Sept. 11, 2005
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Ohio State Notes
No.2-ranked Texas is the highest ranked team to visit OhioStadium since No. 1-ranked Iowa lost to Ohio State, 22-13, in 1985.
Going into the game against Texas Saturday, Ohio State had played the No. 2-ranked team in the Associated Press poll a total of 10 times and now carries a 7-4 record. Counting Saturday vs. Texas, only three of those games have been played at home and the Buckeyes have split those games, winning against Wisconsin, 31-14, in 1954 and falling to Purdue, 41-6, in 1967. With the loss, Ohio State now is 1-2 at home vs. the No. 2-ranked team in the country.
Of the 10 games vs. the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, Ohio State also was ranked in the AP Top 25 in seven of those games. With the loss Saturday, the Buckeyes now are 5-2 in those contests. The victory over Wisconsin in 1954 was the lone win at home in such games.
Ohio State all-time vs. AP No. 2
|No.4||No. 2||Neutral||Arizona State||1/1/97||W||20-17|
|No. 4||No. 2||Home||Texas||9/10/05||L||22-25|
Ohio State headed into the game Saturday against Texasranked fourth in the AP weekly Top 25 poll. The game vs. theLonghorns served as Ohio State’s 215th in program history ranked asa Top 5 team nationally. With the loss Saturday, the Buckeyes nowown a 174-38-4 record when ranked in the AP Top 5 and are 104-14-2mark as a Top 5 squad at home. Including the game Saturday vs.Texas, Ohio State now has played in 25 contests that featured bothteams ranked in the AP Top 5. Eighth of those games have been atOhio Stadium. With the loss, Ohio State now holds a 14-10-1 markwhen playing as a Top 5 team vs. a Top 5 team, and fell to 7-2 athome in such contests. Oklahoma handed the Buckeyes the first lossSept. 24, 1977. The No. 3-ranked Sooners topped fourth-rated OhioState, 29-28.
Ohio State at home all-time as Top 5 team AP vs. Top 5 AP (7-2)
Overall, Ohio State has played 62 games vs. teams ranked inthe AP Top 5 and is 24-31-7 in those games, including a 13-10-2mark at home. With the loss to Texas Saturday, Ohio State has lostjust two of its last 24 games at home. The other loss came toWisconsin in the 2004 season.
The loss Saturday to Texas snapped Ohio State’s streak of 36 consecutive victories against non-conference opponents in Ohio Stadium. The loss also halted a five-game win streak at home for Ohio State. The last Ohio State loss to a non-conference foe in Ohio Stadium was Sept. 22, 1990, when the No. 15-ranked Buckeyes were defeated by No. 18 Southern California, 35-26.
The game Saturday served as the seventh night game all-time atOhio Stadium. With the loss to Texas Saturday, Ohio State sufferedits first defeat in a home game under the lights and now is 6-1 insuch games. Prior to Saturday, the last night game played inColumbus was a 28-9 win against No. 17 Washington in the 2003season opener (Aug. 30).
Saturday also marked Ohio State’s 34th game played under the lights in program history. With the loss Saturday, Ohio State now is 25-9 overall in games played at night, which includes bowl games.
The loss Saturday dropped Jim Tressel’s career mark to176-69-2, including a 41-12 record at Ohio State.
With the loss Saturday, Tressel suffered his first loss to a non-conference team at home as the Ohio State head coach. Overall, Tressel is 26-4 at home at Ohio State.
The loss Saturday dropped Tressel’s mark at Ohio State to 1-2 all-time vs. teams ranked in the Top 5 in the AP poll. Tressel led the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes to a 31-24 overtime victory against No. 1 Miami in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl for the national championship. In 2003, the fourth-ranked Buckeyes fell at No. 5 Michigan, 35-21, to end the regular season Nov. 22.
The loss Saturday also dropped Tressel’s record against teams in the AP Top 10 to 5-2 and 4-1 in Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State held a 16-13 lead at halftime Saturday. With theloss the Buckeyes now are 30-3 under Tressel when leading at thehalf. The Buckeyes extended their lead to 22-16 after threeperiods. With the loss Saturday, Tressel now is 32-3 overall atOhio State when leading after three periods. For the 103rdconsecutive game, Ohio State scored at least one touchdown. Thelast time a Buckeye team was held without a touchdown was a 13-9loss to Michigan in the 1996 season.
