No. 10/10 Ohio State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) 30, at Illinois (5-6, 3-4 Big Ten) 20

Memorial Stadium
Champaign, Ill.
Nov. 15, 2008
Attendance: 62,870

Jim Tressel has passed Earle Bruce and is now third among Ohio State with 82 career wins. Woody Hayes (205 wins) and John Cooper (111) are one-two.

Ohio State has won a school record 15-consecutive Big Ten road games the last lost coming Oct. 8, 2005 at Penn State.

Ohio State is 807-306-53 in its 119th season of play. The win total ranks fifth all-time in Division I college football. The only other schools to have 800 or more wins are Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas and Nebraska. Penn State won its 799th game today against Indiana. Alabama seeks its 798th win today.

Ohio State is 449-189-28 all-time in Big Ten games.

Ohio will seek a 450th Big Ten win and a fourth consecutive Big Ten championship next week at Ohio Stadium against Michigan.

Jim Tressel has coached 100 Ohio State games. His record with the Buckeyes is 82-18 (.820) and his career record is 217-75-2 (.740). Tressel’s 217 wins are the third-most among active FBS coaches, just ahead of Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer who has 215.

The Buckeyes are 421-128-14 all-time as a Top 25 team.

Ohio State is 283-132-19 all-time in November games and 180-78-11 in November road games.

The game today represented the 96th meeting between Ohio State and Illinois. Only the Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry has been played more than Ohio State vs. Illinois. The 105th Ohio State/Michigan game will be played next week.

Ohio State has a 33-12 advantage in games played in Champaign with seven consecutive wins. The last time Ohio State lost at Memorial Stadium was in 1991, 10-7.

The game was the 82nd played for the “Illibuck” Trophy. Ohio State leads the “Illibuck” series, 57-23-2.

Ohio State leads the all-time series with Illinois, 61-30-4.

Ohio State has won four of the last five games against Illinois; the exception coming with the Illini’s 28-21 win last year in Columbus.

Terrelle Pryor made his seventh consecutive start at quarterback for the Buckeyes. He is now 6-1 as a starter.

Pryor and Chris “Beanie” Wells each rushed for over 110 yards, the first time since 2005 that Ohio State has had two backs crack the century mark (Antonio Pittman had 171 and QB Troy Smith 127 vs. Sept. 24, 2005 vs. Iowa).

Pryor increased his single game rushing record by a freshman quarterback (previous was 97 vs. Minnesota) with 110 yards and one touchdown. The effort was the first 100-yard rushing game by an Ohio State quarterback since Smith’s 127 vs. Iowa in 2005.

Beanie Wells became the sixth Buckeye to top 3,000 career rushing yards. He rushed for 143 yards against the Illini and now has 3,142 career yards.

Wells passed Pepe Pearson (3,121 yards between 1994-97) for fifth on Ohio State’s all-time rushing charts. Next on the list: Keith Byars is fourth with 3,200 yards.

Wells’ touchdown was the 29th of his career. His 100-yard game was his sixth this season and 15th of his career.

Two catches for Brian Robiskie increased his career total to 120 and leaves him needing just one to tie John Frank for eighth place on the all-time receptions list.

Robiskie has caught a pass in 34-consecutive regular-season games and Brian Hartline has caught at least one pass in 27-consecutive games.

Dane Sazenbacher’s touchdown reception was his first this season and second of his career. His first was in his first collegiate game, vs. Youngstown State in 2007…23 games ago.

Daniel “Boom” Herron scored on a 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. It marked the second consecutive game with a fourth-quarter TD run for the freshman. He has three rushing TDs this year.

Illinois gained 455 offensive yards vs. Ohio State, a season high for an Ohio State opponent. Southern Cal (348) had the previous high vs. Ohio State.

Ohio State scored 23 first-half points off turnovers and/or special teams plays (a fumble recovery, blocked punt for a safety and interception).

Sophomore linebacker Tyler Moeller made his first career start and he made an immediate impact with two huge defensive plays in the first half. On the second defensive series of the game, Moeller forced a fumble that was recovered by Nader Abdallah. And in the second quarter with Illlinois inside the Ohio State red zone, he pressured QB Juice Williams into throwing an interception. Both plays set up Ohio State touchdown drives.

Abdallah’s first fumble recovery of the year and the team’s 12th set Ohio State up with a first down on the Illinois 19. Five plays later Terrelle Pryor scored for a 7-0 Ohio State lead.

Malcolm Jenkins blocked his second punt of the season late in the first quarter. The ball went out of the end zone for a safety, giving Ohio State a 9-7 lead. After the ensuing Illinois free kick, Ohio State took over on the Illinois 43 yard line. Five plays later Beanie Wells scored for a 16-7 Ohio State lead.

Kurt Coleman’s second quarter interception of a Juice Williams pass was his team-leading fourth of the year. Six plays later, Terrelle Pryor hit Dane Sanzenbacher for a 20-yard touchdown pass and a 23-7 Ohio State lead.

Coleman recorded a career-high 11 tackles. James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman had eight apiece.

Malcolm Jenkins had three pass break-ups to increase his team lead to eight this season.

The honorary captain for the game today was Rob Harley, a three-year football letterman for Ohio State (2003-04-05) who grew up near Chicago.