Nov. 5, 2006
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Attendance: 53,351 Ohio State extended the nation’s longestwinning streak to 17 games. The current streak, which began lastyear against Michigan State, ranks third all-time at Ohio State.
Ohio State’s longest win streaks
No. – Year(s)
22 – 1967-69
19 – 2002-03
17 – 2005-06+
14 – 1899-00
Ohio State now is 61-8-1 when ranked as the nation’s No. 1team. Overall, the Buckeyes are 293-68-9 when carrying a Top 10ranking and 400-123-14 as a Top 25 team. Jim Tressel’s record withthe Buckeyes now is 60-13 and his career record is 195-70-2. UnderTressel, the Buckeyes now are 45-3 when leading at the half (17-0Saturday vs. Illinois) and 48-3 (17-0) when ahead after threequarters. Ohio State now is 785-300-53 in 116 seasons. Ohio Statehas 22 takeaways this season which has led to 93 points for theBuckeyes over 10 games. Opponents have forced 10 miscues but haveyet to score off an OSU turnover. The Buckeyes have scored at leastone touchdown in 123-consecutive games. Seven Ohio State teams havestarted a season 10-0. The last OSU team to start 10-0 was the 2002National Championship unit that finished 14-0.
Ohio State leads the series with Illinois 59-29-4 and has won32 of the 44 games played in Champaign. The Buckeyes have won eightof the last 10 meetings with the Illini.
Jim Tressel is 3-1 against Illinois.
Ohio State owns an all-time Big Ten record of 434-187-28 in 94seasons of league competition. The Buckeyes are 34-10 in conferenceplay under Tressel.
With its 14-play, 80-yard opening TD drive vs. the Illini, OhioState scored on its opening drive for the sixth time this season.
Offensive Player Notes
Senior quarterback Troy Smith had not thrown an interception in141 pass attempts before an Illinois interception late in thefourth quarter. Smith now has 6,354 yards in total offense for hiscareer to rank fourth all-time. Steve Bellisari (1998-01) is thirdin total offense with 6,496 yards. With the win Saturday, Smithmoved to 23-2 as starting quarterback. That mark includes a 9-1record against ranked opponents. Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (5 rec. for26 yards) has caught at least one pass in 29-consecutive games(beginning with Iowa in 2004) and has multiple catches in27-consecutive games.
Ginn is seventh all-time on the OSU receiving list with 125 receptions. The No. 6 spot belongs to receiver Dee Miller (1995-98) with 132 receptions.
Anthony Gonzalez caught two balls Saturday for 18 yards. He nowhas 43 catches on the year with 37 of those resulting in firstdowns. Antonio Pittman has scored a touchdown in 14 of his last 15games after a 1-yard score with 12:39 to play in the secondquarter. Freshman tailback Chris Wells scored on the opening drivefor the Buckeyes giving him his fifth score of the season. Hefinished with 21 yards on 4 carries. Freshman kicker Aaron Pettreyconnected on a 50-yard field goal, Ohio State’s third of 50 or moreyards this year, with under a minute left in the second quarter togive the Buckeyes a 17-0 lead at the break. He has made eight ofhis last nine FGs and has a pair of 50-yard scoring kicks thisseason. He had a 51-yarder vs. Indiana (11/21). Sophomore RyanPretorius also has a 52-yard FG this season.
The Ohio State defense has held eight of 10 opponents to one orfewer touchdowns this season.
Ohio State has allowed just three rushing touchdowns in 2006.
The Buckeyes have intercepted at least one opponent pass in all10 games this season. The Buckeyes now have 19 interceptions on theseason. The Buckeyes have forced 22 turnovers (19 interceptions andthree fumble recoveries) this season. Ohio State has turned those22 turnovers into 93 points this season. Ohio State held opponentsscoreless for 10-consecutive quarters before a 4th quarter Illinoisfield goal and had not allowed a touchdown in the last 11 quartersbefore a final quarter TD by the Illini.
Defensive Player Notes
Sophomore linebacker James Laurinaitis recorded histeam-leading fifth interception of the season. Sophomore linebackerCurtis Terry recovered his first career fumble after sophomoredefensive end Lawrence Wilson forced his second fumble during firstquarter action vs. the Illini.
Former Buckeye Maurice Hall (2001-04) served as thehonorary captain Saturday. Punter A.J. Trapasso’s 60-yard punt atthe start of the fourth quarter was his long of the season andfirst of 60 or more yards since Kyle Turano booted a 68-yarder atMichigan State Nov. 6, 2004.