Sept. 16, 2013

Senior RB Jodan Hall rushed for a career-high 168 yards on 30 carries and scored three TDs in the win at Cal.
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First and 10

  • Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 15 games.
  • Ohio State is facing Florida A&M for the first time on the gridiron.
  • Ohio State is a perfect 10-for-10 in the red zone this season with nine TDs and one FG.
  • Ohio State is averaging 504.3 yards of total offense per game.
  • The Buckeye offense totaled 608 total yards in the win at Cal, running 87 offensive plays — the most since the 2010 Rose Bowl (89) win vs. Oregon.
  • Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring (44.7 ppg), rushing (285.3), sacks (2.3) and third in rushing defense (89.7 ypg).
  • Junior Braxton Miller (2,068) needs 13 yards rushing to pass Cornelius Greene (2,080) and become Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs.
  • Senior RB Jordan Hall is third in the Big Ten in rushing with 134.0 yards per game. He ranks first in scoring (12.7 ppg) and TDs scored (six).
  • Sophomore viper Noah Spence is tied for first in the Big Ten with 2.5 sacks through three games and is tied for third with 4.5 TFL.
  • Head coach Urban Meyer is 45-4 in his career in games played in August/September.

Scouting The Rattlers
Florida A&M, a member of the FCS Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and located in Tallahassee, Fla., is 1-2 on the season with a season-opening win over Mississippi Valley State (27-10) and losses to Tennessee State (27-7) and Samford (27-20).

They are led offensively by junior QB Damien Fleming who is 31-of-64 passing for 383 yards, two TDs and five INTs. Freshman running back Omari Albert is the leading rusher with 85 yards on 22 carries while junior wide receiver Lennon Lenworth has a team-best 14 receptions for 229 yards and 1 TD.

Ohio State carries the nation’s longest winning streak into Saturday at 15 games. It is the 15th winning streak in school history of 10 or more games. The streak is the fifth-longest in school history with 22 consecutive wins the longest.

Ohio State Winning Streaks (buster)
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)
15 – 2012 (current)
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)

Five 10-Plus Win Streaks For Meyer
Urban Meyeris in the midst of his third-longest winning streak. The only active coach – and one of only nine all-time – to have multiple 20-game winning streaks, Meyer won his last game at Florida – 37-24 over Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl – and he has guided the Buckeyes to 15 consecutive wins for a current 16-game winning streak. He has coached teams to winning streaks of 10 or more games five times.

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

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

Buckeyes In The Polls
Ohio State held steady in each poll this week at No. 3 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll and No. 4 in the Associated Press poll.

The No. 2 preseason AP ranking was Ohio State’s highest preseason ranking since 2010 when it started at No. 2 and its highest overall ranking since Oct. 10, 2010 when it was ranked No. 1. The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP more times (806) than any other school, appeared in the AP preseason poll for the 25th consecutive season, the longest such streak in the nation. It also marked the 46th consecutive season Ohio State has appeared in the AP poll, tying Alabama for the longest active streak.

Since the start of the 2002 season, Ohio State has been ranked in the AP Top 10 more times than any other school (131). Oklahoma is second with 122.

Guiton Stars in First Start
Fifth-year senior Kenny Guiton, making his first career start, threw for three touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game to spark Ohio State to a quick 21-0 lead over California and finished with 368 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in a 52-34 win Saturday 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 1168 yards and three touchdowns, Guiton was rushing it himself for 92 total yards. He led a Buckeye offense to a three-year high 608 yards of offense, the most ever for an Urban Meyercoached Ohio State team.

Guiton Named Walter Camp Player of the Week
For his efforts, Kenny Guiton, who completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions (or sacks), was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s offensive player of the week. UCLA’s Anthony Barr (three forced fumbles and 11 tackles in win over Nebraska) was defensive player of the week. Guiton is 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).

