Dec. 18, 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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#7 Ohio State (12-1) vs. #12 Clemson (10-2)
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 – 8:30 p.m. ET
Sun Life Stadium (72,230)
Miami Gardens, Fla.

ESPN: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst), Maria Taylor (sideline)

WBNS (97.1 The Fan): Paul Keels (play-by-play), Jim Lachey (analyst), Marty Bannister (sideline)
ESPN Radio: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (analyst), Shannon Spake (sideline)


  • Ohio State and Clemson are meeting for the first time since the 1978 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.
  • The Buckeyes are officially making their first BCS bowl appearance since the 2010 Rose Bowl.
  • Ohio State is 5-3 all-time in BCS bowl games.
  • This will be Ohio State’s ninth BCS bowl appearance, which is tied with Oklahoma for the most appearances all-time in the BCS era.
  • Ohio State is tied with USC and Florida for the most BCS bowl wins (5).
  • Ohio State’s offense set program records this season for points scored (602), points per game (46.3), TDs (82), passing TDs (36) and first downs (334).
  • Eight different Buckeyes earned first team All-Big Ten honors this season.
  • Senior RB Carlos Hyde is the first RB under Urban Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season with 1,408 yards. He led the Big Ten in rushing in B1G play with 156.1 ypg.
  • Hyde and junior QB Braxton Miller (1,033 rushing yards this season) have combined for 1,330 rushing yards with 15 TDs over the past four games.
  • Junior LB Ryan Shazier leads the B1G in tackles (134) & TFL (22.5). He has 62 tackles in his last four games (16 at UI, 20 vs IU, 14 at UM & 12 vs. MSU).

The 12-1 Ohio State Buckeyes (No. 7 BCS) will take on the 10-2 Clemson Tigers (No. 12), from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Jan. 3 in Miami in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. Game time is 8:30 p.m. with ESPN carrying the broadcast from Sun Life Stadium (72,230).

This will be only the second appearance for Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl; the last coming 37 years ago and following the 1976 season when Woody Hayes’ Big Ten champion Buckeyes defeated the Big Eight champion Colorado Buffalos, 27-10, after falling behind early, 10-0. Ron Springs (98 rushing yards), Rod Gerald (81) and Jeff Logan (79) keyed the offense, which netted 271 rushing yards.

Ohio State and Clemson have met just once: on Dec. 29, 1978, in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Clemson prevailed, 17-15, when Charlie Bauman intercepted an Art Schlichter pass in the final seconds of a game that would be the final for Woody Hayes after 28 years as Ohio State head coach, 205 wins, five national championships and 13 Big Ten titles.

Ohio State is led offensively by Big Ten offensive player of the year and quarterback of the Year Braxton Miller (1,860 passing yards and 22 touchdowns with just five interceptions; 1,033 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns) and Big Ten running back of the year Carlos Hyde (1,408 yards, 7.7 per carry average and 14 touchdowns). Clemson will counter with quarterback Taj Boyd (3,473 passing yards with 29 touchdowns and only five interceptions), receiver Sammy Watkins (85 receptions, 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns) and running back Roderick McDowell (956 rushing yards).

Three Buckeye offensive linemen – LT Jack Mewhort, LG Andrew Norwell, and C Corey Linsley – were named first-team all-Big Ten Conference this season.

Defensively, DE Vic Beasley leads the Tigers with 19.0 TFLs, including 12.5 sacks while LB Spencer Shuey leads with 89 tackles. Ryan Shazier leads Ohio State and the Big Ten Conference with 134 tackles and 22.5 TFLs. Noah Spence and Michael Bennett have 8.0 and 7.0 sacks, respectively, while Bradley Roby leads the secondary with 13 pass break-ups and three interceptions.

Ohio State and Clemson each boast high-octane offenses. The Buckeyes boast the nation’s No. 3 rushing attack (317.5 ypg) and No. 4 scoring unit (46.3 ppg) while also being virtually unstoppable in the red zone with the nation’s No. 4 pct. (.950; 57-60) and with a Top 10 passing efficiency rating of 158.78. In terms of total offense, Ohio State is No. 7 nationally at 518.5 yards per game.

