No. 1/1 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) 38, No. 19/RV Wisconsin (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) 17
Nov. 3, 2007
Ohio State has won a school-record 28-consecutive regular-season games. The Buckeyes last lost a regular-season contest at Penn State, 17-10, Oct. 8, 2005. Overall, the Buckeyes have won 29 of their last 30 games. The previous record for consecutive regular-season wins was 21, set from 1967-69.
The Buckeyes have won a school and Big Ten record 20-consecutive Big Ten Conference games, dating to the 17-10 loss at Penn State Oct. 8, 2005. The win over Michigan State Oct. 20 broke the former record for consecutive conference wins (17), set from 1954-56, 1967-69 and 1974-76. Michigan also won 19-straight Big Ten games from 1990-92.
Ohio State now is 67-9-1 when ranked No. 1 in the country.
The win Saturday improved the Buckeyes to 10-0 on the season, marking the fifth time in seven years Ohio State has recorded 10 or more wins in the Jim Tressel era.
Overall, the Buckeyes are 412-124-14 as a Top 25 team.
Under head coach Jim Tressel, Ohio State is now 28-9 against Top 25 opponents and 207-71-2 overall.
The Buckeyes boast an all-time record of 379-104-20 in Ohio Stadium. Ohio State has won 18 straight and 22 of the last 23 games played in the Horseshoe. Ohio State’s all-time record in Columbus is 522-151-35 in 708 games.
Jim Tressel’s record with the Buckeyes now is 72-14 and his career record is 207-71-2.
Ohio State now is 797-301-53 in its 118th season of play. The win total ranks fifth all-time in college football.
The Buckeyes have scored at least one touchdown in 136-consecutive games.
Under Tressel, the Buckeyes now are 56-3 when leading at the half (10-3 Saturday).
Ohio State is 32-2 during the last five seasons at Ohio Stadium.
In the month of November, the Buckeyes are 281-131-19 all-time and 178-77-11 at home.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin 51-17-5 and leads 28-7-3 all-time in games played in Columbus.
Ohio State has scored on its opening drive in the last six games and 8-of-10 games this season.
Sophomore Chris “Beanie” Wells rushed for 169 yards on 21 carries Saturday, marking his seventh 100-yard rushing effort this season.
Wells rushed for a career-best three touchdowns vs. the Badgers, the first time a Buckeye had three rushing touchdowns since Lydell Ross at Indiana Oct. 25, 2003. Wells had two touchdowns vs. Minnesota earlier this season.
Ohio State led 7-3 after the first quarter and has outscored the opposition 97-12 in the first quarter this season. They led 10-3 at the half and have outscored opponents 188-29 in the first half this season.
The Buckeyes were 2-for-2 on red zone chances Saturday. The Buckeyes now are 34-for-37 this season in the red zone.
Brian Robiskie, with three catches for 46 yards Saturday, has caught a pass in 22-consecutive regular-season games. In Robiskie’s last five games at Ohio Stadium, he has totaled 32 catches for 593 yards.
Freshman Brian Hartline finished with career highs of seven catches and 95 yards. He caught a career-long 45 yard pass late in the second quarter. His previous long was a 41-yard catch at Purdue this season. His previous high was 88 yards vs. Washington and six catches against both Akron and Washington earlier this season.
Junior quarterback Todd Boeckman has thrown at least two touchdown passes in every game this season.
Boeckman tossed two touchdown passes, upping his season total to 23. That total ranks fourth on the all-time Ohio State single-season list. Joe Germaine is third with 25 in 1998, Bobby Hoying second with 29 in 1995 and Troy Smith with 30 last season.
Vernon Gholston recorded an Ohio State record-tying 4.0 sacks for 32 yards, bringing his career total to 18.5 coming into today. Bobby Carpenter vs. Michigan State in 2005 and Jason Simmons vs. Washington State in 1991 also had four sacks in a game. Gholston’s four tackles-for-loss is tied for fourth in program history for a single game, a mark set 17 times prior.
Ohio State gave up its first offensive touchdown at home this season on a 28-yard touchdown catch by Wisconsin’s Travis Beckum from Tyler Donovan in the third quarter.
Ohio State recorded a season high 10 sacks for 73 yards Saturday. The team totaled 13 tackles-for-loss for 78 yards against the Badgers.
Ohio State’s defense has allowed just five offensive touchdowns over the past 28 quarters of play. They have allowed just seven offensive touchdowns through 10 games.
Ohio State’s defense allowed just one first down, -21 yards rushing and 13 total yards in the second quarter.
The Buckeye defense has forced the opposition to go three-and-out on 52-of-116 possessions (.448 percent) this season.
Junior linebacker James Laurinaitis set a career high with 19 tackles, breaking his previous mark of 15 set vs. Florida last season.
Junior defensive tackle Nader Abdallah recorded his first career sack in the second quarter for a loss of five yards.
Kicker Ryan Pretorius connected on a 27-yard field goal late in the second quarter. He is now 17-of-20 on the season and 5-of-5 between 20 and 29 yards.
A crowd of 105,449 attended the game Saturday, the fifth largest in Ohio Stadium history. Ohio State has had 40-consecutive home games with crowds of more than 100,000.
OSU football legend Bill Willis had his No. 99 jersey retired during the game Saturday. Willis, a Columbus native and Buckeye lineman from 1942-44, was a three-year starter on both offense and defense while earning All-America honors in 1943 and 1944.
Ohio State’s honorary captain for the Wisconsin game was Dan Wilkinson, an All-American defensive tackle at Ohio State before playing 14 years in the NFL.
WISCONSIN GENERAL NOTES
Today’s captains were DB Ben Strickland, LB Jonathan Casillas, P Ken DeBauche and TE Andy Crooks.
Ohio State won the toss and elected to receive.
WISCONSIN TEAM NOTES
Wisconsin’s 93-yard touchdown drive to open the second half was its longest scoring drive of the season.
Wisconsin’s 17 points tied the most for an Ohio State opponent this season and the Badgers joined Washington as the only teams this season to score two offensive touchdowns against OSU.
UW is now 3-15 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.
WISCONSIN INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Freshman running back Zach Brown made his first career start today. Brown finished with career highs in rushes (20) and rushing yards (63).
Tight end Travis Beckum recorded his sixth career 100-yard receiving game (and third of the season), totaling nine catches for 140 yards. His 140 yards are the second-most in a game in his career. He now has 1,668 career receiving yards, good for ninth in UW history.
Paul Hubbard’s 50-yard catch in the third quarter was the longest reception of his career and the second-longest pass play for the Badgers this season. Travis Beckum’s 46-yard catch later in the quarter was UW’s third-longest passing play of the season.
After not scoring a touchdown in his first two seasons, fullback Chris Pressley has two TDs in the last three games. His two-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was the first TD catch of his career.
Punter Ken DeBauche completed his first career pass on the Badgers’ fake punt in the first quarter. He had been 0-for-3 in his career, with single incompletions in each of his first three seasons.
Backup punter Paul Standring, a special teams standout, was on the receiving end of DeBauche’s pass. It was the first career reception for Standring.
With his first quarter field goal, kicker Taylor Mehlhaff is now 15-of-17 (.882) on the season. That is the second-best season FG percentage in UW history, behind Matt Davenport’s .905 in 1998. For his career, Mehlhaff is 44-of-57 (.772) on field goals, second only to Davenport in career FG percentage in school history.
Nick Hayden’s blocked field goal in the fourth quarter was the third blocked kick of his career (two FGs and one extra point).