Nov. 24, 2014

Co-captain Michael Bennett is one of 24 seniors playing in their final game at Ohio Stadium Saturday.
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#6 Ohio State vs. Michigan
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, Noon ET
Ohio Stadium (104,944), Columbus, Ohio

TV: ABC – Dave Pasch (Play-by-Play), Brian Greise (Analyst), Tom Luginbill (Sideline)

Radio: WBNS FM (97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 64-station Ohio State Radio Network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Dom Tiberi on the sidelines. The game can also be heard nationally on Sirius-XM satellite radio channels 91.


  • Ohio State enters the game having won a Big Ten record 23 consecutive regular season B1G games.
  • Ohio State is looking to become the first Big Ten team to go undefeated in regular-season conference play in three consecutive years since Minnesota did so from 1933-35.
  • No Big Ten team has ever won every game (undefeated and untied) in Big Ten regular season games three consecutive years.
  • Ohio State ranks 10th in the NCAA in total offense with 511.4 yards per game and is fifth in scoring offense at 44.3 ppg.
  • J.T. Barrett has been responsible for a school-record 42 touchdowns this season, tied for the most in the FBS with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.
  • Barrett has set school records this season for TD passes (33) and total offense (3,507 yards).
  • Two weeks ago at Minnesota, Barrett set Ohio State records for longest run by a QB (86/TD) and rushing yards in a game by a QB (189).
  • Joey Bosa, a Lombardi finalist and Bednarik semifinalist, leads the B1G with 18.0 TFL & 11.5 sacks.
  • Urban Meyer is 38-3 in the month of November since the start of the 2003 season.
  • The Buckeyes, 34-3 (.918) overall under Meyer, have the second-highest winning percentage among FBS teams since the start of 2012.

Ohio State, Big Ten Conference divisional champion for a third consecutive year, hosts Michigan in a 12 noon (EST) game Saturday at Ohio Stadium in the 111th edition of the greatest rivalry in sports. Ohio State is 10-1 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten Conference East Division. Michigan enters the game with a 5-6 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the Big Ten East and needing a victory to be bowl eligible. ABC will televise the game to a national audience with Dave Pasche, Brian Griese and Tom Luginbill describing the action.

Ohio State has clinched a second consecutive berth in the Big Ten Conference championship game and will play the winner of the game Saturday between Minnesota (8-3 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten West) and Wisconsin (9-2 overall and 6-1 in the Big Ten West) in the fourth Big Ten championship game, Dec. 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

Ohio State under Urban Meyer
2012 – 12-0 & 8-0 in Big Ten Leaders Div. (champ)
2013 – 12-2 & 8-0 in Big Ten Leaders Div. (champ)
2014 – 10-1 & 7-0 in Big Ten East Div. (champ)

Ohio State leads the nation in home attendance this season – and has all year and should lead the nation for the first time since 1973 – with right at 106,000 fans attending each game in Ohio Stadium on average. Ohio State has had four record crowds already this season.

2014 Home attendance – Average
1. 105,911 – Ohio State (Ohio Stadium)
2. 104,909 – *Michigan (Michigan Stadium)
3. 104,981 – Texas A&M (Kyle Field)
4. 101,909 – Penn State (Beaver Stadium)
5. 101,723 – *LSU (Tiger Stadium)
*Home schedule completed

Top 5 Ohio Stadium crowds
1. 108,362 vs. Cincinnati; Sept. 27, 2014
2. 107,517 vs. Virginia Tech; Sept. 6, 2014
3. 106,961 vs. Illinois; Nov. 1, 2014
4. 106,795 vs. Rutgers; Oct. 18, 2014
5. 106,102 vs. Nebraska; Oct. 6, 2012

Troy Smith’s name and his jersey number “10” will be honored and enshrined in lights in Ohio Stadium at halftime of the game this week against Michigan. Smith, 25-3 as a starting quarterback, including a 3-0 record vs. Michigan, won the 2006 Heisman Trophy after guiding the Buckeyes to a season-long No. 1 ranking, a 12-0 regular season and a berth in the BCS national championship game. He led Ohio State to Big Ten championships in 2005 and 2006 and he closed an exceptional career with 5,720 passing yards while completing 62.7 percent of his passes (second-best at Ohio State) with 54 touchdowns (third behind Bobby Hoying and Joe Germaine). His career passing efficiency mark of 157.1 is a school record.

Smith, a 2006 Ohio State graduate with a degree in communications, will be the eighth former Buckeye to be so honored in Ohio Stadium after the five previous Heisman Trophy winners – Les Horvath, Vic Janowicz, Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, Archie Griffin and Eddie George, Chic Harley, the school’s first three-time All-American, and Bill Willis, an All-American and member of four Halls of Fame who was one of four African-Americans to reintegrate professional football.

Ohio State is one of the nation’s hottest teams. The team is riding a nine-game winning streak that is currently the third-longest streak in the nation, with only Florida State (27) and Marshall (12) boasting longer winning streaks than the Buckeyes. Colorado State also has won nine consecutive games.

Ohio State’s winning streak has the Buckeyes ranked No. 7 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ Polls this week. The Buckeyes have climbed 16 places in the AP poll since losing to Virginia Tech in the second weekend of the season, and they have climbed 13 spots in the coach’s poll. In the College Football Playoff Poll, Ohio State has moved from 16th to 14th to eighth to No. 6 last week with the fifth poll coming out Tuesday.

