Oct. 22, 2012

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

#9 Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) at Penn State (5-2, 3-0)
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Beaver Stadium (106,572)
University Park, Pa.

Television:ESPN will televise the game with Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman in the booth and Quint Kessenich on the sidelines.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyerpregame 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 can also be heard live on Sirius channel 92 and XM channel 192.


  • Originally scheduled to be a 6 p.m. start when the networks made their night game selections a few months ago, the start time for this game was moved to 5:30 p.m. two weeks ago.
  • While neither team will play in the Big Ten championship game, both are eligible to win the Leaders Division.
  • The Buckeyes are ranked No. 9 this week by the Associated Press, dropping two spots from a season-best No. 7 ranking last week.
  • Urban Meyer, the 24th head coach in Ohio State football history, is 112-23 in his 11th season as a head coach. 
  • Bill O’Brien is in his first season as a collegiate head coach after spending the last five years with the New England Patriots. He is in his 20th year of coaching.
  • Ohio State officially lists this rivalry with Penn State as even with 13 wins apiece.
  • Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
  • Penn State is playing its 126th season of football and its 20th as a member of the Big Ten.
  • Ohio State’s final four games of the season are against teams with a combined record of 18-11 and a 9-4 Big Ten mark.
  • The Buckeyes are one of only 11 unbeaten Football Bowl Subdivision teams and the only team 8-0.

The 8-0 (and 4-0 Big Ten Conference) Ohio State Buckeyes, riding their longest winning streak in five years, or since the 2007 team opened 10-0, travel to State College, Pa., for a 5:30 p.m. game Saturday against the 5-2 and 3-0 Penn State Nittany Lions. ESPN will televise the game to a national audience with Sean McDonough, former Buckeye great Chris Spielman and Quint Kessenich on the call.

This is a big game among the division leaders in the battle for the Big Ten Leaders Division title, despite the fact that neither team is eligible for the Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes are in first place midway through the conference campaign with Penn State one-half game back. Wisconsin, at 3-1, holds a commanding two-and-a-half game advantage over the rest of field in the competition to represent the division in the Big Ten championship game Dec. 1 in Indianapolis.

According to Ohio State’s official records, the Ohio State/Penn State series is tied with each team winning 13 games. Penn State won the first four games in this series – in 1912-56-63-64 – but since then there has been only one winning streak as long as three games (Ohio State won in 2002-03-04).

The Buckeyes are 5-5 vs. Penn State in games played in State College and have won two consecutive and three of the last four there. Ohio State holds a slim, 8-7, lead in victories in games played in Columbus, including an 8-6 record vs. Penn State in Ohio Stadium. Penn State won the only game played on a neutral field: at the 1980 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

Last 5 in State College:
Nov. 7, 2009 – Ohio State 24, Penn State 7
Oct. 27, 2007 – Ohio State 37, Penn State 17
Oct. 8, 2005 – Penn State 17, Ohio State 10
Nov. 1, 2003 – Ohio State 21, Penn State 10
Oct. 27, 2001 – Penn State 29, Ohio State 27

Junior Kenny Guiton, in for the injured Braxton Miller, led the Buckeyes on a last minute, game-tying touchdown drive and two-point conversion, and Carlos Hyde scored in overtime as the Buckeyes squeaked by Purdue, 29-22, in overtime Saturday at Ohio Stadium. On the game-tying drive Guiton was 3 for 5 for 49 yards and a two-yard touchdown pass to Chris Fields with three seconds left to play to rally the Buckeyes, who trailed, 22-14 with 47 seconds on the clock. He then connected with 6-5 tight end Jeff Heuermanfor the game-tying two-point conversion.

Penn State roared to a 24-0 halftime lead at Iowa Saturday evening, increased the lead to 38-0 and routed the Hawkeyes, 38-14, behind 289 yards passing from Matt McGloin (26 of 38) and 103 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Bill Belton.

Braxton Miller LEAVES GAME
Braxton Millerleft the Purdue game late in the third quarter after getting slammed to the turf after a 37-yard run. He was taken to the Wexner Medical Center on Ohio State’s campus for tests and examinations, was cleared early Saturday evening and released.

