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Sept. 23, 2013

Senior QB Kenny Guiton threw a school-record six TD passes — all in the first half — in the win over Florida A&M.
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#4/3 Ohio State (4-0, 0-0) vs. #23/24 Wisconsin (3-1, 0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 – 8 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ABC will televise the game with Brent Musburger (p-by-p) and former Buckeye Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) in the booth and Heather Cox on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 64-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyer 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 and XM channels 91.

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 16 games.
  • Ohio State has won four of the last five meetings vs. Wisconsin, including the last two.
  • Ohio State is 21-for-22 in the red zone this season with 20 TDs and one FG.
  • Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth in the NCAA in scoring with 52.5 ppg. OSU also leads the Big Ten in passer efficiency (167.0).
  • Saturday’s game will feature the nation’s No. 3 (Wisconsin, 349.8 ypg) and No. 6 (Ohio State, 311.0 ypg)-ranked rushing attacks.
  • Ohio State is averaging 529.0 yards of total offense per game while giving up only 280.2.
  • The Buckeye have totaled 1,211 yards of offense over the past two games (608 at Cal and 603 vs. FAMU).
  • Junior Braxton Miller (2,068) needs 13 yards rushing to pass Cornelius Greene (2,080) and become Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs.
  • Senior RB Jordan Hall leads the Big Ten in scoring with 50 points (8 TDs, 1 2PT) and is tied for first with eight TDs scored.
  • Head coach Urban Meyer is 46-4 in his career in games played in August/September.

SCOUTING THE BADGERS
The No. 23/24 Badgers are 3-1 on the season with wins over UMass (45-0), Tennessee Tech (48-0) and Purdue (41-10). Their only loss came at Arizona State Sept. 14, 32-30, in the final seconds.

The Badgers, who rank third in the NCAA with 349.8 rushing yards per game, are led offensively by sophomore RB Melvin Gordon, who leads the Big Ten with 156.0 rushing yards per game to go along with seven TDs. He shares running back duties with senior James White who is averaging 110.5 ypg and three TDs. Gordon and White rushed for 147 (3TDs) and 145 yards (1 TD), respectively, in the win over Purdue last Saturday in Madison. Sophomore QB Joel Stave has completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 761 yards and six TDs. His favorite target is senior WR Jared Abbrederis who has 23 catches for 365 yards and three TDs.

Wisconsin’s defense, who has allowed only 10.5 ppg this season, is led by senior LB Chris Borland’s 30 tackles.

The Badgers are led by first-year head coach Gary Andersen. Andersen came to Madison after four years at Utah State and one at Southern Utah. Andersen, an assistant coach under Urban Meyer at Utah in 2004, has a career coaching record of 33-32.

FOURTH GAME AGAINST FORMER ASSISTANT
Urban Meyer has had 10 of his assistant coaches move on to head coaching positions in the FBS, including Gary Andersen, now at Wisconsin. The game will mark the fourth time Meyer has coached against a former assistant. The three previous times were Florida vs. Mississippi State games and Ohio State vs. Illinois in 2012. Meyer’s Gators defeated Dan Mullin’s Bulldogs in 2009, 29-19, in Starkville, Miss., and the Bulldogs topped Florida in Gainesville in 2010, 10-7. The Buckeyes defeated Beckman’s Illini, 52-22, last year at Ohio Stadium.

Meyer Assistants to Head Coaches
Steve Addazio – Boston College, 1st year
Gary Anderson – Wisconsin, 1st year
Tim Beckman – Illinois, 3rd year
Gregg Brandon – Bowling Green (6 seasons)
John “Doc” Holliday – Marshall, 4th year
Dan McCarney – North Texas, 3rd year
Dan Mullen – Mississippi State, 5th year
Mark Sanford – UNLV (coached 5 seasons)
Charlie Strong – Louisville, 4th year
Kyle Whittingham – Utah, 9th year

A STRETCH OF PRIME TIME GAMES
The game this week against Wisconsin starts a stretch of two consecutive primetime, 8 p.m. EDT kickoffs for the Buckeyes with the following week’s game against Northwestern also an 8 p.m. EDT start. After an off week and a 3:30 p.m. tilt against Iowa, the Buckeyes will return to prime time with an 8 p.m. kickoff against Penn State. This is the first time Ohio State will play two night games in one season at Ohio Stadium.

