Oct. 8, 2012

Ohio State Game Notes
Ohio State Weekly Press Conference Transcript/Video


Ohio State travels to Bloomington, Ind., to take on the IndianaHoosiers in an 8 p.m. game Saturday, Oct. 13. The Buckeyes willtravel via charter bus on Friday (staying in Indianapolis) and thenfly back to Columbus after the game. Ohio State is on a roll with a6-0 record and consecutive wins over Top 25 teams Michigan Stateand Nebraska. Indiana is under the direction of second-year coachKevin Wilson, the 28th coach in IU history. Urban Meyer is the 24th head coach in Ohio State footballhistory. Two Buckeyes are from the Hoosier state: Joel Hale (Greenwood) and Rod Smith (Fort Wayne). Ohio State has officially won 16consecutive games in this 110-year-old series. Ohio State isplaying its 100th season in the Big Ten, having joined the leaguein 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.The Buckeyes are one of only 16 unbeaten FBS teams and one of onlyfour at 6-0. Ohio State has scored 261 points and ranks 22ndnationally with 38.5 points per game.

Ohio State, in the national Top 10 rankings for the first time in two years, travels to Bloomington, Ind., this week for a second consecutive primetime game. The Buckeyes, ranked 8th in the Associated Press poll, take on Leaders Division rival Indiana in an 8 p.m. (EDT) game from IU’s Memorial Stadium. The Big Ten Network will televise the contest.

Ohio State, under the direction of three-time National Coach of the Year and two-time national champion Urban Meyer, is one of only four teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision to sport a perfect, 6-0 record. The others: Ohio, Oregon and South Carolina. Ten teams are 5-0 and two are 4-0, leaving the FBS with 16 unbeaten teams heading into Week 7.

Ohio FBS football teams are a combined 32-13 this season and boast three of the nation’s 16 undefeated teams: Ohio State, Ohio and Cincinnati (4-0). All three unbeatens played at home last week in front of solid (20,044 at Ohio’s Peden Stadium), sold-out (35,097 at UC’s Nippert Stadium) and spectacular (record 106,102 fans at Ohio Stadium) crowds.

Ohio FBS Teams & Records:
6-0 Ohio State (Big Ten)
6-0 Ohio (MAC)
4-0 Cincinnati (Big East)
5-1 Toledo (MAC)
4-1 Kent State (MAC)
3-3 Miami (MAC)
3-3 Bowling Green (MAC)
1-5 Akron (MAC)

Ohio State and Penn State are on top of the Big Ten Leaders Division with 2-0 records. Ohio State is the Big Ten’s only unbeaten team after Penn State knocked off previously unbeaten Northwestern, 39-28, for its fourth consecutive win. Wisconsin is 1-1 with Purdue at 0-1 and Indiana and Illinois each 0-2.

Ohio State (431.5 ypg) and Indiana (471.4 ypg) rank third and second, respectively, in the Big Ten in total offense. The Hoosiers rely on an air game – first in the B1G and 19th nationally at 305.2 ypg – while the Buckeyes’ ground game continues to excel and is now second in the league and 10th nationally with 248.7 rush yards per game. Ohio State has allowed 265.3 passing yards per game, but it ranks sixth in pass efficiency defense in the league and it leads with 10 interceptions. Individually…

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller is 11th nationally and third in the Big Ten inrushing with 127.2 yards per game; Miller is 38th nationally inpassing efficiency (144.99) and third in the Big Ten; and Miller is23rd in the nation with 303.83 yards of total offense per game(second in the Big Ten); Corey Brown ranks third in the Big Ten with 5.8 receptions pergame and 10th with 58.7 yards per game; Ryan Shazier is fourth with 9.8 tackles per game; John Simon is second in the league in tackles-for-loss (7.5);Bradley Roby leads the league with 11 total passes defensed and2.20 per game; and Travis Howard leads with three interceptions and .50 per game.

Ohio State leads the all-time series with Indiana 67-12-5. The Buckeyes have won 16 consecutive – officially – over the Hoosiers since a 41-7 loss in 1988 in Bloomington that represents the most lopsided setback for Ohio State in the 110-year-old series (first played in 1901).

This current 16-game winning streak for Ohio State over Indiana is the second-longest winning streak for Ohio State in the series. Between 1960 and 1986 Ohio State won 23 consecutive games over the Hoosiers and 30 of 31 with a scoreless tie in 1959 the only non-Ohio State win. Indiana won four in a row between 1903 and 1914 and consecutive games in 1986 (31-10) and 1987 (41-7).

