Dec. 2, 2013

Junior QB Braxton Miller led the Big Ten in total offense in conference play with 295.0 yards per game.
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#2 Ohio State (12-0, 8-0 B1G Leaders) vs. #10 Michigan State (11-1, 8-0 B1G Legends)
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 – 8:17 p.m. ET
Lucas Oil Stadium (67,000)
Indianapolis, Ind.

The Broadcasts
Television: FOX will televise the game with Gus Johnson (play-byplay), Charles Davis (analyst) and Kristina Pink (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 Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game also can be heard on Sirius and XM channel 91.

First And 10

  • Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest win streak at 24 games — a program record.
  • The Buckeyes are making their first Big Ten championship game appearance.
  • Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA in scoring with 48.2 ppg.
  • Ohio State also leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the NCAA in rushing with 321.3 ypg.
  • Ohio State ranks fifth nationally in rushing defense (100.0 ypg) and is one of two FBS schools to not allow a 100-yard rusher in 2013 (Syracuse).
  • Junior QB Braxton Miller needs 166 total yards to reach 8,000 yards of total offense (7,834) and only 43 passing yards to top 5,000 for his career.
  • Senior RB Carlos Hyde is the first RB under Urban Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He leads the Big Ten in rushing in B1G play with 156.1 ypg. His 226 yards at Michigan were the most by an Ohio State RB in the OSU-UM rivalry.
  • Hyde and Miller have combined for 1,070 rushing yards with 13 TDs in the past three games.
  • Junior LB Ryan Shazier leads the Big Ten in TFL with 21.0. He has 50 tackles in his last three games (16 at UI, 20 vs. IU and 14 at UM).
  • Head coach Urban Meyer is 2-1 in conference championship games and 9-2 in games played in December and January.

A Glance at the Buckeyes
Ohio State, 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the Big Ten, is currently ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten Leaders Division title for the second consecutive season, earning a spot in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game vs. Legends Division champ Michigan State, No. 10 in the BCS.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 48.2 points per game, leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth nationally with 530.5 yards per game. Their rushing attack ranks first in the Big Ten and second in the NCAA with 321.3 yards per game, including a season-high 441-yard rushing performance at Illinois — the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached team.

Senior Carlos Hyde (1,290 yards, 14 TDs in nine games) is Ohio State’s top rusher and the first running back under Urban Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He has 2,967 career rushing yards, needing 33 to reach 3,000 for his career. Junior QB Braxton Miller — OSU’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,877 yards, 28 TDs) — is the Big Ten leader in passer efficiency with 164.3 rating. He also leads the Big Ten with 295.0 yards of total offense per game in conference play. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown (50 rec., 602 yds, 9 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (41 rec., 644 yds, 8 TDs) are Ohio State’s leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who leads the Big Ten in tackles (122), TFL (21.0) and forced fumbles (4). Sophomore viper Noah Spence (14.5 TFL), is second in the Big Ten with 8.0 sacks. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 100.0 yards per game on the ground. The Buckeye secondary, led by senior C.J. Barnett and junior All-American Bradley Roby, are second and third on the team with 72 and 63 tackles.

The B1G Game
Ohio State, 12-0 and champion of the Big Ten Conference Leaders Division, and Michigan State, 11-1 and champion of the Legends Division, meet in the third Big Ten Conference championship game Saturday evening at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. Ohio State is making its first Big Ten title game appearance while Michigan State is making its second. Both teams went 8-0 in conference play this season, marking just the second time since 1943 that two Big Ten teams finished with perfect conference marks.

Trip To Pasadena
The winner of the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy. The winner of the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of two historic games in Pasadena, Calif. – the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1 or the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game on Jan. 6. Ohio State, No. 2 in the BCS rankings, and No. 1 Florida State are the only two unbeaten teams from conferences that automatically qualify for BCS bowl games.

Seeking 35th Big Ten Crown …
Ohio State will be seeking to win its 35th Big Ten Conference championship on Saturday. Ohio State ranks second (University of Michigan; 42) in number of Big Ten crowns with the last championship coming in 2009 to cap a Big Ten-record tying six consecutive championships for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State Indoors
The Buckeyes have an official, all-time record of 14-5 in games played indoors. Ohio State has not played indoors since the 2011 Sugar Bowl game vs. Arkansas at the Superdome, a win for Ohio State that was later vacated. The most recent indoor game prior to that was the 2009 Fiesta Bowl against Texas at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Ohio State at Night
Ohio State is officially 39-20 in night games (those starting after 5 p.m. local time; three wins during the 2010 season were vacated). The Buckeyes have won seven consecutive night games and are 28-17 in road or neutral site night games and 10-3 in Ohio Stadium. This will be the first game between Ohio State and Michigan State played at night.

Six Common Opponents
Ohio State and Michigan State have played six common opponents this season: Michigan, Iowa, Northwestern, Indiana, Illinois and Purdue. Ohio State’s total margin of victory in those games was 130 points; Michigan State’s was 126.

Series History
Ohio State and Michigan State are meeting for the 42nd time overall and for the first time on a neutral field. Ohio State leads the all-time series, 28-13, and has won eight of the last nine overall, including last year’s 17-16 win in East Lansing on Sept. 29. See page 25 for the complete series history.