SIXTH ANNUAL COACHES TO CURE MD
The AFCA will hold its sixth annual Coach to Cure MD effort this Saturday. More than 110 FBS schools will be wearing a Coach to Cure MD patch to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.

The Ohio State and Wisconsin coaching staffs will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.

  • This is the sixth year of the Coach to Cure MD program, which has now surpassed the million dollar mark for donations.
  • The goal is to raise money and awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is the most common fatal genetic disorder among boys worldwide.
  • Fans can text the word CURE to 90999 to donate $5 to Duchenne MD research. The charge will be shown on their phone bill.
  • Fans are also encouraged to make donations on www.CoachtoCureMD.org
  • The program is a partnership between Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and the American Football Coaches Association

STREAKING
Ohio State carries the nation’s longest winning streak into Saturday at 16 games. It is the 15th winning streak in school history of 10 or more games. The streak is the fifth-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)
16 – 2012 (current)
14 – 1899-00 (Ohio Medical, 11-6)
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 16 consecutive wins for a current 17-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)
17 – 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)

BUCKEYES IN THE POLLS
Ohio State held steady once again in each poll this week at No. 3 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll and No. 4 in the Associated Press poll.

The No. 2 preseason AP ranking was Ohio State’s 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. The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP more times (806) than any other school, appeared in the AP preseason poll for the 25th consecutive season, the longest such streak in the nation. It also marked 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 (132). Oklahoma is second with 123.

KENNY “G” STARTS, STARS & LEADS AGAIN
Fifth-year senior Kenny Guiton threw a school-record six touchdown passes – all in the first half – to lead Ohio State to a 55-0 halftime lead over overmatched Florida A&M and to an eventual 76-0 win. In just his second career start, Guiton connected on 24 of 34 throws for 215 yards and one interception. He and the Buckeyes did not attempt a pass in the second half. Guiton threw four of his touchdown passes in the first quarter. He tied Bobby Hoying’s (1994 vs. Purdue; 1995 vs. Pitt) and John Borton’s (1952 vs. Washington State) record for touchdown passes in a game when he connected with Chris Fields on a 15-yarder. He then broke the record with 13 seconds to play in the half, hitting Evan Spencer with a 15-yard completion.

KENNY G’s 6-TOUCHDOWN DAY
11:50 1st – 11 pass to Jeff Heuerman
9:25 1st – 8 pass to Evan Spencer
00:32 1st – 1 pass to Carlos Hyde
00:13 1st – 5 pass to Devin Smith
6:09 2nd – 15 pass to Chris Fields
00:05 2nd – 15 pass to Evan Spencer

EARNS BIG TEN PoW AGAIN
For the second consecutive week, Kenny Guiton is the Big Ten’s offensive player of the week. He shared the honor this week with Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.

STARRED IN FIRST START, TOO
Kenny Guiton has had back-to-back record-setting starts. Making his first career start two weeks ago vs. California, he threw for three touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game to spark Ohio State to a quick 21-0 lead and finished with 368 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in a 52-34 win at Cal’s Memorial Stadium. Guiton connected with Devin Smith on a school-record 90-yard touchdown pass – the longest play from scrimmage in school history – on his second throw of the game and later hit Smith on a 47-yard touchdown pass, Chris Fields on a 1-yarder and Corey Brown on a 6-yard play to give Ohio State a 45-20 lead in the third quarter. When he wasn’t handing off to Jordan Hall, who carried 30 times for 1168 yards and three touchdowns, Guiton was rushing it himself for 92 total yards. He led a Buckeye offense to a three-year high 608 yards of offense, the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached Ohio State team.

EZEKIAL ELLIOTT EASES FOR 162 & 2 TDs
Freshman running back Ezekiel Elliott took advantage of a playing time opportunity against Florida A&M by rushing for 162 yards in the second half of the game and scoring twice. He had a 16-yard run early in the third quarter and a 13-yard TD run to cap a 90-yard drive late in the third. He averaged 11.6 yards per carry (14 attempts) with a long of 57 yards.

