Oct. 22, 2005
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Series and Ohio State Team Notes
With the win Saturday, Ohio State now leads the series withIndiana, 64-12-5, and has won 12 consecutive games against theHoosiers. In Bloomington, the Buckeyes are now 23-2-1.
Ohio State is now 5-0 against Indiana under head coach JimTressel, who is now 45-13 at Ohio State and 26-10 in the Big Ten.Tressel is 180-70-2 overall in his 20th year as a head coach.
In five wins over Indiana under Tressel, the Buckeyes haveposted scoring totals of 27, 45, 35, 30 and 41 points for a 35.6scoring average per game. All-time against Indiana, the Buckeyesare 30-0 when scoring 30 or more points and 50-0 when scoring 20 ormore points.
Ohio State scored 41 points Saturday to establish a new seasonscoring high. It is the highest point total for the Buckeyes sincescoring 44 points in a triple-overtime win over N.C. State Sept.13, 2003. In a non-overtime game, it marks OSU’s highest pointtotal since scoring 44 points against Indiana Sept. 28, 2002.
Ohio State totaled 478 yards of total offense in the win atIndiana Saturday for its second 400+ yard performance of the season(530 yards vs. Iowa). It marked the Buckeyes fifth game with atleast 375 yards of offense this season.
When ranked in the AP Top 25, Ohio State is now 384-123-14. InBig Ten play, Ohio State is now 420-162-24 since 1913.
Ohio State improves to 33-3 under Tressel when leading athalftime and 35-3 when leading after three quarters.
The Buckeyes have scored a touchdown in 108 consecutive games.The last time a Buckeye team was held without a touchdown was a13-9 loss to Michigan in the 1996 season.
Ohio State Player Notes
Sophomore Antonio Pittman rushed for 133 yards against IndianaSaturday to go over the 1,000-yard mark for his career. In 17 gamesas a Buckeye, he has 1,077 yards rushing. The 133-yard effortSaturday was Pittman’s fourth game of the season with over 100yards rushing and the fifth of his career. His lone 100+ yardeffort of his freshman season came against Indiana with 144 yardsin Ohio Stadium Oct. 23.
Sophomore Ted Ginn Jr.’s 62-yard punt return for a touchdownwas his first of the season and adds to his Ohio State careerrecord total, which now stands at five. Ginn’s 73-yard kickoffreturn in the second quarter was the longest of his career andmarked Ohio State’s longest play of any kind this season. AshtonYouboty’s 72-yard return of a blocked field goal attempt againstMichigan State was the Buckeyes’ previous longest play of theseason. The return by Ginn would have been a 98-yard touchdown hadit not been negated by a penalty.
Junior split end Santonio Holmes’ 23-yard touchdown receptionwith 10:37 remaining in the first quarter was his team-leadingfifth scoring grab of the season and the 19th of his career. Holmesfinished the game with 5 catches for 104 yards has now caught atleast two passes in 25 consecutive games. The 104-yard effortmarked his fifth-career 100-yard receiving game the first time hedid it in back-to-back games (150 yards vs. Michigan State lastweek).
Holmes now has 1,897 yards receiving in his career to jump upthree spots to No. 7 on Ohio State’s all-time receiving yards list.Saturday he moved ahead of Jeff Graham (1,809 yards, 1988-90),Ken-Yon Rambo (1,849 yards, 1997-00) and Joey Galloway (1,894yards, 1991-94).
Junior Troy Smith rushed for a one-yard touchdown with 7:25remaining in the second quarter and a 23-yard score with 9:52 leftin the third quarter to mark the fifth-consecutive game he has atleast one rushing touchdown and his third game of the season withtwo rushing TDs.
Smith was 14-for-23 passing against the Hoosiers for 226 yards,marking the first back-to-back 200-yard passing games of hiscareer. He threw for a career-best 249 yards last week againstMichigan State.
Junior Brandon Mitchell’s interception and 57-yard return for atouchdown with 4:44 remaining in the third quarter was his thirdcareer interception and first career touchdown. He picked off N.C.State’s Phillip Rivers in 2003 and Michigan State’s Damon Dowdellin 2004.
Prior to Mitchell’s score, the last time Ohio State returned aninterception for a touchdown was in its 2005 season opener whenDonte Whitner returned a pick 26 yards for a score against Miami.
Senior A.J. Hawk collected a team-high seven tackles in thegame to increase his career total to 348 tackles, which now rankssixth in Ohio State history. Saturday Hawk surpassed AlvinWashington, who had 345 tackles from 1977-80.
Senior defensive tackle Joel Penton made his first career startSaturday.
Following Ohio State’s first possession, OSU junior AntonioSmith recovered a muffed Indiana punt return, giving the Buckeyes afirst down on the Hoosier 28-yard line. It was Smith’s first careerrecovery of a fumble or muffed punt return.
Senior tight end Ryan Hamby’s 27-yard reception in the secondquarter marked his longest catch of the season.
Senior kicker Josh Huston entered the game leading the Big Tenin field goals made per game at 1.83 and converted two treysagainst the Hoosiers. He is now 13-for-16 in the field goaldepartment this season.
Freshman A.J. Trapasso’s 41-yard punt with 6:58 remaining inthe first quarter pinned the Hoosiers on their own 12-yard line. Itwas the 10th time this season Trapasso has notched a punt insidethe 20-yard line, and he notched his 11th punt inside the 20 in thesecond quarter on the 7-yard line.
Entering the game against Ohio State Saturday, Indiana was 3-0in Memorial Stadium this season and was aiming to go 4-0 for thefirst time since 1991.
Indiana defensive back Tracy Porter returned an interception 63yards to end what had been an eight-play Ohio State drive late inthe second quarter. It marked Indiana’s longest interception returnsince Porter returned a pick 96 yards for a touchdown againstCentral Michigan in IU’s 2004 season opener.
Indiana freshman receiver James Hardy entered the game as theBig Ten’s leading receiver at 124.0 yards receiving per game. Hefinished the game with two catches for 27 yards Saturday.