 12
Darron Lee – Fr. 1 6
Jalin Marshall – Fr. 1 6
Marcus Baugh – Fr. 1 6
J.T. Barrett – Fr. 1 6
Totals 16 3-5 16-16 121

Buckeye “D” Averaging 10.0 TFLs
After registering eight TFLs vs. Navy, 12 vs. Virginia Tech and 10 more vs. Kent State, the Buckeyes have a total of 30 tackles behind the line of scrimmage this season for an average of 10.0 per game.

Season Leaders in TFLs
DE Joey Bosa – 5.0 for -23 yds
LB Darron Lee – 5.0 for -13 yds
LB Reakwon McMillan – 4.0 for -14 yds
LB Curtis Grant – 3.0 for -18 yds
LB Joshua Perry – 3.0 for -11 yds
DT Adolphus Washington – 3.0 for -11 yds

Buckeye Secondary Locked In
The Buckeyes have made solid strides in the secondary thus far in 2014, having not allowed a pass play of more than 20 yards through three games. The longest pass play against the Silver Bullets came at the hands of Virginia Tech, an 18-yarder from Michael Brewer to Willie Byrn in the second quarter. Ohio State, which ranks third in the NCAA in fewest passing yards allowed (99.3 ypg), did not face much of a passing attack vs. Navy. However, the secondary kept the VT passing game in check for the most part with two interceptions and two PBU’s and followed that up by holding Kent State to 79 yards through the air with three interceptions and seven PBUs.

To put that in perspective, Ohio State, with four new offensive linemen and a redshirt freshman QB, has aired out 11 pass plays of at least 22 yards this season (four for TDs), including six of at least 40 yards.

Bosa 9th Nationally in FF
Joey Bosa has a forced fumble in two of three games and both plays led to huge Ohio State touchdowns. His forced fumble on Navy QB Keenan Reynolds last week was scooped up by Darron Lee and returned 61 yards for a third-quarter touchdown. Saturday his sack of Hokie quarterback Michael Brewer and ensuing fumble was recovered by Rashad Frazier at the VT 15. Two plays later Ezekiel Elliott scored to tie the game at 21-all. Bosa’s 0.67 FF per game rank 9th nationally.

Barrett: 3rd-Most Passing Yards in Debut
J.T. Barrett’s 226 passing yards in his first start represents the third-highest total in an Ohio State quarterback’s debut start. The most: fifth-year senior Kenny Guiton’s 276 yards vs. California in the third game last year.

Most Passing Yards in First Start
1. 276 – Kenny Guiton vs. California, 2013
2. 243 – Steve Bellisari vs. Ohio, 1999
3. 226 – J.T. Barrett vs. Navy, 2014
4. 182 – Art Schlichter vs. Penn State, 1978
5. 180 – Joe Germaine vs. Illinois, 1996

Devin Smith: 20 Career TDS at 42.1 Yards Per Score
Devin Smith has caught 20 career touchdown passes at an average distance of 42.1 yards per score. Smith, who has 93 career receptions for 1,783 yards, is fifth all-time at Ohio State with his 20 TD receptions. He recently passed Joey Galloway and Dane Sanzenbacher who each have 19. Furthermore, his 19.1 yards per catch average currently ranks fourth all-time on Ohio State’s career list. The Ohio State record is 21.3 yards per catch by Cedric Anderson, who played for the Buckeyes from 1980-83.

Devin Smith TD Receptions
2011 – 14 from B. Miller vs. Akron
2011 – 32 from B. Miller vs. Colorado
2011 – 17 from B. Miller vs. Colorado
2011 – 40 from B. Miller vs. Wisconsin
2012 – 23 from B. Miller vs. Miami
2012 – 25 from B. Miller vs. Cal
2012 – 72 from B. Miller vs. Cal
2012 – 63 from B. Miller vs. Michigan State
2012 – 60 from B. Miller vs. Indiana
2012 – 46 from B. Miller vs. Indiana
2013 – 47 from B. Miller vs. Buffalo
2013 – 90 from K. Guiton vs. Cal
2013 – 47 from K. Guiton vs. Cal
2013 – 5 from K. Guiton vs. FAMU
2013 – 26 from B. Miller vs. Wisconsin
2013 – 14 from B. Miller vs. Iowa
2013 – 39 from B. Miller vs. Indiana
2013 – 53 from B. Miller vs. Michigan
2014 – 80 from J.T. Barrett vs. Navy
2014 – 50 from J.T. Barrett vs. Kent State

Buckeyes in the Polls
Ohio State is ranked No. 22 in this week’s Associated Press and No. 20 USA Today/Coaches Top 25 polls. Since the start of the 2002 season, Ohio State has been ranked in the AP Top 10 more times than any other school (147). Oklahoma (125) and LSU (123) are second and third, respectively.