Guiton & Shazier Big Ten PoW
Kenny Guiton was also named the Big Ten Conference’s offensive player of the week for his weekend efforts out west and he was joined on the honor roll by junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was named the conference’s top defensive performer this past week. Despite leaving the game for a while in the second quarter with an injury, Shazier returned to the game and ended up leading the Buckeyes in tackles with 12 while the team held California, No. 1 in the nation in passing coming into the game, more than 100 yards below its national average. Shazier also had a quarterback sack and a forced fumble. His efforts earned Shazier the third Big Ten defensive player of the week award of his career.

Smith, Guiton Combine for Longest Play
Speedy junior receiver Devin Smith caught a strike in stride from Kenny Guitonat about midfield Saturday 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
*Did not score

Smith: 13 TDs at 44.3 Yards Per Score
Devin Smith has now caught 13 touchdown passes in his career at an average distance of 44.3 yards per score. Smith, who has 57 career receptions for 1,168 yards, has moved into a tie for 12th at Ohio State in TD receptions with Jake Stoneburner(2009-12), Anthony Gonzalez (2004-06) and Dimitrious Stanley (1993-96). He needs two more to tie Ted Ginn Jr. and three to reach Ohio State’s Top 10.

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

Hall Tops Career Best and Sets More Bests
For the second time this season Jordan Hallhas smashed his career rushing bests. After setting personal bests with 21 carries for 159 yards and two scores vs. Buffalo, Hall topped those numbers with 30 carries for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the win over California. He also set a career-best with five receptions vs. the Golden Bears, for 20 yards.

Hall Among Top 10 Nationally in Rushing, Scoring
Jordan Hallis among the Top 10 rushers in the nation. The senior from Jeannette, Pa., and Jeannette High School ranks ninth in rushing this week with an average of 134 yards per game. That total is third in the Big Ten. Hall is also seventh nationally in scoring with six touchdowns and a two-point conversion for 38 points and 12.7 points per game. He leads the Big Ten in scoring.

Line Leads 332-yard Rushing Game
The couple of hundred Cal Bear fans watching the game high above the stadium from Charter Hill, better known as “tightwad hill”, were safe, even though Ohio State’s mountain moving offensive line was bulldozing the way for a season-best 332 rushing yards by the Buckeyes Saturday afternoon. LT Jack Mewhort, LG Andrew Norwell, C Corey Linsley and RG Marcus Hall, who have 92 combined career starts, plus sophomore RG Taylor Deckerpowered the Buckeyes to 6.0 yards per carry vs. Cal and didn’t allow a quarterback sack.

4 300-yard Rushing Games vs. 8
Ohio State has had four 300-plus yard rushing games in Urban Meyer’s15 games as coach. Prior to Meyer’s arrival, Ohio State had just eight 300-yard rushing games in the past 15 years and covering 176 games.

Most Rushing Yards Under Urban Meyer
1. 371 (7.7 ypc) vs. Nebraska in 2012
2. 353 (6.5) vs. Indiana in 2012
3. 332 (6.0) vs. California in 2013
4. 330 (5.8) vs. Illinois in 2012
5. 294 (5.5) vs. Miami in 2012

Some Lofty National Rankings
Ohio State ranks in a T12th nationally in rushing defense (89.7 yards per game allowed), 13th in rushing offense (285.3 yards per game) and 28th in total offense (504.3 yards per game).

Busy Basil in Berkeley
On a busy night that included 17 different kicks, senior kicker Drew Basilwas perfect on extra points (7 of 7) and field goals (1 for 1 from 39 yards). He booted five of his nine kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks and his net yards on kickoffs was a fine 38.0.

A Fine Game for Freshman Dontre Wilson
Freshman Dontre Wilsonwas a primary speed threat for Ohio State against Cal with Braxton Miller unable to play because of a knee injury. Wilson averaged 15.3 yards every time he touched the football while setting personal bests in rushing yards (59), receptions and receiving yards (3 for 48) and long rush and reception (26 and 32, respectively). He had first downs on three of his eight touches from scrimmage.