Miller, Hyde On a Roll …
Ohio State’s backfield duo of QB Braxton Miller and RB Carlos Hyde have combined to rush for 1,070 yards and 13 TDs over the past three games vs. Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Hyde has rushed for 589 yards and seven TDs while Miller has added 481 yards and six scores.

Hyde (Yds/TDs) 246/4 117/2 226/1
Miller (Yds/TDs) 184/1 144/2 153/3
Totals 430/5 261/4 379/4

Both Closing in on Milestones
Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller each have a good chance at topping significant milestones Saturday in the Big Ten championship game.

With 2,967 career rushing yards, Hyde needs 33 yards to reach 3,000 and while Miller (2,877 yards) needs 133 on the ground to match Hyde. Only six other Buckeyes have topped the 3,000-yard mark. Miller also needs 166 total yards to reach 8,000 for his career and join Art Schlichter as the only Buckeyes to reach the 8,000-yard mark. Additionally with 4,957 passing yards, he needs only 43 passing yards to top 5,000.

Noting the Win vs. `THat Team UP North’

  • The 83 points scored are the second most in the history of the rivalry. The most was 86 in an 86-0 Michigan win in 1902.
  • Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is 34-3 in November games since 2003, his first season at Utah.
  • Devin Smith’s 53-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter marked the 18th touchdown catch of his career. Smith is averaging 39.6 yards per touchdown reception.
  • Carlos Hyde tallied his seventh-consecutive 100-yard rushing game and 13th of his career. Hyde became the first Ohio State running back to record over 200 yards on the ground against Michigan since Beanie Wells ran for 222 in 2007. The 226 yards is the most ever for an Ohio State running back against Michigan.
  • Braxton Miller tied his career high with three rushing touchdowns. He previously scored three times on the ground against UCF Sept. 8, 2012.
  • With 153 yards on the ground, Miller tallied his third-consecutive and 13th career 100-yard rushing game.
  • Ryan Shazier registered his third-consecutive double-digit tackle game with 14. He now has 50 tackles in his last three games.

Ohio State Sets School Mark
The Ohio State teams of 2012 and 2013 have established a school record for longest winning streak: currently at 24 games. These Buckeyes have topped the winning streak by Woody Hayes’ great teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which won 22 consecutive games between 1967 and 1969. This is the 124th season of Ohio State football and the program has produced 15 winning streaks of at least 10 games.

Ohio State Winning Streaks (Buster)
24 – 2012-13 (current)
22 – 1967-69 (at Michigan, 24-12)
19 – 2005-06 (vs. Florida, 41-14)
19 – 2002-03 (at Wisconsin, 17-10)
17 – 1915-17 (tied Auburn, 0-0)
14 – 1899-00 (Ohio Medical, 11-6)
13 – 1957-58 (tied at Wisconsin, 7-7)
12 – 1944-45 (Purdue, 35-13)
11 – 1995 (at Michigan, 31-23)
11 – 1979 (vs. USC, 17-16)
11 – 1975 (vs. UCLA, 23-10)
11 – 1954-55 (at Stanford, 6-0)
10 – 2010 (Illinois, 28-21)
10 – 1996 (Michigan, 13-9)
10 – 1934-35 (Notre Dame, 18-13)

Nation’s Longest Win Streaks

1. Ohio State 24
2. Florida State 14
3. Northern Illinois 12

A Top 5 Big Ten Win Streak
Ohio State’s 24 consecutive wins places the program among the Top 5 longest winning streaks in Big Ten Conference history.

Longest Big Ten Winning Streaks
29 – Michigan, 1901-03
26 – Michigan, 1903-05
25 – Michigan, 1946-49
24 – Minnesota, 1903-05
24 – Ohio State, 2012-current
22 – Ohio State, 1967-69
21 – Minnesota, 1933-36
20 – Iowa, 1920-23

Three 20-Game Streaks For Meyer
Urban Meyer is 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 40 head coaches at this highest 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
     25 – Florida (2010) & Ohio State (2012-current)
     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)

More On Meyer’s Streaks
Urban Meyer’s teams have now had five winning streaks of at least 10 games. He has had a winning streak of at least eight games at all four of his head coaching positions.

Urban Meyer Winning Streaks
25 – Florida (2010) & Ohio State (2012-13)
22 – Florida (2008 & 2009)
20 – Utah (2003 & 2004) & Florida (2005)
11 – Florida (2006 and 2007)
11 – Bowling Green (2001 & 2002)

Single Season Winning Streaks
12 – Florida (2009)
12 – Utah (2004)
12 – Ohio State (2012)
12 – Ohio State (2013)
10 – Florida (2008)
8 – Bowling Green (2002)

Braxton Now Second In Touchdowns
Braxton Miller’s four-touchdown game against Indiana moved the junior signal caller past 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and into sole possession of second-place on Ohio State’s career list. With five more at Michigan Saturday he now has 77 touchdowns responsible for. Miller has 49 touchdown passes and 28 rushing touchdowns. Art Schlichter (1978-81) holds the record with 85.

Record Setting Pace
At 530.5 yards per game, Ohio State has set a school record with 6,366 total yards this season through 12 regular season games, breaking the previous record of 6,222 set in 1995.

