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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 Stateis now 5-0 against Indiana under head coach Jim Tressel, who is now45-13 at Ohio State and 26-10 in the Big Ten. Tressel is 180-70-2overall in his 20th year as a head coach. In five wins over Indianaunder Tressel, the Buckeyes have posted scoring totals of 27, 45,35, 30 and 41 points for a 35.6 scoring average per game. All-timeagainst Indiana, the Buckeyes are 30-0 when scoring 30 or morepoints and 50-0 when scoring 20 or more points. Ohio State scored41 points Saturday to establish a new season scoring high. It isthe highest point total for the Buckeyes since scoring 44 points ina triple-overtime win over N.C. State Sept. 13, 2003. In anon-overtime game, it marks OSU’s highest point total since scoring44 points against Indiana Sept. 28, 2002. Ohio State totaled 478yards of total offense in the win at Indiana Saturday for itssecond 400+ yard performance of the season (530 yards vs. Iowa). Itmarked the Buckeyes fifth game with at least 375 yards of offensethis season. When ranked in the AP Top 25, Ohio State is now384-123-14. In Big Ten play, Ohio State is now 420-162-24 since1913. Ohio State improves to 33-3 under Tressel when leading athalftime and 35-3 when leading after three quarters. The Buckeyeshave scored a touchdown in 108 consecutive games. The last time aBuckeye team was held without a touchdown was a 13-9 loss toMichigan 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 puntreturn for a touchdown was his first of the season and adds to hisOhio State career record total, which now stands at five. Ginn’s73-yard kickoff return in the second quarter was the longest of hiscareer and marked Ohio State’s longest play of any kind thisseason. Ashton Youboty’s 72-yard return of a blocked field goalattempt against Michigan State was the Buckeyes’ previous longestplay of the season. The return by Ginn would have been a 98-yardtouchdown had it not been negated by a penalty. Junior split endSantonio Holmes’ 23-yard touchdown reception with 10:37 remainingin the first quarter was his team-leading fifth scoring grab of theseason and the 19th of his career. Holmes finished the game with 5catches for 104 yards has now caught at least two passes in 25consecutive games. The 104-yard effort marked his fifth-career100-yard receiving game the first time he did it in back-to-backgames (150 yards vs. Michigan State last week). Holmes now has1,897 yards receiving in his career to jump up three spots to No. 7on Ohio State’s all-time receiving yards list. Saturday he movedahead of Jeff Graham (1,809 yards, 1988-90), Ken-Yon Rambo (1,849yards, 1997-00) and Joey Galloway (1,894 yards, 1991-94). JuniorTroy Smith rushed for a one-yard touchdown with 7:25 remaining inthe second quarter and a 23-yard score with 9:52 left in the thirdquarter to mark the fifth-consecutive game he has at least onerushing touchdown and his third game of the season with two rushingTDs. Smith was 14-for-23 passing against the Hoosiers for 226yards, 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-yardreturn for a touchdown with 4:44 remaining in the third quarter washis third career interception and first career touchdown. He pickedoff N.C. State’s Phillip Rivers in 2003 and Michigan State’s DamonDowdell in 2004. Prior to Mitchell’s score, the last time OhioState returned an interception for a touchdown was in its 2005season opener when Donte Whitner returned a pick 26 yards for ascore against Miami. Senior A.J. Hawk collected a team-high seventackles in the game to increase his career total to 348 tackles,which now ranks sixth in Ohio State history. Saturday Hawksurpassed Alvin Washington, who had 345 tackles from 1977-80.Senior defensive tackle Joel Penton made his first career startSaturday. Following Ohio State’s first possession, OSU juniorAntonio Smith recovered a muffed Indiana punt return, giving theBuckeyes a first down on the Hoosier 28-yard line. It was Smith’sfirst career recovery of a fumble or muffed punt return. Seniortight end Ryan Hamby’s 27-yard reception in the second quartermarked his longest catch of the season. Senior kicker Josh Hustonentered the game leading the Big Ten in field goals made per gameat 1.83 and converted two treys against the Hoosiers. He is now13-for-16 in the field goal department this season. Freshman A.J.Trapasso’s 41-yard punt with 6:58 remaining in the first quarterpinned the Hoosiers on their own 12-yard line. It was the 10th timethis season Trapasso has notched a punt inside the 20-yard line,and he notched his 11th punt inside the 20 in the second quarter onthe 7-yard line.

Indiana Notes

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 returnedan interception 63 yards to end what had been an eight-play OhioState drive late in the second quarter. It marked Indiana’s longestinterception return since Porter returned a pick 96 yards for atouchdown against Central Michigan in IU’s 2004 season opener.Indiana freshman receiver James Hardy entered the game as the BigTen’s leading receiver at 124.0 yards receiving per game. Hefinished the game with two catches for 27 yards Saturday.