Ohio State has won a record 23 consecutive Big Ten Conference games. Ohio State’s last conference loss – regular season games only – was at Michigan on Nov. 26, 2011, 40-34.

Conference Games Win Streaks
23 – Ohio State, 2012-current
20 – Ohio State, 2005-07
19 – Michigan, 1990-92
17 – Ohio State, 1974-76
17 – Ohio State, 1967-69
17 – Ohio State, 1954-56

All-Time Big Ten Win Streaks
29 – Michigan, 1901-03
26 – Michigan, 1903-05
25 – Michigan, 1946-49
24 – Ohio State, 2012-13
24 – Minnesota, 1903-05

The Ohio State/Michigan series began in 1897 and has been played every year since 1918, with the 2014 game marking the 97th consecutive year the two teams will play. Michigan holds a 58-45 lead in victories and there have been six ties.

The Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry was named the greatest rivalry of the 20th century by in 1999. Ali vs. Frazier was No. 2.

Ohio State has officially won 10 of the last 12 games in the series including the last two: 42-41 last year in Ann Arbor and 26-21 to cap an undefeated, 12-0, campaign in 2012.

Michigan won 19 of the first 24 games (with two ties) in the series. But since Ohio State’s first win in 1919, the series is even: 45-45-4. And since the 1951 season and the arrival of Woody Hayes, Ohio State leads the series 33-27-2 (Note: Ohio State’s 2010 victory over UM in Columbus, 37-7, was vacated. All series records, streaks, etc., in this release do not include the result of the 2010 game).

When Michigan defeated Ohio State, 40-34, at Ohio Stadium in 2011, it snapped a six-game Ohio State winning streak in the series. Those six consecutive wins by the Buckeyes represented the longest winning streak for Ohio State against Michigan. The streak also tied the second-longest winning streak for either team in this series and it was the longest streak in 84 years. Michigan owns the longest such streak: nine games between 1901-09.

Ohio State vs. Michigan has been the regular season-ending game every year since 1935 except one: in 1942 Ohio State ended the season with a game against the Iowa Seahawks. Also:

  • Michigan has a Big Ten-best 42 conference championships; Ohio State is second with 34.
  • In 1950 the famous “Snow Bowl” game with Michigan was played in Columbus. Michigan won, 9-3, scoring a safety and a touchdown off blocked punts. Michigan’s Chuck Ortmann punted 24 times; Ohio State’s Heisman winning Vic Janowicz punted 21 times.
  • Fifty-one years ago on Nov. 30, 1963 Ohio State defeated Michigan in Ann Arbor, 14-10, in a game that was delayed a week while the nation mourned the death of President John F. Kennedy.
  • Defending national champion Ohio State rolled through the 1969 season with a 9-0 record, but Michigan ended the team’s 22-game winning streak and bid for consecutive national titles with a 24-12 win.
  • Michigan has interrupted five unbeaten seasons for Ohio State. Ohio State has handed Michigan a first loss of the season six times.

Ohio State is 21-31-4 vs. Michigan in Ann Arbor and 24-27-2 in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won five consecutive games at Ohio Stadium, including a trio of close, tense affairs – 14-9 in 2002, 42-39 between No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan in 2006 and 26-21 to cap an unbeaten 2012 season – and a couple not-so-close games (37-21 in 2004 and 42-9 in 2008).

The Big Ten Conference championship was on the line for all 10 games between Ohio State and Michigan between 1969-78. The decade of games was termed the 10-Year War.

Recognized before the game will be 24 Ohio State seniors who have been a part of 34 victories in the last 37 games – since 2012, the start of the Urban Meyer coaching era at Ohio State – including a school-record 24-game winning streak and a Big Ten Conference-record 23-game league winning streak. The seniors haven’t lost a Big Ten game since the last game of the 2011 season and are looking to complete a third consecutive 8-0 campaign in Big Ten play with a win Saturday. The senior class includes:

  • 76 – RT,

Darryl Baldwin – Solon, Ohio
63 – DT, Michael Bennett – Centerville, Ohio
72 – DT, Chris Carter – Cleveland
39 – K, Kyle Clinton – Dublin, Ohio
32 – LS, Russell Doup – Mt. Vernon, Ohio
17 – DE, Rashad Frazier – Middletown, Ohio
14 – LB, Curtis Grant – Richmond, Va.
12 – CB, Doran Grant – Akron, Ohio
87 – WR, Peter Gwilym – Freeport, Maine
51 – OG, Joel Hale – Greenwood, Ind.
5 – TE, Jeff Heuerman – Naples, Fla.
46 – TE, Devin Hill – Columbus, Ohio
98 – DL, John Holman – Riverdale, Ga.
53 – DL, Kosta Karageorge – Columbus
88 – DE, Steve Miller – Canton
8 – TE, J.T. Moore – Youngstown, Ohio
44 – TE, Chris Rock – Columbus
14 – K, Jake Russell – Twinsburg, Ohio
18 – CB, Nic Sarac – Cleveland
9 – K, Tim Scott – Norton, Ohio
9 – WR, Devin Smith – Massillon, Ohio
46 – LB, Nick Snyder – Columbus
6 – WR, Evan Spencer – Vernon Hills, Ill.
73 – OL, Antonio Underwood – Shaker Heights, Ohio

Joey Bosa and J.T. Barrett are up for consideration for numerous national honors. Bosa, who has 43 tackles this season and is Top 6 nationally in quarterback sacks (11.5) and tackles-for-loss (18.), was named one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and he is a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award.

