Sep 2, 2013
|Sophomore Noah Spence recorded six tackles, including 2.0 TFL and 1.0 sack on Saturday vs. Buffalo.|
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First and 10
Buckeyes Win 35th Consecutive Home Opener with 40-20 win Over Buffalo
Braxton Miller threw two touchdown passes and Jordan Hall ran for two touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 40-20 victory over Buffalo on Saturday, extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 13 games. Hall had a career-high 159 yards rushing, scoring on runs of 37 and 49 yards. Miller was 15 of 22 passing for 178 yards with TDs of 47 yards to Devin Smith and 7 yards to Chris Fields. He also ran for 77 yards on 17 attempts despite being hampered in the second half with cramps.
Ohio State was in control after its first three possessions and led 23-0 after the first quarter. Miller hit Smith on a 47-yard scoring pass on the fourth offensive play of the game. Then Miller found Fields on a 7-yard scoring pass and Hall scored on a 49-yard scamper with 38 seconds left in the quarter. After the Bulls cut the gap to 23-13, the Buckeyes regrouped and took control. After fumbling on the previous OSU possession, Dontre Wilson took a kickoff back 51 yards to set up Ohio State’s next score. On first down, Hall bolted through the line for a 37-yard score. Later, QB Kenny Guiton came in to toss a 21-yard TD pass to Fields and kicker Drew Basil capped the Ohio State scoring with a 39-yard FG midway through the fourth quarter.
Scouting The Aztecs
San Diego State is 0-1 after its 40-19 loss to Eastern Illinois Saturday in San Diego. The Aztecs led 13-7 after the first quarter, but were outscored 33-6 the rest of the way. SDSU committed five turnovers on the night as QB Adam Dingwell threw for 318 yards and four INTs on 27 of 63 passing. Senior Colin Lockett led SDSU on the ground with 48 yards.
The Aztecs were 9-4 last season and won a share of the Mountain West championship (tied with Boise State and Fresno State) with a 7-1 mark in conference play. They fell 23-6 to BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl.
SDSU is led by third-year head coach Rocky Long, the 2002 and 2012 Mountain West Coach of the Year. Long is the winningest head coach in the history of the Mountain West and has helped usher in two of the biggest turnarounds at two MWC schools: his alma mater New Mexico and San Diego State. The 2003 New Mexico team handed Utah one of its two losses during Meyer era, 47-35, in Salt Lake City.
Ohio State vs. The MWC
Ohio State is 7-1 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference. The Buckeyes are 3-0 vs. SDSU, 2-0 vs. Fresno State, 1-0 vs. San Jose State and 1-0 vs. Wyoming. Their only loss came in the 1990 Liberty Bowl to Air Force.
Buckeyes In The Polls
The latest Top 25 polls will not be released until Tuesday morning. Ohio State was ranked No. 2 in the preseason Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 polls of the 2013 season, its highest preseason ranking since 2010 when it started at No. 2 and its highest overall ranking since Oct. 10, 2010 when it was ranked No. 1 by the AP. The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP more times (805) than any other school, appeared in the AP preseason poll for the 25th consecutive season, the longest such streak in the nation. It also marks the 46th consecutive season Ohio State has appeared in the AP poll, tying Alabama for the longest active streak.
Since the start of the 2002 season, Ohio State has been ranked in the AP Top 10 more times than any other school (128). Oklahoma is second with 119.
Ohio State carries the nation’s current longest winning streak into Saturday’s game at 13 games. It is the 15th winning streak in school history of 10-or-more games. The streak is the sixth-longest in school history with 22 consecutive wins the longest.
Ohio State Winning Streaks (buster)
22 – 1967-69 (at Michigan, 24-12)
19 – 2005-06 (vs. Florida, 41-14)
19 – 2002-03 (at Wisconsin, 17-10)
17 – 1915-17 (tied Auburn, 0-0)
14 – 1899-00 (Ohio Medical, 11-6)
13 – 2012 (current)
13 – 1957-58 (tied at Wisconsin, 7-7)
12 – 1944-45 (Purdue, 35-13)
11 – 1995 (at Michigan, 31-23)
11 – 1979 (vs. USC, 17-16)
11 – 1975 (vs. UCLA, 23-10)
11 – 1954-55 (at Stanford, 6-0)
10 – 2010 (Illinois, 28-21)
10 – 1996 (Michigan, 13-9)
10 – 1934-35 (Notre Dame, 18-13)
Five 10-Plus Win Streaks For Meyer
Urban Meyer is in the midst of his third-longest winning streak. The only active coach – and one of only nine all-time – to have multiple 20-game winning streaks, Meyer won his last game at Florida – 37-24 over Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl – and he has guided the Buckeyes to 13 consecutive wins for a current 14-game winning streak. He has coached teams to winning streaks of 10 or more games five times.