Clemson counters behind the nation’s No. 12 passing attack (329.3 ypg) that is the spark behind 502.0 yards per game (No. 13) and 40.2 points per game (No. 11).

Ohio State and Clemson boast similar rankings on the defensive side of the ball. The Buckeyes are 29th nationally in total defense (362.2 ypg) and 21st in scoring defense at 21.3 ppg while Clemson is 23rd in total defense (351.1 ypg) and 17th in scoring defenses (21.1). Ohio State is second nationally in total sacks (40) and sack yardage (282) plus has 14 interceptions. The Tigers have 33 sacks and 16 interceptions.

Ohio State is officially 5-3 in BCS bowl games and, with this ninth official appearance, the program will go down in BCS history as having the most BCS wins and the most BCS appearances. (Note: Ohio State’s 31-26 win over Arkansas in the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl was vacated.).

Most BCS Bowl Games (Includes 2014 invitations) 9 – Ohio State
9 – Oklahoma
8 – Florida State
7 – Florida
6 – Alabama
6 – Virginia Tech
5 – Stanford
5 – USC
5 – LSU
5 – Wisconsin
5 – Michigan
5 – Oregon

Most BCS Wins
5 – Ohio State
5 – USC
5 – Florida
4 – LSU
3 – Texas
3 – Miami
3 – West Virginia
3 – Alabama
3 – Oklahoma
2 – 10 Teams

Urban Meyer’S TEAMS: 4-0 & 7-1
Coach Urban Meyer’s teams are 7-1 all-time in bowl games, including 4-0 in BCS bowl games. His only loss came at the end of the 2007 season when Michigan defeated the Florida Gators, 41-35, on Jan. 1, 2008 in the Capital One Bowl at Orlando, Fla.

Urban Meyer-Coached Bowl Games
2003 Liberty Bowl – Utah 17, Southern Miss 0
2005 Fiesta Bowl – Utah 35, Pittsburgh 7
2006 Outback Bowl – Florida 31, Iowa 24
2007 BCS Championship – Florida 41, Ohio State 14
2008 Capital One Bowl – Michigan 41, Florida 35
2009 *BCS Championship – Florida 24, Oklahoma 14
2010 Sugar Bowl – Florida 51, Cincinnati 24
2011 Outback Bowl – Florida 37, Penn State 24
*Played at Sun Life Stadium

Ohio State is officially 39-21 in night games (those starting after 5 p.m. local time; three wins during the 2010 season were vacated). The Buckeyes had a streak of seven consecutive night game wins snapped Dec. 7 in the Big Ten Championship game, played at Lucas Ohio Stadium in Indianapolis, 34-24 by Michigan State. Ohio State is 29-18 in road or neutral site night games and 10-3 in Ohio Stadium.

Ohio State has an all-time bowl game record of 19-23 with its last appearance coming following the 2011 season (a 24-17 loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl). Ohio State is 2-7 in bowl games played in the state of Florida.

Buckeyes in Florida Bowl Games
1977 Orange Bowl: Ohio State 27, Colorado 10
1978 Gator Bowl: Clemson 17, Ohio State 15
1986 Citrus Bowl: Ohio State 10, BYU 7
1993 Citrus Bowl: Georgia 21, Ohio State 14
1995 Citrus Bowl: Alabama 24, Ohio State 17
1996 Citrus Bowl: Tennessee 20, Ohio State 14
2001 Outback Bowl: South Carolina 24, Ohio State 7
2002 Outback Bowl: South Carolina 31, Ohio State 28
2012 Gator Bowl – Florida 24, Ohio State 17

Ryan Shazier, from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School, and Carlos Hyde (Naples and Naples H.S.) are two of five Ohio State Buckeyes from the state of Florida. Four of them start. The others: freshman DL Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale & St. Thomas Aquinas), freshman WR James Clark (New Smyrna Beach and New Smyrna Beach H.S.) and junior TE Jeff Heuerman (Naples and Barron Collier H.S.).