Barrett, a Davey O’Brien national quarterback award semifinalist, has played his way into Heisman Trophy consideration with his fine play that includes 2,658 passing yards and 33 touchdowns, and 849 rushing yards and nine touchdowns while being nationally ranked in a handful of categories including:

  • No. 1 (Tie) in points responsible for – 252;
  • No. 1 (Tie) in points responsible for avg. – 22.9;
  • No. 1 (Tie) in TDs responsible for – 42
  • No. 2 in touchdown passes – 33;
  • No. 3 in passing efficiency – 171.4; and
  • No. 12 in total offense – 318.8 ypg.

Freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for 380 yards of offense and four touchdowns, freshman H-back Jalin Marshall had 151 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns and Ezekiel Elliott had 107 yards rushing, including a 65-yard score, and a team-high seven receptions to power Ohio State, offensively, to a 42-27 victory over Indiana Saturday in Columbus. Joshua Perry led the defense with 14 tackles and three tackles-for-loss while Tyvis Powell had a key fourth-quarter interception that led to a short-field touchdown and a 35-20 lead with less than five minutes to play. The win was the team’s ninth consecutive victory this season and the 19th consecutive win over the Hoosiers. Tevin Coleman had 228 yards rushing for IU, including TD runs of 90 and 52 yards, but in between those second-half runs the Buckeye defense forced six consecutive 3-and-outs to help the Buckeyes come back from a 20-14 deficit and build a 42-20 lead.

Two outstanding special teams plays turned the game around. Trailing 20-14 and forced to punt, Buckeye Cameron Johnston booted a 50-yard kick with back spin that downed itself – untouched – at the IU 1. The defense forced a quick 3-and-out and Jalin Marshall, atoning for a tough, two-fumble game one week prior, took the ensuing punt 54 yards for a touchdown and the go-ahead score. It was the first punt return touchdown for the Buckeyes since Corey “Philly” Brown returned a punt 68 yards for a score vs. Wisconsin in 2012. Johnston averaged 49.8 yards off five punts, including three downed inside the 20.

J.T. Barrett added two more records to his sensational rookie season Saturday, topping 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith’s single season touchdown pass total of 30 touchdowns and Braxton Miller’s 2012 record of 3,310 yards of total offense. Barrett now has 33 touchdown passes on the season – second-most nationally – and 3,507 yards of total offense. He had previously set Ohio State’s single season record for touchdowns responsible for, a number that has now grown to 42.

J.T.’s Top 5 Total Offense Games
1. 409 (330 pass; 79 rush) & 4 TDs vs. Cincinnati
2. 389 (200 pass; 189 rush) & 4 TDs vs. Minnesota
3. 386 (300 pass; 86 rush) & 5 TDs vs. Michigan St.
4. 380 (302 pass; 78 rush) & 4 TDs vs. Indiana
5. 368 (261 pass; 107 rush) & 5 TDs vs. Rutgers

Ohio State’s Top 5 TD Pass Seasons
33 – J.T. Barrett, 2014
30 – Troy Smith, 2006
25 – Todd Boeckman, 2007
25 – Joe Germaine, 1998
24 – Braxton Miller, 2013

J.T. Barrett’s four-touchdown passes vs. Indiana increased his nation’s leading – tied, actually with Marcus Mariota – touchdowns responsible for total to 42, a figure that ties Drew Brees’ 1998 Big Ten record (passing or running TDs). Barrett is also zeroing in on two more Big Ten records: Denard Robinson’s single season total offense mark of 4,272 yards set in 2010; and Brees’ touchdown passes record of 39 set in 1998. Barrett is 766 yards from the total offense record and seven touchdown passes from the TD record.

J.T. Barrett’s Records – 9
33 – Ohio State touchdown passes
42 – OSU & B1G* TDs responsible for
3,507 – Ohio State total offense
86 – Longest run by Ohio State QB
189 – Rush yards by Ohio State QB (Minn.)
*6 – Touchdown passes (Kent)
14 – TD passes over three games
*6 – Big Ten freshman of the week awards
*Ties record

One week after two fumbles spoiled what could have been Jalin Marshall’s breakout game as a collegian (he had a 47-yard TD reception as part of a five-catch game vs. Minnesota), Marshall went wild with four second-half touchdowns – all consecutive – to awaken the Buckeyes from a 20-14 deficit and into a 42-20 lead over Indiana. Marshall scored on a 54-yard punt return to get things going and then caught three touchdown passes from J.T. Barrett in less than 14 minutes covering 6, 15 and 54 yards. The Big Ten Conference chose him as its freshman of the week for his efforts.

Jalin Marshall’s 56 punt return yards vs. Indiana moved him into seventh-place nationally with a 13.6 yard per return average.