Urban Meyer Winning Streaks (seasons)
22 – Florida (2008 and 2009)
20 – Utah (2003 and 2004) and Florida (2005)
14 – Florida (2010) and Ohio State (2012-13)
11 – Florida (2006 and 2007)
11 – Bowling Green (2001 and 2002)
Meyer’s Single Season Winning Streaks
12 – Florida (2009)
12 – Utah (2004)
12 – Ohio State (2012)
10 – Florida (2008)
8 – Bowling Green (2002)
Champions – Buffalo
Playing like a champion vs. Buffalo were eight players; three on offense and defense and two on special teams. Jordan Hall was the offensive player of the week and was joined on that side of the ball by Chris Fields and Corey Brown. Christian Bryant, the only returning starter from 2012 on the field for about half the game Saturday, was the defensive champion with Noah Spence and Doran Grant also earning champion awards. And special teams honors went to player of the week Ron Tanner with true freshman Vonn Bell – three special teams tackles – also honored.
First New DL in 28 Years
Ohio State started an entirely new defensive line from last season Saturday against Buffalo with juniors Joel Hale and Michael Bennett manning the inside tackle positions and sophomores Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington at defensive end, respectively. This is the first time in 28 years (1985) that the Buckeyes had an entirely new set of down lineman along the defensive line. All three starters along the front line from 1984 – LT Dave Crecelius, NG Anthony Giuliani and RT Dave Morrill – completed their eligibility that season. (Note: Byron Lee is listed as an OLB in these mid-1980s defenses.)
Seven Make First Starts
Seven Buckeyes made their first career starts in the season opener: RT Taylor Decker was the only new starter on offense while Viper (DE) Noah Spence, DE Adolphus Washington, NG Joel Hale, CB Armani Reeves, SS Corey Brown and Nickle/SAF Tyvis Powell were first-timers on defense.
Powell First Since Roby
Tyvis Powell, who red-shirted the 2012 season as a true freshman, is the first Buckeye to start in his first Ohio State game since CB Bradley Roby, a 2010 red-shirt, did so against Akron in the 2011 season opener.
More Starts Stuff
Ohio State’s starting offensive unit against Buffalo came into the game with a combined total of 150 prior starts, including 80 starts along the offensive line. Ten of the 11 players on offense who opened the game had previously made starts. The defense, meanwhile, had just 43 combined starts with FS Christian Bryant (22) and LB Ryan Shazier (15) owning the vast majority of those.
“D” Has More Experience
Ohio State’s defensive coaches were without the use of two key performers against Buffalo: SS C.J. Barnett (injured) and CB Bradley Roby (suspended). These two players have started 24 games apiece and, once they return, will turn that youthful look on defense a little more veteran…at least in the secondary.
Nine True Freshmen Play
Nine true freshmen played in Ohio State’s season opener: SAF Vonn Bell, RB Dontre Wilson, RB Ezekiel Elliott, CB Cam Burrows, LB Trey Johnson, DT Michael Hill, WR James Clark, DE Joey Bosa and P Cameron Johnston. Five other players had their first Ohio State action: Tyvis Powell, who started at nickel back, sophomore LBs Craig Fada and Joe Burger, red-shirt OL Pat Elflein and RB Warren Ball.
Career Afternoon for Hall
Jordan Hall returned to action in a big way after missing most of the 2012 season with injuries. The fifth-year senior made his seventh career start one to remember with career highs in rushing yards (159), carries (21), long rush (49TD) and touchdowns scored (two). His 49-yard touchdown burst late in the first quarter gave Ohio State a 23-0 lead. And after Buffalo closed to within 23-13, he raced 37 yards on OSU’s first play from scrimmage to extend the lead to 30-13.