DEFENSE DOMINATES
As expected against a Football Championship Subdivision foe, Ohio State’s defense was dominant in recording its first shutout since a 42-0 win over Akron to open the 2011 season. The defense, with 20 different defenders recording tackles led by Jamal Marcus’ five and a trio of players – Ryan Shazier, Curtis Grant and Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown – with four apiece, did not allow FAMU to run a play in Ohio State territory and, to quote a note from the Columbus Dispatch, forced five times as many punts (10) as first downs allowed (two). FAMU had just 80 total yards on the day.

NOTHING LUCKY ABOUT THIS 13
Thirteen (yes, 13) walk-ons saw their first-ever game action Saturday vs. Florida A&M as Coach Urban Meyer substituted freely after the first quarter. These players who played weren’t lucky to get into the team, though. They earned the privilege. “I love guys like these,” Meyer said in referring to this Buckeye dozen. “Their value is huge to this team, and we appreciate the guys who bust their tails (without knowing whether they will ever play in a game).” The 13 walk-ons who played for the first time as Buckeyes Saturday:
RB – Devonte Butler (Columbus, Ohio)
SAF – Russell Doup (Mt. Vernon, Ohio)
DL – Rashad Frazier (Middletown, Ohio)
WR – Peter Gwilym (Freeport, Maine)
DL – John Holman (Riverdale, Ga.)
TE – Cameron Kinzig (Gates Mills, Ohio)
WR – Devlin McDaniel (Marion, Ohio)
WR – Kato Mitchell (Cleveland, Ohio)
SAF – Kevin Niehoff (Mason, Ohio)
WR – Brandon Ojikutu (Cleveland, Ohio)
DL – Chris Rock (Columbus, Ohio)
CB – Nic Sarac (Cleveland, Ohio)
LB – Nick Snyder (Columbus, Ohio)

THE RETURN GAMES
Some return notes: Coach Urban Meyer said after the game that Braxton Miller, when he is able to return from his knee sprain, will be Ohio State’s starting quarterback. He also said Kenny Guiton has earned more playing time. “Our backup quarterback has earned some time. I can’t begin to tell you (in what capacity). I’ve been going through some scenarios in my mind, and I don’t know what it is. I’m going to see how we practice this week, but Braxton is our starting quarterback.” … All eyes will also be on the possible returns this week of two starting defensive linemen; Adolphus Washington has missed virtually three games with a groin pull. Michael Bennett missed the Florida A&M game because of a stinger. … Corey “Philly” Brown had a 65-yard punt return vs. FAMU to improve his season average to 17.4 yards per return and his career average to 13.1. … Carlos Hyde, who led the Big Ten in touchdowns and points scored in 2012 while rushing for 970 yards in 10 games, returned to action for the first time this season in the FAMU game and had 41 rushing yards off five carries (8.2) plus caught a one-yard TD pass from Kenny Guiton. It was his 24th career touchdown, tops among current Buckeyes.

ABOUT 76 POINTS SCORED
The 76 points Ohio State scored Saturday against Florida A&M represented the most points ever for an Urban Meyer-coached team and the sixth-most points scored in a game in school history. It was the most points in 63 years, or since the 1950 team scored 83 vs. Iowa.

MORE SCORING NUMBERS
Some notes about the offensive explosion by the Buckeyes against Florida A&M, keyed by a 55-point first half that was keyed by a 34-point first quarter:

  • The 55-point half is the second-most points scored in a half in modern history (since 1950), trailing only the 56 scored vs. Iowa in 1996 and tied with the 55 scored vs. Iowa in 1950;
  • The 34 points in the first quarter is second-most in a quarter since 1950 (35 in the first vs. Iowa;
  • The 11 touchdowns scored is fourth-most in school history;
  • The six passing touchdowns is the second-most in school history, trailing only seven vs. Pitt in 1995; and
  • The 76-point margin of victory is tied for fifth-largest in school history, and it is the largest since defeating Drake, 85-7, in 1935.