Sophomore Ezekiel Elliott enjoyed his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season with 107 yards off 13 carries with a career-long 65-yard touchdown run. Elliott also had a personal-best and team-high seven catches for 39 yards. Elliott’s 1,000-yard season – he currently has 1,061 yards – represents the 30th in Ohio State history and it has been accomplished by 22 different players.

Ezekiel Elliott 100-Yard Games
2014 – 107 off 13 carries vs. Indiana
2014 – 154 off 23 carries vs. Michigan State
2014 – 109 off 26 car. vs. Penn State
2014 – 139 off 24 car. vs. Maryland
2014 – 182 off 28 car. vs. Cincinnati
2013 – 162 off 14 car. vs. Florida A&M

Urban Meyer’s 1,000-Yard Rushers
2014 – Ezekiel Elliott: 1,061 & 8 TDs
2013 – Carlos Hyde: 1,521 & 15 TDs
2013 – Braxton Miller: 1,068 & 12 TDs
2012 – Braxton Miller: 1,271 & 13 TDs
Note: J.T. Barrett is 151 yards from 1,000

Joshua Perry, who ranks seventh in the Big Ten with 99 tackles and 9.0 per game, had his third double digit tackling day of the season with 14 stops vs. Indiana. Included was three TFLs (-10 yards) and two sacks. Perry’s career-high is 18 tackles vs. Penn State.

Tyvis Powell’s third interception of the season couldn’t have come at a better time Saturday vs. Indiana. The Buckeyes had just taken a 28-20 lead and where on defense when Powell stepped in front of a Zander Diamont pass and returned it 20 yards to the IU 15. Jalin Marshall scored one play later and the Buckeyes were on their way to the win.

Ohio State continues to lead the Big Ten Conference – and rank in a tie for sixth nationally – in interceptions with 17. Nine different Buckeyes have an interception this season and five players have multiple interceptions led by Powell, Doran Grant and Vonn Bell with three apiece. The Buckeyes have 12 interceptions in Big Ten games.

2014 NCAA Interception Leaders
1. Louisville – 23
2. Louisiana Tech – 21
t3. Houston – 19
t3. Mississippi – 19
5. Utah State – 18
t6. Ohio State – 17
t6. TCU – 17

Ohio State also leads the Big Ten in tackles for loss with 81, a total that ranks 14th nationally. The Buckeyes have 32 sacks among that total to rank third in the Big Ten behind Michigan State and Wisconsin with 34 apiece.

Team Leaders – Tackles-for-Loss
1. Joey Bosa – 18 for 102 yards (11.5 QB sacks)
2. Darron Lee – 11.5 for 48 yards (4.5 sacks)
3. Michael Bennett – 7.5 for 28 (3 sacks)
4. A. Washington – 7.0 for 23 yards (2.5 sacks)
5. Joshua Perry – 8.5 for 31 (3.0 sacks)
6. Steve Miller – 6.0 for 18 yards (1 sack)

Joey Bosa has increased his Big Ten Conference-leading total to 18.0 tackles-for-losses (totaling 102 yards; also a conference high) with a TFL against Indiana. Bosa also leads the Big Ten in quarterback sacks with 11.5. He is ranked 6th nationally in sacks and 8th in FTLs.

Joey Bosa had his school-record-tying streak of games with at least one tackle-for-loss – 14 – end against Michigan State, but 2.5 TFLs vs. Minnesota and another TFL vs. Indiana gives Bosa at least one TFL in 16 of the last 17 games. Bosa has played in 25 games for the Buckeyes and he has totaled 31.5 career TFLs and 19.0 quarterback sacks.

Consecutive Games with a TFL
Joey Bosa, 14 (2013-14)
Andy Katzenmoyer, 14 (1996-97)
Ryan Shazier, 14 (2012-13)
Will Smith, 12 (2002-03)
Mike Vrabel, 11 (1994-95)
Matt Wilhelm, 10 (2000)

Cameron Johnston had a fine day punting vs. Indiana. He averaged 49.8 yards off five punts with a long of 58 yards. He also had one of the critical plays of the game: pinning the Hoosiers inside the 1 yard line late in the third quarter with Ohio State trailing 20-14. After a three-and-out forced by the OSU defense, Jalin Marshall returned the ensuing punt 54 yards for the go-ahead score. Johnston is third in the Big Ten with a 43.6 yard average, and the Buckeyes are second in net punting (40.1).

Cameron Johnston has placed 62.5 percent of his 80 career punts have been downed inside the opponents 20 (50 of 80) with 30 percent of his punts (24 of 80) downed inside the opponents’ 10.

Ohio State has won 13 consecutive games on the road, the longest such streak in the nation. Florida State has won 12 consecutive road games with Missouri (10) next and followed by UCLA, which has seven consecutive road games.

Ohio State’s road winning streak includes consecutive road wins over Top 25 teams and Top 25 defenses. Three weeks ago Ohio State defeated No. 8 Michigan State, and its No. 5-rated total defense, 49-37 and two weeks ago, in 15-degree weather and snowy conditions the entire game, Ohio State defeated No. 25 Minnesota, 31-24. The Golden Gopher defense was as stout as its No. 21 national ranking, but Ohio State still produced 489 yards of offense. The Gophers scored three touchdowns after Ohio State turnovers.

