Oct. 5, 2002
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Ohio State is 54-13-1 all time vs. Northwestern, which includesa 24-5-1 record in Evanston. Ohio State has won its last 23meetings with the Wildcats dating back to the 1971 season. TheBuckeyes have not lost in Evanston since 1958. Ohio State is 30-4all-time vs. Northwestern when playing as a ranked team in theAssociated Press Top 25 Poll. The Buckeyes are 256-63-9 all timewhen playing as a ranked team in the Associate Press Top 10. As aTop 25 team, Ohio State is 356-116-14. Michael Jenkins has areception in his last 18 games. He finished with 4 catches for 64yards against Northwestern. Lydell Ross’ 3-yard TD run with 13:15to play in the second quarter was his third TD run of the seasonand the ninth of his career. He finished the night with 83 yards on18 carries. Craig Krenzel connected on a 48-yard pass play to ChrisGamble in the second quarter to tie his career-long completion. Itwas also Gamble’s career long reception. Maurice Clarett scored his11th and 12th career touchdowns and his 11th via the rush on theseason. Clarett has scored the third most touchdowns by a freshmanat Ohio State. Art Schlichter (1978) and Joel Payton (1977) eachscored 13 TDs during their freshman campaigns. Clarett has scoredin all five games in which he has appeared this season. Clarett hasscored at least one rushing TD in four games and a receiving scorein one game (Kent State). He has two or more TD rushes in fourgames this season. Clarett rushed for 140 yards on 29 carries. Hehas now rushed for over 100 yards in four games this season. KickerMike Nugent remained perfect on the season hitting 3 PATs. He isnow been successful on his last 47 PATs. Nugent also kept hisconsecutive field goal streak alive with a 41-yard make with 12:17left in the third quarter and a 30-yard FG with 11:28 left in thegame. Nugent has made his last 12-field goal attempts, includingall 11 tries this season. His streak of 12 makes is the secondlongest in Ohio State history behind the 15-consecutive made fieldgoals by Vlade Janakievski over five games during the 1979-80seasons. Nugent’s streak spans eight games over the last twoseasons. Krenzel rushed for 64 yards on 7 carries to set a careerhigh in yards rushing in a game. Northwestern’s third quarterrushing touchdown was just the second rushing TD allowed by theBuckeyes this season. Ohio State is 6-0 for the first time since1998 when the Buckeyes started the season 8-0. Cie Grant’s fourthquarter interception was his first of the season and fourth of hiscareer.