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Nov. 22, 2003

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Ohio State Game Notes

With the 35-21 loss Saturday, Ohio State completed the 2003regular season at 10-2, marking the 14th season Ohio State hasregistered 10 wins in a single season. With the loss Saturday(35-21) Ohio State dropped just its second contests in its last 26games overall and its second in 17 Big Ten contests. With the lossSaturday, Ohio State had its five-game winning streak snapped.Since Ohio State first fielded a team in 1890, the squad is756-294-53overall. Ohio State now posts a 414-157-24 all-timerecord in the Big Ten. Overall, when Ohio State is ranked in the APTop 10, the squad now is 274-65-9. Ohio State’s mark when ranked inthe AP falls to 373-118-14.

With the loss at No. 5/5 Michigan, Ohio State fell to 5-2 vs. ranked foes this season.

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel dropped to 13-4 against theTop 25 and now owns a 19-5 mark in Big Ten play.

With the loss, Tressel’s career mark now stands at 166-64-2, including a 31-7 mark at Ohio State.

The 8-yard touchdown reception scored by Ohio State widereceiver Santonio Holmes in the second quarter extended theBuckeyes’ streak to 89 games scoring at least one touchdown. Thelast time an Ohio State team was held without a touchdown was a13-9 loss to Michigan in the 1996 season.

Ohio State – Michigan Series and 100th meeting notes

The contest Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan marked the100th meeting in the series, which dates back to 1897. The Buckeyesand Wolverines have met each season since 1918. With the lossSaturday, Ohio State falls to 37-57-6 and 17-30-4 in Ann Arbor.Over the last 52 meetings, the Buckeyes and Wolverines shared 25wins apiece against two draws (25-25-2), with the win Saturday theWolverines moved ahead in the recent series 26-25-2. With the lossthe Buckeyes fall to 11-15-1 in Ann Arbor over that span. Saturdaymarked the 69th time Ohio State and Michigan have faced one anotherto end the regular season, dating back to 1935. With the lossSaturday Ohio State falls to 30-34-4 in contests vs. Michigan toend regular season play. The meeting Saturday served as the 46thmatch between Michigan and Ohio State when the Buckeyes are rankedin the Top 25. With the 35-21 loss, the No. 4-ranked Buckeyes fallto 19-24-4 as a ranked squad vs. Michigan. The game Saturday alsomarked the 38th time both Ohio State and Michigan have met asranked opponents. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 14-20-4 whenboth Michigan and Ohio State are ranked.

Overall, Ohio State now is 17-30-4 in games played in Ann Arbor and now 15-22-3 at Michigan Stadium. With the defeat Saturday, the Buckeyes fell to 5-11-3 as a ranked team in Ann Arbor.

With the loss, Ohio State failed to claim its third straightwin over Michigan, a feat no OSU team had accomplished sincewinning each meeting from 1959 to 1962. Ohio State also has wonthree in a row vs. Michigan on two other occasions from 1919-21 and1934-37. The meeting between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines servedas the third in Jim Tressel’s three-year stint at Ohio State. Henow is 2-1 against Michigan.

Ohio State vs. Michigan on Nov. 22

The game Saturday marked the 10th time Ohio State and Michiganhave met on Nov. 22. With the win, Michigan now owns a 6-3-1advantage, winning the last four meetings on this date. The lastbout came in 1997, a 20-14 UM victory in Ann Arbor, featuring theNo. 1-ranked Wolverines vs. No. 4 Ohio State.

Much like the meeting Saturday, Nov. 22 has served as the deciding date for the Big Ten championship between Ohio State and Michigan in six of the nine meetings on this date, including the last six in 2003, 1997, ’86, ’80, ’75 and ’69 with the winner headed to the Rose Bowl.

Each of the last four meetings on Nov. 22, all decided by seven points or less, have pitted both teams ranked in the Top 10, including another No. 1 vs. No. 4 match in 1975 when senior running back and Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin led the Buckeyes to a 21-14 comeback win in Michigan Stadium. Each of those last four meetings on Nov. 22 have been decided by seven points or less as Michigan added 26-24 and 9-3 wins at Ohio State in 1986 and 1980 to the 20-14 decision at home in 1997. The Buckeyes earned the 21-14 win in 1975 at Michigan.

Ohio State and Michigan also met on Nov. 22 in 1969, 58, ’52, ’47 and ’41. Each contest included at least one ranked team, while the 1969 game pitted the No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Buckeyes vs. No. 12 Michigan. The Wolverines prevailed with a 24-12 victory, ending a 16-game win streak by Ohio State. The Buckeyes claimed wins in 1958 (20-14) and 1952 (27-7) in Ohio Stadium. The 1941 meeting between No. 5 Michigan and No. 14 Ohio State ended in a 20-20 tie in Ann Arbor.