Ohio State’s offense is averaging 511.1 yards per game to rank 10th nationally and second in the Big Ten Conference. The offense is third nationally in passing efficiency, fifth in scoring at 44.3 points per game and 13th in rushing at 259.6 yards per game. The team is also third nationally in third-down conversion rate (52.8 pct.).


Category Avg. FBS Rank
Total Touchdowns 58 1st
Third Down % .583 1st
Scoring 48.0 ppg 2nd
Total First Downs 253 2nd
Yards Per Game 542.0 2nd
Passing TDs 32 2nd
Passer Rating 176.4 4th

Going back to last season and including quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton in the mix, Ohio State QBs have thrown a touchdown pass in 19 consecutive games. This TD streak is second-longest in school history, trailing only a 24-game streak of touchdown passes by quarterbacks on the 1994-96 teams. J.T. Barrett has thrown a TD in all 11 games so far this season. Only three times – 1997, 1995 and 1979 – has an Ohio State team had TD passes in every game during the season.

Not to be outdone by the passing game, Ohio State’s rushing game has produced a touchdown in 20 consecutive games and in 36 of 37 games coached by Urban Meyer. The only game Ohio State has not scored a rushing touchdown under Meyer: the 2013 Wisconsin game when Braxton Miller threw four touchdown passes in the 31-24 win.

The Buckeyes have featured one of the most potent rushing attacks in the country since Coach Meyer’s arrival and most notably since the start of 2013, averaging 287.1 yards per game on the ground, seventh best in the FBS and fourth among Power 5 conference schools. Their 6.3 yards per rush during that time frame ranks second only to Wisconsin (7.0).

Team Rushing Last 2 Seasons (Power 5 Teams)

1. Wisconsin 311.1 ypg
2. Georgia Tech 312.4
3. Auburn 301.0
4. Ohio State 287.1
5. Oregon 255.9
6. Baylor 250.9

Avg.Yds Per Rush Last 2 Years (Power 5 Teams)

1. Wisconsin 7.0 ypc
2. Ohio State 6.3
3. Auburn 6.0
4. Oregon 5.9
5. Georgia Tech 5.7
Oklahoma 5.7

Ohio State is 19th nationally in total defense with 330.4 yards per game allowed. The Buckeyes moved into the national Top 10 in pass efficiency defense (104.63) and are 30th in scoring defense (22.5) and 41st against the run (147.8).

Six Big Ten Conference teams are among the nation’s Top 25 in terms of total defense, including four teams in the Top 10. The Buckeyes own road wins over top defensive teams Penn State and Michigan State, teams that are still ranked in the Top 10, and last week piled up 489 yards and 31 points against Minnesota’s then- No. 21 ranked defense. Both totals are more than TCU had in a home game vs. Minnesota.

Total Defense – National Rankings
No. 2 – Wisconsin / 259.3 ypg
No. 3 – Penn State / 278.3 ypg
No. 8 – Michigan State / 299.0 ypg
No. 9 – Michigan / 301.8 ypg
No. 19 – Ohio State / 330.4ypg
No. 21 – Iowa / 331.9 ypg

In addition to Joey Bosa and J.T. Barrett, Ohio State student-athletes under consideration for national honors and awards this season include:

  • Sophomore P Cameron Johnston, one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award;
  • Junior long snapper Bryce Haynes, one of 12 finalists for the 2014 Wuerffel Trophy, the national award that honors the college football player who best exhibits exemplary community service; and
  • Jacoby Boren, on the national ballot for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, J.T. Barrett’s 38 touchdowns responsible for through the first 10 games were the most in the last 10 years for a first-year FBS quarterback. Barrett’s total eclipsed by five the 33 TDs responsible for that Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel accounted for in 2012.

TDs Responsible For Last 10 Years by debut FBS quarterback

1. 38 in 2014 – J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
2. 33 in 2012 – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
3. 32 in 2012 – Marcus Mariota, Oregon
4. 31 in 2013 – Jameis Winston, Florida State

The Big Ten Conference named J.T. Barrett its Freshman of the Week after his near-miss 200-200 game vs. Minnesota (he passed for 200 and was just 14 yards from 200 yards rushing). Barrett has now been honored for a weekly award by the Big Ten or nationally after seven of his 10 starts this season. He has been the Big Ten’s freshman of the week six times; its offensive player of the week three times. And he has been a national freshman of the week twice and a national player of the week twice.

  • Navy (1 award) – Big Ten Freshman of the Week after 276-yard total offense, three-touchdown game;
  • Kent State (2) – Big Ten Offensive & Freshman of the Week after throwing for school-record six touchdown passes and 318 yards;
  • Cincinnati (1) – Big Ten Freshman of the Week after accumulating the second-most yards in a game in school history – 409 – including 330 passing yards and five touchdowns responsible for;
  • Maryland (2) – Athlon’s National Freshman of the Week & Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of the Week after passing for 267 yards and four touchdowns with 338 yards of total offense;
  • Rutgers (2) – Big Ten Offensive & Freshman of the Week after a 368-yard total offense game, including 107 rushing yards, with four touchdowns; and
  • Michigan State (5) – Maxwell Award Player of the Week; Athlon’s National Player and Freshman of the Week; Big Ten Conference Offensive and Freshman of the Week after throwing for 300 yards, rushing for 86 and accounting for five touchdowns on the road against the nation’s No. 5-ranked defense.
  • Minnesota (1) – Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week & Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of the Week after rushing for a school QB-record 189 yards and one score – a school-QB record 86-yard run – and throwing for 200 yards and three touchdowns.

