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Nov. 5, 2006

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Attendance: 53,351

 

Ohio State extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 17games. The current streak, which began last year against MichiganState, ranks third all-time at Ohio State.

Ohio State’s longest win streaks
No. – Year(s)

22 – 1967-69
19 – 2002-03
17 – 2005-06+
14 – 1899-00

 

Ohio State now is 61-8-1 when ranked as the nation’s No. 1team. Overall, the Buckeyes are 293-68-9 when carrying a Top 10ranking and 400-123-14 as a Top 25 team.

 

Jim Tressel’s record with the Buckeyes now is 60-13 and hiscareer record is 195-70-2.

 

Under Tressel, the Buckeyes now are 45-3 when leading at thehalf (17-0 Saturday vs. Illinois) and 48-3 (17-0) when ahead afterthree quarters.

 

Ohio State now is 785-300-53 in 116 seasons.

 

Ohio State has 22 takeaways this season which has led to 93points for the Buckeyes over 10 games. Opponents have forced 10miscues but have yet to score off an OSU turnover.

 

The Buckeyes have scored at least one touchdown in123-consecutive games.

 

Seven Ohio State teams have started a season 10-0. The last OSUteam to start 10-0 was the 2002 National Championship unit thatfinished 14-0.

Series Notes

Ohio State leads the series with Illinois 59-29-4 and has won32 of the 44 games played in Champaign. The Buckeyes have won eightof the last 10 meetings with the Illini.

Jim Tressel is 3-1 against Illinois.

 

Ohio State owns an all-time Big Ten record of 434-187-28 in 94seasons of league competition. The Buckeyes are 34-10 in conferenceplay under Tressel.

Offensive Notes

With its 14-play, 80-yard opening TD drive vs. the Illini, OhioState scored on its opening drive for the sixth time this season.

Offensive Player Notes

Senior quarterback Troy Smith had not thrown an interception in141 pass attempts before an Illinois interception late in thefourth quarter.

 

Smith now has 6,354 yards in total offense for his career torank fourth all-time. Steve Bellisari (1998-01) is third in totaloffense with 6,496 yards.

 

With the win Saturday, Smith moved to 23-2 as startingquarterback. That mark includes a 9-1 record against rankedopponents.

 

Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (5 rec. for 26 yards) has caught at leastone pass in 29-consecutive games (beginning with Iowa in 2004) andhas multiple catches in 27-consecutive games.

Ginn is seventh all-time on the OSU receiving list with 125 receptions. The No. 6 spot belongs to receiver Dee Miller (1995-98) with 132 receptions.

 

Anthony Gonzalez caught two balls Saturday for 18 yards. He nowhas 43 catches on the year with 37 of those resulting in firstdowns.

 

Antonio Pittman has scored a touchdown in 14 of his last 15games after a 1-yard score with 12:39 to play in the secondquarter.

 

Freshman tailback Chris Wells scored on the opening drive forthe Buckeyes giving him his fifth score of the season. He finishedwith 21 yards on 4 carries.

 

Freshman kicker Aaron Pettrey connected on a 50-yard fieldgoal, Ohio State’s third of 50 or more yards this year, with undera minute left in the second quarter to give the Buckeyes a 17-0lead at the break. He has made eight of his last nine FGs and has apair of 50-yard scoring kicks this season. He had a 51-yarder vs.Indiana (11/21). Sophomore Ryan Pretorius also has a 52-yard FGthis season.

Defensive Notes

The Ohio State defense has held eight of 10 opponents to one orfewer touchdowns this season.

Ohio State has allowed just three rushing touchdowns in 2006.

 

The Buckeyes have intercepted at least one opponent pass in all10 games this season. The Buckeyes now have 19 interceptions on theseason.

 

The Buckeyes have forced 22 turnovers (19 interceptions andthree fumble recoveries) this season. Ohio State has turned those22 turnovers into 93 points this season.

 

Ohio State held opponents scoreless for 10-consecutive quartersbefore a 4th quarter Illinois field goal and had not allowed atouchdown in the last 11 quarters before a final quarter TD by theIllini.

Defensive Player Notes

Sophomore linebacker James Laurinaitis recorded histeam-leading fifth interception of the season.

 

Sophomore linebacker Curtis Terry recovered his first careerfumble after sophomore defensive end Lawrence Wilson forced hissecond fumble during first quarter action vs. the Illini.

Miscellaneous

Former Buckeye Maurice Hall (2001-04) served as thehonorary captain Saturday.

 

Punter A.J. Trapasso’s 60-yard punt at the start of the fourthquarter was his long of the season and first of 60 or more yardssince Kyle Turano booted a 68-yarder at Michigan State Nov. 6,2004.