Ohio State vs. Michigan on Nov. 22 Yr. Winner Loser Score Stadium 2003# No. 5 Michigan No. 4 Ohio State 35-21 Michigan 1997# No. 1 Michigan No. 4 Ohio State 20-14 Michigan 1986# No. 6 Michigan No. 7 Ohio State 26-24 Ohio 1980# No. 10 Michigan No. 5 Ohio State 9-3 Ohio 1975# No. 1 Ohio State No. 4 Michigan 21-14 Michigan 1969# No. 12 Michigan No. 1 Ohio State 24-12 Michigan 1958 No. 11 Ohio State Michigan 20-14 Ohio 1952 Ohio State No. 12 Michigan 27-7 Ohio 1947# No. 1 Michigan Ohio State 21-0 Michigan 1941 *Tie No. 5 Michigan No. 14 Ohio State 20-20 Michigan # conference championship decided 1997, 1986, 1980, 1975, 1969 and 1947.

Ohio State Offensive Team Notes

The 81-yard touchdown drive to close out the first half servedas the longest by the Buckeye offense this season, topping itsthree 80-yard drives this season against Northwestern, Penn Stateand Michigan State. The last 80-yard drive came against theSpartans, ending on a 2-yard pass from Krenzel to tight end RyanHamby in the third quarter. Ohio State scored on an 8-yardtouchdown pass from quarterback Craig Krenzel to wide receiverSantonio Holmes late in the second quarter.

The score was the first against Michigan in the first half in six home games this season for the Wolverines. Coming into the contest, Michigan had outscored its opponents 129-0 in the first half of games.

The 329 yards passing in the game by Ohio State Saturday wasthe second time this season the Buckeyes have surpassed the300-yard mark this season. Ohio State passed for 387 yards in the35-6 win at Indiana.

Ohio State Offensive Player Notes

Ohio State senior wide receiver Michael Jenkins – nine catches,132 yards Saturday – moved into third place all-time in careerreceptions with 160 for his career, falling just behind Cris Carterwith 168 grabs (1984-86) and David Boston with 191 from 1996-98.Jenkins also moved into second place all-time in receiving yardswith 2,802 as he passed both Carter (2,725) and Gary Williams with2,792 from 1979-82. Boston stands in first place in receiving yardswith 2,855 for his career. Michael Jenkins’ 41-yard reception inthe third quarter was his fourth grab of more than 40-yards thisseason. Jenkins’ long for the year came against Purdue last weekwith a 60-yard reception.

Fellow Buckeye wide out Santonio Holmes hauled in a 40-yard reception in the fourth quarter, his second of 40 or more yards this season.

For the year, Ohio State has eight plays covering 40 or more yards this season.

Jenkins (132 Yards) eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the secondweek in a row and third time this season. Saturday served as the10th time in his career Jenkins has surpassed the century mark inreceiving.

Jenkins is the first Buckeye to top 100 yards receiving against Michigan since David Boston caught 10 passes for 217 yards Nov. 21, 1998.

With his 6-yard catch on the first play from scrimmage Saturday, Ohio State split end Jenkins now has caught at least one pass in 38-consecutive games.

Jenkins’ nine receptions were the second most in a single game for his career. Jenkins pulled in 10 passes against Illinois in 2001.

Holmes, who did not start for the first time since the Indianagame, caught eight passes today for 121 yards. Holmes was on thereceiving end of an 8-yard pass from Craig Krenzel late in thesecond half and a 13-yard scoring strike in the third quarter. Thegame served as his second career two-touchdown contest, joining histwo-score effort against Indiana earlier this season. Thetouchdowns are Holmes’ fourth and fifth this season and in histwo-year career.

Holmes’ eight receptions are a career-best, topping the six he had against Indiana. The 122 yards are second to his output at Indiana (153). Since taking over at flanker for the injured Drew Carter at Indiana, Holmes has 461 yards on 30 receptions.

The 100-yard receiving efforts by Jenkins and Holmes marked thefirst time two Buckeyes have topped 100 yards receiving sinceKenyon Rambo (eight catches, 130 yards) and Reggie Germany (sixcatches for 123 yards) each hit the mark against Iowa in a 38-10win Oct. 21, 2000. With the loss Saturday, Ohio State quarterbackCraig Krenzel dropped to 23-3 as a starter.

Krenzel completed 20-33 pass attempts for 221 yards, marking the seventh time this season Krenzel has totaled at least 200 yards passing.

Sophomore wide receiver Bam Childress started the game atflanker, marking his third start this season and third of hiscareer. Childress also started the Wisconsin and Indiana games thisseason.

Childress lined up at tailback in the first quarter and rushed for six yards. The attempt was his first carry of his career.