It doesn’t just seem like every time Kenny Guitonenters the game something good happens. More often than not, it does…and that’s not easy or typical for a backup quarterback to accomplish.

“It’s just a tribute to that kid,” coach Urban Meyersaid after the Purdue game, in which Guiton completed 6 of 11 passes for 77 yards and one touchdown in the fourth quarter and overtime to help save Ohio State’s unbeaten season. “He’s a special guy.” How so? Guiton has driven Ohio State for a touchdown or finished off a touchdown drive in seven of his 13 series this year.

The best of Kenny G in 2012:

He ran three plays to finish off a touchdown drive on theopening drive of the 17-16 win over Michigan State. TrailingNebraska 17-7, he came into the game for two plays to finish off atouchdown drive. His third quarter shovel pass to Carlos Hydewent for 14 yards and a score and gave the Buckeyesa two-touchdown lead in the three-point win over Indiana. Hiseffort with no timeouts vs. Purdue included a 39-yard completion toDevin Smith for a first down at the Purdue 22 with 33 secondsto play; an eight-yard completion to the sideline to Evan Spencer; a two-yard touchdown pass to Chris Fields with three seconds left to play; a two-pointconversion completion to Jeff Heuerman that tied the score; and a 17-yard completion inovertime to Jake Stoneburnerto the Purdue eight. Three rushes later OhioState was in the end zone.

Chris Fieldshad only been on the field for four offensive plays since the first game of the season…until he earned extended playing time vs. Purdue. He used the time in between to get better and he rewarded the coaches who rewarded him with playing time by making an unbeaten season-saving reception: a delicate, don’t-let-the-ball-touch-turf, touchdown reception with three seconds left to play. Fields had a career-long 35-yard reception as well, part of his team-leading (and career-high) three receptions for a team-high 44 yards on the afternoon.

Ohio State’s defensive unit was key in the win over Purdue. The Buckeyes not only limited the Boilermakers to zero points in three excursions into the red zone, but the unit also allowed Purdue just five yards and forced three incompletions in overtime. And when you look at the game in its entirety, the defense held the Boilermakers in check by allowing just two significant drives – with only one cashing in on a touchdown – and only two big plays (an 83-yard pass play from Caleb TerBush to Akeem Shavers on the first play of the game and a 31-yard pass from Terbush to Gary Bush). The Buckeyes forced six three-and-outs.

For the fifth time this season and the seventh time in his 10 career starts, sophomore Ryan Shazier led the Buckeyes in tackles with 12 vs. Purdue, including 1.5 TFLs and a pass break-up. Right behind was senior leader John Simon with a season-high nine tackles (one off his career high). Johnathan Hankins and Christian Bryant had eight tackles apiece and C.J. Barnettintercepted a pass in the end zone.

A season-high seven defensive players were graded out as champions vs. Purdue with Ryan Shazier earning player of the week honors. He was joined as a champion by Travis Howard, Nate Williams, John Simon, Christian Bryant, Bradley Roby and Johnathan Hankins. Two tackles inside the 20 on kickoffs earned David Perkins the special teams player of the week award. Joining him as a special teams champion are Hankins and Taylor Rice.

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

The win over Purdue and a zero-loss season for another week may not have happened, or may have been much more difficult than it already was, if not for these three fine zeroes:

Points I – The defense allowed a 19-play, 81-yard drive in thefirst quarter – helped by a converted fourth-and-one fake punt -but did not allow any points as C.J. Barnettintercepted a Caleb TerBush pass in the end zone onthird-and-goal from the Ohio State 6. Purdue led 13-7 at the time.Points II – Ohio State committed four turnovers in the game but thedefense responded by allowing Purdue zero points off thoseturnovers with two three-and-outs, a missed, 50-yard field goalattempt and the end to a half. Points III – Ohio State hasn’tallowed an overtime point at Ohio Stadium in its last threeovertime games. Overall, Ohio State is 4-0 in overtime games atOhio Stadium with wins over North Carolina State (44-38 in 3OT in2003), Purdue (16-13 in OT in 2003), Iowa (27-24 in 2009) andPurdue (29-22 last Saturday).

