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Nov. 29, 2014

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OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES

  • Ohio Stadium, leading the nation in average home attendance, packed in a facility record 108,610 people against Michigan.
  • Ohio State, on a 10-game winning streak overall, extended its Big Ten record to 24 consecutive regular season conference wins. Florida State has the longest current win streak at 27 victories overall entering Saturday’s slate of games.
  • Urban Meyer is the first coach in Big Ten history to go undefeated in regular season conference play three seasons in a row. Ohio State is the first team since Minnesota in 1933-35 to go undefeated in regular-season conference play and the Buckeyes are the first team in league history to win every game in Big Ten regular season play three consecutive years.
  • With the win, head coach Urban Meyer improved to 39-3 in the month of November since the start of the 2003 season.
  • J.T. Barrett’s pass to Vannett marked the 43rd touchdown he was responsible for this season, breaking Drew Brees’ Big Ten record of 42. Barrett extended his Ohio State record for total offense in a season to 3,683 yards.
  • Vonn Bell’s first-quarter interception was his team-high fourth of the season and fifth of his career.
  • Nick Vannett’s six-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was his fourth touchdown reception of the season and fifth of his career.
  • Barrett’s two rushing touchdowns extended his team high to 11 on the season.
  • Darron Lee had a career-high nine tackles after a pair of seven-tackle performances (last vs. Virginia Tech). Lee had two tackles-for-loss, including a sack.
  • Lee’s fourth-quarter fumble return for a touchdown was his second this season and the Buckeyes’ third of the year. Lee also scored vs. Navy and Eli Apple took one back against Rutgers.
  • Bell’s nine tackles set a career high, topping the eight he had vs. Indiana last week.
  • Ezekiel Elliott’s 44-yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was the longest run allowed by the Wolverines this season. He rushed for 121 yards in the win, his seventh career 100-yard game and sixth this season.
  • Ohio State scored 40-plus points in the last two games vs. Michigan, the first time in the series between the teams either program scored 40 points in back-to-back games.
  • Joey Bosa, a Lombardi finalist and Bednarik semifinalist, added to his Big Ten best totals with two tackles-for-loss (both sacks) on the day. He has 20 TFLs and 13.5 sacks this season.
  • Ohio State scored twice in a minute in the fourth quarter to stretch a seven-point lead to 21. Elliott rushed for a score at 4:58 and Lee’s fumble recovery came at 3:58.

MICHIGAN POSTGAME NOTES

  • Left tackle Mason Cole has started more games than any other true freshman offensive lineman in program history.
  • Freshman left tackle Mason Cole became the first Michigan true freshman to start 12 games in a season at U-M since Tate Forcier and Craig Roh in 2009, and the fifth student-athlete in program history to accomplish the feat (Chad Henne, 2004 and Charles Woodson, 1995).
  • Junior wide receiver Devin Funchess has caught at least one pass in 25 straight games, tying David Terrell for the 8th longest streak in program history.
  • Junior wide receiver Devin Funchess led U-M in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (108). Funchess’ 45-yard reception in the first quarter is a season long. His career-long catch is 59 yards, which he recorded last season at Penn State.
  • Junior wide receiver Devin Funchess posted the 5th 100-yard receiving game of his career, moving into a tie for 12th with Mercury Hayes (5, 1992-95) and Marcus Knight (5, 1996-99) on Michigan’s all-time list.
  • Sophomore tight end Jake Butt notched his second touchdown reception of the season in the first quarter, hauling in a 12-yard pass from Devin Gardner.
  • After completing 22-of-32 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns, senior quarterback Devin Gardner (6,336 passing yards) surpassed Denard Robinson (6,250, 2009-12) for 4th on Michigan’s all-time career passing yardage list.
  • Senior quarterback Devin Gardner owns 22 150-yard passing game, tying Denard Robinson (22, 2009-12) for 5th on Michigan’s all-time list.
  • After throwing two touchdown passes at Ohio State, senior quarterback Devin Gardner owns 44 career passing touchdowns, surpassing Steve Smith (42, 1980-83) for 6th place on U-M’s all-time passing TD list.
  • Senior quarterback Devin Gardner (22 completions) surpassed Todd Collins (457, 1991-94) for 4th on Michigan’s all-time list completions list.
  • After posting 1.0 TFL at Ohio State, senior linebacker Jake Ryan (45.5) moved into sole possession of 6th place of Michigan’s all-time career TFL list, surpassing Glen Steele (45, 1994-97).
  • Ryan notched one TFL yard vs. the Buckeyes, tying Ron Simpkins (168, 1976-79) for 12th on Michigan’s all-time list.
  • Sophomore running back Drake Johnson registered the second multi-touchdown performance of his career. He posted a two-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter and notched a four-yard TD scamper in the third quarter.
  • Johnson completed an 18-yard pass to senior quarterback Devin Gardner midway through the third quarter. The play marked Gardner’s first reception since hauling in a 15-yard pass at Nebraska on Oct. 27, 2012.
  • Junior fullback Joe Kerridge has posted a reception in four consecutive games.
  • Sophomore defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow has posted a TFL in three of Michigan’s last four games.
  • Junior linebacker James Ross III posted his third TFL of the season vs. the Buckeyes.
  • Junior wide receiver Dennis Norfleet (2,313 career kickoff return yards) surpassed Dorien Bryant (2,125, Purdue, 2004-07) for 5th on the Big Ten’s all-time kick return yardage list.
  • Norfleet owns 94 career kickoff returns, passing Mel Anderson (93, Minnesota, 1983-86) and Derin Graham (93, Indiana, 1998-2000) for 5th on the Big Ten’s all-time list.
  • Freshman Freddy Canteen scored the first touchdown of his career at the 1:15 mark of the fourth quarter on his only catch of the day. The reception was a three-yard catch.
  • Today’s game captains were junior linebacker Joe Bolden, junior center Jack Miller, senior linebacker Jake Ryan and junior safety Jarrod Wilson.
  • Michigan leads the all-time series 58-47-6, including 27-26-2 in Columbus
  • Ohio State has won a Big Ten-record 24 straight regular season conference games
  • Under Urban Meyer, Ohio State is undefeated in November (12-0). The Buckeyes’ last November loss was a 40-34 defeat at Michigan on Nov. 26th, 2011.