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Sept. 11, 2004

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Attendance: 104,622

Ohio State Notes

Mike Nugent’s 55-yard game-winning field goal as the clock ranout is the longest of his career. His previous career long was a53-yard kick vs. Iowa in Ohio Stadium last season. Nugent has fourcareer field goals of more than 50 yards, including a 52-yarderagainst Purdue last season and a 51-yard kick against Indiana inOhio Stadium in 2002.

Nugent’s 55-yard kick tied the all-time longest field goal in Ohio Stadium history. Former Buckeye Dan Stultz kicked a 55-yarder in 1997 against Indiana. The 55-yarder ties for second all-time in Ohio State history. Along with Stultz’55-yarder, Gary Cairns hit a 55-yarder at Illinois in 1966. Ohio State’s longest field goal of all-time is held by Tom Skladany with a 59-yard kick at Illinois in 1975.

With his field goal and three extra points Saturday, Nugent has accumulated 269 career points, which ranks seventh all-time in OSU history behind sixth-place Eddie George, who has 272. Nugent remains in second place all-time at Ohio State in field goals made with 51 behind Dan Stultz and his 59 makes.

The last time Ohio State won on the final play of regulationwas a Stultz game-winning 24-yard kick at Illinois Nov. 11, 2000.In the third quarter, sophomore flanker Santonio Holmes became thefourth Buckeye to eclipse the 200-yard receiving mark in a game.The last Buckeye to reach 200 yards receiving was David Boston with217 against Michigan on Nov. 21, 1998. Terry Glenn owns theall-time record with 253 yards at Pittsburgh in 1995. Gary Williamsranks second with 220 against Florida State in 1981.

Holmes, who ended the game with a career-best 10 catches and 218 yards, is the first sophomore in OSU history to reach 200 yards receiving. Boston, Glenn and Williams each recorded their 200-yard game in their junior seasons. The game Saturday was Holmes’ third with at least 100 yards receiving. Holmes is the first Buckeye to catch 10 passes in a game since Michael Jenkins hauled in 10 receptions against Illinois in 2001.

Holmes is the first Buckeye to gain 100 yards receiving since both he and Jenkins eclipsed 100 yards against Michigan last season, when Holmes had eight catches for 121 yards. That same day, Jenkins had nine catches for 132 yards.

Holmes’ 80-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Justin Zwick in the first quarter tied for the third-longest pass play in Ohio State history. Holmes also hauled in a 47-yard touchdown from Zwick later in the first quarter.

The touchdown grabs are Holmes’ ninth and 10th in 15 career games. Holmes has caught a touchdown in each of his last four games, including two TDs in three of his last four contests. Holmes is the first OSU receiver to catch two touchdown passes in a game since he and Jenkins each had a pair of TD grabs against Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.

The 80-yard play served as the longest in Holmes’ career. His previous high was set last week against Cincinnati, a 53-yard play to open the third quarter. For his career, Holmes has five receptions that have covered 40 yards or more.

The three first-half touchdown passes by Zwick served as hisfirst three-touchdown game of his career. Zwick is the firstBuckeye to throw for three touchdowns in a game since Craig Krenzelthrew for four scores against Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl lastseason.

Including his TD strike to tight end Ryan Hamby last week, Zwick now has a touchdown pass in each of his first two starts and four total for his career.

For the game, Zwick threw for 318 yards, becoming the first Buckeye to pass for 300 yards since Steve Bellisari went for 320 in the 2002 Outback Bowl. Zwick’s 318-yard performance is the 18th 300-yard passing game in Ohio State history and ranks 12th in program history for most yards passing in a game.

Zwick was the first Buckeye sophomore to throw for 300 yards since John Borton threw for 312 against Washington State in Ohio Stadium in 1952 (Oct. 18) and the second sophomore overall.

Zwick’s 255 yards passing in the first half were the most passing yards by a Buckeye in a single half (first or second) since Bellisari threw for 270 yards in the second half in a 31-28 loss to South Carolina Jan. 1, 2002 in the Outback Bowl.