Shazier: 20 Tackles & 2 Records
Ryan Shazier had 20 tackles, 5.0 tackles-for-loss (totaling 15 yards), a sack, a forced fumble and a pass break-up to lead an impressive defensive effort over an Indiana team that was Top 15 in the nation in scoring and Top 20 in total offense. Here’s more good stuff on Ryan Shazier’s afternoon vs. the Hoosiers:

  • Shazier’s 20 tackles marked the first time a Buckeye has reached 20 since the 2004 season (A.J. Hawk vs. Wisconsin);
  • He tied the school record with 16 solo tackles, a mark set 35 years ago when Tom Cousineau had 16 vs. SMU in 1978; and
  • He tied the school record with five tackles for loss in one game, a mark held by four Buckeyes and most recently reached by John Simon last year vs. Wisconsin.

Season TFL Record In Sight
Ryan Shazier now has a Big Ten-leading 21.0 tackles-for-loss, a total that leaves him just 5.0 TFLs from tying the school record held by defensive line coach Mike Vrabel (26 in 1995).

Season TFLs – Buckeyes

1. 26.0 Mike Vrabel, 1995
2. 23.0 Andy Katzenmoyer, 1996
3. 21.0 Ryan Shazier, 2013
4. 20.0 Will Smith, 2003
  20.0 Mike Vrabel, 1994
  20.0 Matt Finkes, 1994

Roby: 10 Solos, 3 PBUs & 1 Block
Fourth-year junior Bradley Roby enjoyed his final game in Ohio Stadium with a personal best 10 solo tackles and three pass break-ups in the win over Indiana. Roby also had a key blocked punt deep in IU territory – his second of the season and his third career punt block – with just over 10 minutes to play in the second quarter and the Buckeyes leading 14-0. Two plays later Ohio State led, 21-0.

Hyde is 28th to Top 1,000 Rush Yards
Seven consecutive 100-yard rushing game for Carlos Hyde has pushed the senior over 1,000 yards for the season … in less than nine games played. Hyde’s 226-yard, one-touchdown effort at Michigan pushed him to 1,290 yards for the season, the 28th 1,000-yard season by a Buckeye and the first since Beanie Wells rushed for 1,197 in 2008. Hyde is averaging a robust 7.8 yards per carry and he has scored 14 rushing touchdowns.

Meyer: 22 With 600-Plus Yards Rushing
Carlos Hyde may be only the second player for Urban Meyer to top 1,000 yards rushing, and the first running back, but Meyer’s players know how to run the ball. In Meyer’s 12 coaching seasons he has had 22 different players rush for over 600 yards in a season. And he has had five teams rank among the Top 15 rushing teams in the nation, and this year’s team will increase that total to six.

Hyde Rolls To 246 Yards
Carlos Hyde rushed for 246 yards – the fourth-most in school history – and scored five touchdowns to power Ohio State to a 60-35 victory over Illinois two weeks ago in Champaign. Hyde averaged 10.2 yards per carry with touchdown runs of 8, 1, 51 and 55 yards plus had an 18-yard touchdown reception. He totaled 272 all-purpose yards on the day.

Top 3 Rush Game Ties Archie
In the process of rushing for 246 yards against the Illini, Carlos Hyde tied the great Archie Griffin for third on Ohio State’s single game rushing list. Griffin had 246 yards vs. Iowa in 1973. The Top 5 rushing games in school history include three against Illinois.

Most Rushing Yards – Game

1. 314 – Eddie George, 1995 vs. Illinois
2. 274 – Keith Byars, 1984 vs. Illinois
3. 246 – Carlos Hyde, 2013 vs. Illinois
  246 – Archie Griffin, 1973 vs. Iowa
5. 239 – Archie Griffin, 1972 vs. North Carolina

Shazier Leads The Big Ten
Ryan Shazier, who has 50 tackles in his last three games, has powered his way to the Big Ten Conference lead in tackles with 122 and tackles per game with 10.2. His 84 solo stops lead the Big Ten by 20. Shazier also leads the Big Ten, and ranks second nationally, with 21.0 tackles-for-loss, and in forced fumbles with four.

Joey Bosa: 2.5 Sacks In One Half
Joey Bosa, the powerful and precocious true freshman who has started eight games at defensive end, was dominant in just two quarters of play vs. the Illini with 2.5 sacks for losses totaling 21 yards. He had four tackles on the day, but left after the second play of the third quarter with what appeared to be an upper body issue. He had five tackles, including 1.5 TFLs, vs. Indiana. He ranks eighth in the Big Ten with 5.5 sacks.

Cameron Johnston Sets School Mark
Ray Guy semifinalist Cameron Johnston set an Ohio State single-game record by averaging 57.0 yards per punt in the Illinois game. The freshman from Geelong, Australia, broke Tom Skladany’s 37-year old record average of 52.3 yards per punt, set in 1976 vs. Michigan. Johnston bested his previous career long of 61 yards three times on the day with punts of 63, 50, 64, 53, 71 and 41 yards. Two were downed at the Illinois 4 and a third was downed inside the 20 at the 13.

Offense On A Roll
Ohio State’s offense is on a roll in 2013. The unit ranks sixth nationally and first in the Big Ten in yards per game (530.5), third nationally and first in the Big Ten in scoring (48.2), second nationally and first in the Big Ten in rushing (321.2) and seventh nationally and first in the Big ten in passing efficiency with a rating of 164.0. The Buckeye offense also is …

  • Fourth nationally in red zone scores (53 of 56);
  • Ninth nationally in first downs (314).