Ohio State continues to lead the nation in average starting field position. The team is No. 1 in its own starting field position (37 yard line), No. 5 in opponents’ starting position (26) and No. 1 in the difference (11 yards).

Ohio State has better than a 90-percent winning rate under Urban Meyer. Only one school – Florida State – has a better winning percentage than Ohio State since the start of the 2012 season.

Best Records – 2012-2014

1. Florida St. 37-2 .948
2. Ohio State 34-3 .918
3. Alabama 34-4 .894
4. Oregon 33-4 .891
5. Louisville 31-6 .837

Since Coach Meyer’s arrival in 2012, Ohio State’s offense has been one of the most potent in the country. The Buckeyes are one of just five FBS teams from a Power 5 conference to average at least 40 points per game since the start of the 2012 season and are one of three teams to average at least 45 points since the start of last season.

FBS Scoring – Since 2012

1. Baylor 48.9 ppg
2. Oregon 47.0
3. Florida State 42.7
4. Marshall 42.6
5. Ohio State 42.4
6. Texas A&M 41.9

FBS Scoring – Since 2013

1. Baylor 51.3
2. Oregon 45.6
3. Ohio State 45.0
4. Florida State 44.6
5. Marshall 43.4
6. Texas A&M 40.5

Since week 2, Ohio State has the highest third-down conversion rate in the FBS at 58.3 % (70 of 120).

School> Percentage
1. Ohio State .583
2. Georgia Tech .564
3. Colorado State .542
4. Marshall .534
5. Oregon .525

J.T. Barrett’s season to date has also included these memorable notes and statistics:

  • He leads the B1G in pass efficiency and total offense and he is second in passing yards per game;
  • He has accounted for 38 touchdowns during Ohio State’s nine-game winning streak, including 30 passing TDs;
  • He has completed at least 70 percent of his passes in four games. In Ohio State’s current nine-game winning streak, Barrett has completed 169 of 249 passes (67.8 pct.) for 2,213 yards with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also has scored eight rushing touchdowns;
  • He has a high game of 330 passing yards (vs. Cincinnati), 409 total yards (also vs. UC) and six touchdowns (vs. Kent State);
  • His 409-yard total offense total vs. UC is the second-highest in school history next to Art Schlichter’s 412-yard game vs. Florida State in 1978;
  • With 312 yards passing vs. Kent State and 330 vs. Cincinnati, Barrett became the first Buckeye to throw for 300-or-more yards in consecutive games since Troy Smith did so vs. Michigan and Notre Dame at the end of the 2005 season; and

Devin Smith NEARS CARTER & No. 2
Devin Smith now has moved into soled possession of third place at Ohio State with 26 career touchdown receptions. He is now just one away from the great Cris Carter’s total of 27 touchdown receptions and he is only eight from the school record, held by David Boston.

Ohio State Career Touchdown Receptions

1. 34 David Boston 1996-98
2. 27 Cris Carer 1984-86
3 26 Devin Smith 2011-14
4. 25 Santonio Holmes 2003-05
5. 24 Brian Robiskie 2005-08

Devin Smith, in addition to 26 touchdown passes, has caught 110 passes in his career for 2,136 yards and a 19.4 yards per reception average. He ranks 11th at Ohio State in career receptions, seventh in career yards and fourth in average yards per reception. His 26 career touchdown passes have averaged 37.1 yards per reception.

Devin Smith’s 26 TD Receptions
2011 – 14 from B. Miller vs. Akron
2011 – 32 from B. Miller vs. Colorado
2011 – 17 from B. Miller vs. Colorado
2011 – 40 from B. Miller vs. Wisconsin
2012 – 23 from B. Miller vs. Miami
2012 – 25 from B. Miller vs. Cal
2012 – 72 from B. Miller vs. Cal
2012 – 63 from B. Miller vs. Michigan State
2012 – 60 from B. Miller vs. Indiana
2012 – 46 from B. Miller vs. Indiana
2013 – 47 from B. Miller vs. Buffalo
2013 – 90 from K. Guiton vs. Cal
2013 – 47 from K. Guiton vs. Cal
2013 – 5 from K. Guiton vs. FAMU
2013 – 26 from B. Miller vs. Wisconsin
2013 – 14 from B. Miller vs. Iowa
2013 – 39 from B. Miller vs. Indiana
2013 – 53 from B. Miller vs. Michigan
2014 – 80 from J.T. Barrett vs. Navy
2014 – 50 from J.T. Barrett vs. Kent State
2014 – 19 from J.T. Barrett vs. Cincinnati
2014 – 34 from J.T. Barrett vs. Cincinnati
2014 – 30 from J.T. Barrett vs. Maryland
2014 – 32 from J.T. Barrett vs. Illinois
2014 – 8 from J.T. Barrett vs. Illinois
2014 – 44 from J.T. Barrett vs. Michigan State

Devin Smith has caught a touchdown pass in 20 games during his career. Ohio State is 20-0 in those contests, including a win Saturday over No. 8 Michigan State.