Ohio State blocked two kicks that turned out to be critical plays in getting the game into overtime against Purdue: Garrett Goebel blocked a PAT after Purdue’s first touchdown and Johnathan Hankins blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt with 29 seconds left to play in the third quarter. A field goal at that juncture would have given the Boilermakers a 23-14 lead entering the fourth quarter. The blocks were the fifth and sixth, respectively, on the season for the Buckeyes and the 56th and 57th, respectively for an Urban Meyercoached team.

Building up the 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); and
6. Johnathan Hankins (FG vs. Purdue).

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 and his teams are now 18-0 when blocking a punt since the start of the 2005 season.

Junior running back Carlos Hydecontinued his power running surge with 91 yards and two touchdowns against Purdue. He also caught two passes for six yards. Hyde has 545 yards rushing this season and nine touchdowns despite missing nearly three games with a knee injury. Since returning to action Sept. 29 at Michigan State, Hyde has averaged 109 yards rushing over the last four games with seven touchdowns. He had 140 yards and four touchdowns against Nebraska to earn Big Ten co-offensive player of the week honors and followed that with a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns vs. Indiana (one receiving TD).

Ohio State is tied with Wisconsin and Nebraska for the most 100-yard rushing games in the Big Ten this season: eight. The Buckeyes, behind a power surge of 371 yards rushing vs. Nebraska and 353 vs. Indiana, rank 10th nationally with 249.6 rushing yards per game. The 724 yards those two games are the most in one two-game stretch in 32 years, or since the 1980 team combined for 800 yards consecutively vs. Northwestern (418) and Indiana (382).

The Buckeyes average 5.6 yards per attempt as a team and have scored 26 touchdowns.

100-Yard Rushing Games (8) – 2012
161 – Braxton Miller vs. Miami (17-161-1)
141 – Braxton Miller vs. UCF (27-141-3)
105 – Jordan Hall vs. UAB (17-105-0)
136 – Braxton Miller vs. Michigan State (23-136-0)
186 – Braxton Miller vs. Nebraska (16-186-1)
140 – Carlos Hyde vs. Nebraska (28-140-4)
156 – Carlos Hyde vs. Indiana (22-156-1)
149 – Braxton Miller vs. Indiana (23-149-1)

There are only 11 unbeatens in the Football Bowl Subdivision entering Week 9 of the season with Ohio State the only team in the country 8-0. Those still unbeaten, with their Associated Press ranking, include:

8-0 – No. 9 Ohio State (Big Ten)
7-0 – No. 1 Alabama (SEC)
7-0 – No. 2 Oregon (Pac 12)
7-0 – No. 3 Florida (SEC)
7-0 – No. 4 Kansas State (Big 12)
7-0 – No. 5 Notre Dame (Independent)
7-0 – No. 13 Mississippi State (SEC)
7-0 – No. 16 Louisville (Big East)
7-0 – No. 18 Rutgers (Big East)
7-0 – No. 23 Ohio University (MAC)
6-0 – No. 7 Oregon State (Pac 12)

One more win and Ohio State coach Urban Meyerwill coach teams to a fifth winning streak of 10 or more games. 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 in Tampa, Fla. – and he has the Buckeyes 8-0 for a nine-game winning streak. His 8-0 start with the Buckeyes ties as his fourth-longest winning streak for a season.

Urban Meyer Winning Streaks (all games):
22 – Florida (2008 and 2009)
20 – Utah (2003 and 2004) and Florida (2005)
11 – Florida (2006 and 2007)
11 – Bowling Green (2001 and 2002)
9 – Florida (2010) and Ohio State (2012)

Meyer’s Single Season Winning Streaks:
12 – Florida (2009)
12 – Utah (2004)
10 – Florida (2008)
8 – Ohio State (2012)
8 – Bowling Green (2002)
7 – Florida (2006)

Only two first-year Ohio State coaches have started a season better than Urban Meyer’s8-0 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.

