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OHIO STATE POST GAME NOTES
The attendance of 107,517 marked an Ohio Stadium record.
Eli Apple tallied his first career interception in the firstquarter. Von Bell had the second of his career in the thirdquarter.
J.T. Barrett picked up his first career touchdown run on a2-yard carry in the first quarter. He ended the game with acareer-high 70 rushing yards after picking up 50 last week atNavy.
Dontre Wilson’s 40-yard reception in the second quarter markeda career long. His previous best was 26 at California in2013.
Michael Thomas’ 53-yard touchdown catch in the third quarterwas the longest of his career. Against Virginia Tech he had ateam-high 98 yards receiving on six catches, both career highs.Last week at Navy he had 39 yards receiving on threereceptions.
Freshmen and sophomores have recorded 49 of 55 points for theBuckeyes this season.
Curtis Grant (13) and Joshua Perry (11) both had career highs in tackles and tacklesfor loss with two each. Grant’s previous high was 10 againstNorthwestern in 2013 and Perry’s previous best was 10 againstClemson last year. Darron Lee matched the career-best seven tackles he recordedvs. Navy last week.
Joey Bosa’s two forced fumbles this season each have led to anOhio State touchdown. Darron Lee recovered the fumble last Saturday at Navy andreturned it 61 yards for the score before Bosa’s forced fumbletonight against Virginia Tech set up Ezekiel Elliott’s 15-yard, game-tying touchdown in the fourthquarter.
Ohio State accumulated 10 tackles for loss, the most sincerecording a dozen vs. Indiana Nov. 23, 013.
The loss ended Ohio State’s regular-season winning streak at 25games, which had been the longest active streak in thenation.
It was Ohio State’s first loss in a home opener since 1978, endinga stretch of 35-consecutive victories in home openers. The team is112-9-4 all-time in home openers since 1890.
The game was the first played under the permanent lights in OhioStadium. The team is 39-23 all-time in night games and had won itslast five night games in Ohio Stadium (last loss to USC in2009).
The loss was the Buckeyes’ first at home against an unranked,non-conference opponent since losing 34-17 to Florida State Oct. 2,1982, ending a 64-game winning streak in such contests.
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