Nov. 18, 2006
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Attendance: 105,708 (Ohio Stadium record)
Ohio State extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 19games. The current streak, which began last year against MichiganState, ties for second all-time at Ohio State.
Ohio State’s longest win streaks
No. – Year(s)
22 – 1967-69
19 – 2002-03
19 – 2005-06
14 – 1899-00
With the victory Saturday over Michigan, Ohio State secured itsfirst outright Big Ten title since 1984 and its 31st overall. TheBuckeyes have won 14 consecutive Big Ten games and are unbeaten intheir last 12 home games.
Ohio State now is 63-8-1 when ranked as the nation’s No. 1team. Overall, the Buckeyes are 295-68-9 when carrying a Top 10ranking and 402-123-14 as a Top 25 team.
Jim Tressel’s record with the Buckeyes now is 62-13 and hiscareer record is 197-70-2. He has won five of six match ups againstMichigan.
Under Tressel, the Buckeyes now are 47-3 when leading at thehalf (28-14 Saturday) and 49-3 (35-24) when ahead after threequarters.
Ohio State now is 787-300-53 in 116 seasons.
The Buckeyes boast an all-time record of 373-104-20 in OhioStadium. Ohio State has won 12 straight, and 16 of the last 17,games played in the Horseshoe. Ohio State’s all-time record inColumbus is 516-151-35 in 701 games.
The Buckeyes have scored at least one touchdown in125-consecutive games.
The 2006 Ohio State team joins the 2002 national championshipteam to finish a regular season 12-0.
The two teams met for the 103rd time Saturday and Ohio Stateclaimed its 40th victory in the series. Michigan leads the all-timeseries 57-40-6. Since 1951, the first season for head coach WoodyHayes, the Buckeyes have a 28-26-2 lead. Michigan leads the seriesin Columbus 27-22-2.
Saturday marked the 18th meeting between Ohio State andMichigan when the two teams were undefeated coming into the game.The 2006 game is just the third game featuring two undefeated teamssince 1935. The other two came in the Hayes-Schembechler era in1970 and 1973.
In 1970, the 8-0 Buckeyes downed the 9-0 Wolverines 20-9. In 1973, 9-0 Ohio State and 10-0 Michigan played to a 10-10 tie.
Ohio State now has won three consecutive meetings againstMichigan for the first time since winning four in a row from1960-63.
The teams combined for 81 points Saturday, marking the mostcombined points in the series since Michigan claimed an 86-0victory in the fourth meeting between the schools in 1902.
The two squads totaled 900 yards of total offense (Ohio State503, Michigan 397). The two teams combined for 1,068 total yards(Michigan 499, Ohio State 469) in the 1988 game, a 34-31 victory byMichigan at Ohio Stadium (Nov. 19)
Saturday marked the eighth time one or the other of the twoteams has been ranked No. 1. Michigan was No. 1 going into the gamein 1947, ’48 and ’97, while Ohio State was No. 1 in 1954, ’69, ’73,’75 and 2006.
Saturday was the first time Michigan and Ohio State have met asthe top two ranked teams.
Saturday marked 38th meeting between the top two teams in theAP poll since its inception in 1936. With the Ohio State win, theNo. 1 team now holds a 23-13-2 edge in those games.
The win Saturday marked Ohio State’s second victory over theNo. 2 team in the country this season. The Buckeyes defeated No. 2Texas, 24-7, Sept. 9.
Ohio State scored more than 40 points (42) for just the firsttime in the series vs. Michigan since the Buckeyes won 50-14 athome vs. Michigan Nov. 23, 1968.
The Buckeyes topped 500 yards in total offense (503) for thefist time since gaining 512 in a 50-20 victory win at Michigan Nov.25, 1961.
Troy Smith came into the game Saturday with 723 yards of totaloffense against Michigan. After the 328 yards of total offenseSaturday (316 pass, 12 rush), he has 1,051 yards of total offensein his three starts (3-0) record vs. Michigan. Smith has 857 yardspassing in the three games and 194 yards rushing.
Smith is the second Ohio State quarterback to go 3-0 vs.Michigan. He joins William H. “Tippy” Dye in that category. Dyewent 3-0 vs. Michigan from 1934-36.
Smith is the first Ohio State player to throw for four TDpasses against Michigan in the 103 meetings in the series.
Ohio State when ranked (AP) vs. Michigan
Overall Record (47 games): 21-23-4
In Columbus (27): 15-12-1
In Ann Arbor (20): 6-11-3
Both teams ranked (39): 16-20-4
Troy Smith’s 39-yard TD pass to Ted Ginn completed a 92-yardOhio State scoring drive in the second quarter. The 92-yard driveis the longest scoring drive for Ohio State this season, topping an89-yard touchdown drive at Iowa.
The Buckeyes totaled 503 yards of total offense for the secondtime this season. Ohio State had 540 vs. Indiana (270 r/270 p) Oct.21. The Buckeyes set a season-high with 316 yards passing Saturday,topping 315 vs. Northern Illinois.
Eight Ohio State players had at least one reception Saturday.
Offensive Player Notes
Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith finished 29-of-41 for aseason-high 316 yards and matched a career-best with four touchdownpasses. Both the attempts and completions were career highs. It washis fourth time this season he threw four TDs in a game (Iowa,Indiana and Northwestern) and the second-consecutive game Smith hastossed four TDs. He now has 16 career games with two or more TDthrows.
