Dec. 8, 2013

Ohio State Orange Bowl Quick Notes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – 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.

Second Meeting Against Clemson
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.

Team Leaders
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).

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’s BCS History
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

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-Team’s 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 National Championship Game – Florida 41, Ohio State 14
2008 Capital One Bowl – Michigan 41, Florida 35
2009 BCS National Championship Game – Florida 24, Oklahoma 14
2010 Sugar Bowl – Florida 51, Cincinnati 24
2011 Outback Bowl – Florida 37, Penn State 24

More Ohio State Bowl History
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

Shazier, Hyde Among Those Going Home
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.).

“I haven’t thought that much about the bowl game yet, but I do know we have to finish out strong and get this 13th win for our seniors,” Shazier said. “We have to do whatever we can in this game to go out with a win.

“And it will be really cool to be able to play Clemson in Florida in the Orange Bowl game … in front of my family and friends. It will be nice to be able to play the last game of the season in my home state. It will mean a lot.”

Mewhort: One Last Game
Senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, with last night’s Big Ten championship game still prevalent in his mind, hasn’t thought a lot about going back to a bowl game yet, but he did say he was going to enjoy the opportunity the Buckeyes will have.

“I think it means a lot for us to go back and play in a BCS bowl game,” Mewhort said. “To get a win in a big time bowl and at the same time show some resiliency would be a great way to go out. I couldn’t ask at this point for anything more than to play in a BCS bowl game, and getting to go to battle with these guys I’ve been fortunate to play with for the last four or five years will be great.”

Some Bullet Points…

  • Both schools receive 17,500 tickets. Information on a public sale is forthcoming.
  • Ohio State will be the home team.
  • The team hotel is the Westin Diplomat.
  • First official team functions are on Dec. 29.
  • According to Orange Bowl vice president for communications Larry Wahl, the high today in Miami was 82, the low tonight will be 73 and there isn’t “a snowball’s chance of snow.”