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Oct. 7, 2012

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No. 12 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) 63, No. 21/20 Nebraska (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) 38
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 6, 2012
Attendance: 106,102

OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES

An Ohio Stadium record 106,102 fans were in attendance for thegame against Nebraska. Ohio State is 62-7 at Ohio Stadium since thestart of the 2002 season. Ohio State is 8-3 all-time in home nightgames and 35-18 in night games overall. Only two other first-yearOhio State coaches have started a season better than 5-0: CarolWiddoes went 9-0 in 1944 and eventually won his first 12 gamesbefore his first loss; and Earle Bruce opened 11-0 in 1979. OhioState now is 272-0-1 when scoring 35 or more points. The tie was35-35 against SMU in 1978.

SERIES NOTES

Ohio State moved to 3-1 all-time against Nebraska. The Buckeyesare 3-0 in games played in Columbus. The game marked the first gameplayed by the teams in Columbus since 1956.

OFFENSIVE NOTES

CarlosHyde had a career-best four touchdowns after three two-TD gamesin his career (including vs. Nebraska last year). He compiled 140yards on 28 attempts, both career bests. Hyde’s four-touchdown gamewas the first for a Buckeye since Eddie George ran for four againstIowa Oct. 28, 1995. Braxton Miller’s 72-yard run in the second quarter tied for theBuckeyes’ longest play from scrimmage this year (DevinSmith 72-yard touchdown reception from Miller vs. Cal). Itmarked the longest run of the season by a Buckeye. The game markedMiller’s fourth 100-yard rushing performance of the season andseventh of his career. Miller’s 186 rushing yards set a single-gamerecord by an Ohio State quarterback. Miller set the previous recordwith 161 earlier this season against Miami. Miller came in to thegame averaging 199.1 yards of total offense per contest. Heaccounted for 215 yards in the first half and ended the game with313. The 371 rushing yards vs. Nebraska marked the first time theBuckeyes rushed for more than 300 yards as a team since Ohio Stateran for 346 against Indiana in 2011. The 63 points are the most forthe Buckeyes since scoring 73 vs. Eastern Michigan in 2010. Theteam scored 56 vs. Miami (Ohio) earlier this season (Sept. 1). The59 combined first-half points were the most in a half in an OhioState game since the Iowa game in 1995. Ohio State led that game56-7 at halftime and it ended 56-35. The 101 combined points in thegame were the most since the 1995 game vs. the Hawkeyes. The gamemarked the first time Ohio State scored 50-plus points against aBig Ten opponent since a 52-10 win at Minnesota in 2010. Thefour-touchdown second quarter marked the first time the Buckeyesscored four touchdowns in a quarter since the Purdue game in 2010.The 35-point first half tied for the most points in a half by OhioState this season (Miami, 2nd half). Ohio State out-gained Nebraska242-104 in the second quarter. Jeff Heuerman’s 18-yard touchdown reception in the secondquarter marked his first career touchdown catch. Nick Vannett’s 32-yard reception in the second quarter was acareer long. Heuerman’s 35-yard reception in the third quartermarked a career long. Rod Smith’s 33-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was thelongest run of his career.

DEFENSIVE NOTES

The Buckeye defense collected two third-down turnovers (fourtotal) vs. Nebraska. Ohio State posted 18 points off turnovers.Ohio State has scored 53 points off turnovers this season, whileits opponents have scored three. Sophomore defensive back Bradley Roby claimed a career-high two interceptions vs. theCornhuskers and now has five career interceptions. Roby is thesecond Buckeye this season to have two interceptions after Travis Howard caught two takeaways vs. Miami (Sept. 1, 2012) inthe home opener. Roby took back an interception for a touchdown at8:29 in the first quarter for 41 yards. The interception was hisfirst of the season and fourth of his career. Roby’s pick was thefirst interception for a touchdown since Travis Howard took a 30-yard interception to the end zoneagainst Penn State Nov. 13, 2010. Ohio State has collected aninterception in five of its six games this year (10 totalinterceptions). Senior defensive lineman John Simon helped the Buckeye defense force a three-and-outafter collecting his second sack of the season during Nebraska’sopening offensive drive. Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier notched a team-best 11 tackles with a sack. Heleads the team with 59 stops in 2012, his second game with 10 ormore tackles this season. Senior defensive back Orhian Johnson claimed his second interception of the seasonand sixth of his career at 3:27 in the third quarter. The Buckeyeshave now had three interceptions in two games this season (UAB,Sept. 22, 2012) Junior safety Christian Bryant posted a season-high nine tackles vs.Nebraska. Senior defensive lineman Garrett Goebel had a career-high eight tackles. Overall, theScarlet and Gray combined for 86 total tackles with 24 differentBuckeyes claiming at least one stop.

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

Junior wide receiver Corey Brown took a 76-yard punt return down the left sidelinefor a touchdown at 5:50 in the third quarter. It was the first puntreturn for a touchdown by a Buckeye since Chris Fields returned a 69-yard punt return to the end zonelast season vs. Toledo (Sept. 10, 2011). Junior placekickerDrew Basil was 9-for-9 on PAT attempts. He is now 29-for-30 onthe season.