The Ohio State teams of 2012 and 2013 established a school-record for longest winning streak: 24 games. In the first season of the Urban Meyer era in 2012, Ohio State recorded only the sixth unbeaten/untied season in school history with a 12-0 mark. That record was duplicated in 2013 and along the way surpassed the winning streak by Woody Hayes’ great teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which won 22 consecutive games between 1967-69. 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 (vs. Michigan State, 34-24)
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)

Ohio State’s 24 consecutive wins rank among the Top 5 longest winning streaks in Big Ten Conference history. It was the longest winning streak in the Big Ten in 64 years, or since Michigan won 25 consecutive games between 1946-49.

Longest Big Ten Winning Streaks
29 – Michigan, 1901-03
26 – Michigan, 1903-05
25 – Michigan, 1946-49
24 – Ohio State, 2012-13
24 – Minnesota, 1903-05
22 – Ohio State, 1967-69
21 – Minnesota, 1933-36
20 – Iowa, 1920-23

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 (2012-13)
     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)

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)

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

Ohio State’s offense has already established single season records in five major categories this season and it is on the cusp of breaking five more major records.

2013 Season School Records
Points scored – 602 (504 in 2010) Points per game – 46.3 (42.5 in 1969) Touchdowns – 82 (64 in 1995) Passing touchdowns – 36 (33 in 1995) First downs – 334 (303 in 1995)

And on the Cusp of Breaking…

Rush yards – 4,128 yards is 71 from 1974 record of 4,199Completions – 222 so far is 25 from 1998 record of 247 Plays – 931is just eight from 1995 record of 939 Yards per play – Teamaverages 7.2; 1995 record is 6.62 Yards per game – 518.5 avg.; 1998record is 497.5

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 4,128 rushing yards…just 71 yards from the mark and the team is averaging 317.5 yards per game. The top two single season per game averages are safe: 355.3 in 1973 and 349.9 in 1974.

Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes have rushed for 300-or-more yards 10 times in his 25 games as coach, including two games this season of over 400 yards. Ohio State’s 10 previous 300-yard rushing games prior to Meyer becoming coach go back 17 years – to 1996 – and 201 games.

Ohio State Most Rush 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

Ohio State averaged a school-record 10.5 yards per carry Nov. 16 at 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

The Ohio State offense ranks first in the NCAA in fewest offensive three-and-outs and it ranks second nationally in percentage of drives ending with a touchdown.

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

Rk. School # of Drives # of TD’s .Pct
1. Florida State 156 81 .519
2. Ohio State 155 79 .510
3. Oregon 154 72 .468
4. Alabama 131 61 .466
5. Texas A&M 148 68 .459

Fewest Offensive 3-and-Outs

Rk. School % of Drives
1. Ohio State .152 (24 of 158)
2. Indiana .162 (27 of 167)
3. Baylor .164 (30 of 183)
Louisville .164 (21 of 128)

Ohio State has scored on 95 percent of its trips in the red zone this season to rank fourth nationally. The Buckeyes have converted on 57 of 60 red zone opportunities with 50 TDs and seven 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.

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 (Northwestern was his first). Doran Grant also has a blocked punt this season vs. FAMU.

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)

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.

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.

Coach Meyer’s staff has 218 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 16 years of offensive coordinator experience on the collegiate level (Tom Herman and Ed Warinner) and two with 19 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 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).

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.

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

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.

Ohio Stadium, grand and venerable and registered on the National Register of Historic Places, hosted 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 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.


Braxton Miller was named the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player by the Chicago Tribune and earned the coveted Silver Football trophy as the Big Ten’s MVP for the second consecutive year. He is the first repeat winner of the award in 24 years and only the fourth to win two Silver Footballs.