On paper it will be Ohio State’s ground game – second in the Big Ten at 249.6 ypg – vs. a very good Penn State defense that ranks second in the league and 21st nationally allowing just 113 rushing yards per game. Penn State is also second in the Big Ten with 257.1 passing yards per game. That unit will go up against a Buckeye defense that allows 271.8 yards per game but has the most interceptions in the league (11; tied with Purdue). Ohio State is second in the Big Ten in passing efficiency and seventh with 189.0 yards per game.

Seven times in the last 10 games Ohio State players have intercepted a pass vs. Penn State and returned it for a touchdown. The Buckeyes have won all five of those games.

2010 – Devon Torrence and Travis Howard had fourth quarter returns for scores to clinch Ohio State’s comeback, 38-14 victory.
2007 – Malcolm Jenkins extended a 27-10 Ohio State lead with his fourth-quarter interception return as the Buckeyes prevailed, 37-17.
2006 – Jenkins and Antonio Smith returned two interceptions a total of 116 yards for fourth quarter touchdowns in Ohio State’s 28-6 win.
2004 – Tyler Everett had a fi rst-quarter pick-six in the Buckeyes’ 21-10 victory.
2002 – Trailing 7-3 in the second half, Chris Gamble’s touchdown return was the game-deciding play in Ohio State’s 13-7 win.

Ohio State has had a 100-yard rusher against Penn State 12 times with Braxton Miller’s 105 last year the most recent. … David Boston set the still-standing school record of 14 receptions in a game against Penn State in 1997. … Tom Cousineau set the school record of 29 total tackles and Art Schlichter threw a record five interceptions in the 1978 game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium … Ryan Shazierhad a career-high 15 tackles last year vs. Penn State.

Four Buckeyes are from the Keystone State: DB Corey Brown (Monroeville/Gateway), WR Corey Brown (Upper Darby/Cardinal O’Hara), RB and senior co-captain Jordan Hall (Jeannette/Jeannette) and DE Noah Spence(Harrisburg/Bishop McDevitt).

Bradley Robycontinues to lead the Big Ten in passes defended with 14 (12 pass breakups and two interceptions). The third-year sophomore has been at his best in Big Ten play with nine tackles and a blocked punt vs. Michigan State, two interceptions, including a 41-yard return for a score, and another pass breakup at the goal line vs. Nebraska, and a career-high three PBUs plus a recovered block punt in the end zone vs. Indiana. He had four tackles in the win over Purdue.

More Top 10 Big Ten Rankings:

RyanShazieris fourth with 77 tackles and 9.6 per game; John Simonis fourth in tackles for loss with 8.5; Travis Howardis fourth (three) and Roby tied for fifth (two) ininterceptions; Braxton Milleris fourth in rushing (119.9), second in totaloffense (292.9) and seventh in passing yards per game (173.0).Corey Brownis second with 5.5 receptions per game; Devin Smithis seventh with 63.1 receiving yards per game andBrown is ninth (55.9); Ben Buchananis fifth in punting (42.2).

Eight touchdowns in the past three games has propelled Carlos Hyde to the top of the Big Ten in overall scoring (10.0 points per game) and scoring touchdowns (10 in six games; 10.0 ppg average). Braxton Milleris sixth in scoring and fourth in scoring touchdowns.

10 TDs FOR Devin Smith; 39.3 PER AVERAGE
Devin Smith’stwo long touchdowns vs. Indiana – a 60-yarder in the second quarter and a 46-yarder for Ohio State’s final points of the game – give the skilled sophomore 10 career touchdown receptions. Ohio State is 8-0 in games Smith scores a touchdown. The average length of his 10 TD receptions is 39.3 yards and he has three receptions this year over 60 (72 vs. Cal; 63 vs. MSU; 60 vs. Indiana).

Braxton Millerranks 15th nationally in rushing with 119.8 yards per game. He has five 100-yard rushing games this season, 10 touchdowns, and he needs just 41 yards to become the 27th 1,000-yard rusher for a season in school history (and the first QB to do it). He’s averaging 6.8 yards per carry.