On the Cusp of 3,000
Jordan Hall’s 190 all-purpose yards increased his career total to 2,955 and moved him into 17th place all-time in school history. Saturday Hall passed Raymont Harris (2,864 all-purpose yards from 1990-93), Jonathan Wells (2,882 from 1998-01) and Gary Williams (2,901 from 1979-82). Within Hall’s sight Saturday:
16. Michael Wiley – 2,991 yards (1996-98)
15. Michael Jenkins – 3,095 yards (2000-03)
14. Santonio Holmes – 3,123 yards (2003-05)
Grant Starts Off Well
Middle linebacker Curtis Grant made his first start since the California game in Week 3 last year a productive one, ranking second on the team with 5.5 tackles against Buffalo. His total topped his previous high of three tackles two times, and it also included an assisted TFL (-1).
Picking Up where he Left off
Ryan Shazier, arguably, was the top linebacker in the Big Ten at season’s end last year. He was among the conference’s Top 10 in five categories, including leading the league with 17 tackles-for-loss, ranking second with 115 tackles and eighth with 12 passes defended. He was named first-team all-Big Ten.
Shazier led the Buckeyes with 7.0 tackles, 1.0 TFL and one pass break-up in the win over Buffalo Aug. 31. He and the Silver Bullets did not allow a rush of more than 10 yards all day.
Off the Edge
Sophomore viper Noah Spence enjoyed a career day in the win over Buffalo. The Harrisburg, Pa., native recorded six tackles (three solo) and, had 2.0 TFL for 11 yards, including a QB sack for seven yards. He now has 2.0 sacks on his young career with the first coming in the 2012 opener vs. Miami, Ohio.
It Was a Good Day
Australian punter Cameron Johnston averaged 41.3 yards per punt in his first ever football game and witnessed by his grandparents, Eileen and Geoff Johnston, who flew to America earlier in the week to watch their grandson and celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They had a good day watching.
Braxton: 10th & the Cusp of 10th
Junior QB Braxton Miller, who is now 17-6 as a starting quarterback with 13 consecutive victories, is now tied for 10th at Ohio State with 30 career touchdown passes (Terrelle Pryor). And, he needs just 30 passing yards to join Ohio State’s all-time Top 10 in that category. Miller enters the San Diego State game with 3,376 passing yards and is on the cusp of passing No. 10 Pryor (3,405 yards in 2008 and 2009). He still has a way to throw for No. 9 on the list: Craig Krenzel is at 4,493 yards.
Spreading the Wealth
Braxton Miller, who completed his first seven passes Saturday vs. Buffalo, was 15 of 22 overall, hitting seven different receivers throughout the game. Devin Smith, Chris Fields and Jordan Hall each caught three passes while Corey Brown, Evan Spencer and Jeff Heuerman each had two. True freshman Dontre Wilson also had one catch for 18 yards.
Miller Eyes Greene
Braxton Miller, who surpassed the 2,000 career rushing yards (2,063) in the win vs. Buffalo, is closing in on another milestone. He needs 18 rushing yards to surpass Cornelius Greene to become Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks.
124th Year of Football in Columbus
The 2013 college football season represents the 124th season of football for The Ohio State University Buckeyes. It also represents Ohio State’s 101st season in the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 838-316-53 to rank among the top five winningest programs in NCAA history, and 465-171-24 all-time in Big Ten games.
The 2013 season is the 91st campaign for Ohio Stadium to be the home of the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 405-109-20 all-time in the Horseshoe.
NCAA Top 10 Winningest Programs
Eight Will Serve as Game Captains
Urban Meyer has announced that eight student-athletes will serve as Ohio State game captains for the 2013 season with a decision coming at the end of the year as to who will be recognized as the season’s official team captains. Those eight individuals include:
34 Consecutive Home Opening Wins
With its victory over Buffalo, Ohio State has now won 35 consecutive home-opening games with the last loss happening 36 years ago – Sept. 16, 1978 – when Joe Paterno’s No. 5 Penn State team defeated No. 6 Ohio State, 19-0, to open what would ultimately be Woody Hayes’ final season as head coach. A few more home game notes:
Meyer 12-0 in Season Openers
Head coach Urban Meyer is now 12-0 all-time in season openers with an average margin of victory of 30.4 points. His largest margin of victory (59) in an opener was vs. Charleston Southern at Florida in 2009, a 62-3 UF victory.