Spence 2nd in Sacks; 3rd in TFLs
Junior viper (DE) Noah Spencehad a quarterback sack (or part of one) for the third consecutive game and he now ranks second in the Big Ten Conference in sacks with 2.5 sacks (for a negative 21 yards) through the first three games of the season. Spence ranks third in the Big Ten in total tackles-for-loss with 4.5 (-26 yards).

Spence enjoyed a career day in the win over Buffalo. The Harrisburg, Pa., native recorded six tackles (three solo) and, had 2.0 TFL for 11 yards, including a QB sack for seven yards. He now has 3.5 sacks and 5.5 TFL on his young career after his 2.0 TFL and 1.0 sack game at Cal. He is tied for fourth on the team with 15 tackles.

Fast Starts and Points Scored
Ohio State had outscored its opponents 61-0 in the first quarter before Cal scored twice in the first on Saturday to stop that stat from growing any larger. Ohio State has outscored its opponents 68-14 now in the first quarter on its way to 134 points scored so far this season and 44.7 points per game.

First Time Since 1969
Ohio State has opened a season with three consecutive 40-plus point games for the first time since 1969. And in modern history – 1950 season on as determined by our now-deceased co-worker, friend and stats star D.C. Koehl – the 134 points scored after three games is fourth-most, after the 171 points scored by the 1996 team, 157 by the 1969 Buckeyes and 150 by the 1973 squad.

If the Buckeyes can score at least 40 Saturday, it will mark the first time since 2005 that a Buckeye team has scored at least 40 points in four consecutive games.

Noting the Win at Cal

  • With the win, Ohio State extends the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 games – the fifth longest streak in school history.
  • The Buckeyes, playing in Berkeley for the first time since 1972, are now 58-26-2 all-time vs. current members of the Pac-12 Conference and 7-1 vs. California.
  • Ohio State scored 52 points, marking the first time Ohio State has scored at least 40 points in three consecutive games since 2005 when it scored 40 or more in four consecutive games.
  • Urban Meyer improved his career record to 45-4 in games played in August/September. Meyer is now 3-0 all-time in his coaching career vs. Cal.
  • Ohio State totaled a season-high 608 total yards and had seven plays from scrimmage of at least 20 yards.
  • Senior QB Kenny Guiton made the first start of his career Saturday.
  • Guiton passed for a career-high 276 yards on 21-of-32 throwing with four TD passes.
  • On Ohio State’s second offensive play, Guiton hooked up with junior WR Devin Smith for a 90-yard TD pass – the longest play from scrimmage in program history. It also marks the longest pass play for an Urban Meyer-coached team.
  • Smith totaled a career-high 149 yards receiving on three catches. He had TD catches of 90 and 47 yards, both coming in the first quarter, and his 149 yards marks the third 100-yard receiving game of his career.
  • Senior RB Jordan Hall recorded the third 100-yard rushing game of his career with 168 yards on 30 carries and three TDs.
  • Freshman RB Dontre Wilson recorded season highs in carries (5), rushing yards (59) and longest rush (26).
  • Freshman DE Joey Bosa made his first career start Saturday. He totaled seven tackles on the day.
  • Junior LB Ryan Shazier recorded 12 tackles to go along with one sack. He had a career high 10 solo tackles.
  • Senior DB Christian Bryant recorded his second career interception. His first came in last season’s meeting with Cal in Columbus.
  • Ohio State scored a season-high 24 points in the first quarter. The Buckeyes are now outscoring the opposition 68-14 in the first quarter this season.

Red Zone Perfection
Ohio State is a perfect 10 for 10 in the red zone this season with nine TDs and one field goal. The Buckeyes were 1 of 1 in the red zone vs. Buffalo, 3 of 3 vs. San Diego State and 6 of 6 at California.

The Buckeyes have nine scoring plays of at least 20 yards so far this season, six through the air and three rushing.

Braxton Sidelined
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, who suffered a left knee sprain early in the San Diego State game Sept. 7, did not play at Cal. Miller was injured on the seventh play of Ohio State’s first series of the SDSU game trying to convert a fourth-and-1 in the SDSU red zone. He went to the locker room, was fitted with a knee brace and returned to the sidelines, but coaches ultimately decided to keep him sidelined as Ohio State led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 35-0 at halftime. Miller status remains day-to-day.