TD & Points Records Smashed
Ohio State has already established a new school record for touchdowns scored in a season with 79. The old mark: 64 by the 1995 team. Two weeks ago vs. Indiana the season points record of 504 by the 2010 team was topped with Ohio State’s second touchdown of the game. The Buckeyes have 578 points entering the B1G championship game.

Some Notable Points on Points …

  • Ohio State scored 221 points spanning four games – 63 vs. Penn State, 56 vs. Purdue, 60 vs. Illinois and 42 vs. Indiana – for the most points ever in a four-game span.
  • Ohio State is scoring 48.2 points per game. The school record is 42.5.
  • The 35 passing touchdowns is a new single-season record, breaking the old record of 33 set by the 1995 team.
  • Ohio State has scored 40-or-more points in 10 of its 12 games this season.

Rushing Toward History
Thirty-nine years ago – 1973 – Ohio State’s offense rushed for a still-standing school record 4,199 yards in one season. The record was set during an 11-game season and it has withstood handfuls of 12-, 13- and 14-game seasons since. It may not withstand 2013. The 2013 Buckeyes have totaled 3,855 rushing yards…just 344 yards from the mark and the team is averaging 321 yards per game. The top two per game averages appear safe: 355.3 in 1973 and 349.9 in 1974.

10 300-Plus Rush Games
Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes have rushed for 300-or-more yards 10 times in his 24 games as coach, including two games this season of over 400 yards. In the 15 previous years – and 176 games – Ohio State teams had topped 300 yards rushing only seven times. Three weeks ago against Illinois, Ohio State rushed for 441 yards, an all-time high for an Urban Meyer coached team.

Most Rushing Yards Under Meyer

1. 441 (10.5 ypc) vs. Illinois – 2013
2. 408 (8.0) vs. Penn State – 2013
3. 393 (8.5) at Michigan – 2013
4. 388 (8.4) vs. Florida A&M – 2013
5. 371 (7.7) vs. Nebraska – 2012
6. 353 (6.5) at Indiana – 2012
7. 345 (8.4) at Purdue – 2013
8. 332 (6.0) vs. California – 2012
9. 330 (5.8) vs. Illinois – 2012
10. 311 (8.0) vs. Indiana – 2013

Best Yards Per Carry … Ever!
Ohio State averaged a school-record 10.5 yards per carry vs. Illinois. It marked the first time an Ohio State team has ever averaged in double figures for per carry average. Urban Meyer’s teams now hold seven of the Top 10 single game yards per carry averages in school history.

Best Rushing Averages – Game

1. 10.5 at Illinois – 2013
2. 9.23 at Illinois – 1962
3. 8.50 at Michigan – 2013
4. 8.41 at Purdue – 2013
5. 8.40 vs. Florida A&M – 2013
6. 8.34 vs. Eastern Michigan – 2010
7. 8.00 vs. Penn State – 2013
  8.00 vs. Indiana – 2013
9. 7.82 vs. Wisconsin – 1941
10. 7.70 vs. Florida A&M – 2013
  7.70 vs. Nebraska – 2012

A Top Defense
Ohio State’s defense is ranked fifth nationally against the run (100.0), 18th in scoring (20.3) and 30th in total defense with 355.8 yards per game allowed. Here’s more bullet points on the Silver Bullets:

  • Their 39 sacks and 3.2 per game average each rank second nationally;
  • The unit has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season — one of only two schools to accomplish that feat; and
  • They have an interception in 10 of 12 games this season.

Moving the Chains
The Ohio State offense has converted on 52.1 percent of its third downs, good for ninth in the NCAA, and ranks 12th with a 66.7 conversion rate on fourth down. As a result, the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and are eighth in the NCAA with 314 first downs (192 rushing, 108 passing and 14 on penalties). They also rank first in the NCAA in percentage of drives ending with a touchdown and second in fewest offensive 3-and-outs.

Percentage Of Drives Scoring a TD
(Does not include drives taking a knee)

Rk. Team # of Drives # of TD’s .Pct
1. Ohio State 142 76 .535
2. Florida State 142 75 .528
3. Navy 109 51 .468
  Oregon 154 72 .468
5. Alabama 131 61 .466

Fewest Offensive 3-and-Outs

Rk. School % of Drives
1. Navy .150 (17 of 113)
2. Ohio State .152 (22 of 145)
3. Indiana .162 (27 of 167)
4. Baylor .163 (27 of 166)
5. Florida State .169 (24 of 142)

Red Zone Efficiency
Ohio State is officially 53 of 56 in the red zone this season with 47 TDs and six field goals.

The only times Ohio State did not score in the red zone were after an interception in the end zone vs. FAMU (Ohio State would force and recover a fumble on that same play and score the very next play), when Ohio State took a knee to run out the clock vs. Wisconsin and after a fumble inside the 5-yard line at Northwestern.

OSU has 28 scoring plays of at least 20 yards this season, 17 through the air and 11 rushing.