Ohio State tailback Lydell Ross punched into the endzone fromthree yards out in the fourth quarter, scoring his 10th touchdownthis season.

Ohio State Defensive Team Notes

The 35 points allowed to Michigan Saturday was the second mostthe season to the 38 points scored by N.C. State Sept. 13 thisseason. The 35 points in regulation by Michigan are the most sinceSouth Carolina tallied 31 against the Buckeyes in the 2002 OutbackBowl. Michigan’s Steve Breaston rushed for a 3-yard touchdown inthe first quarter, marking just the sixth rushing touchdown allowedby Ohio State this season and the first allowed to the Wolverinessince the fourth quarter of the 2001 meeting in Ann Arbor by formerMichigan fullback B.J. Askew. Michigan running back Chris Perrybroke free for a 30-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Thescoring run served as the longest by an opponent this season,topping the 11-yard touchdown scamper by Jason Void of Purdue lastweek. Perry – 31 rushes, 154 yards – became just the second rusherto gain more than 100 yards against the Ohio State defense thisseason and the third in Ohio State’s last 26 games. Wisconsin’sBooker Stanley ran for 122 yards Oct. 11 of this season, whilefellow Wisconsin running back Anthony Davis totaled 144 in the 2002meeting. Perry’s 154 yards are the most since the effort by Davislast season. The Michigan scoring drive in the first quarter used7:04 of the first quarter clock. The scoring drive is the secondlongest in terms of time of possession allowed by the Ohio Statedefense. The longest scoring drive against the Buckeyes this seasonwas a 95-yard drive that clocked 7:26 by Michigan State. Michiganscored a touchdown in the second quarter on a 64-yard pass fromquarterback John Navarre to wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Thescoring play served as the second longest this season against OhioState. Wisconsin’s Lee Evans scored on a 79-yard reception in thefourth quarter Oct. 11. The 45+ yards allowed by the Ohio Statedefense are the most this season, topping the 373 gained byMichigan State Nov. 14.

Coming into the game Saturday, Ohio State had allowed just 132 yards rushing spanning the last four games. Saturday, Michigan totaled 170 yards on 40 carries, the second highest total to Wisconsin’s 176 earlier this season.

Ohio State Defensive Player Notes

Ohio State cornerback Chris Gamble intercepted his second passthis season in the fourth quarter and the sixth of his career. Theinterception is Ohio State’s first in the Michigan series sinceWill Allen ended the meeting last season with an interception atthe goal line.

Ohio State Special Teams Player Notes

Ohio State punter B.J. Sander pinned Michigan inside the20-yard line on three occasions. In the last two weeks Sander hasdowned opponents inside their 20-yard line 10 times.

Sander boomed a 61-yarder in the fourth quarter. His long is 68 yards this season.