The last non-Ohio State win in this series occurred on this week’s game date 22 years ago: Oct. 13, 1990. Indiana led by 10 in the second quarter but then had to score 10 fourth quarter points to come back from a 27-17 deficit and salvage a 27-all tie. The Hoosiers had 441 yards on the day as Vaughn Dunbar rushed for 188 and flanker Rob Turner had 134 receiving yards. Robert Smith had 127 rushing yards for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State is 24-2-1 against Indiana in games played in Bloomington, which means the Buckeyes are 43-10-4 in games against IU in Columbus. While the reason at the time of this writing is not known, Ohio State hosted games against Indiana nine consecutive times between 1936 and 1947 and 10 consecutive times between 1951-60.

Led by a trio of 100-yard rushers – Dan Herron (141) and Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde with 105 apiece – Ohio State outscored Indiana 21-7 in the second half to hold off the Hoosiers, 34-20, last year at Ohio Stadium. Travis Howard intercepted a Tre Roberson pass in Ohio State territory late in the fourth quarter with the Buckeyes leading 27-20 to secure the victory. The Hoosiers played inspired football for first-year coach Kevin Wilson, gaining 333 yards and converting on 10 of 17 third down conversions. Here’s more on the game:

Ohio State trailed 10-0, but Braxton Miller put the Buckeyes on the board with an OSUquarterback-record 81-yard touchdown run; Herron scored on a15-yard run to give Ohio State its first lead; Hyde capped thescoring with a two-yard run with 2:41 to play; Miller also had a20-yard TD run; John Simon and Andrew Sweat had 10 tackles apiece.

Ohio State’s rich rushing tradition – a Buckeye has topped 1,000 yards rushing for a season 26 times and 100 yards in a game 426 times – includes five games where three Buckeyes have topped 100 yards on the ground, including twice vs. the Hoosiers.

Three Backs with 100 Yards Rushing:
1. Indiana, 1956 – Galen Cisco (160), James Roseboro (157), Donald Clark (112);
2. Oregon, 1961 – John Mummey (116), Robert Klein (103), Bob Ferguson (101);
3. Duke, 1970 – Leo Hayden (165), John Brockington (117), Rex Kern (113);
4. at Northwestern, 1989 – Dante Lee (157), Scottie Graham (102), Carlos Snow (100); and
5. Indiana, 2011 – Dan Herron (141), Braxton Miller (105), Carlos Hyde (105).

Powered by 371 rushing yards and a defense that forced three turnovers and held the nation’s No. 13 offense to nearly 100 yards below its average, Ohio State pounded No. 21/20 Nebraska, 63-38, before a record Ohio Stadium crowd of 106,102 Saturday. Braxton Miller accounted for 313 yards of total offense, including an Ohio State quarterback’s record 186 rushing yards, and junior Carlos Hyde rushed 28 times for a career-high 140 yards and four touchdowns. Bradley Roby had two interceptions, including a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown, and John Simon tied the school-record with five tackles-for-loss to lead the team defensively. Senior Orhian Johnson also intercepted a Taylor Martinez pass. Corey Brown sparked the special teams with a 76-yard punt return that broke the game open in the third quarter.

The Big Ten Conference has named Carlos Hyde as its co-offensive player of the week. Hyde carried the football a career-high 28 times for a career-best 140 yards and four touchdowns in the 63-38 win over No. 21/20 Nebraska. Hyde scored from the 1, 7, 1 and 16-yard lines; his seven-yarder giving the Buckeyes the lead for good late in the second quarter, 28-24. His four-touchdown game was the first for a Buckeye since Eddie George ran for four against Iowa on Oct. 28, 1995.

Hyde’s 100-Yard Games (Att.-Yds.-TDs) …
28-140-4 vs. Nebraska, 2012
15-105-1 vs. Indiana, 2011
13-104-2 vs. Nebraska, 2011

The College Football Performance Awards, the same group that named Braxton Miller its National Freshman of the Year last year and gave him a 30-pound crystal trophy, has named John Simon its defensive player of the week and its national defensive lineman of the week. Simon had seven tackles, including a school record-tying five tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble against the Huskers.