Not sure who to credit for the term “walk-off” sack, but it sure fit as Joey Bosa overpowered a Penn State blocking back on a fourth-and-5 play in the second overtime, knocking him backwards and into quarterback Christian Hackenberg for a game-ending sack to clinch Ohio State’s 31-24 double overtime victory. Bosa had 2.5 sacks on the day and six total tackles.

A walk-off sack, plus 1.5 additional sacks and six total tackles netted Joey Bosa the B1G defensive player of the week honor as well as Athlon’s national defensive player of the week award following the Penn State game.

Ohio State is now 8-2 in overtime games (4-0 at home; 3-2 away and 1-0 at neutral sites) and has won three consecutive games. Urban Meyer’s teams are 7-0 in overtime games: 1-0 at BGSU; 1-0 at Utah; 2-0 at Florida; and 3-0 at Ohio State.

OSU OT’s Under Meyer
10-26-14: 31-24 (2OT) at Penn State; 2 J.T. Barrett TD runs and a “walk-off” sack by Joey Bosa;
11-17-12: 21-14 at Wisconsin; Carlos Hyde TD; Christian Bryant PBU on 4-G-21; and
10-20-12: 29-22 vs. Purdue; Hyde TD run.

Three forced fumbles by Joey Bosa have led to 23 Ohio State points so far this season.

7 points – His forced fumble on Navy QB Keenan Reynolds was scooped up by Darron Lee and returned 61 yards for a third-quarter touchdown.
7 points – His sack and forced fumble of Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer was recovered by Rashad Frazier at the VT 15. Two plays later Ezekiel Elliott scored to tie the game at 21-all.
9 points – In the win over Cincinnati, Bosa delivered a devastating strip-sack to UC QB Gunner Kiel. The ball was batted out of the end zone for a safety and Ohio State scored on its possession after the free kick.

Last season Urban Meyer became the first head coach at the highest level of the collegiate coaching ranks (major college, Division I, FBS, etc.) to have three winning streaks of at least 20 games. A total of 41 head coaches at this level have lead a team to a winning streak of at least 20 games. Nine of those coaches have had two winning streaks of at least 20 wins. Meyer is the first to add a third such winning streak to his name.

Multiple 20-Game Win Streak Coaches
Urban Meyer
     24 – Florida (2010) & Ohio State (2012-13)
     22 – Florida (2008-09)
     20 – Utah (2003-04) & Florida (2005)
Walter Camp
     28 – Yale (1888-89)
     27 – Yale (1890-92)
Robert Neyland
     22 – Tennessee (1937-39)
     20 – Tennessee (1950-51)
Tom Osborne
     26 -Nebraska (1994-96)
     22 -Nebraska (1982-83)
Joe Paterno
     23 – Penn State (1968-69)
     20 – Penn State (1993-95)
Barry Switzer
     28 – Oklahoma (1973-75)
     20 – Oklahoma (1986-87)
Bud Wilkinson
     47 – Oklahoma (1953-57)
     31 – Oklahoma (1948-50)
George Woodruff
     34 – Pennsylvania (1894-96)
     31 – Pennsylvania (1896-98)
Fielding Yost
     29 – Michigan (1901-03)
     26 – Michigan (1903-05)

Urban Meyer has had just one losing streak reach three games in his 161-game head coaching career: in 2010 at Florida. He has had only four multi-game losing streaks in all, with all of them two-game streaks except for the 2010 trio while at Florida. The others: in 2002 at Bowling Green; 2007 at Florida; and 2013 at OSU.

Urban Meyer has had 11 of his assistant coaches move on to head coaching positions with 10 of them still a head coach. Collectively, this group has posted a fine 74-38 won/loss record this season, including unbeaten teams at Marshall and Mississippi State, for a .661 winning percentage.

Meyer Assistants Currently Head Coaches
Steve Addazio: Boston College, 2nd year
Gary Andersen: Wisconsin, 2nd year
Tim Beckman: Illinois, 4th year
Gregg Brandon: Bowling Green (2003-08)
John “Doc” Holliday: Marshall, 5th year
Dan McCarney: North Texas, 4th year
Dan Mullen: Mississippi State, 6th year
Mike Sanford: UNLV (2005-09); Indiana St, 2nd year
Charlie Strong: Louisville (2010-13); Texas, 1st year
Kyle Whittingham: Utah, 10th year
Everett Withers: James Madison, 1st year

Ohio State set a school record this year with four consecutive 50-point games. The stretch was also a personal best for an Urban Meyer-coached team. Three times previously he had a team score 50-or-more points in three consecutive games but this is the first time his team has done so in four consecutive times.

Ohio State also tied the school record this season with four consecutive games of 500-or-more yards of total offense (628 vs. Kent State; 710 vs. Cincinnati; 533 vs. Maryland; 585 vs. Rutgers). The 1998 Ohio State team was the first to accomplish this feat.

Ohio State has three defensive touchdowns this season and all are by freshmen. Darron Lee has a 61-yard fumble return vs. Navy; Raekwon McMillan has a 19-yard interception return vs. Maryland; and Eli Apple has a four-yard fumble return vs. Rutgers.

Ohio State’s four interceptions against Maryland represented its first four-or-more interception game in four years (four vs. Miami, Fla., in 2010).