Smith is the first Ohio State player to throw four TD passes against Michigan in the 103 meetings in the series. Joe Germaine passed for three TDs in the 31-16 victory over Michigan Nov. 21, 1998 in Ohio Stadium.
Smith’s 316 yards passing against Michigan are the most since Germaine passed for 330 yards in the 1998 game.
Smith 29 pass completions are the most by a Buckeye QB in the series vs. Michigan.
Smith’s four TD passes pushed him to 30 for the season toestablish an Ohio State single-season record. Smith surpassedformer Buckeye QB Bobby Hoying and his 29 TD throws in 1995. Smithhas thrown a touchdown pass in 11 of 12 games this season. He didnot throw for a TD at Illinois.
With 316 yards passing, Smith now has three 300-yard passinggames in his career (300 vs. Michigan in 2005 and 342 vs. NotreDame in 2006 Fiesta Bowl).
Smith now has 2,507 yards passing in 2006, which ranks fourthall-time at Ohio State for a single season. Art Schlichter threwfor 2,551 in 1981. Joe Germaine holds the all-time single-seasonmark with 3,330 in 1998.
Smith’s total offense for 2006 stands at 2,740, which ranks fourth behind his 2,893 total offense in 2005.
Smith now has 6,882 yards in total offense for his career torank third all-time. Smith trails Bobby Hoying (1992-95) who had7,151 to rank second. Art Schlichter is the school’s all-timeleader in total offense with 8,850 yards.
With the win Saturday, Smith moved to 25-2 as starting quarterback and 3-0 in starts vs. Michigan. He has a 10-1 record against ranked opponents.
Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (8 rec., 104 yards) has caught at leastone pass in 31-consecutive games (beginning with Iowa in 2004) andhas multiple catches in 30-consecutive games.
Ginn hauled in a 39-yard touchdown pass from Smith in the second quarter for his ninth TD reception of the season and 15th of his career.
Ginn has caught eight passes of 30 or more yards from Smith this season.
Saturday marked Ginn’s fourth career game with 100 or more yards receiving.
Ginn is sixth all-time on the OSU receiving list with 134receptions. He overtook the No. 6 spot, passing Dee Miller(1995-98) with 132 receptions.
Anthony Gonzalez caught four balls Saturday for 50 yards. Allfour catches came on Ohio State’s scoring drive at the end of thefirst half. All four of those receptions went for first downs. Forthe season, he now has 49 catches on the year with 43 of thoseresulting in first downs. Fourteen of his last 15 catches havemoved the chains.
Antonio Pittman had 18 rushes for 139 yards Saturday. He ran 56yards for a touchdown in third quarter, marking his longest and theteam’s longest run of the season. Pittman’s career long is a67-yard scoring run vs. Minnesota in 2005.
He has scored a touchdown in 16 of his last 17 games. Pittman has seven 100-yard games this year and 15 for his career.
For his career, Pittman has 2,883 yards rushing. He ranks eighth all-time at Ohio State. Michael Wiley had 2,951 from 1996-99.
Freshman Chris Wells scored a 52-yard touchdown in the secondquarter, marking the longest run of his career. He has scored onetouchdown in his last six games.
Wells’ 52-yard carry is the longest by a Buckeye this season until Pittman’s 56-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Sophomore Brian Robiskie finished the game with career bests ofseven grabs for 89 yards and two TDs. He has caught a pass in everygame this year. Robiskie had a career-long 39-yard catch in thesecond quarter.
Roy Hall’s 27-yard catch in the first quarter served as aseason-high. Hall caught his second touchdown reception of theseason and third of his career in the first quarter.
Hall had three catches for 38 yards and a TD on Ohio State’s opening drive.
Michigan scored a touchdown (7 plays, 80 yards) on its firstdrive of the game, marking the first time Ohio State has allowed atouchdown on an opponent’s opening drive.
The Wolverines’ TD was just the second Ohio State has allowed in the first quarter this season.
Michigan had three TD runs on the day, equaling Ohio State’s season total of rushing TDs allowed coming into the game.
Michigan’s Adrian Arrington caught a 37-yard touchdown pass inthe second quarter, marking the longest opponent scoring play thisseason.
The Buckeyes’ string of games with at least one interceptionended at 11 Saturday. The Buckeyes had intercepted at least oneopponent pass in all 11 games coming into Saturday.
The Buckeyes had four sacks Saturday, all by different players(Antonio Smith, Lawrence Wilson, Joel Penton and Jay Richardson).The sack was Washington’s first of his career.
The Buckeyes finished the regular season with 37 sacks.
James Laurinaitis led the Buckeyes with nine total tacklesSaturday. He has fronted the Buckeyes in tackles in eight of 12games this season.
An Ohio Stadium record crowd of 105,708 attended the gameSaturday. The previous Ohio Stadium record was set vs. Texas Sept.10, 2005 with a crowd of 105, 565.
Former Buckeye Paul Warfield (1961-63) served as the honorarycaptain Saturday.
Ohio State’s 19 seniors, 16 of whom are in their fifth year,were introduced to the Ohio Stadium crowd Saturday and meet withtheir families at midfield prior to the game. During the past fouryears, this class has a combined record of 41-8, will have playedin four bowl games, including three BCS games, and has won two BigTen titles (one outright in 2006 and one shared in 2005).