Buckeyes Hold Big Ten Rushing Attacks in Check
In Big Ten play Ohio State has shut down the run. The Buckeyes held No. 23 Wisconsin to 104 rushing yards — 245 yards below its season average. The very next week Ohio State held No. 15 Northwestern to 155 yards below its average of 249 yards per game. Against Iowa, Ohio State held the Hawkeyes to 130 yards on the ground, 77 yards below its season average, before holding Penn State to 120 yards, 37 below its average. The Buckeyes then allowed just 27 rushing yards in the 56-0 win at Purdue and held Indiana 67 yards below its average.

Opponent Avg. Yds. Actual Yds. Diff.
Wisconsin 349.5 104 -245
Northwestern 249.0 155 -94
Iowa 207.5 130 -77
Penn State 157.2 120 -37
Purdue 76.1 27 -49
Illinois 136.4 132 -2
Indiana 189.9 122 -67

The Silver Bullet Defense
Ohio State has featured a Top 20 scoring defense in nine of the past 10 seasons, including a top 6 in six of the last eight.

Ohio State recorded its first shutout since 2011 with the 76-0 win over FAMU Sept. 21 and then notched a second with the 56-0 win at Purdue. The Buckeyes also are one of three FBS teams who have not allowed a 100-yard rusher and just one run of more than 20 yards.

Year PPG Allowed FBS Rank
2013 20.3 18th
2012 22.8 31st*
2011 21.0 27th
2010 14.3 5th
2009 12.5 5th
2008 13.9 6th
2007 12.8 1st
2006 12.8 5th
2005 15.3 5th
2004 18.3 19th
2003 17.6 16th
2002 13.1 2nd

*Defense ranked No. 2 nationally in the month of November in total defense, allowing just 269.7 yards per game; ranked sixth nationally in passing defense, allowing just 140.3 yards per game; ranked in a tie-for-second nationally in fewest plays allowed over 10 yards with 26; and ranked 19th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 19.0 points per game.

FBS teams that have not allowed a 100-Yard Rusher in 2013:
Ohio State

Another 10-Or-More TFL Game
Ohio State defense put together three consecutive games of 10-or-more tackles-for-loss (10 vs. Purdue and Illinois and 12 vs. Indiana). Big Ten leader Ryan Shazier had 10.5 TFLs during this time with Michael Bennett (5.5), Joey Bosa (5.0) and Noah Spence (4.0) prime perpetrators as well.

First Time Since 1917
This year Ohio State opened the season with four consecutive 40-plus point games for the first time since 1917 when Ohio State opened with wins over Case (49-0), Ohio Wesleyan (53-0), Northwestern (40-0) and Denison (67-0).

With 76 points Sept. 21 vs. FAMU, it marked the first time since 2005 that a Buckeye team has scored at least 40 points in four consecutive games overall.

Unfortunate News For Bryant
Three-year starting safety and team leader Christian Bryant suffered a broken ankle at the end of the Wisconsin game and has been lost for the season. Voted to be one of the team’s eight game captains prior to the start of the season, Bryant had played in 36 Ohio State games and had made 27 starts in the secondary. He recorded 171 tackles in his career with two interceptions, 23 pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Braxton & Kenny
Ohio State quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton are combining to complete 67.0 percent of their passes with 35 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. They rank first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten Conference in passing efficiency with ratings of 164.3 and 165.2, respectively.

Braxton O’Brien Semifinalist
Braxton Miller is a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Miller was a finalist for the O’Brien Award last season along with Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Kansas State’s Collin Klein.

Miller has been precise and razor sharp all season. He has completed 65.7 percent of his passes, a total that would break the school completion record of 65.3 percent set by Troy Smith during his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 2006. Miller’s 164.3 efficiency rating is also just above the school single season record of 163.4 by Bobby Hoying in 1995. Miller, from Huber Heights, Ohio, and Wayne High School, has thrown 21 touchdown passes with only five interceptions, and he has also rushed for 891 yards and eight TDs.

National Honors For TE Heuerman
Jeff Heuerman’s career-best receiving day vs. Purdue earned the junior from Naples, Fla., and Barron Collier High School the John Mackey Tight End of the Week award. Heuerman tied a career-best with five receptions vs. the Boilermakers and he set personal bests with 116 receiving yards and with a long reception of 40 yards. Heuerman gained four first downs on the afternoon and had additional catches covering 24, 34 and 18 yards.

A Top Tight End Game
Heuerman’s big game marked the first time an Ohio State tight end had topped 100 receiving yards since Rickey Dudley recorded 106 against Tennessee in the 1996 Citrus Bowl. Heuerman’s 116 yards were also the most by an Ohio State tight end in 30 years, or since John Frank had 123 receiving yards vs. Michigan in 1983. Heuerman is third on the team with 24 receptions for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

Lots of National Award Opps.
Ryan Shazier heads a list of four Ohio State players who are in contention for major national awards this season. He is a finalist for the Butkus Award and was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Here is the list of Buckeye candidates:

Ryan Shazier Finalist – Butkus Award Semifinalist – Bednarik Award Semifinalist – Lott IMPACT Trophy

Braxton Miller

Semifinalist – O’Brien Award C.J. Barnett Semifinalist – Thorpe Award

Cameron Johnston

Semifinalist – Ray Guy Award

Touchdowns & More Touchdowns
Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde are each piling up impressive touchdown totals. Hyde has powered into fourth place all-time at Ohio State with 39 touchdowns scored. Miller is second all-time at Ohio State with 77 touchdowns responsible for. Miller has 49 passing TDs and 28 rushing TDs. Art Schlichter (85; 1978-81) holds the school record.

