No. 14 Ohio State (2-0) 31, UCF (1-1) 16
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 8, 2012
OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES
With the win, Urban Meyer improved to 36-4 in September.
Ohio State has won 59 consecutive regular-season non-conferencehome games against teams not ranked in the AP Top 25. The lastloss: 34-17 to Florida State, Oct. 2, 1982.
Ohio State is 59-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002season.
The game marked the first game on the gridiron between OhioState and UCF.
Ohio State outgained UCF 248-114 in the first half.
Braxton Miller completed his first seven passes of the game,extending his streak to nine consecutive completions dating back tolast Saturday.
Miller’s 18 completions tied a career high, last set Jan. 2, 2012,against Florida.
The game marked the second consecutive game Miller rushed for 100or more yards in the first half.
With the 141-yard rushing performance, Miller went over 1,000rushing yards in his career.
Miller set a career high with three rushing touchdowns. The gamemarked the second multiple touchdown rushing game of Miller’scareer (Wisconsin, ’11).
The last Buckeye with three rushing touchdowns in a game was ChrisWells against Wisconsin in 2007.
The 27 rushing attempts by Miller marked a career high.
Miller completed passes to seven different Ohio Statereceivers.
The last Ohio State quarterback with three rushing touchdowns in agame was Art Schlichter against Illinois in 1979.
The game marked the fifth 100-yard rushing game of Miller’s career,breaking a record he held with Cornelius Greene.
Jake Stoneburner’s 12-yard touchdown reception in the thirdquarter marked the 10th touchdown reception of his career.
The seven carries by Zach Boren marked a career high.
The last time Ohio State recorded three interceptions was atMichigan Jan. 21, 2009.
The Ohio State defense claimed three turnovers and now has postedfive takeaways in two games in 2012. The Buckeyes came into thegame tied for fourth in the country in TO margin.
Since the beginning of the 2007 season, the Ohio State defense hasallowed only 11 100-yard rushers. That mark is tied for third bestamong FBS schools.
Senior defensive back Travis Howard posted his team-leading third interception of theseason at 3:29 left in the second quarter following a tip pass byclassmate Orhian Johnson at the UCF 48-yard line. The three interceptionsfor Howard is a season-high for the OSU defensive back.
The Buckeyes have held 70 opponents to 21 points or fewer since thestart of the 2005 season, the most among FBS teams.
Senior linebacker Etienne Sabino collected his first career interception at 8:54in the third quarter following a tip pass.
Nineteen Buckeyes notched tackles vs. the Knights, with Christian Bryant leading the way with seven stops.
Johnson tallied his fifth career interception in the fourthquarter
The Buckeyes held UCF to 7-of-15 on third down conversions.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Junior placekicker Drew Basil posted his first field goal of 2012 at 9:58 in thesecond quarter from 24 yards out to put Ohio State ahead, 10-3.Basil’s career field goal percentage is now 17-of-20.
The Buckeye defensive PAT unit blocked a UCF extra point attempt at1:37 in the third quarter to put the score 31-16 in favor of theScarlet and Gray. Freshman defensive lineman Adolphus Washington was credited with the block.
CENTRAL FLORIDA TEAM NOTES
UCF falls to 1-1 on the season, while No. 14 Ohio State jumpsto 2-0.
The Knights also dropped to 0-7 in games against Big Ten teams.Saturday marked the first meeting between the two schools.
It was the first non-conference loss for the Knights vs. a schoolfrom an automatically-qualifying BCS conference since 2010 atKansas State. UCF entered with a two-game winning streak (Georgiain 2010, Boston College in 2011) in such games.
Attendance at Ohio Stadium was 104,745, marking the most fans toever watch a UCF game since the program’s inception in 1979. Theprevious record was 103,029 at Penn State on Aug. 31, 2002.
CENTRAL FLORIDA INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Senior captains for the Ohio State game were: widereceiver/quarterback Rob Calabrese and cornerback A.J. Bouye.
Bouye notched his first interception of the year at the end of thethird quarter. It was his fourth of his career, and he now has apick in each of the last three seasons.
Meanwhile, Bouye completed the afternoon by tying his career highwith seven tackles.
Sophomore wide receiver Rannell Hall earned his first-career startSaturday.
With 82 yards, Hall entered UCF’s all-time top-10 for kickoffreturn yards and is now ninth. He entered the game with 714 yardsto his name and surpassed Joe Burnett (745) and Doug Gabriel(795).
Sophomore Shawn Moffitt converted on his first field-goal try ofthe year – a 28-yarder with 12 seconds left in the firstquarter.
Sophomore MLB Terrance Plummer recorded eight tackles in the firstquarter alone. His previous career-high for an entire game wasseven.
Plummer finished the game with 15 tackles.
Sophomore TE Justin Tukes recorded his first-career touchdownreception on a 1-yard catch in the second quarter, which helped tiethe game at 10-10.
Junior DT E.J. Dunston was credited with his first forced fumble ofhis career when he stripped Zach Boren in the second quarter.
Senior fullback Billy Giovanetti caught his second touchdown passas a Knight on a 2-yard reception on fourth down in the thirdquarter. It was his first TD since 2009.