Miller, who threw for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 1,033 yards and 10 scores, is the first repeat winner of the Silver Football since Indiana’s Anthony Thompson did so in 1988 and 1989. Ohio State’s Archie Griffin (1973 and 1974) and Minnesota’s Paul Giel (1952 and 1953) are the only other players to win multiple Big Ten MVP awards since the award was initiated in 1924, 11 years before the first Heisman Trophy was awarded.

Buckeye Silver Football Winners
2013 – QB Braxton Miller
2012 – QB Braxton Miller
2006 – QB Troy Smith
1998 – QB Joe Germaine
1996 – OT Orlando Pace
1995 – RB Eddie George
1984 – RB Keith Byars
1981 – QB Art Schlichter
1975 – QB Cornelius Greene
1974 – RB Archie Griffin
1975 – RB Archie Griffin
1955 – HB Howard Cassady
1950 – HB Vic Janowicz
1945 – FB Ollie Cline
1944 – HB Les Horvath
1941 – FB Jack Graf
1930 – E Wes Fesler

Two Buckeyes earned first-team All-American honors this season: Junior LB Ryan Shazier earned first-team accolades by the Associated Press, USA Today,, Sports Illustrated and Athlons; senior LT Jack Mewhort was named first-team All-American by Both players earned second-team mentions on the prestigious Walter Camp All-American team.

2013 All-American Honors
LB Ryan Shazier – Associated Press, USA Today,, Sports Illustrated & Athlons LT Jack Mewhort –


LB Ryan Shazier – Walter Camp, LT Jack Mewhort – Walter Camp, Sports Illustrated, Athlons RBCarlos Hyde –, Athlons


LT Jack Mewhort – Associated Press, RB Carlos Hyde – Associated Press CB Bradley Roby – Athlons SAF C.J. Barnett –

True freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa was named a freshman All-American by both The Sporting News and College Football News. Bosa has registered 39 tackles for the Buckeyes including 12.5 tackles-for-losses totaling 62 yards. Punter Cameron Johnston was named a second team College Football News freshman All-American.

Braxton Miller was named both the Big Ten Conference’s Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year for a second consecutive year. These, coupled with his repeat Chicago Tribune MVP honor, have made Miller the most decorated Big Ten player in terms of conference-affiliated individual awards.

Most Big Ten Individual Awards
Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 7
2012-13 Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year 2012-13 Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year 2012-13 Silver Football 2011 Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year

Orlando Pace, Ohio State – 5

1996 Silver Football 1996 Offensive Player of the Year 1995-96Offensive Lineman of the Year 1994 Freshman of the Year

Montee Ball, Wisconsin – 4

2011-12 Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year 2011 SilverFootball 2011 Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year

Anthony Thompson, Indiana – 4

1988-89 Silver Football 1988-89 Player of the Year

Charles Woodson, Michigan – 3

1997 Silver Football 1997 Defensive Player of the Year 1995Freshman of the Year

Antwaan Randle El, Indiana – 3

2001 Silver Football 2001 Offensive Player of the Year 1998Freshman of the Year

Drew Brees, Purdue – 3

2000 Silver Football 2000 Offensive Player of the Year 1998Offensive Player of the Year

Ron Dayne, Wisconsin – 3

1999 Silver Football 1999 Offensive Player of the Year 1996Freshman of the Year

Korey Stringer, Ohio State – 3

1993-94 Offensive Lineman of the Year 1992 Freshman of the Year

Note: There are numerous players from around the Big Ten Conference with two individual awards.

Carlos Hyde was named the Big Ten’s Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year. The senior from Naples, Fla., leads the Big Ten in rushing with 140.8 yards per game and has scored 14 touchdowns. His rushing efforts include 156.1 yards per game in Big Ten play.

Five current members of the Ohio State football team received their degrees Dec. 15 in Autumn commencement exercises held at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. A total of 40 Ohio State student-athletes graduated. The newest Buckeye graduates are:

19 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN HONOREES The Ohio State football program placed 19 of its student-athletes on the Academic All-Big Ten Conference football team this fall. A total of 73 Ohio State student-athletes from the fall sports season made the all-academic team for having an overall grade point average of at least a 3.00.

