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Ohio State Game Notes
Oct. 9, 1999

With the Win/Loss
No. 21-ranked Ohio State defeated No. 19 Purdue, 25-22. With the win, Ohio State is now 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten, while the Boilermakers fall to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten.

Opening Drive
For the first time this season, Ohio State scored a touchdown (a Derek Combs 5-yard run) on its opening drive.

The Sellout
Ohio State recorded its 16th consecutive sellout with today’s attendance of 93,766.

Career Starts
Sophomore LeCharles Bentley, sophomore David Mitchell and senior James Cotton recorded their first career starts

A Day of Firsts
Darnell Sanders’ 5-yard grab in the third quarter to give the Buckeyes the lead was his first career catch and touchdown reception.

Blockin’ Brent
Junior Brent Johnson blocked his first field goal in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

Career Highs
David Mitchell tied his career-high six tackles and recorded his first tackle-for-loss this season against the Boilermakers for a minus 4-yards. He increased his tackle total to 18 for the season.

Wiley Breaks Into Top 10
After rushing 67-yards, Michael Wiley passed Howard “Hopalong” Cassady (2,466 yds.) on the Ohio State career rushing charts. He now stands at No. 10 with a total of 2,486 yards. He also passed Calvin Murray (1977-80) to move into ninth-place on the all-purpose yard career list with 3,584.

More on Wiley
In the third quarter, Wiley threw for only his second career touchdown pass to Darnell Sanders. In career passing, Wiley is now 8-for-9 for 176 yards with two touchdowns.

Stultz Goes Long
Dan Stultz’s kicked a 45-yard field goal, his longest since last season’s 46-yarder against Illinois (Oct. 10, 1998).

More on Stultz Stultz has now passed Tim Spencer (1979-82) for eighth place on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list with 225 yards. Bellisari on the Run In his third consecutive game, Steve Bellisari rushed for over 50 yards. He posted his longest career run of 68 yards, ending the day with a total of 17 carries for 96 yards.

Ohio State Head Coach John Cooper
“I am really proud of the effort that we made today. We challenged them all week long to go out there and make some things happen. I am really proud of this young football team.

“We dodged some bullets and turned the ball over, but we played with our hearts today. Brent Johnson made a great play for us. A lot of work needs to be done, but the effort was there.”

“Steve Bellisari was struggling today. He is young and we did tell Austin Moherman to warm-up on the sidelines. Steve is our best quarterback. He is a young player and he will make the mistakes, but he is getting there.

“I thought the defensive line played very well today. A lot of guys stepped it up.

“They laid it on the line today. We work on the kicking game everyday in practice and it really paid off today.

“This team needs confidence. The crowd really helped us win this game today. We can play better, but the effort was there.

“They (Purdue) do a great job passing the ball and protecting the quarterback. Purdue hurt us with third down plays, throwing it up the middle.

“I wish we could go out and dominate, but we are not the mature, polished team that we have been in the past.

“We are going to have another good week in practice and go over there (Penn State) and do the best we can.

Purdue Head Coach Joe Tiller
“It was a good football game that went for 60 minutes.

“I think it was a low kick. He did not get it up. They probably got a push inside. They had gotten penetration earlier in the day on us and cranked it up a notch on the kick. Usually we try to kick in 1.2 seconds, but he took 1.42 seconds, which is a little too long of time.

“The weather was somewhat a factor. It forces you to play with your feet under you. Ohio State had its back against the wall, but they played very well.

“We had a few negatives. We fumbled the opening kick-off and we didn’t cash in when down low.”