Closing in on 100
The wide receiver Corey Brown has climbed into Ohio State’s all-time Top 20 for career receptions and is now 17th all-time with 95 catches. With five more cathces he will become the 15th Buckeye to record at least 100 career receptions.

Miller Moves into Top 10 in Passing
Junior QB Braxton Miller, who is now 18-6 as a starting quarterback with 14 consecutive victories, is tied for 10th at Ohio State with 30 career touchdown passes (Terrelle Pryor). And, with his 30 passing yards vs. SDSU, he moved into Ohio State’s all-time Top 10 in that category. Miller has 3,406 passing yards, recently passing Pryor for 10th (3,405 yards in 2008 and 2009). Miller still has a way to throw for No. 9 on the list: Craig Krenzel is at 4,493 yards.

Miller Eyes Greene
Braxton Miller, who surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards in the win vs. Buffalo, is closing in on another milestone. With 2,068 career rushing yards, he needs just 13 more to surpass Cornelius Greene to become Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks.

Hall Moving Up All-Purpose Chart
With 188 all-purpose yards at Cal, senior Jordan Hall, who surpassed the 3,000 all-purpose-yard mark vs. SDSU, now has 3,218 yards in his career, good for 14th all-time at Ohio State. He recently passed Michael Jenkins (3,095; 2000-03) and Santonio Holmes (3,123; 2003-05) for 15th and 14th, respectively. Antonio Pittman (3,259) is 13th and Ken-Yon Rambo (3,457; 1997-00) 12th.

Picking Up where he Left off
Ryan Shazier, arguably, was the top linebacker in the Big Ten at season’s end last year. He was among the conference’s Top 10 in five categories, including leading the league with 17 tackles-for-loss, ranking second with 115 tackles and eighth with 12 passes defended. He was named first-team all-Big Ten.

Through three games, Shazier leads the Buckeyes with 24 tackles, 20 of those solo. He has 3.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, 1 PBU and 1 FF.

First New DL in 28 Years
Ohio State started an entirely new defensive line from last season in the Aug. 31 opener against Buffalo with juniors Joel Hale and Michael Bennett manning the inside tackle positions and sophomores Noah Spence and Adolphus Washingtonat defensive end, respectively. This was the first time in 28 years (1985) that the Buckeyes had an entirely new set of down lineman along the defensive line. All three starters along the front line from 1984 – LT Dave Crecelius, NG Anthony Giuliani and RT Dave Morrill – completed their eligibility that season. (Note: Byron Lee is listed as an OLB in these mid-1980s defenses.)

Powell First Since Roby
Tyvis Powell, who red-shirted the 2012 season as a true freshman, was the first Buckeye to start in his first Ohio State game (vs. Buffalo) since CB Bradley Roby, a 2010 red-shirt, did so against Akron in the 2011 season opener.

124th Year of Football in Columbus
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 840-316-53 to rank among the top five winningest programs in NCAA history, and 465-171-24 all-time in Big Ten games.

NCAA Top 10 Winningest Programs

1. Michigan 907
2. Texas 868
3. Notre Dame 867
4. Nebraska 859
5. Ohio State 840
6. Oklahoma 834
7. Alabama 829
8. Tennessee 801
9. USC 788
10. Georgia 760

Eight Will Serve as Game Captains
Urban Meyerhas announced that 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, Corey “Philly” Brown and Barnett
Cal: Mewhort, Linsley, Bryant and Barnett

34 Consecutive Home Opening Wins
With its victory over Buffalo, 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.
  • The largest opening day crowd at Ohio Stadium was 105,092 in the 2009 opener vs. Navy.