NEBRASKA POST GAME NOTES

The loss dropped Nebraska to 4-2 on the season and 1-1 in BigTen play. Nebraska is now 1-3 against Ohio State all-time and 0-3against the Buckeyes in Columbus. Nebraska dropped to 2-3 inconference road openers under Bo Pelini, with all three lossesagainst opponents ranked in the top 12 of the Associated Presspoll. Nebraska is now 4-8 in games away from Lincoln against APranked opponents since the start of the 2009 season, with five ofthose setbacks against teams ranked in the top 12 nationally.Nebraska’s 63 points allowed are the most by Nebraska sinceColorado scored 65 against the Huskers on Nov. 23, 2007. Overall,the 63 points mark the fourth most points Nebraska has allowed inits history. Nebraska rushed for 223 yards, marking the first timethis season Nebraska did not reach 250 rushing yards. Nebraska alsolost for just the fourth time under Bo Pelini when it has rushedfor 200 yards (28-4). The five-game stretch of 250-yard rushinggames to open the season was NU’s longest since rushing for 250yards in seven straight games in 2002. Nebraska scored 38 pointstonight and has scored 30 points or more in each of its first sixgames. The last time Nebraska had reached 30 points in six or morestraight games was a seven-game stretch including the final threegames of 2007 and the first four games in 2008. Nebraska finishedwith 437 yards of total offense and has topped 400 yards in each ofthe first six games of the season. The last time Nebraska had alonger stretch of 400-yard total offense games was a seven-gamestretch during the 2008 season. Senior I-back Rex Burkhead rushed14 times for 119 yards, including a career-long 73-yard run in thefirst quarter. The 73-yard run bettered Burkhead’s previous longrun of 61 yards against Idaho State on Sept. 22. Burkhead hasposted the three longest runs of his career this season (57 yardsvs. Southern Miss, 61 yards vs. Idaho State, 73 yards vs. OhioState). With his 119 yards in tonight’s game, Burkhead pushed hiscareer rushing total to 3,042 yards to become the seventh Husker torush for 3,000 career yards. Burkhead hit exactly 3,000 yards withhis 73-yard run in the first quarter. Burkhead moved up to sixthplace on the NU career rushing list, moving past Ken Clark (3,037career yards). Burkhead’s 119 yards marked the 13th 100-yardrushing game of his career and his second of 2012 (also IdahoState). Burkhead’s 13 career 100-yard games are the eighth-most inNebraska history. Burkhead topped the century mark for the secondstraight year against Ohio State after running 26 times for 119yards and a touchdown against the Buckeyes last year in Lincoln.Sophomore Ameer Abdullah had a pair of touchdown runs in the firstquarter (1 and 3 yards), giving Abdullah seven rushing touchdownsand nine total touchdowns this season, both team highs. Abdullahalso has a punt return for a touchdown and a receiving touchdown.Abdullah also finished with eight kickoff returns for 128 yards. Heincreased his career total to 1,033 return yards to become theseventh Husker to surpass 1,000 kickoff return yards. Sophomorereceiver Kenny Bell had a career-long 74-yard reception in thesecond quarter, setting up a Taylor Martinez touchdown rush. The74-yard reception bettered his previous career long of 68 yardsagainst Idaho State two weeks ago. Bell has had at least onereception in 18 straight games, with at least three receptions in10 of those games. Bell finished the game with five receptions fora career-high 133 yards, marking his second career 100-yardreceiving game. Bell’s 133 receiving yards betters his 108 yards onsix catches earlier this season at UCLA. Bell has 20 receptions for463 yards this season, an average of 23.2 yards per reception.Bell’s 463 receiving yards this season are two more than histeam-high 461 yards in 2011. Senior tight end Ben Cotton had athree-yard TD reception in the third quarter for his second careertouchdown reception, and first since a 2009 TD catch at Colorado inhis redshirt freshman season. Cotton had two receptions for 19yards. Junior quarterback Taylor Martinez passed for 214 yards anda touchdown in tonight’s game, while rushing for 40 yards and twotouchdowns. Martinez’s 254 total offensive yards moved his careertotal to 7,172, making him just the second Husker to top 7,000yards in career total offense (Eric Crouch, 7,915). Seniordefensive end Eric Martin recorded 2.0 sacks for eight yards intonight’s game, giving him a team-high 5.5 sacks for 30 yards thisseason. Martin has had at least one sack in three of the past fourgames and tonight marked his second multiple-sack game of theseason (2.5 vs. Idaho State). Senior place-kicker Brett Maher had a26-yard field goal in tonight’s game. Maher now has eight fieldgoals this season and 27 in his career. Maher moved into a tie withDale Klein on the NU career field goal list. Maher’s 27 field goalsrank fourth in NU history. Maher added five extra points for eightpoints in the game, giving him 158 career points. He climbed to atie for 27th place on the NU career scoring list in tonight’s game.NU had a 7-play, 92-yard drive in the first quarter, marking theHuskers’ third drive of the season of at least 90 yards (1 each vs.UCLA, Wisconsin, Ohio State). Tonight’s attendance of 106,102 isthe fourth-largest crowd for a Nebraska game. Three of the fourlargest crowds Nebraska has played in front of have come in thepast 11 months (at Michigan and at Penn State in 2011; at OhioState, 2012). Tonight’s game captains were senior linebacker WillCompton, senior defensive back Justin Blatchford and junioroffensive guard Spencer Long. Nebraska is off next week beforereturning to action on Oct. 20 at Northwestern. The Wildcats are5-1 entering next week’s game at Minnesota. The game will beNebraska’s first at Northwestern since 1931.