NO BETTER THREE-GAME TD RUN
Kenny Guiton has thrown 12 touchdown passes in the last three games. No Ohio State quarterback has ever thrown for as many touchdowns in one three-game stretch.

BACK-TO-BACK 300-YARD GAMES
Ohio State’s offensive line – LT Jack Mewhort, LG Andrew Norwell, C Corey Linsley, RG Marcus Hall and RT Taylor Decker – have powered the offense to back-to-back games of 332 rushing yards vs. Cal and then 388 rushing yards vs. Florida A&M. The line had plenty of help Saturday vs. FAMU as Coach Urban Meyer substituted liberally after the first quarter and second-team guys like Pat Elflein, Jacoby Boren and Darryl Baldwin each played more than half the game and fifth-year senior Ivon Blackman seeing his most action from the line of scrimmage as well.

388 RUSH YARDS AN 18-YEAR HIGH
Ohio State did not throw a pass in the second half vs. FAMU. As a result, the team rushed for 277 of its 388 yards in the third and fourth quarters (Ezekiel Elliott had 121 yards himself in the third). The 388 yards is an 18-year high for Ohio State or the most since the 1995 team had 409 vs. Illinois.

5 300-YARD RUSHING GAMES vs. 7
Ohio State has had five 300-plus yard rushing games in Urban Meyer’s 16 games as coach. Prior to Meyer’s arrival, Ohio State had just seven 300-yard rushing games in the past 15 years and covering 176 games.

Most Rushing Yards Under Urban Meyer
1. 388 (8.4 ypc) vs. Florida A&M in 2013
2. 371 (7.7) vs. Nebraska in 2012
3. 353 (6.5) vs. Indiana in 2012
4. 332 (6.0) vs. California in 2013
5. 330 (5.8) vs. Illinois in 2012

NOTING THE WIN VS. FAMU

  • With the win, Ohio State extends the nation’s longest winning streak to 16 games – the fifth longest streak in school history.
  • Ohio State scored 76 points, marking the first time Ohio State has scored at least 40 points in four consecutive games since 2005.
  • The 76 points tied for the sixth-highest total in program history and are the most since an 83-21 victory against Iowa in 1950.
  • Ohio State’s 76-point win ties for the fifth-greatest in school history, matching a 76-0 win at Western Reserve in 1934. It was the largest margin of victory since defeating Drake, 85-7, in 1935.
  • Ohio State scored at TD on 10 consecutive possessions.
  • The Buckeyes had their first shutout since beating Akron 42-0 in 2011.
  • Ohio State had 80 or more plays for the second-consecutive game after recording 87 at California Sept. 14.
  • Urban Meyer improved his career record to 46-4 in games played in August/September.
  • Ohio State had eight plays from scrimmage of at least 20 yards.
  • Ohio State was 11-for-12 in the redzone, scoring 11 touchdowns. On the year, the Buckeyes are 21-for-22 in the redzone with 20 touchdowns and one field goal.
  • Ohio State scored a season-high 34 points in the first quarter. The Buckeyes are now outscoring the opposition 102-14 in the first quarter this season.
  • The 34 points scored in the first quarter marked the most by an Urban Meyer-coached team (31 points, 9/26/09 at Kentucky).
  • With the blocked punt by Doran Grant in the first quarter, Urban Meyer’s teams improve to 19-0 since 2005 when blocking a punt. The last time Ohio State blocked a punt (Travis Howard) was at Indiana in 2012.
  • The first half marked the first time Ohio State scored 55 or more points in a half since the Buckeyes scored 56 against Iowa in 1995.
  • Kenny Guiton’s six touchdown passes, all in the first half, is an Ohio State record. He became one of four Buckeyes to throw for at least five touchdown passes and the first since Bobby Hoying tossed five at Pittsburgh in 1995. He was 24-for-34 in the game (both career highs), with 215 yards. The last time Ohio State passed for six touchdowns as a team was in Sept. 25, 2010.
  • With six touchdown passes, Guiton became the first Ohio State quarterback to throw at least four touchdowns in his first two starts.
  • Jeff Heuerman tallied a career-high four catches (for 43 yards), including his first career touchdown.
  • Evan Spencer notched a career-best four receptions (50 yards) with a career-best two TDs
  • Ezekiel Elliott’s 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter marked the first of his career. Elliott ran for a career-high 162 yards on 14 carries and ended the game with two touchdowns. Elliott ran for 121 yards in the third quarter alone.
  • Cardale Jones rushed for his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter.