John Simon is the Lott IMPACT Trophy’s national player of the week. The College Football Performance Awards, the same group that named Braxton Miller its National Freshman of the Year last year and gave him a 30-pound crystal trophy, has also named Simon as its national defensive player of the week and its defensive lineman of the week. Simon had seven tackles, including a school record-tying five tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble against the Huskers.

John Simon speed rushed his way to No. 2 in the Big Ten this week with 7.5 tackles-for-loss (totaling 33 yards) after not even being ranked among the Top 20 last week. He did so on the strength of his five tackles-for-losses totaling 24 yards against Nebraska, a total that included two sacks. His efforts vs. Nebraska also:

Made him the first Buckeye – ever – to have a five-TFL game anda four-TFL game; Increased his career total of TFLs to 36 and movedhim into 12th place at Ohio State (he passed Greg Smith, AaronBrown, Rodney Bailey and Mike Doss in the Nebraska game and movedto within three of a Top 10 ranking); Increased his TFL yards totalto 141 and to within striking distance of a Top 10 total at OhioState as well; and Moved him into a tie for 14th at Ohio State with14.5 career sacks.

In Sight – Career TFLs …

5. 45.5 – Will Smith (2000-03)
6. 43.5 – Matt Wilhelm (1999-02)
7. 43.0 – Jerome Foster (1979-82)
8. 41.0 – A.J. Hawk (2002-05)
9. 39.0 – Na’il Diggs (1997-99)
  39.0 – Eric Kumerow (1984-87)
11. 37.5 – Cameron Heyward (2007-10)
12. 36.0 – John Simon (2009-12)

Note: the school record for career TFLs is 66.0 byMike Vrabel (1993-96)

Corey Brown’s 76-yard punt return for a score broke the game open in the third quarter, giving the Buckeyes a 49-31 lead over Nebraska in a game the home team would win by 25 points. For his efforts, Brown was named the Big Ten Conference’s special team player of the week. The return was supported with flawless execution by Taylor Rice on the play, relentless, physical blocking by Rod Smith, and good moves by Orhian Johnson just to get out of the way.

Senior co-captain, 11-game starter and 46-game veteran Etienne Sabino will be sidelined for the Indiana game gaapproximately four weeks after fracturing a bone in his right leg during the Nebraska game. He was replaced for much of the game in the lineup by true freshman Joshua Perry.

Games Missed by Prospective Starters:
4 – DL Michael Bennett
3 – SAF C.J. Barnett
2 – RB Jordan Hall
2 – RB Carlos Hyde
1 – CB Bradley Roby
1 – DL Nathan Williams
? – LB Etienne Sabino

Bradley Roby (two interceptions, including a “pick six”, and a spectacular pass break-up at the goal line) and John Simon (school-record five TFLs) are the team’s co-defensive players of the week. Christian Bryant joined the two as a game champion. The offensive player of the week was Carlos Hyde (four touchdowns and career-high 140 yards rushing). Zach Boren, Corey Brown, Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell and Corey Linsley were also offensive champions. Brown’s 76-yard punt return touchdown earned him special team player of the week honors. Joining him on the special teams list is Armani Reeves, Drew Basil, Zach Domicone, Devan Bogard and Rod Smith.

Nine Buckeyes have graded out at least three times this season as a team “champion” for exceptional play on the field. Corey Brown leads with five (offensive and special team champion play combined).

Game Champion Leaders:
5 – WR Corey Brown
4 – CB Bradley Roby
4 – OL Andrew Norwell
4 – FB Zach Boren
4 – DL Johnathan Hankins
3 – OL Jack Mewhort
3 – DL John Simon
3 – SAF Christian Bryant
3 – WR Devin Smith

Behind its ever-improving offensive line, Ohio State powered to a 17-year best rushing total against the Cornhuskers: 371 yards off 48 attempts. The last time an Ohio State team rushed for more than 371 yards in a game was in 1995 vs. Illinois (409).

Ohio State’s yards per carry average against the Huskers – 7.72 – ranks as the fourth-highest single game average in school history.

Best YPC Games:

1. 9.23 – at Illinois, 1962
2. 8.34 – vs. Eastern Michigan, 2010
3. 7.82 – vs. Wisconsin, 1941
4. 7.72 – vs. Nebraska, 2012
5. 7.64 – vs. Notre Dame, 2005

Braxton Miller had his fourth game this season – and fifth of his career – of 300-or-more yards of total offense with 313 yards vs. Nebraska. With 315 two weeks ago vs. Michigan State, Miller has had consecutive 300-yard games for the first time in his career. He is averaging 303.8 yards per game and 205.4 for his career. Miller has 3,697 total offensive yards, good for 15th place on Ohio State’s all-time charts. School records for season and career are 270.6 by Joe Germaine in 1998 and 185.2 by Terrelle Pryor, respectively.