2013 Academic All-Big Ten Buckeyes
Class indicates academic eligibility
OL Darryl Baldwin – Sr./Marketing
RB Warren Ball – So./Pre Economics
OL Ivon Blackman – Sr./Political Science
OL Jacoby Boren – So./Agricultural Systems Management
LB Joe Burger – So./PreEngineering
OL Taylor Decker – So./Zoology
OL Kyle Dodson – So./PreCriminology
OL Pat Elflein – So./Exploring
WR Frank Epitropoulos/So./Biology
LB Craig Fada – So./Biology
WR Peter Gwilym – Jr./Finance
LS Bryce Haynes – Jr./Biology
TE Cameron Kinzig – Jr./Marketing
DL Chris Rock – Jr./Consumer And Family Financial Services
DB Nik Sarac – Jr./Exercise Science
DL Noah Spence – So./PreSociology
OL Ben St. John – Jr./Exercise Science
DB Ron Tanner – Jr./Operations Management
LB Cam Williams – So./Communications

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.

Bryant was one of seven Buckeyes who were either playing or would have had a chance for playing time this season who have been sidelined. The others: DL Chase Farris (knee; surgery); LB Devan Bogard (knee; surgery); DL Rashad Frazier (ankle); DL Michael Hill (shoulder; surgery); DB Jayme Thompson (ankle; surgery); and WR James Clark (ankle and shoulder; surgery).

Braxton Miller is now second on Ohio State’s career list for touchdowns responsible for. With three more against Michigan State, he now is responsible for 80 touchdowns. Miller has 50 touchdown passes and 30 rushing touchdowns. Art Schlichter (1978-81) holds the record with 85.

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.

Ryan Shazier’s Big Ten-leading 22.5 tackles-for-loss leaves him just 3.5 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. 22.5 Ryan Shazier, 2013
4. 20.0 Will Smith, 2003
20.0 Mike Vrabel, 1994
20.0 Matt Finkes, 1994

Carlos Hyde is on a stretch of eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games, a power surge that has the senior from Naples nearing Top 5 status for both single season and career rushing yards. Hyde enters the Discover Orange Bowl with 1,408 rushing yards, which is the tenth-highest single season total in school history, and he is currently at 3,085 career yards, which ranks sixth in school history.

Getting to Top 5 Rushing Totals …
Season – Hyde has 1,408 yards and he needs 170 yards to top Archie Griffin’s Top 5 total of 1,577 set during the 1973 season. No. 4 on the list: Chris Wells’ 1,609 yards in 2007.

Career – Hyde has 3,085 yards and needs 116 yards to top Keith Byars’ Top 5 total of 3,200 yards between 1982-85. No. 4: Chris Wells’ 3,382 yards between 2006-08.

Carlos Hyde has posted the 28th 1,000-yard season in school season and the first for a running back since Beanie Wells rushed for 1,197 in 2008. Hyde is averaging a robust 7.7 yards per carry. No 1,000-yard rusher for Ohio State has a better per-carry average than Hyde.

Top Yards-Per-Carry Averages

1. 7.7 Carlos Hyde, 2013
2. 6.6 Archie Griffin, 1974
3. 6.5 Calvin Murray, 1980
4. 6.4 Archie Griffin, 1973
6.4 Robert Smith, 1990

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.

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 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.

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 UI.

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

Joey Bosa: 2.5 SACKS IN ONE HALF
Joey Bosa, the powerful and precocious true freshman who has started nine games at defensive end, was dominant in just two quarters of play vs. Illinois 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.

Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde have each rushed for 100 or more yards in four consecutive games, a first in the storied history of Ohio State’s run game. The 1975 team had five games with multiple backs reaching 100 yards in the same game, but only three of those games were consecutively. Hyde has eight 100-yard games this season and 15 for his career. Miller has five this season and 14 for his career.

Ohio State quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton are combining to complete 64.5 percent of their passes with 36 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. They rank third and first, respectively, in the Big Ten Conference in passing efficiency with ratings of 157.9 and 165.2, respectively.