PERCENTAGE OF DRIVES SCORING A TD
(Does not include drives taking a knee)

Rk. Team # of Drives # of TD’s .Pct
1. Navy 18 12 .667
2. Baylor 43 27 .628
3. Oregon 41 25 .610
4. Ga. Tech 32 19 .594
5. Ohio State 51 30 .588
6. Florida St. 33 19 .576
7. Texas A&M 50 27 .540
8. UCLA 20 38 .526
9. Louisville 46 24 .522
10. Okla St. 35 18 .514

SMITH, GUITIN COMBINE FOR LONGEST PLAY
Speedy junior receiver Devin Smith caught a strike in stride from Kenny Guiton at about midfield Sept. 14 at Cal and then cruised untouched into the end zone to complete the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history: 90 yards. Minutes later he caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Guiton for the fourth multi-touchdown of his career.

Ohio State Longest Plays from Scrimmage:
90 – Kenny Guiton pass to Devin Smith vs. California last weekend
*89 – Gene Fekete rush vs. Pittsburgh in 1942
88 – Morris Bradshaw rush vs. Wisconsin in 1971
87 – Eddie George rush vs. Minnesota in 1995
86 – Art Schlichter pass to Calvin Murray vs. Washington State in 1979
85 – Troy Smith pass to Santonio Holmes vs. Notre Dame in 2005 Fiesta Bowl
*did not score

SMITH: 14 TDs AT 41.5 YARDS PER SCORE
Devin Smith has now caught 14 touchdown passes in his career at an average distance of 41.5 yards per score. Smith, who has 60 career receptions for 1,193 yards, now ranks 12th at Ohio State in TD receptions. He needs one more to tie Ted Ginn Jr. and two to reach Ohio State’s Top 10.

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

GUITON NAMED WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE WEEK SEPT. 16
Kenny Guiton, who completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions (or sacks) and rushed for 92 yards in the win at Cal, was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s offensive player of the week Sept. 16. Guiton is the eighth Buckeye to earn national player of the week honor from the prestigious Walter Camp Football Foundation, joining LB Bobby Carpenter (10/16/05), LB A.J. Hawk (11/13/05), LB James Laurinaitis (9/10/06 and 11/4/07), QB Troy Smith (11/19/06), DT Cameron Heyward (11/8/09) and DB Chimdi Chekwa (9/12/10).

HALL TOPS CAREER BEST AND SETS MORE BESTS
For the second time this season Jordan Hall smashed his career rushing bests. After setting personal bests with 21 carries for 159 yards and two scores vs. Buffalo Aug. 31, Hall topped those numbers with 30 carries for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the win at California Sept. 14. He also set a career-best with five receptions vs. the Golden Bears, for 20 yards.

A FINE GAME FOR FRESHMAN Dontre Wilson
Freshman Dontre Wilson was a primary speed threat for Ohio State against Cal with Braxton Miller unable to play because of a knee injury. Wilson averaged 15.3 yards every time he touched the football while setting personal bests in rushing yards (59), receptions and receiving yards (3 for 48) and long rush and reception (26 and 32, respectively). He had first downs on three of his eight touches from scrimmage.

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. Ohio State recorded its first shutout since 2011 with the 76-0 win over FAMU. The Buckeyes also have not allowed a rush of 20 or more yards all season. The longest run allowed by Ohio State’s defense was a 16-yarder at Cal Sept. 14.

Year PPG Allowed FBS Rank
2013 15.3 21st
2012 22.8 31st*
2011 21.0 27th
2010 14.3 5th
2009 12.5 5th
2008 13.9 6th
2007 12.8 1st
2006 12.8 5th
2005 15.3 5th
2004 18.3 19th
2003 17.6 16th
2002 13.1 2nd

*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.