FOURTH 300 & 300 GAME
Ohio State had 380 rushing yards and 330 passing yards vs. Cincinnati. This marked the fourth time in school history the team has topped 300 yards in both categories in the same game.

300 Rushing & 300 Passing
2014 – 380 and 330 vs. Cincinnati
2010 – 342 and 303 vs. Eastern Michigan
1996 – 317 and 315 vs. Rice
1986 – 394 and 321 vs. Utah

Ohio State has 12 different players on offense who have scored a touchdown. Last year, 14 Buckeyes finished the season with a touchdown scored and in 2012 11 Buckeyes scored touchdowns.

Redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett was spreading the ball all over the field in the 66-0 win over the Golden Flashes Sept. 13, hitting 11 different receivers and tying a school record with six TD passes in the win. It marked the first time in 25 years an Ohio State QB hit 11 different receivers in a game.

Ohio State is ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press and No. 7 in the Coaches Top 25 polls. They are 6th in the latest College Football Playoff poll, released each Tuesday evening.

Since the start of the 2002 season, Ohio State has been ranked in the AP Top 10 more times than any other school (154). Oklahoma (130) and LSU (129) are second and third, respectively.

The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP Top 25 more times (834) than any other school, appeared in the AP preseason poll for the 26th consecutive season this year, the longest streak in the nation. It also marked the 47th consecutive season Ohio State has appeared in the AP poll, tying Alabama for the longest active streak.

With the preseason injury to senior QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State entered the 2014 season without more than 3,100 yards of total offense from its 2013 squad, on top of losing top playmakers Carlos Hyde (1,521 yards rushing) and Corey “Philly” Brown (771 yards receiving). But as the Buckeyes have shown this season, they will replace those yards by committee with several talented players to spread the ball around to.

The Buckeyes returned just 11 percent of its total offense from a year ago heading into this season, the leading men being sophomore RB Ezekiel Elliott (262 yards rushing) and sophomore H-B Dontre Wilson (250 yards rushing; 210 yards receiving). The Buckeyes did, however, return two senior wide receivers in Devin Smith and Evan Spencer and senior tight end Jeff Heuerman.

Five seniors were chosen by vote of their teammates, included injured and out-for-the-year quarterback Braxton Miller, cornerback Doran Grant, linebacker Curtis Grant, defensive tackle Michael Bennett and tight end Jeff Heuerman.

Seven prospects from the 2014 recruiting class (of 23) enrolled in January. Those seven were:

The seven early arriving Buckeyes continue a trend of high school seniors electing to graduate early/complete requirements to graduate and enroll at Ohio State for a winter or spring academic session. Ohio State has a total of 21 players who have left high school early. Those players, in addition to the class of 2014 enrollees, include:

2013: CB Eli Apple, QB J.T. Barrett, CB Cam Burrows and DL Tyquan Lewis;
2012: OL Jacoby Boren, OL Taylor Decker, RB Bri’onte Dunn, QB Cardale Jones, LB Joshua Perry, DB Tyvis Powell and WR Michael Thomas; and
2011: OL Joel Hale, TE Jeff Heuerman, QB Braxton Miller.

Urban Meyer’s teams are 22-0 since the 2005 season when blocking a punt. Last season Ohio State blocked three punts: Bradley Roby (2) vs. Indiana and at Northwestern and Doran Grant vs. FAMU. This season, Ohio State has one (Jeff Greene vs. KSU).

Urban Meyer-coached teams, from 2001 to the present, have blocked 61 kicks. Meyer’s Buckeyes have blocked 10 kicks over the past two-plus seasons. (Source for the first 51 blocks: U of Florida stats)

Buckeyes Building Blocks:
1. Adolphus Washington (PAT vs. UCF)
2. Orhian Johnson (PAT vs. UAB)
3. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Michigan State)
4. Travis Howard (Punt vs. Indiana)
5. Garrett Goebel (PAT vs. Purdue)
6. Johnathan Hankins (FG vs. Purdue)
7. Doran Grant (Punt vs. FAMU)
8. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Northwestern)
9. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Indiana)
10. Jeff Greene (Punt vs. KSU)

Capacity at Ohio Stadium has risen to 104,944 from 102,329, meaning attendance figures can expect to reach over 108,000-plus this season. An $8.9 million project at Ohio Stadium added 2,615 seats near the south stands’ stadium tunnels. The project included a new players’ tunnel and it also added rows of permanent MUSCO sports lighting atop the stadium’s east wall and above the press box. Upon completion, the south stands will hold just over 19,300 students (an additional 9,000 students will continue to have seats in the north end of the stadium).

Ohio Stadium, grand and venerable and registered on the National Register of Historic Places, is hosting its 92nd football season in 2014. Ohio Stadium is endearingly nicknamed the “Horseshoe” or the “Shoe” because of its open south end. It is also referred to as the “House that Harley Built” after Chic Harley, Ohio State’s first three-time All-American who fans flocked to see at Ohio Field in 1916-17-19. Just one year after Harley’s career at Ohio State was over, things were in motion for a new stadium for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State has had 92 consecutive crowds in excess of 100,000. The last time Ohio State did not have at least 100,000 at a home game in Ohio Stadium: the 2002 season vs. Kent when 98,689 were on hand for the second game of what would become a national championship-winning season.