Miscellaneous

The 21-point (21-0) first half advantage by Michigan was thelargest deficit of the season for Ohio State and the most since ittrailed 28-0 to South Carolina in the 2002 Outback Bowl (2001season), a span of 25 games. Both Ohio State and Michigan had 26seniors take part in their final collegiate game Saturday. The112,118 fans attending the game Saturday serves as a MichiganStadium record, while also setting a NCAA record. The 112,118figure surpassed the 111, 726 mark ser earlier this when Michiganhosted Notre Dame (Sept. 13, 2003). Michigan GameNotes
No vacancy: today’s announced crowd of 112,118 fans set a new NCAAsingle-game record. It surpassed the previous mark of 111,746spectators set at Michigan’s Sept. 13 game against Notre Dame atMichigan Stadium. The Wolverines drew 776,529 fans to theirseven-game home slate in 2003. The total sets a “Big House” recordfor the most total fans to attend Michigan football games during aseason, surpassing the school record of 774,033 spectators setduring last season’s seven-game home schedule. The 100th renewal ofcollege football’s greatest rivalry ended in victory for theWolverines. Michigan now holds a 57-37-6 advantage in the all-timeseries and has a 22-15-3 record against the Buckeyes in MichiganStadium. Twenty-seven Wolverine seniors made their final appearanceat Michigan Stadium today: Calvin Bell, Grant Bowman, PhilipBrabbs, Spencer Brinton, Tyrece Butler, Brent Cummings, Carl Diggs,Jeff Gaston, Norman Heuer, Mike Kaselitz, Alain Kashama, ZachKaufman, Ross Kesler, Brian Lafer, Jeremy LeSueur, Andy Mignery,Courtney Morgan, John Navarre, Tony Pape, Dave Pearson, Luke Perl,Chris Perry, Jon Shaw, Demeterius Solomon, Andy Stejskel, LarryStevens and Charles Young III. Today’s special teams captain fortoday’s game was senior running back Chris Perry. Starting with athree-yard run by Steve Breaston in the first quarter, Michiganscored a touchdown on four straight possessions, not including akneel-down to end the first half. The second and third scores cameon passes from John Navarre to Braylon Edwards, and Chris Perryended the streak with a 30-yard rush to put Michigan ahead 28-7.Michigan rushed for 170 yards on 40 caries in today’s game. Cominginto the game, Ohio State had the best rushing defense in thenation, allowing only 50.5 yards per game on the ground. OhioState’s score late in the second quarter marked the first pointsMichigan allowed in the first half at home in 2003. The Wolverinesoutscored opponents 150-7 at home in the first half this season.Steve Breaston scored Michigan’s first touchdown of the game on athree-yard run. Breaston lined up as the quarterback and ran anoff-tackle option to the right side for the score. It is Breaston’ssecond rushing touchdown of the season. Michigan’s touchdown drivein the first quarter covered 89 yards on 18 plays and took 7:04 offthe clock. It ties for the eighth longest drive in Michigan historyin terms of plays, matching an 18-play drive against Indiana onOct. 14, 2000. The Wolverines also had a 19-play drive earlier thisseason against Notre Dame on Sept. 13. John Navarre completed thelongest touchdown pass of his career, to Braylon Edwards in thesecond quarter. The 64-yard score surpasses Navarre’s previous longof 53 yards to Ronald Bellamy (1999-2002) at Penn State on Oct. 6,2001. The play was also the longest reception for Edwards in hiscareer. Braylon Edwards recorded his fifth multi-touchdown game ofthe season with a 23-yard touchdown in the second quarter, puttingMichigan up 21-0. Braylon Edwards surpassed the 100-yard receivingmark for the fifth time this season and for the third consecutivegame. Edwards has 1,031 receiving yards this season, becoming theseventh Wolverine to break the 1,000-yard mark in a season. BraylonEdwards reached the 2,000-yard receiving mark in his career todaywith his 130-yard game. He ranks sixth all-time at Michigan inreceiving yards with 2,174. With two touchdowns today, BraylonEdwards increased his touchdown totals to 14 on the season and 24in his career. He is tied with Anthony Carter (1979-82) and DavidTerrell (1998-2000) for second on the season touchdown receptionslist and moved into a tie for third with Terrell for third on thecareer list. With his second touchdown pass of the game, JohnNavarre moved into a tie with Elvis Grbac (1989-92) for first onMichigan’s all-time passing touchdowns list with 71 careertouchdowns. Chris Perry’s 30-yard touchdown run in the thirdquarter put the Wolverines up 28-7. It was Perry’s longesttouchdown run of the season and put him over the 1,500-yard mark in2003. He is only the fourth Wolverine to rush for 1,500 yards in aseason, joining Tshimanga Biakabutuka (1993-95), Anthony Thomas(1997-2000) and Jamie Morris (1984-87). Perry finished the gamewith 154 yards to give him 1,589 yards rushing this season. With 31carries, Chris Perry moved into second on Michigan’s season rushingattempts list. Perry has rushed 315 times this season for 1,589yards. Anthony Thomas (1997-2000) tops the list with 319 carries in2000. Chris Perry’s second touchdown run gave him his sixthmulti-touchdown game of the season. The 15-yard run increasedPerry’s season touchdown total to 17 and moved him into a tie withAnthony Thomas (1997-2000) for third on Michigan’s season rushingtouchdowns list. With 31 rushes for 154 yards and five receptionsfor 55 yards, Chris Perry gained more than 200 all-purpose yardsfor the fifth time this season. With an 18-yard reception in thefourth quarter, Carl Tabb set a career high with 35 yardsreceiving. His two receptions also matched a career best. TylerEcker caught a 30-yard pass in the fourth quarter that set up a15-yard touchdown run by Chris Perry. It was the longest receptionof Ecker’s career. Midway through the third quarter, Pierre Woodscollected his team-leading sixth sack of the season. On the ensuingplay, Alain Kashama recorded his first sack of the season to givethe Wolverines back-to-back sacks. Kashama had two TFLs, bothquarterback sacks for 16 yards. Scott McClintock had a 19-yardkickoff return in the third quarter. It was McClintock’s firstkickoff return of his career. Ernest Shazor’s interception with twominutes remaining in the game was his second of the season and thesecond of his career. The interception allowed Michigan to run outthe clock and sealed the victory for the Wolverines. Markus Currymade seven tackles (five solo) in the first half. He finished thegame with a team-high nine tackes. Cornerback Jeremy LeSueurcollected a team-high three pass breakups in the win over OhioState. He also had eight tackles, all solos. Marlin Jacksonreturned from injury to start his first game since the Wolverine’sOct. 10 game at Minnesota. Jackson made four tackles.