Zwick’s 18 completions on 30 attempts set a career high, topping his 14 completions last week against Cincinnati.

Zwick also punted for the first time in the third quarter, a pooch punt for 32 yards that was downed at the 7-yard line.

With the win Saturday, the Buckeyes now are 18-0 at home thepast two years and 22-2 in three years under head coach JimTressel.

Ohio State’s last loss at home was Nov. 17, 2001, a 34-22 loss to eventual Big Ten champion Illinois.

Ohio State has now won 28 of its last 30 games overall.

For the 92nd consecutive game, Ohio State scored at least atouchdown. The last time a Buckeye team was held without atouchdown was a 13-9 loss to Michigan in the 1996 season.

Overall, when Ohio State is ranked in the AP Top 10, the squad now is 277-65-9. Ohio State’s mark when ranked by the AP is 376-118-14.

Tressel’s career mark now stands at 169-64-2, including a 34-7 mark at Ohio State and a 22-2 record in Ohio Stadium. Ohio State now is 12-1 under Tressel in games played in September.

Ohio State held a 21-14 lead at haftime. With the win Saturday,the Buckeyes moved to 16-1 under Tressel at Ohio Stadium whenleading at halftime. Overall, the Buckeyes are 23-2 under Tresselwhen leading at the half.

The Buckeyes held on to the 21-14 advantage after the third quarter. Under Tressel, OSU improved to 19-2 at Ohio Stadium when leading after three quarters and 25-3 overall when leading after three periods.

With the win Saturday (24-21), Ohio State has won 13 of thelast 14 games when the difference is seven points or less. In OhioStadium, Ohio State has won 37 consecutive non-conference games.The last home loss to a non-conference foe was USC in 1990. OhioState – Marshall/Mid-American Conference Series Saturday served asthe first meeting between Ohio State and Marshall. With the win,Tressel now is 3-3 lifetime against Marshall. The first fivemeetings came during his tenure at Youngstown State. Marshall’sfirst national championship in 1992 came at the expense ofTressel’s Penguins, however Tressel’s Penguins took two othernational titles from the Herd in I-AA National Championship games.Saturday served as the 20th time Ohio State has played a schoolfrom the Mid-American Conference. With the win, the Buckeyes are19-1 against MAC teams. Akron’s 14-6 win in 1895 represents OhioState’s only loss to a school that now belongs to the MAC.

Ohio State Offense Notes

Split end Roy Hall caught his first career touchdown with a20-yard grab in the second quarter. The 20-yard catch also servedas a career best.

For the game, R. Hall had a career-high 38 yards and three catches, which also set a career high.

Tailback Lydell Ross caught a swing pass that covered 23 yardsin the second quarter. The pass play was the second longest of hiscareer, falling behind a 28-yard reception against Penn State in2002. Running the ball, Ross finished the game with 90 yards on 24carries. Ohio State’s second touchdown Saturday, an 85-yard driveon seven plays, served as its longest since a 93-yard drive atMichigan last season. Ohio State’s first scoring drive vs. the Herdcovered 80 yards. Both scoring drives resulted in touchdown passesfrom Zwick to Holmes. On the season, the Buckeyes have threescoring drive of 80 yards or more in two games.

Ohio State Defense Notes

Marshall running back Earl Charles scored on a 2-yard run thefirst quarter, marking the first touchdown allowed by the Buckeyesin Ohio Stadium since an 11-yard scoring run by Jerrod Void ofPurdue Nov. 15, 2003. Marshall scored its second touchdown of thegame on a 27-yard return of a fumble recovery, marking the firsttime an Ohio State opponent has scored a defensive touchdown sincePenn State returned an interception 78 yards last season at StateCollege. Marshall’s leading rusher, Ahma Bradshaw, had 77 yards on17 rushes. The Buckeyes have not allowed an opposing player to rushfor 100 or more yards at home in 20 consecutive games, dating backto San Diego State’s Larry Ned’s 112-yard performance Oct. 20,2001. Marshall rushed for 150 net yards, the most since Kent Stateran for 171 yards against the Buckeyes Sept. 7, 2002. Juniorlinebacker Bobby Carpenter led the team with 13 tackles, a careerhigh. Fellow junior A.J. Hawk added 12 stops, which tied for thesecond most in his career. Hawk also had a team-best andcareer-high three pass break ups. Safety Donte Whitner set a careerhigh with nine tackles. Defensive tackles Marcus Green and JoelRichardson and linebacker Mike D’Andrea registered their firstcareer sacks in the game. Green also posted his first career forcedfumble. Defensive back E.J. Underwood also topped a career highwith six tackles. Fellow defensive back Ashton Youboty set a careerbest with five tackles.