Who Are These Guys?
Ohio State’s offensive line features Sr. LT Jack Mewhort, Sr. LG Andrew Norwell, Sr. C Corey Linsley, Sr. RG Marcus Hall and So. RT Taylor Decker. They have combined for 140 starts. Add in 20 and two starts at tight end for Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, respectively, and the total jumps to 162 starts for Ohio State’s corps of key blockers and the foundation for Ohio State’s impressive offensive numbers.

Braxton Throws for Career High
Braxton Miller passed for a career-high 252 yards on the way to 320 yards of total offense with five touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ 63-14 win over Penn State Oct. 26. Playing a little over two-and-a-half quarters, Miller was razor sharp once again in the pocket, completing 18 of 24 passes and touchdown strikes to three different receivers. He scored two touchdowns, including a 39-yarder with 1:10 to go in the first quarter to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead while building a 42-7 first-half lead.

The very next week at Purdue, Miller picked up right were he left off, completing 19 of 23 passes for 233 yards and four TDs in just over one half of play.

Miller Now 26-6 as Starting QB
The Buckeyes have won 22 consecutive games that Braxton Miller has started, making the junior from Huber Heights (near Dayton, Ohio) 26-6 as a starting quarterback at Ohio State and 22-0 under Urban Meyer.

Top OSU QB Win Totals
1. Art Schlichter (36-11-1 from 1978-81)
2. Cornelius Greene (31-3-1 from 1973-75)
3. Bobby Hoying (30-6-1 from 1993-95)
4. Braxton Miller (26-6 from 2011-present)
t5. Troy Smith (25-3 from 2004-06)
t5. Rex Kern (25-2 from 1968-70)
7. Mike Tomczak (23-8 from 1982-84)
8. Jim Karsatos (22-6 from 1983-86)

21-0 Since 2005 With Punt Block
Urban Meyer’s teams are now 21-0 since the 2005 season when blocking a punt. Bradley Roby’s third career blocked punt (vs. Indiana) was the most recent — his second of the season. Doran Grant also has a blocked punt this season vs. FAMU.

60 Blocked Kicks
Urban Meyer-coached teams, from 2001 to the present, have now blocked 60 kicks. Meyer’s Buckeyes have blocked nine kicks, including three punt blocks this season. (Source for the first 51 blocks: University 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)

Kenny `G’ Starts & Stars
Fifth-year senior Kenny Guiton threw a school-record six touchdown passes – all in the first half – to lead Ohio State to a 55-0 halftime lead over Florida A&M and to an eventual 76-0 win Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. In just his second career start, Guiton connected on 24 of 34 throws for 215 yards and one interception. He and the Buckeyes did not attempt a pass in the second half. Guiton threw four of his touchdown passes in the first quarter. He tied Bobby Hoying’s (1994 vs. Purdue; 1995 vs. Pitt) and John Borton’s (1952 vs. Washington State) record for touchdown passes in a game when he connected with Chris Fields on a 15-yarder. He then broke the record with 13 seconds to play in the half, hitting Evan Spencer with a 15-yard completion.

Kenny G’s 6-Touchdown Day
11:50 1st – 11 pass to Jeff Heuerman
9:25 1st – 8 pass to Evan Spencer
00:32 1st – 1 pass to Carlos Hyde
00:13 1st – 5 pass to Devin Smith
6:09 2nd – 15 pass to Chris Fields
00:05 2nd – 15 pass to Evan Spencer

Starred in First Start, Too
Kenny Guiton had back-to-back record-setting starts vs. Cal and FAMU. Making his first career start at California Sept. 14, he threw for three touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game to spark Ohio State to a quick 21-0 lead and finished with 368 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in a 52-34 win at Cal’s Memorial Stadium. Guiton connected with Devin Smith on a school-record 90-yard touchdown pass – the longest play from scrimmage in school history – on his second throw of the game and later hit Smith on a 47-yard touchdown pass, Chris Fields on a 1-yarder and Corey Brown on a 6-yard play to give Ohio State a 45-20 lead in the third quarter. When he wasn’t handing off to Jordan Hall, who carried 30 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns, Guiton was rushing it himself for 92 total yards. He led a Buckeye offense to a then three-year high 608 yards of offense, the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached Ohio State team until the Buckeyes racked up 686 vs. Penn State.

About 76 Points Scored
The 76 points Ohio State scored against FAMU represented the most points ever for an Urban Meyer-coached team and the sixth-most points scored in a game in school history. It was the most points in 63 years, or since the 1950 team scored 83 vs. Iowa.

More Scoring Numbers
Some notes about the offensive explosion by the Buckeyes against Florida A&M, keyed by a 55-point first half that was keyed by a 34-point first quarter:

  • The 55-point half is the second-most points scored in a half in modern history (since 1950), trailing only the 56 scored vs. Iowa in 1996 and tied with the 55 scored vs. Iowa in 1950;
  • The 34 points in the first quarter is second-most in a quarter since 1950 (35 in the first vs. Iowa;
  • The 11 touchdowns scored is fourth-most in school history;
  • The six passing touchdowns is the second-most in school history, trailing only seven vs. Pitt in 1995;
  • The 76-point margin of victory is tied for fifth-largest in school history, and it is the largest since defeating Drake, 85-7, in 1935.