Saturday served as the first meeting between Texas and OhioState. With the loss Saturday, the Buckeyes are 27-4-1 againstteams from the Big 12 conference. Ohio State has played two of itslast three games against teams from the Big 12. Ohio State closedthe 2004 season with a 33-7 victory over Oklahoma State in theAlamo Bowl in San Antonio. The game against Texas also marked thefourth consecutive season Ohio State has played a team from the Big12. In 2002, the Buckeyes opened their season with a 45-21 win athome over Texas Tech. Two seasons ago, Ohio State defeated KansasState in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl, 35-28. The loss Saturday alsodropped the Buckeyes’ record against teams from the state of Texasto 20-3-2. Ohio State has played seven programs that hail fromTexas. Ohio State is 1-0 against Houston, 2-0 vs. Rice, 7-1-1 vs.SMU, 4-0 vs. Texas A&M, 4-1-1 vs. TCU and 2-0 vs. Texas Tech.
Ohio State scored on all four of its offensive possessions inthe second quarter, which resulted in 16 points. The last time OhioState scored 16 points or more in a quarter was against MinnesotaNov. 2, 2002. The Buckeyes scored 17 points in the third quarter enroute to a 34-3 victory. Including kickoff returns, the Buckeyesposted eight plays of 20 yards or more.
Ohio State Plays of 20 Yards or More vs. Texas (9/10/05)
36, Holmes vs. Texas-Smith (TD)
21 vs. Texas-Smith
22 vs. Texas-Zwick
36 KOR vs. Texas
47 KOR vs. Texas
26 KOR vs. Texas
Ted Ginn Jr.
46 KOR vs. Texas
24 Int Ret. vs. Texas
In the red zone, Ohio State converted 3-of-3 scoringopportunities Saturday vs. Texas. Six Buckeyes recorded at leasttwo receptions Saturday. Santonio Holmes led the Buckeyes with fourcatches for 75 yards. Ted Ginn, Anthony Gonzalez, Roy Hall andAntonio Pittman recorded two grabs each.
Offensive Player Notes
Sophomore tailback Antonio Pittman made his second career startSaturday and rushed for 75 yards on 17 carries, with a long of 17yards. Junior quarterback Troy Smith entered the game on OhioState’s third series and led the Buckeyes to scores on each of hisfirst five drives. The first, third, fourth and fifth drives endedin field goals by Josh Huston. Smith connected with Santonio Holmesfor a 36-yard touchdown pass on his second drive. The touchdownstrike is the ninth of his career. With his 36-yard touchdown grabin the second quarter, Holmes extended his streak with at least twocatches to 20 games. With the score, Holmes now has hauled in atouchdown in four of his last five games. On the day, Holmes hadfour catches for 73 yards.
In the receiving department, Holmes currently ranks 12th on the all-time OSU list with 96 total receptions, surpassing former Buckeye Bobby Olive (91).
In all-purpose yardage, Holmes totaled 182 yards on seven total touches. He added a career-high 109 yards on three kickoff returns. Holmes returned two Texas kickoffs in the first quarter for 83 yards. His second went for 47 yards, which counts as a career best. Holmes’ previous best was a 32-yard return against Wisconsin in 2004.
Ted Ginn Jr. finished the game with 97 all-purpose yards onseven touches. He totaled 82 yards on kickoff returns, including a46-yard return in the third quarter. Ginn also caught two passes,extending his streak of collecting at least one catch to nine gamesand two catches in seven games.
Defensive Player Notes
Senior linebacker A.J. Hawk intercepted a Vince Young pass inthe second quarter and recorded a 24-yd return. The interceptionserved the seventh in Hawk’s career.
On the next Texas possession, Hawk recovered a fumble caused by senior defensive end Jay Richardson. The recovery is Hawk’s second of his career. The forced fumble served as the first of Richardson’s career.
For the second consecutive game, Hawk recorded a sack and finished the game with two sacks. He now has 8.5 for his career.
Overall, Hawk registered at least 10 tackles for the sixth time in his last seven games. He finished the game with a team-best 12 total tackles and now has 295 for his career.
Senior linebacker Bobby Carpenter had 11 tackles and now hasfour career games with at least 10 stops. In the third quarter,Nate Salley picked off a Young pass tipped by Bobby Carpenter. Theinterception served as Salley’s third career pick and first sincethe Michigan game last season. Junior safety Donte Whitner recordeda sack for the second straight game and the third sack of hiscareer Saturday.
Senior place kicker Josh Huston tied an Ohio State record withfive field goals Saturday against Texas. Huston now shares the markwith former Buckeyes Mike Nugent, who made five field goals at N.C.State Sept. 19, 2004, and Bob Atha, who made five field goals in agame against Indiana Oct. 24, 1981 in Ohio Stadium.