The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP Top 25 more times (826) than any other school, appeared in the AP preseason poll for the 26th consecutive season this year, the longest streak in the nation. It also marks the 47th consecutive season Ohio State has appeared in the AP poll, tying Alabama for the longest active streak.

A Lot of Yards to Replace
With the preseason injury to Braxton Miller, Ohio State entered the 2014 season without more than 3,100 yards of total offense from its 2013 squad, on top of losing top playmakers Carlos Hyde (1,521 yards rushing) and Corey “Philly” Brown (771 yards receiving). But as the Buckeyes showed in the win vs. Navy, they will replace those yards by committee with several talented players to spread the ball around to.

The Buckeyes returned just 11 percent of its total offense from a year ago heading into this season, the leading men being sophomore RB Ezekiel Elliott (262 yards rushing) and sophomore H-B Dontre Wilson (250 yards rushing; 210 yards receiving). The Buckeyes did, however, return two senior wide receivers in Devin Smith and Evan Spencer and senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, who have more than 160 catches, 2,700 yards and 29 TDs between them.

Four New Starters Along O-Line
The Buckeyes have unveiled a new-look offensive line the first three games with four new starters in RG Billy Price, C Jacoby Boren, LG Pat Elflein and RT Darryl Baldwin. LT Taylor Decker is the only veteran with 17 career starts; 14 at right tackle last year and is the new leader of the pack at left tackle this season.

Ohio State’s offensive linemen have just 35 career starts combined — the fewest in the Big Ten and the second-fewest in the nation behind Tennessee:

School Starts
1. Tennessee 21
2. Ohio State 35
3. Arkansas State 37
4. San Jose State 38
5. Army 39
Louisiana Tech 39

New on the Sidelines
Coach Urban Meyer’s staff features two new assistant coaches: Chris Ash is the team’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach and Larry Johnson is assistant head coach and defensive line coach. Ash spent the past year at Arkansas and the previous three years at Wisconsin. Johnson has coached collegiately for the past 18 years at Penn State.

Five Seniors Named Captains for 2014
Five seniors were chosen by vote of their teammates, included injured and out-for-the-year quarterback Braxton Miller, cornerback Doran Grant, linebacker Curtis Grant, defensive tackle Michael Bennett and tight end Jeff Heuerman.

The Early Arrivals
Seven prospects from the 2014 recruiting class (of 23) enrolled in January. Those seven were:

The Early Trend
The seven early arriving Buckeyes continue a trend of high school seniors electing to graduate early/complete requirements to graduate and enroll at Ohio State for a winter or spring academic session. Ohio State has a total of 21 players who have left high school early. Those players, in addition to the class of 2014 enrollees, include:

  • 2013: CB

Eli Apple, QB J.T. Barrett, CB Cam Burrows and DL Tyquan Lewis;
2012: OL Jacoby Boren, OL Taylor Decker, RB Bri’onte Dunn, QB Cardale Jones, LB Joshua Perry, DB Tyvis Powell and WR Michael Thomas; and
2011: OL Joel Hale, TE Jeff Heuerman, QB Braxton Miller.

22-0 Since 2005 With Punt Block
Urban Meyer’s teams are 22-0 since the 2005 season when blocking a punt. Last season Ohio State blocked three punts: Bradley Roby (2) vs. Indiana and at Northwestern and Doran Grant vs. FAMU. This season, Ohio State has one (Jeff Greene vs. KSU).