SPENCE 2nd IN SACKS; 3rd IN TFLs
Junior viper (DE) Noah Spence had a quarterback sack and/or TFL for the fourth consecutive game and he now ranks third in the Big Ten Conference in sacks with 2.5 sacks (for a negative 21 yards) through the first four games of the season. Spence ranks fourth in the Big Ten in total tackles-for-loss with 5.0 (-27 yards).

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 3.5 sacks and 6.0 TFL on his young career. He is fifth on the team with 17 tackles.

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.

Through four games, Shazier leads the Buckeyes with 28 tackles, 22 of those solo. He has 4.5 TFL, 1.0 sack, 1 PBU, 1 FF and 1 QBH.

FAST STARTS AND POINTS SCORED
Ohio State has outscored its opponents 102-14 through four games this season on its way to 210 points scored so far this season and 52.5 points per game.

FIRST TIME SINCE 1917
Ohio State has opened a season with four consecutive 40-plus point games for the first time since 1917 when Ohio State opened with wins over Case (49-0), Ohio Wesleyan (53-0), Northwestern (40-0) and Denison (67-0).

With 76 points Saturday vs. FAMU, it marked the first time since 2005 that a Buckeye team has scored at least 40 points in four consecutive games overall.

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY
Ohio State is 21 of 22 in the red zone this season with 20 TDs and one field goal. The Buckeyes were 1 of 1 in the red zone vs. Buffalo, 3 of 3 vs. San Diego State, 6 of 6 at California and 11 of 12 vs. FAMU.

The Buckeyes have nine scoring plays of at least 20 yards so far this season, six through the air and three rushing.

BRAXTON SIDELINED
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, who suffered a left knee sprain early in the San Diego State game Sept. 7, did not play at Cal or vs. FMU. Miller was injured on the seventh play of Ohio State’s first series of the SDSU game trying to convert a fourth-and-1 in the SDSU red zone. He went to the locker room, was fitted with a knee brace and returned to the sidelines, but coaches ultimately decided to keep him sidelined as Ohio State led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 35-0 at halftime.

MILLER MOVER INTO TOP 10 IN PASSING
Junior QB Braxton Miller, who is now 18-6 as a starting quarterback with 14 consecutive victories, is tied for 10th at Ohio State with 30 career touchdown passes (Terrelle Pryor). And, with his 30 passing yards vs. SDSU, he moved into Ohio State’s all-time Top 10 in that category. Miller has 3,406 passing yards, recently passing Pryor for 10th (3,405 yards in 2008 and 2009). Miller still has a way to throw for No. 9 on the list: Craig Krenzel is at 4,493 yards.

MILLER EYES GREENE
Braxton Miller, who surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards in the win vs. Buffalo, is closing in on another milestone. With 2,068 career rushing yards, he needs just 13 more to surpass Cornelius Greene to become Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks.

CLOSING IN ON 100
The wide receiver Corey Brown has climbed into Ohio State’s all-time Top 20 for career receptions and is now 17th all-time with 98 catches. With two more catches he will become the 15th Buckeye to record at least 100 career receptions.

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 841-316-53 to rank among the top five winningest programs in NCAA history, and 465-171-24 all-time in Big Ten games.

NCAA Top 10 Winningest Programs

1. Michigan 908
2. Texas 869
3. Notre Dame 868
4. Nebraska 860
5. Ohio State 841
6. Oklahoma 833
7. Alabama 830
8. Tennessee 801
9. USC 789
10. Georgia 761

EIGHT SERVING 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:

  • Fifth-year senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, a consumer and family financial services major from Toledo and St. John’s High School;
  • Fifth-year senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, a criminology major from Dayton and Northmont High School;
  • Senior free safety Christian Bryant, a sociology major from Cleveland and Glenville High School;
  • Fifth-year senior quarterback Kenny Guiton, a consumer and family financial services major from Houston, Texas, and Eisenhower High School;
  • Junior quarterback Braxton Miller, a communications major from Huber Heights and Wayne High School;
  • Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, a psychology major from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School;
  • Fifth-year senior center Corey Linsley, an economics major from Youngstown and Boardman High School; and
  • Senior wide receiver Corey Brown, a criminology major from Upper Darby, Pa., and Cardinal O’Hara High School.