Braxton Miller was 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 completed 63.2percent of his passes and he has thrown 22 TDs with only five INTs.

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.

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.

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

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

QB Braxton Miller

Semifinalist – O’Brien Award

SAF C.J. Barnett

Semifinalist – Thorpe Award

P Cameron Johnston

Semifinalist – Ray Guy Award

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 80 touchdowns responsible for. Miller has 50 passing TDs and 30 rushing TDs. Art Schlichter (85; 1978-81) holds the school record.

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 144 starts. Add in 21 and two starts at tight end for Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, respectively, and the total jumps to 167 starts for Ohio State’s corps of key blockers and the foundation for Ohio State’s impressive offensive numbers.

Senior receiver Corey “Philly” Brown has 129 career receptions to rank eighth on the school all-time records list. A big game vs. Clemson – 11 receptions – would vault him into Top 5 status at Ohio State with 140 career catches.

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, 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.

Braxton Miller is now 26-7 as a starting quarterback at Ohio State, including 22-1 under coach Urban Meyer. The junior from Huber Heights (near Dayton, Ohio) ranks fourth all-time at Ohio State in number of games won that he has started.

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 (26-7 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)

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

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.

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.

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).

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 at California in 2013
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

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 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: Guiton, Barnett, Mewhort, Bryant
Michigan: Guiton, Barnett, Mewhort, Linsley
Michigan State: Guiton, Barnett, Linsley, Mewhort

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

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 were inducted at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 10, 2013, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

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
Wes Fesler, 1954
Gaylord Stinchcomb, 1973
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

Wide receiver Cris Carter, who starred for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1984-86 and then played 16 years in the National Football League, was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. He is the seventh Ohio State player and the 10th individual with Ohio State ties to become an NFL Hall of Famer.

Carter, who played with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins, recorded 1,101 catches for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns during his NFL career. His receptions and touchdown totals each ranked second in NFL history when he retired from the game. Carter recorded eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, had 42 career games with 100 or more receiving yards and was selected to eight consecutive Pro Bowls from 1994-2001. He was named all-pro in 1994 and 1999.

Carter, who played for coach Earle Bruce and was part of two Big Ten championship teams (1984 and 1986), held Ohio State career records for receptions (168) and touchdowns (27), and single season marks for receptions (69 in 1986), yards (1,127 in 1986) and touchdowns (11 in 1986) at the conclusion of his Ohio State career. He still ranks second in career receptions and touchdowns and fourth in receiving yards (2,725). Carter’s five consecutive games with 100-plus yards receiving in 1986 is still an Ohio State record.

Carter is proceeded in the NFL Hall of Fame by former Buckeye players Dick LeBeau (Class of 2010 enshrines), Paul Warfield (1993), Bill Willis (1977), Dante Lavelli (1975), Lou Groza (1974) and Jim Parker (1973). Ohio State coaches Sid Gillman (1983) and Paul Brown (1967), and 1930s-era swimmer Ed Sabol, enshrined in 2011 for his work with NFL Films, are also in the Hall of Fame.

Buckeyes in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Individual Pos. Class Years at OSU
Cris Carter WR 2013 1984-86
Dick LeBeau CB 2010 1956-58
Paul Warfield WR 1993 1961-63
Bill Willis G 1977 1942-44
Dante Lavelli E 1975 1942
Lou Groza K 1974 1943
Jim Parker G/T 1973 1954-56
Sid Gillman Coach 1983 1938-40
Paul Brown Coach 1967 1941-43
Ed Sabol Cont. 2011 mid-1930s

Most Pro Football Hall of Famers (by College)
USC – 11
Notre Dame – 10
*Ohio State – 9
Michigan – 8
Pittsburgh – 8
Alabama – 8
Syracuse – 7
Illinois – 6
Miami, Florida – 6
Minnesota – 6
*The Pro Football Hall of Fame recognizes coach Paul Brown as a Miami (Ohio) inductee.