Ohio State Special Teams Notes

Senior Kyle Turano booted a 53-yard punt in the first quarter,marking his second career punt of more than 50 yards. Last week,Turano kicked a career-best 57-yarded in his first attempt as aBuckeye. On the 53-yard kick, Turano registered his first careertackle following a 31-yard return by Marshall.

Other Ohio State Notes

The Buckeyes first fielded a football team in 1890. With thewin Saturday, Ohio State now owns an all-time record of 759-294-53in its 115th season. The win Saturday ups Ohio State’s all-timerecord to 352-101-25 in Ohio Stadium (opened in 1922). A LydellRoss fumble in the second quarter that was returned for a Marshalltouchdown served as the first Ohio State play to be reviewed byinstant replay. Former Buckeye coach Earle Bruce (1979-1987) servedas Ohio State’s honorary captain. Ohio State assistant coach MarkSnyder is a 1988 graduate of Marshall, where he was a standoutdefensive back. Following graduation from Marshall, Snyder beganhis coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater.Snyder is in his fourth year at Ohio State, but his first as theBuckeyes’ defensive coordinator. In Saturday’s 27-6 opening-gamewin over Cincinnati, Snyder’s defense did not allow a touchdown andyielded just 238 yards in total offense, including a scant 76 yardsrushing. The 104, 622 in attendance was the 11th largest in OhioStadium history.

Marshall Notes

First half

First meeting ever meeting with Ohio State. First career rushfor Marcus Fitzgerald in first quarter (three yard gain). Firstcareer reception also came in first quarter for six yards. Firstcareer carry for Bernard Morris in first quarter on reverse (14yards). First touchdown drive of 80 yards was the Herd’s longest ofthe 2004 season (12 plays, 80 yards, 4:21). It was also MU’s firstrushing touchdown of the year (13th career for Earl Charles). 31yard punt return by true freshman Emanuel Spann is the longest ofhis career and the longest of the season for Marshall. First evervideo replay in Marshall history on Jonathan Goddard’s 27-yardfumble return for touchdown. It was Goddard’s third career fumblereturn for a touchdown (Kansas State, Ohio in 2003 are the othertwo). Ian O’Connor’s 58-yard punt at the end of the first half is anew career high.

2nd half

Chris Royal intercepted two second half Zwick passes…he nowhas four for his career. 104,622 is the second largest crowd toever watch a Marshall football game. Chillicothe, Ohio native BradBates touchdown catch to tie the score at 21 is the second careertouchdown reception of his career. O’Connor’s 35-yard miss in thefourth quarter was the first miss of his career. (previous 3-for-3against Troy on 9/4/04). Stan Hill was sacked three times on theday. He completed 22 passes on 34 attempts for a 140 yards and onetouchdown. Freshman Emanuel Spann led the Herd in receiving yardswith 39 yards on seven receptions. Josh Davis also had five catchesfor 34 yards. Freshman Ahmad Bradshaw gained 81 yards on 17carries, a career high. Senior Earl Charles also had 73 yards on 16carries. Marshall forced four turnovers on the day. The game-endingfield goal by Mike Nugent was the first time a Marshall game hasbeen decided on the final play since September 19th, 1998 at SouthCarolina. In that instance, the Herd defeated the Gamecocks, 24-21on a last second field goal.