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#6 Ohio State vs. Tulsa
Saturday, September 10th, 2016, 3:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (104,955), Columbus, OH

Dave Pasch (Play-By-Play)
Greg McElroy (Analyst)
Tom Luginbill (Sideline)

Radio: WBNS FM (97.1 The Fan) The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the action with former Buckeye Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews on the sidelines. The game can also be heard nationally on Sirius-XM College Sports Nation, channels 84.


  • Junior QB J.T. Barrett was named the Big Ten’s offensive player of the week after passing for a career-high 349 yards and accounting for a schoolrecord seven TDs in the win over Bowling Green.
  • Freshman RB Mike Weber rushed for 136 yards on 19 carries in his first career game vs. BGSU.
  • Weber became the second Buckeye freshman RB and the third overall in the Urban Meyer era to rush for at least 100 yards in a game (Elliott, Barrett).
  • Junior Curtis Samuel set a career high with 177 yards receiving and added 84 yards rushing while accouting for three TDs (2 receiving, 1 rushing).
  • The Buckeyes’ 417 passing yards vs. the Falcons were the fourth-most in school history.
  • Ohio State’s 41 first downs vs. the Falcons ranked second in school history.
  • Sophomore safety Malik Hooker was named Ohio State’s defensive player of the game after recording two interceptions vs. the Falcons.
  • Urban Meyer has the the highest career winning percentage (.851) among active FBS coaches with at least 10 years head coaching experience.
  • Meyer is 55-5 in his career in games played in August/September.
  • Ohio State lost 16 starters from last year’s team, eight on each side of the ball. It returned just six starters (3 on offense, 3 on defense), the fewest among all 128 FBS schools. (source: ESPN)

Tulsa, a member of the American Athletic Conference, is 1-0 on the season after its 45-10 win over San Jose State last Saturday. The Golden Hurricane scored on its first offensive possession and then scored 38 unanswered points on their way to the season-opening victory.

Junior RB D’Angelo Brewer rushed for a careerhigh 164 yards and three TDs on 22 carries to lead the Golden Hurricane, which gained 305 yards on the ground. Senior QB Dane Evans completed 12- of-23 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown, as TU (1-0) totaled 512 yards of offense.

Tulsa’s defense held SJSU to 287 total yards and forced three turnovers, including an INT for a touchdown and a fumble recovered in the end zone. Tulsa allowed just 53 yards rushing – its fewest allowed in a game since 2012.

Tulsa was 6-7 last season in its first year under head coach Philip Montgomery, falling to Virginia Tech in the Independence Bowl. Montgomery came to Tulsa after spending the previous 9 years at Baylor, including the last three as offensive coordinator.

Eight new members will be enshrined in the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend. The Class of 2016, which includes athletes from eight sports, will be inducted Sept. 9 at a dinner and introduced to the public at halftime Saturday vs. Tulsa.

The group includes Justin Kronauge (men’s tennis), John Machado (baseball), Jantel Lavender (women’s basketball), Randall Larson (diving), Sam Marder (softball), Dan Taylor (men’s track and field), Evan Turner (men’s basketball) and Paul Zelenak (pistol).

The hall of fame was created in 1977 and has inducted 294 men through 2015. Machado will be the 22nd baseball player enshrined, while Turner will be the 38th men’s basketball alumnus to be inducted. Taylor is the 24th member of the track and field program to be selected, while Zelenak will be the first men’s pistol standout to be enshrined. Kronauge will bring the number of men’s tennis players enshrined to six and Larson will be the 21st diver inducted.

Women were first inducted into the hall in 1993, with 116 outstanding student-athletes, coaches and administrators enshrined through 2015. Lavender is set to be the 13th women’s basketball player to be inducted and Marder will give the softball program six inductees.

Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery will represent the 106th different coach that Urban Meyer will gameplan against in his head coaching career. Meyer is 90-15 in first-time coaching matchups, including 1-0 this season.

Former Ohio State head coach John Cooper was head coach at Tulsa for eight seasons between 1977-84. During this time he guided the Golden Hurricane to five Missouri Valley Conference championships and to a record of 56-32. He would move on and coach Arizona State and Ohio State. He had a combined record of 192-84-6 as a head coach at those three schools and, for these efforts and those as a player, Cooper has been inducted into five Halls of Fame: the College Football Hall of Fame (in 2008), the Greater Knoxville Hall of Fame (2010), the University of Tulsa Hall of Fame (2011), the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame (2012), the Ohio State University Sports Hall of Fame (2013) and the Iowa State University Athletics Hall of Fame (2014).

The Buckeyes are 28-3-1 all-time against current members of the American Athletic Conference.

School Record
UCF 1-0
Cincinnati 14-2
UConn 0-0
East Carolina 0-0
South Florida 0-0
Temple 0-0
Houston 1-0
Memphis 0-0
Navy 5-0
SMU 7-1-1
Tulane 0-0
Tulsa 0-0

J.T. Barrett accounted for an Ohio State schoolrecord seven touchdowns Saturday in the win over Bowling Green with six touchdowns passing and another running. The total broke the mark of six that he shared with Kenny Guiton (2013 at Cal) and Tony Curcillo (1951 vs. Iowa). The six touchdown passes tied the school mark that he holds with Guiton. Barrett threw for a personal-best 349 yards and rushed for 30 yards for 379 total offensive yards versus the Falcons and extended his own school-record for 300-yard total offense games to 12. He directed the Buckeyes to a school-record 776 yards of offense with 417 passing yards and 359 rushing.

Sophomore Malik Hooker, making his first start for the Buckeyes, intercepted two passes, including a spectacular tip-and-catch interception, and earned the team’s defensive player of the game award. Hooker ranged from the center of the field to the right sideline and leaped to tip a James Knapke pass with his right hand and grab it with his left as he was falling onto his back. He had another interception later in the game that he returned 44 yards. He tied for the team lead in both solo tackles (four) and total tackles (four).