No Better Three-Game TD Run
Kenny Guiton threw 12 touchdown passes in his three-game stretch vs. SDSU, Cal and FAMU. No Ohio State quarterback has ever thrown for as many touchdowns in one three-game stretch.

Guiton Named Walter Camp Player of the Week Sept. 16
Kenny Guiton, who completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions (or sacks) and rushed for 92 yards in the win at Cal, was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s offensive player of the week Sept. 16. Guiton became the eighth Buckeye to earn national player of the week honor from the prestigious Walter Camp Football Foundation, joining LB Bobby Carpenter (10/16/05), LB A.J. Hawk (11/13/05), LB James Laurinaitis (9/10/06 and 11/4/07), QB Troy Smith (11/19/06), DT Cameron Heyward (11/8/09) and DB Chimdi Chekwa (9/12/10).

Smith, Guiton Combine For Longest Play
Speedy junior receiver Devin Smith caught a strike in stride from Kenny Guiton at about midfield Sept. 14 at Cal and then cruised untouched into the end zone to complete the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history: 90 yards. Minutes later he caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Guiton for the fourth multi-touchdown of his career.

Ohio State Longest Plays from Scrimmage:
90 – Kenny Guiton pass to Devin Smith vs. California last weekend
89 – Gene Fekete rush vs. Pittsburgh in 1942
88 – Morris Bradshaw rush vs. Wisconsin in 1971
87 – Eddie George rush vs. Minnesota in 1995
86 – Art Schlichter pass to Calvin Murray vs. Washington State in 1979
85 – Troy Smith pass to Santonio Holmes vs. Notre Dame in 2005 Fiesta Bowl

Smith: 18 TDs at 39.6 Yards Per Score
Devin Smith has caught 18 touchdown passes in his career at an average distance of 39.6 yards per score. Smith, who has 85 career receptions for 1,556 yards, is seventh all-time at Ohio State with his 18 TD receptions.

Devin Smith 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

Eight Serving as Game Captains
Eight student-athletes will serve as Ohio State game captains for the 2013 season with a decision coming at the end of the year as to who will be recognized as the season’s official team captains. Those eight individuals include:

  • Fifth-year senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, a consumer and family financial services major from Toledo and St. John’s High School;
  • Fifth-year senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, a criminology major from Dayton and Northmont High School;
  • Senior free safety Christian Bryant, a sociology major from Cleveland and Glenville High School;
  • Fifth-year senior quarterback Kenny Guiton, a consumer and family financial services major from Houston, Texas, and Eisenhower High School;
  • Junior quarterback Braxton Miller, a communications major from Huber Heights and Wayne High School;
  • Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, a psychology major from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School;
  • Fifth-year senior center Corey Linsley, an economics major from Youngstown and Boardman High School; and
  • Senior wide receiver Corey Brown, a criminology major from Upper Darby, Pa., and Cardinal O’Hara High School.

Ohio State’s game-by-game captains:
Buffalo: Mewhort, Norwell, Shazier and Bryant
SDSU: Mewhort, J. Hall, “Philly” Brown and Barnett
Cal: Mewhort, Linsley, Bryant and Barnett
FAMU: Barnett, Linsley, “Philly” Brown
Wisconsin: Guiton, Barnett, Mewhort, Bryant
Northwestern: Guiton, Barnett, Linsley, Mewhort
Iowa: Guiton, Barnett, “Philly” Brown, Bryant
Penn State: Bryant, Barnett, Guiton, “Philly” Brown
Purdue: Mewhort, Barnett, Guiton, Brown
Illinois: Barnett, “Philly” Brown, Norwell, Linsley
Indiana: Guitoin, Barnett, Mewhort, Bryant
Michigan: Guiton, Barnett, Mewhort, Linsley

To the House
The Buckeyes have returned at least one punt and/or a kickoff for a touchdown in 10 consecutive years. That mark is tied for second among FBS schools and second overall among BCS programs. Last season Corey Brown’s 76-yard punt return for a TD vs. Nebraska extended Ohio State’s streak to 10.

Ohio State also is one of three FBS schools who have at least three players on a team with career kickoff or punt returns for TDs.

Consecutive Years of Returning a Kickoff/Punt for a Touchdown:

1. LSU 12
2. Ohio State 10
  FIU 10
4. UConn 9
5. Florida 8
  Ole Miss 8
  Kansas State 8

209 Years of Coaching Experience
Meyer’s staff has 209 combined years of NFL, college and high school coaching experience. The total includes three coaches on staff with college head coaching experience (Meyer, Luke Fickell and Everett Withers), two with a combined 32 years of high school head coaching experience (Kerry Coombs and Tim Hinton), two with 14 years of offensive coordinator experience on the collegiate level (Tom Herman and Ed Warinner) and two with 17 years of collegiate defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator experience (Withers and Fickell).

Not Since 1922-24
Ohio State ranks first among all NCAA Div. I programs with now 88 consecutive seasons (counting 2013) since last posting back-to-back losing records. The Buckeyes have not been under .500 for two or more consecutive seasons since 1922-24. Tennessee had been first until back-to-back losing seasons in 2010 and 2011 snapped a 98-year streak (since 1909-11).