85 Starts Along The Offensive Line
Four senior starters returned on the offensive line Saturday vs. Buffalo. Averaging 6-5 and 308 pounds, this unit helped pave the way for the Buckeyes to rank 10th in the nation last year with 242.2 rushing yards per game while scoring a 34-year Ohio State high 37 rushing touchdowns. Boasting a combined 85 cumulative starts on the line, the group features LT Jack Mewhort, LG Andrew Norwell, C Corey Linsley, RG Marcus Hall and RT Taylor Decker, who made his first career start vs. the Bulls.
Dual Threat Corey Brown Leads WRs
Senior receiver Corey Brown headlines a skilled group of throw-to performers that also includes seniors Jordan Hall and Chris Fields, juniors Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, and sophomore Michael Thomas. Brown emerged as a reliable target last year with 60 catches and 5.0 receptions per game (fourth in the Big Ten) and a big-play maker as well. He scored five touchdowns, including on a 76-yard punt return vs. Nebraska, a second- and third-effort 37-yard TD reception vs. Illinois, and a 68-yard punt return vs. Wisconsin. Smith now has 11 receiving touchdowns so far in his career, including three over 60 yards in 2012 – 72 vs. Cal; 63 vs. Michigan State; 60 vs. Indiana) – and he averages 40.0 yards per touchdown catch after his 47-yard scoring catch vs. Buffalo.
Roby A Returning All-American
Bradley Roby, who sat out the Buffalo game, earned first-team All-America honors last year by ESPN.com after leading the nation in passes defensed (1.73 per game) with a school record-tying 17 pass break-ups. This big play maker also scored touchdowns three different ways: an interception return vs. Nebraska; off a fumbled punt vs. Miami; and off a blocked punt return vs. Indiana.
3rd Year As Starting Safeties
C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant return for a third season as starters at safety. Barnett, who sat out the Buffalo game with an injury, has made 24 starts and was honorable mention all-Big Ten in 2012 after recording eight passes defended in nine games. Bryant, second-team all-Big Ten in 2012, was second on the team in both tackles (70) and solo tackles (36) in 2012, and he ranked sixth in the conference with 13 passes defended and 1.08 per game. He has made 22 starts.
Five Recruits Enroll Early
Five from the 2013 recruiting class – CB Eli Apple, QB J.T. Barrett, CB Cam Burrows, DL Tyquan Lewis and DL Tracy Sprinkle – enrolled at Ohio State in January and took part in spring drills.
Staff Remains Intact
Urban Meyer’s coaching staff is one of 10 BCS schools and one of four Big Ten schools keeping its coaching staff intact from 2012 to 2013.
Below is a list of all FBS schools who have remained completely intact:
Akron, Baylor, Boise State, Buffalo, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Minnesota (2011-12-13), Navy, Nebraska, Northwestern (2011-12-13), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rice, Toledo, Tulane, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.
To the House
The Buckeyes have returned at least one punt and/or a kickoff for a touchdown in 10 consecutive years. That mark is tied for second among FBS schools and second overall among BCS programs. Last season Corey Brown’s 68-yard punt return for a TD extended Ohio State’s streak to 10.
Consecutive Years of Returning a Kickoff/Punt for a Touchdown:
Since 2005: 18-0 When Blocking a Punt
Urban Meyer’s six Florida teams blocked a total of 21 punts, and they were 16-0 in those games. His Buckeyes have blocked two punts since the start of the 2012 season and his teams are now 18-0 when blocking a punt since the start of the 2005 season.
209 Years of Coaching Experience
Meyer’s Ohio State coaching staff has 209 combined years of NFL, college and high school coaching experience. The total includes three coaches on staff with college head coaching experience (Meyer, Luke Fickell and Everett Withers), two with a combined 32 years of high school head coaching experience (Kerry Coombs and Tim Hinton), two with 14 years of offensive coordinator experience on the collegiate level (Tom Herman and Ed Warinner) and two with 17 years of collegiate defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator experience (Withers and Fickell).
The Silver Bullet Defense
Ohio State has featured a Top 20 scoring defense in nine of the past 10 seasons, including a top 6 in six of the last eight.
|Year||PPG Allowed||FBS Rank|
*Defense ranked No. 2 nationally in the month of November in total defense, allowing just 269.7 yards per game; ranked sixth nationally in passing defense, allowing just 140.3 yards per game; ranked in a tie-for-second nationally in fewest plays allowed over 10 yards with 26; and ranked 19th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 19.0 points per game.