Ohio State’s game-by-game captains:
Buffalo: Mewhort, Norwell, Shazier and Bryant
SDSU: Mewhort, J. Hall, Corey “Philly” Brown and Barnett
Cal: Mewhort, Linsley, Bryant and Barnett
FAMU: Barnett, Linsley, Corey “Philly” Brown

100 STARTS ALONG THE OFFENSIVE LINE
The Buckeyes returned four senior starters from last season along the offensive line. Averaging 6-5 and 308 pounds, this unit has helped the Buckeyes average 262.0 rushing yards per game through two games. Last season they paved 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 100 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.

SHUTDOWN CORNER
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.

Since his return vs. SDSU, Roby has recorded three PBU’s, one INT with a 42-yard return and 13 tackles through three games.

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 76-yard punt return for a TD vs. Nebraska extended Ohio State’s streak to 10.

Ohio State also is one of three FBS schools who have at least three players on a team with career kickoff or punt returns for TDs.

CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF RETURNING A KICKOFF/PUNT FOR A TOUCHDOWN:

1. LSU 12
2. Ohio State 10
  FIU 10
4. UConn 9
5. Florida 8
  Ole Miss 8
  Kansas State 8

At least three players on a team with career kickoff or punt returns for TDs
TCU: B.J. Catalon (KR), Deante’ Gray (PR), Waymon James (KR)
Ohio State: Corey Brown (PR), Chris Fields (PR), Bradley Roby (PR)
Oklahoma State: Zack Craig (PR), Justin Gilbert (KR), Desmond Roland (KR)

SINCE 2005: 19-0 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 three punts since the start of the 2012 season and his teams are now 19-0 when blocking a punt since the start of the 2005 season.

209 YEARS OF COACHING EXPERIENCE
Meyer’s 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).

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).

CHANGES
A number of players have changed numbers and/or positions since last season. Among the more notable changes:

GAME SNAPSHOTS
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:

  • Buffalo – Scarlet and Gray Game, OSU Marching Band, Student-Athlete/Cris Carter recognition
    San Diego State – Alumni Band/Cheerleader game
    Florida A&M – Military Appreciation Game, 1973 Big Ten championship team, student veteran and Ohio National Guard recognition
    Wisconsin – Hall of Fame Game, 1993 Big Ten championship team recognition
    Iowa – Homecoming Game
    Penn State – Go Pink, Breast Cancer Awareness, Orlando Pace and 1968 Big Ten and National Championship team recognition
    Indiana – Senior Day

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 freshmen were 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 BGSU.

Below are the first 10 Buckeyes to get their stripe removed, 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)

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:

  • Ohio State has an all-time opening game record of 108-12-4. The Buckeyes’ last season-opening loss came against the Miami Hurricanes in the 1999 Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.
  • All-time, the Buckeyes are 112-8-4 in home openers since 1890.
  • The largest opening day crowd at Ohio Stadium was 105,092 in the 2009 opener vs. Navy.

91st YEAR IN OHIO STADIUM
Ohio Stadium, grand and venerable and registered on the National Register of Historic Places, is hosting 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 407-109-20 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 90 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

TEAM/MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

  • Ohio State is tied with Oklahoma with the most (8) BCS bowl appearances. USC, Florida and Florida State are tied for third with seven.
  • Ohio State’s three BCS national championship game appearances match, Alabama, Florida State and LSU for the second-most all-time. Only Oklahoma has more with four.
  • Ohio State is 5-3 in BCS bowls and is tied with Florida (5-2) and USC (5-1) for the most BCS Bowl wins all-time.
  • Ohio State (19-23) is second behind Michigan (20-22) for the most bowl wins all-time by a Big Ten team. Nebraska is 24-25 in bowl games overall, but did not represent the Big Ten in bowl games until the 2011 season.
  • Ohio State has won 34 Big Ten titles. Only Michigan has more with 42.
  • Ohio State has had 90 consecutive crowds of more than 100,000 at Ohio Stadium.