Staff Remains Intact
Urban Meyer’s coaching staff is one of 10 BCS schools and one of four Big Ten schools keeping its coaching staff intact from 2012 to 2013.

Below is a list of all FBS schools who have remained completely intact: Akron, Baylor, Boise State, Buffalo, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Minnesota (2011-12-13), Navy, Nebraska, Northwestern (2011-12-13), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rice, Toledo, Tulane, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.

A number of players have changed numbers and/or positions since last season or earlier this year. Among the more notable changes:

Black Stripe Program
The Ohio State freshmen were watched closely this fall. Coach Urban Meyer had a black stripe taped on each of their helmets at the beginning of camp. Getting the black stripe removed is a signal that a freshman is ready to become a full-fledged Buckeye.

Each freshman is assigned a big brother, a leader on the team, who helps the younger player get through the rigors of fall camp while teaching what it takes to be an Ohio State Buckeye. It is a program that Meyer has implemented throughout his head coaching career, beginning in 2001 at BGSU.

35 Consecutive Home Opening Wins
With its victory over Buffalo Aug. 31, Ohio State has now won 35 consecutive home-opening games with the last loss happening 36 years ago – Sept. 16, 1978 – when Joe Paterno’s No. 5 Penn State team defeated No. 6 Ohio State, 19-0, to open what would ultimately be Woody Hayes’ final season as head coach. A few more home game notes:

  • Ohio State has an all-time opening game record of 108-12-4. The Buckeyes’ last season-opening loss came against the Miami Hurricanes in the 1999 Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.
  • All-time, the Buckeyes are 112-8-4 in home openers since 1890.

124th Year of Football The 2013 college football season represents the 124th season of football for The Ohio State University Buckeyes. It also represents Ohio State’s 101st season in the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 849-316-53 to rank among the top five winningest programs in NCAA history.

NCAA Top 5 Winningest Programs

1. Michigan 911
2. Texas 875
3. Notre Dame 873
4. Nebraska 864
5. Ohio State 849

101st Big Ten Season
The 2013 season is Ohio State’s 101st season of play in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State joined the former Western Conference during the 1912-13 academic year, but it could not compete in the conference in football until 1913. Ohio State ranks second in all-time Big Ten wins with a record of 473-171-24. Ohio State also ranks second with 34 outright or shared Big Ten championships.

91st Year in Ohio Stadium
Ohio Stadium, grand and venerable and registered on the National Register of Historic Places, is hosting its 91st football season in 2013. 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 Stadium Stats
Ohio State has an all-time record of 411-109-20 in Ohio Stadium and the stadium has an official capacity of 102,329. The Buckeyes have not played before fewer than 100,000 fans in the last 94 games, or since the completion of a three-year renovation project in 2001 that restored and improved the stadium but also boosted attendance from an 88,000-plus capacity to over 100,000. Ohio State has played before more than 105,000 fans 48 times with a record crowd of 106,102 vs. Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012.

Pace Named to College Football HOF
Orlando Pace, one of the all-time greats at Ohio State as well as in college and professional football, was named a member of the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) in May. Pace is the 24th Buckeye player to be so honored by the NFF.

Pace and the rest of the 2013 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 10, 2013, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be honored guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2, 2014 and officially enshrined in the summer of 2014.

In 1995 he became the first sophomore to win the Lombardi Award and in 1996 he became the first to ever win the Lombardi Award twice. Pace was a first-team consensus All-American in 1995 and 1996 and first-team all-Big Ten Conference in 1995 and 1996. In 1996 he was the first offensive lineman since Ohio State’s John Hicks in 1972 to finish among the Top 4 vote getters for the Heisman Trophy. In 1997 Pace was the first pick of the 1997 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.

Buckeye Players in the College Football HOF:
Name (Year Inducted)
Chic Harley, 1951
Gaylord Stinchcomb, 1973
Wes Fesler, 1954
Gomer Jones, 1978
Gust Zarnas, 1975
Bill Willis, 1971
Les Horvath, 1969
Warren Amling, 1984
Jim Daniel, 1977
Vic Janowicz, 1976
Howard Cassady, 1979
Jim Parker, 1974
Aurealius Thomas, 1989
Archie Griffin, 1986
Jim Stillwagon, 1991
Bob Ferguson, 1996
Randy Gradishar, 1998
John Hicks, 2001
Jack Tatum, 2004
Jim Houston, 2005
Rex Kern, 2007
Chris Spielman, 2009
Eddie George, 2012
Orlando Pace, 2014

Team/Miscellaneous Notes

  • Ohio State is tied with Oklahoma with the most (8) BCS bowl appearances. USC, Florida and Florida State are tied for third with seven.
  • Ohio State’s three BCS national championship game appearances match Alabama, Florida State and LSU for the second-most all-time. Only Oklahoma has more with four.
  • Ohio State is 5-3 in BCS bowls and is tied with Florida (5-2) and USC (5-1) for the most BCS Bowl wins all-time.
  • Ohio State (19-23) is second behind Michigan (20-22) for the most bowl wins all-time by a Big Ten team. Nebraska is 24-25 in bowl games overall, but did not represent the Big Ten in bowl games until the 2011 season.
  • Ohio State has won 34 Big Ten titles. Only Michigan has more with 42.