A number of players have changed numbers and/or positions since last season. Among the more notable changes:
Not Since 1922-24
Ohio State ranks first among all NCAA Div. I programs with 87 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. Tennessee had been first until back-to-back losing seasons in 2010 and 2011 snapped a 98-year streak (since 1909-11).
There will be a number of team reunions and teams being honored at Ohio Stadium this season. The list of past team honorees and recognitions – to date – includes the following:
101st Big Ten Season
The 2013 season will be Ohio State’s 101st season of play in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State joined the former Western Conference during the 1912-13 academic year, but it could not compete in the conference in football until 1913. Ohio State ranks second in all-time Big Ten wins with a record of 465-171-24. Ohio State also ranks second with 34 outright or shared Big Ten championships.
Black Stripe Watch List
The Ohio State freshman have been watched closely this fall. Coach Urban Meyer had a black stripe taped on each of their helmets at the beginning of camp. Getting the black stripe removed is a signal that a freshman is ready to become a full fledged Buckeye. Each freshman is assigned a big brother, a leader on the team, who helps the younger player get through the rigors of fall camp while teaching what it takes to be an Ohio State Buckeye. It is a program that Meyer has implemented throughout his head coaching career, beginning in 2001 at Bowling Green.
Fourteen have had their stripe removed so far, with big brother in parenthesis:
QB Joe Ramstetter (Michael Thomas)
RB Dontre Wilson (Bri’onte Dunn)
LB Mike Mitchell (Curtis Grant)
DL Joey Bosa (Michael Bennett)
RB Ezekiel Elliott (Warren Ball)
CB Cam Burrows (Armani Reeves)
LB Aaron Mawhirter (Craig Fada)
DL Michael Hill (Adolphus Washington)
OL Billy Price (Corey Linsley)
SAF Vonn Bell (Tyvis Powell)
CB Devonte Butler (Ron Tanner)
OL Evan Lisle (Andrew Norwell)
QB J.T. Barrett (Braxton Miller)
OL Logan Gaskey (Ben St. John)
91st Year in Ohio Stadium
Ohio Stadium, grand and venerable and registered on the National Register of Historic Places, will host its 91st football season in 2013. 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.
Ohio Stadium Stats
Ohio State has an all-time record of 405-109-20 in Ohio Stadium and the stadium has an official capacity of 102,329. The Buckeyes have not played before fewer than 100,000 fans in the last 78 games, or since the completion of a three-year renovation project in 2001 that restored and improved the stadium but also boosted attendance from an 88,000-plus capacity to over 100,000. Ohio State has played before more than 105,000 fans 44 times with a record crowd of 106,102 vs. Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012.
Pace Named to College Football HOF
Orlando Pace, one of the all-time greats at Ohio State as well as in college and professional football, was named a member of the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) in May. Pace is the 24th Buckeye player to be so honored by the NFF.
Pace and the rest of the 2013 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 10, 2013, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be honored guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2, 2014 and officially enshrined in the summer of 2014.
In 1995 he became the first sophomore to win the Lombardi Award and in 1996 he became the first to ever win the Lombardi Award twice. Pace was a first-team consensus All-American in 1995 and 1996 and first-team all-Big Ten Conference in 1995 and 1996. In 1996 he was the first offensive lineman since Ohio State’s John Hicks in 1972 to finish among the Top 4 vote getters for the Heisman Trophy. In 1997 Pace was the first pick of the 1997 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.
Buckeye Players in the College Football HOF:
Name (Year Inducted)
Chic Harley, 1951
Gaylord Stinchcomb, 1973
Wes Fesler, 1954
Gomer Jones, 1978
Gust Zarnas, 1975
Bill Willis, 1971
Les Horvath, 1969
Warren Amling, 1984
Jim Daniel, 1977
Vic Janowicz, 1976
Howard Cassady, 1979
Jim Parker, 1974
Aurealius Thomas, 1989
Archie Griffin, 1986
Jim Stillwagon, 1991
Bob Ferguson, 1996
Randy Gradishar, 1998
John Hicks, 2001
Jack Tatum, 2004
Jim Houston, 2005
Rex Kern, 2007
Chris Spielman, 2009
Eddie George, 2012
Orlando Pace, 2014