Braxton Miller ranks 20th nationally and is averaging 292.9 yards of total offense per game and 210.9 for his career. His 4,217 total offensive yards are good for 13th place on Ohio State’s all-time career records list. 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:
10. 5,097 by Craig Krenzel, 2000-03
11. 4,815 by Terrelle Pryor, 2008-09
12. 4,414 by Cornelius Greene, 1972-75
13. 4,217 by Braxton Miller, 2011-12

Eight games into the season and Braxton Milleris in reach of a Top 5 total offense season at Ohio State. The sophomore has 2,343 yards so far – the 11th most in school single season history – and he needs just 403 more yards to move into fifth place for a single season. The record is 3,290 yards by Bobby Hoying in 1995.

John Simonearned three national player of the week honors following his record-tying five tackles-for-loss game against Nebraska: the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the College Football Performance Award national defensive player of the week awards. Simon, the first Buckeye to ever have a five-TFL game and a four-TFL game, ranks 12th at Ohio State with 37.0 TFLs.

Ohio State Career TFLs:
1. 45.5 – Will Smith (2000-03)
2. 43.5 – Matt Wilhelm (1999-02)
3. 43.0 – Jerome Foster (1979-82)
4. 41.0 – A.J. Hawk (2002-05)
t5. 39.0 – Na’il Diggs (1997-99)
t5. 39.0 – Eric Kumerow (1984-87)
7. 37.5 – Cameron Heyward (2007-10)
8. 37.0 – John Simon (2009-12)
Note: the school record for career TFLs is 66.0 by Mike Vrabel (1993-96)

Ohio State has had seven different starters or prospective starters miss a total of 19 games this season because of injury. The defensive unit has endured 12 missed games, including losing 11-game starter at linebacker and 46-game veteran Etienne Sabinofor the past two games.

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

Senior punter Ben Buchananis a candidate for the 2012 NFF Scholar-Athlete Award and by virtue, a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. NFF Scholar-Athletes will be named this week. 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 was 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, and has been nominated for that award again this year.

Corey Brown SETS 15-YEAR BEST
Corey Browntied 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. 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

Ohio State has 21 drives this season of 70 or more yards with all 21 resulting in touchdowns. Last year, Ohio State had nine drives of 70 or more yards and in 2010, 20 such drives.

Ohio State had scored on 22 consecutive trips inside the opponent’s red zone (19 TDs; 3 FGs) until a missed field goal vs. Indiana snapped the streak. Ohio State has converted on 30 of 34 trips into the red zone (88.2 pct.) to rank seventh in the Big Ten. Its 27 red zone touchdowns are most in the league.

Defensively, Ohio State is second – to Penn State – in red zone defense, allowing its opponents to score on 72 percent of their opportunities (18 of 25).


Ohio State is plus-46 on points scored off turnovers thisseason, having scored 56 and surrendering 10. Braxton Millernow has five career rushes of 50 or more yardsand 23 rushes of 20 or more yards (in 20 games). His top fivegainers:

    • 1. 81-yard touchdown vs. Indiana (2011)

    • 2. 72-yard gain vs. Nebraska (2012)

    • 3. 67-yard touchdown vs. Indiana (2012)

    • 4. 65-yard touchdown vs. Miami (2012)

    • 5. 55-yard touchdown vs. California (2012)

Ohio State defenders have come up with three fourth quarterinterceptions this season. Travis Howard vs. Miami; Christian Bryant vs. California and Doran Grantvs. UAB. Bradley Robyhas TDs this year via a fumbled punt, a blockedpunt recovery and an interception return. Back-to-back 50-pluspoint games for Ohio State – 63 vs. Nebraska and 52 vs. Indiana -are the first for Ohio State since 1996 and the first in Big Tenplay since 1984. Ohio State has three players with 1,000 careerrush yards. Braxton Miller (1,674), Carlos Hyde (1,252) and Jordan Hall(1,032). The Buckeyes’ 16 sacks are fourth-most inthe league. Ohio State had two 100-yard rushers and a 100-yardreceiver two weeks ago vs. Indiana, marking the first time inprogram history to accomplish that feat. Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller rushed for 156 and 149 yards, respectively, andDevin Smithhad 106 receiving yards.