Huston got Ohio State on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a career-long 45-yard field goal. The 45-yard make topped his 44-yard conversion against Wisconsin in 2001.
For the game, Huston added 36, 25, 44 and 26-yard field goals in addition to the 45-yarder.
Houston missed a 50-yard try in the fourth quarter, which snapped an Ohio State streak of 16 consecutive made field goals by Buckeye kickers during the last two seasons. Nugent connected on his final nine attempts of the 2004 season, while Houston made his first seven of 2005. The last missed field goal by an Ohio State kicker came against Penn State last season, a 49-yard miss at Ohio Stadium.
Freshman punter A.J. Trapasso pinned Texas inside its own20-yard line four times in the game, including a third-quarter bootthat was downed at the Texas 8-yard line.
A sell-out crowd of 105,565 attended the game Saturday vs.Texas to set an attendance record at Ohio Stadium. The crowd brokethe previous record of 105,539 against Michigan in 2002.
The Buckeyes have played in front of 21-consecutive sell-out crowds at Ohio Stadium. During the last two seasons, Ohio State has played in front of sellout crowds in 14 straight games overall.
The Buckeyes first fielded a football team in 1890. With theloss Saturday, Ohio State has posted an all-time record of765-299-53 in 114 years. With the loss Saturday, Ohio State’sall-time record moved to 356-103-25 in Ohio Stadium (opened in1922).
Ohio State paid tribute to legendary football head coach Woody Hayes Saturday in a ceremony at halftime of the Buckeyes’ game against Texas. Hayes’ name was unveiled in “The Horseshoe” and now appears on the east stadium facade below “C” deck. Hayes’ grandchildren, Laura and Phillip, joined OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith on the field for the presentation. Woody Hayes took over the OSU football program in 1951 and quickly became one of the greatest coaches the game has ever seen. By the time he left the coaching ranks in 1978, the Buckeyes had won five national championships and 13 Big Ten titles. At Ohio State, Hayes amassed 205 wins, including 152 conference victories.
Texas Game Notes
The win over No. 4 Ohio State marks the highest-ranked team Texas has defeated since No. 3 Nebraska in 1999. It is the highest-ranked team Texas has defeated on the road since No. 4 Arkansas in 1985.
Texas has now won 10 straight and 22 of their last 23 road games at opponents’ home stadiums.
Texas is now 27-6 on the road under Mack Brown.
Texas has won 10 consecutive road night games.
Texas is 61-0 when outrushing an opponent under Mack Brown.
Texas recorded its first safety since Oct. 2, 2004 against Baylor.
The last Texas opponent to convert five field goals was Kansas State in 1999.
Texas is now 10-10 under Mack Brown when trailing at the half.
Vince Young has led Texas to come-from-behind victories when the Horns were tied or trailed at halftime on seven occasions and has directed five fourth-quarter comebacks during his career.
Young is now 19-2 as a starter. The 19 wins ties him with Bret Stafford for eighth on UT’s career QB victories list.
Young’s fourth quarter TD to Limas Sweed was the 23rd of his career, putting him alone in seventh on UT’s career passing TDs list and passing Bret Stafford (22, 1984-87).
Young’s first quarter run of 32 yards was his ninth career run of 30 or more yards.
With 346 total yards of offense, Vince Young now has 5,651 and has moved into sixth place on UT’s career total offense list, passing Bret Stafford (5,379 yards, 1984-87) and Cedric Benson (5,553, 2001-04).
Young’s first six completions were to five different receivers.
Aaron Harris’ safety in the fourth quarter was the first of his career.
Limas Sweed’s fourth-quarter TD reception was the first of his career.
Brian Robison’s fourth-quarter fumble recovery was the first of his career.
Jamaal Charles’ 36-yard reception in the second quarter is a career long and his six receptions are a career high.
Tim Crowder’s two sacks was his first two of the season and gives him 7.5 for his career.
Drew Kelson’s fourth quarter forced fumble was the first of his career.
Drew Kelson’s second quarter sack was the first of his career.
David Pino’s three made field goals are a career high. His previous was two versus Washington State in the 2003 Holiday Bowl.
David Pino’s 42-yard field goal in the first quarter was a career long. His previous long was a 39-yarder against Washington State in the 2003 Holiday Bowl.
With 130 yards receiving, Billy Pittman matched last season’s team total for 100-yards receivers (Tony Jeffery at Kansas).
Billy Pittman’s five receptions and his TD were all the first of his career.
Attendance: 105,565, an Ohio State record
Game Captains: Will Allen, Michael Huff, David Thomas, Rodrique Wright
Coin Toss: Texas won the toss and deferred. Ohio State received.