Nearing these career total offense totals:

12. 4,414 by Cornelius Greene, 1972-75
13. 4,158 by Rex Kern, 1968-70
14. 3,768 by Eddie George, 1992-95
15. 3,697 by Braxton Miller, 2011-12

Braxton Miller now has seven 100-yard rushing days, by far an Ohio State quarterbacks record (Cornelius Greene had four and Terrelle Pryor officially three) and he needs just two more to rank 10th all-time at Ohio State in that category. Michael Wiley is ninth with 10 100-yard rushing games. Miller has 1,478 career rushing yards. Greene has the school record for quarterbacks with 2,080.

The game started out just right for Ohio State tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett: they each started as the Buckeye coaches came out in a two-tight end look. And their day only got better. They helped block the way for 371 rushing yards and they combined for three catches for 83 yards. Heuerman had two-for-53, including an 18-yard touchdown reception, the first of his career. He also had a 35-yard gain, Vannett’s catch was for 32 yards.

Ryan Shazier, third in the Big Ten with 59 tackles and fourth with 9.8 tackles per game, led the Buckeyes vs. the Huskers with 11 tackles. It was the fourth time this season and the sixth time in the last nine games dating to last year that Shazier has led in tackles. He has had 13 tackles twice this season – vs. Cal and UAB – and had a career-high 15 vs. Penn State last year.

Opponents may be averaging 41 passing attempts per game, but Ohio State leads the Big Ten with 10 pass interceptions. It also ranks sixth in the league in pass efficiency defense. And three players – Bradley Roby, Travis Howard and Orhian Johnson – rank among the Top 10 DBs in the league in passes defended and interceptions. A fourth OSU DB – Christian Bryant – ranks in the Top 20 with 6.8 tackles per game.

Buck Stoppers (Big Ten rank)…
Bradley Roby – 11 passes defended (1st); 2 INTs (T2nd);
Travis Howard – 3 INTs (1st); 7 passes defended (8th); and
Orhian Johnson – 8 passes defended (5th); 2 INTs (T9th)

Even if this statistic, quickly researched in the press box late Saturday evening during Ohio State’s win over Nebraska, is even 10 or 15 games off, it is still amazing, albeit unofficially: a scan of every game in which Ohio State has scored at least 35 points reveals the Buckeyes to be undefeated in those contests with a record of 271-0-1; the tie coming in a 35-all game in 1978 vs. SMU.

This can be easily documented and it is official: Coach Urban Meyer’s 11 teams are 25-0 when scoring 50 or more points in a game.

Senior punter Ben Buchanan is a candidate for the 2012 NFF Scholar-Athlete Award and by virtue, a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. Buchanan graduated cum lauda and with a 3.53 GPA in June with a degree in strategic communications. His resume is full of community service activities and accomplishments and he is a nominee for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. He was a finalist for the 2011 Weurffel Trophy which goes to the player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

Corey Brown SETS 15-YEAR BEST
Corey Brown tied the fourth-best game in Ohio State history with 12 receptions vs. Michigan State. The total was the most in a game for an Ohio State receiver in 15 years, or since David Boston set the school record with 14 vs. Penn State in 1997. Four of Brown’s catches went for drive extending first downs. His 32 receptions through the first five games of the season tied Terry Glenn’s total in 1995 as the most catches through the first five games.

Top 5 Receiving Games by a Buckeye:
14 – David Boston at Penn State, 1997
13 – David Boston at Indiana, 1996
13 – Gary Williams vs. Florida State, 1981
12 – Corey Brown at Michigan State, 2012
12 – Billy Anders vs. Washington, 1966
12 – Bob Grimes vs. Pitt, 1952

Sophomore Devin Smith, second on the team with 19 receptions for 351 yards, has made four remarkable catches so far in his career, including three game winners. He averages 18.5 yards per catch this season and 19.5 for his career. His great grabs include:

A go-ahead/game-winning, 63-yard reception while streaking downthe sideline two weeks ago vs. the Spartans; A one-handed touchdowncatch vs. Miami that was the ESPN play of the day; A game-winning,72-yard touchdown reception with 3:26 to play vs. California; andCalmly hauling in Braxton Miller’s 40-yard touchdown for the game-winner with 20seconds to play against Wisconsin last year.