60 Blocked Kicks
Urban Meyer-coached teams, from 2001 to the present, have blocked 61 kicks. Meyer’s Buckeyes have blocked 10 kicks over the past two-plus seasons. (Source for the first 51 blocks: University of Florida stats)

Buckeyes Building Blocks:
1. Adolphus Washington (PAT vs. UCF)
2. Orhian Johnson (PAT vs. UAB)
3. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Michigan State)
4. Travis Howard (Punt vs. Indiana)
5. Garrett Goebel (PAT vs. Purdue)
6. Johnathan Hankins (FG vs. Purdue)

7. Doran Grant (Punt vs. FAMU)
8. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Northwestern)
9. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Indiana)

10. Jeff Greene (Punt vs. KSU)

Future Opponents
Ohio State Notre Dame have agreed to a home-and-home series on the gridiron for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. Ohio State’s impressive slate of future non-conference home-and-home series now features games with:

  • Virginia Tech: last weekend and in 2015;
  • Oklahoma: 2016 in Norman and 2017 in Columbus;
  • TCU: 2018 in Fort Worth and 2019 in Columbus;
  • Oregon: 2020 in Eugene and 2021 in Columbus;
  • Notre Dame: 2022 in Columbus and 2023 in South Bend;
  • Texas: 2022 in Austin and 2023 in Columbus; and
  • Boston College: 2023 in Columbus and 2024 in Chestnut Hill.

The Big Ten Conference
Maryland and Rutgers are now members of the Big Ten Conference and a new East/West divisional format replaces the Legends and Leaders divisions. New division alignments will feature Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in the East Division and Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin in the West Division. Each school will play the other six schools in its division plus two teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015 before moving to nine-game conference slates in 2016.

Bennett a Senior CLASS Candidate
Senior co-captain Michael Bennett has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in college football. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Bennett, a Centerville, Ohio, native, is a force as an interior defensive lineman and a team-leader off the field and is the son of parents who each graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Bennett has played in 37 games with 17 starts. He has recorded 75 career tackles, including 19.5 TFL and also has a team-high 11 quarterback sacks.

Off the field, Bennett goes above and beyond in the community, participating in a variety of community service projects. In the past year, Bennett and his teammates have volunteered their time at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and paid a visit to campers at King Arts Complex in Columbus, reading, playing and interacting with local kids. Bennett also has attended the Columbus Special Olympics, taking part in the opening ceremonies and cheering kids on during competition and has been involved with the 2nd and 7 Foundation, which promotes reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need. Last summer, Bennett and his teammates helped rebuild the playgrounds at Graham Expeditionary Middle School in Columbus and also visited sick kids at Columbus Children’s Hospital.

A Bigger, Better, Brighter Ohio Stadium
Capacity at Ohio Stadium has risen to 104,944 from 102,329, meaning attendance figures can expect to reach 107,000-plus this season after a record crowd of 107,517 vs. Virginia Tech. An $8.9 million project at Ohio Stadium added 2,615 seats near the south stands’ stadium tunnels. The project included a new players’ tunnel and it also added rows of permanent MUSCO sports lighting atop the stadium’s east wall and above the press box. Upon completion, the south stands will hold just over 19,300 students (an additional 9,000 students will continue to have seats in the north end of the stadium).

87 Consecutive Crowds of 100,000-Plus
Ohio State has had 87 consecutive crowds in excess of 100,000. The last time Ohio State did not have at least 100,000 at a home game in Ohio Stadium: the 2002 season vs. Kent when 98,689 were on hand for the second game of what would become a national championship-winning season. Ohio State has an all-time record of 412-110-20 in Ohio Stadium.

92nd Year in Ohio Stadium
Ohio Stadium, grand and venerable and registered on the National Register of Historic Places, is hosting its 92nd football season in 2014. Ohio Stadium is endearingly nicknamed the “Horseshoe” or the “Shoe” because of its open south end. It is also referred to as the “House that Harley Built” after Chic Harley, Ohio State’s first three-time All-American who fans flocked to see at Ohio Field in 1916-17-19. Just one year after Harley’s career at Ohio State was over, things were in motion for a new stadium for the Buckeyes.

More Than 29,000 Students Buy Tickets
The Ohio State Department of Athletics sold more than its allotment of student season tickets this year and as a result more than 29,000 students will be in the stands for home games this season. Students were allotted 28,333 season ticket packages (full season and Big Ten games-only) but demand prompted the ticket office to keep selling and an additional 1,281 season ticket packages were sold for a total of 29,614.

Ohio State Student Ticket Packages Sold
2014 Season – 29,614 ticket packages sold
2013 Season – 26,304 sold
2012 Season – 25,798 sold
2011 Season* – 22,797 sold
2010 Season* – 29,701 sold
2009 Season* – 27,960 sold
*Packages these years, when Ohio State was on the quarter system and classes didn’t start until mid-September, consisted only of last four or five games.