95 Starts Along The Offensive Line
The Buckeyes returned four senior starters from last season along the offensive line. Averaging 6-5 and 308 pounds, this unit has helped the Buckeyes average 262.0 rushing yards per game through two games. Last season they paved the way for the Buckeyes to rank 10th in the nation last year with 242.2 rushing yards per game while scoring a 34-year Ohio State high 37 rushing touchdowns.

Boasting a combined 95 cumulative starts on the line, the group features LT Jack Mewhort, LG Andrew Norwell, C Corey Linsley, RG Marcus Hall and RT Taylor Decker, who made his first career start vs. the Bulls.

Roby A Returning All-American<>br> Bradley Roby, who sat out the Buffalo game, earned first-team All-America honors last year by after leading the nation in passes defensed (1.73 per game) with a school record-tying 17 pass break-ups. This big play maker also scored touchdowns three different ways: an interception return vs. Nebraska; off a fumbled punt vs. Miami; and off a blocked punt return vs. Indiana. <>p> Since his return vs. SDSU, Roby has recorded three PBU’s and 11 tackles through two games.

Five Recruits Enroll Early
Five from the 2013 recruiting class – CB Eli Apple, QB J.T. Barrett, CB Cam Burrows, DL Tyquan Lewis and DL Tracy Sprinkle– enrolled at Ohio State in January and took part in spring drills.

Staff Remains Intact
Urban Meyer’scoaching 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.

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 68-yard punt return for a TD 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
  Florida 8
  Ole Miss 8
  Kansas State 8
8. Louisiana Tech 7
  Oklahoma State 7
10. UCF 6

At least three players on a team with career kickoff or punt returns for TDs
TCU: B.J. Catalon (KR), Deante’ Gray (PR), Waymon James (KR)
Ohio State: Corey Brown (PR), Chris Fields (PR), Bradley Roby (PR)
Oklahoma State: Zack Craig (PR), Justin Gilbert (KR), Desmond Roland (KR)

Since 2005: 18-0 When Blocking A Punt
Urban Meyer’ssix Florida teams blocked a total of 21 punts, and they were 16-0 in those games. His Buckeyes have blocked two punts since the start of the 2012 season and his teams are now 18-0 when blocking a punt since the start of the 2005 season.

209 Years of Coaching Experience
Meyer’s Ohio State coaching 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 87 consecutive seasons 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).

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.

Year PPG Allowed FBS Rank
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.

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

Game Snapshots
There will be a number of team reunions and teams being honored at Ohio Stadium this season. The list of past team honorees and recognitions – to date – includes the following:

  • Buffalo – Scarlet and Gray Game, OSU Marching Band, Student-Athlete/Cris Carter recognition
  • San Diego State – Alumni Band/Cheerleader game
  • Florida A&M – Military Appreciation Game, 1973 Big Ten championship team, student veteran and Ohio National Guard recognition
  • Wisconsin – Hall of Fame Game, 1993 Big Ten championship team recognition
  • Iowa – Homecoming Game
  • Penn State – Go Pink, Breast Cancer Awareness, Orlando Pace and 1968 Big Ten and National Championship team recognition
  • Indiana – Senior Day

101st Big Ten Season
The 2013 season will be 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 465-171-24. Ohio State also ranks second with 34 outright or shared Big Ten championships.

Black Stripe Watch List
The Ohio State freshmen were watched closely this fall. Coach Urban Meyerhad 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 Bowling Green.

Below are the first 10 Buckeyes to get their stripe removed, with big brother in parenthesis:
QB Joe Ramstetter (Michael Thomas)
RB Dontre Wilson (Bri’onte Dunn)
LB Mike Mitchell (Curtis Grant)
DL Joey Bosa (Michael Bennett)
RB Ezekiel Elliott (Warren Ball)
CB Cam Burrows (Armani Reeves)
LB Aaron Mawhirter (Craig Fada)
DL Michael Hill (Adolphus Washington)
OL Billy Price (Corey Linsley)
SAF Vonn Bell (Tyvis Powell)

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 406-109-20 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 89 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 44 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 Sttae 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.
  • Ohio State has had 79 consecutive crowds of more than 100,000 at Ohio Stadium.