Only two first-year Ohio State coaches have started a season better than Urban Meyer’s 6-0 start to the season: Carol Widdoes went 9-0 in 1944 and eventually won his first 12 games before his first loss; and Earle Bruce opened 11-0 in 1979.

Urban Meyer-coached teams, from 2001 to the present, have now blocked 54 kicks in 131 games. Three of those have come this year as Orhian Johnson and Adolphus Washington have blocked extra point attempts and Bradley Roby blocked a punt – assist to the bull rush up the middle by Steve Miller – vs. Michigan State. (Source for the first 51 blocks: University of Florida stats)

Urban Meyer’s six Florida teams blocked a total of 21 punts, and they were 16-0 in those games. His teams are now 17-0 when blocking a punt since the start of the 2005 season.

Ohio State had three scoring drives of 70 or more yards vs. Nebraska and now has 15 drives this season of 70 or more yards. Last year, Ohio State had nine drives of 70 or more yards. In 2010, the Buckeyes had 20 such drives. All 15 over-70 yard drives this season have resulted in touchdowns.

Driving 70 (or more) for scores in 2012:
Miami – 83 and 73 yards
Central Florida – 71 and 76 yards
California – 75, 75 and 75 yards
UAB – 75, 75 and 71 yards
MSU – 75 and 74 yards
Nebraska – 75, 75 and 75 yards

Ohio State has scored on 20 consecutive trips inside the opponent’s red zone (15 TDs; 2 FGs), dating back to the fourth quarter of the Miami game. Ohio State was five-of-seven against the Redhawks, including three-of-three in red zone opportunities in the fourth quarter. Ohio State is a perfect 17-for-17 in the red zone in its last five games.

In the Zone (20 consecutive scores):
Miami – Hyde 8 run, Boren 2 run, Dunn 4 run
UCF – Basil 24 FG, Miller 6 run, Stoneburner 12 pass from Miller, Miller 8 run
Cal – Stoneburner 1 pass from Miller, Stoneburner 3 pass from Miller
UAB – Smith 1 run, Miller 12 run, Boren 2 run, Miller 1 run
MSU – Hall 1 run, Basil 26 FG
Nebraska – Hyde 1 run, Heuerman 18 pass from Miller, Hyde 7 run, Hyde 1 run, Hyde 16 run


Ohio State is third in the Big Ten with a plus-5 turnovermargin (13 take-aways; 8 turnovers). Ohio State is plus-53 onpoints scored off turnovers, having scored 56 and surrendering justthree. Three more gains of at least 20 yards vs. Nebraska – 72, 31and 24 – increase Braxton Miller’s total in that stat category to 10 rushes of20-or-more yards this year and 21 for his career. His top fivegainers:

1. 81-yard touchdown vs. Indiana (2011)
2. 72-yard gain vs. Nebraska (2012)
3. 65-yard touchdown vs. Miami (2012)
4. 55-yard touchdown vs. California (2012)
5. 44-yard touchdown vs. Wisconsin (2011)

Ohio State’s six rushing touchdowns vs. Nebraska – Rod Smith had a career-long 33-yard touchdown run in additionto the scores by Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller – are the most in 10 years. The Buckeyes lastrushed for six scores in the opening game of the 2002 nationalchampionship season against Texas Tech. Ohio State defenders havecome up with three fourth quarter interceptions this season.Travis Howard vs. Miami; Christian Bryant vs. Cal (with 1:09 to play); and Doran Grant’s first career interception came inside of fiveminutes to play against UAB. Urban Meyer’s teams are 67-14 when ranked. Meyer’s recordagainst ranked teams is now 23-10, including a 6-6 mark on theroad. Ohio State has three players with 1,000 career rush yards.Braxton Miller (1,478), Jordan Hall (1,032) and Carlos Hyde (1005). Miller is 18th on the school charts with2,219 yards passing (168-292; 7 Ints; 22 TDs). Devin Smith has scored eight touchdowns. The Buckeyes are 7-0in games he scores. The Buckeyes’ 16 sacks are second-most in theleague. In the red zone: Ohio State’s offense is 2nd in the Big Ten(22 of 24; 91.7 pct.) and its defense is 4th (14 of 18; 77.8 pct.).