Oct. 23, 2004
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Ohio State Notes
With the win Saturday over Indiana, Ohio State has won 19 ofits last 20 games at home. With the win, Jim Tressel’s career marknow stands at 171-67-2, including a 36-10 record at Ohio State.
Tressel moved to 23-3 at home at Ohio State.
Ohio State headed to halftime with a 20-7 lead. The Buckeyesnow are 17-1 under Tressel at Ohio Stadium when leading athalftime.
Overall, the Buckeyes are 25-2 under Tressel when leading at the half.
After the third quarter, the Buckeyes owned a 23-7 advantage. Under Tressel, OSU now is 20-2 at Ohio Stadium when leading after three quarters and 27-3 overall when leading after three periods.
For the 97th consecutive game, Ohio State scored at least onetouchdown. The last time a Buckeye team was held without atouchdown was a 13-9 loss to Michigan in the 1996 season. With thewin Saturday, the Buckeyes now own an all-time Big Ten record of415-160-24. Under Tressel, Ohio State moved to 20-8 in Big Tenplay.
Ohio State -Indiana Series
With the win, Ohio State leads the series with Indiana 63-12-5and has won the last 12 games played between the schools. Therecord now includes a 41-10-4 edge in Columbus. With the win, OhioState improved to 4-0 vs. Indiana and 2-0 at Ohio Stadium vs. theHoosiers under Tressel. The 30-7 win over the Hoosiers improvedOhio State’s record to 28-0 against the Hoosiers when the Buckeyesscore 30 or more points.
Ohio State Special Teams
Senior placekicker Mike Nugent converted field goals of 29, 52and 32 yards Saturday, moving his career total to 63, tops all-timeat Ohio State.
With 12 points Saturday, Nugent now has 314 career points, which is good for third all-time at Ohio State. Nugent needs 35 points to surpass Pete Johnson (348 points, 1973-76) as the school’s all-time point leader and 28 to pass Dan Stultz (342, 1997-00) for second all-time.
Nugent’s three makes Saturday marked his 18th career game with multiple field goals and sixth game with three field goals. For 2004, Nugent has four games with two or more field goals with five conversions at N.C. State serving as his season high. Saturday also served as Nugent’s third game this season with three or more field goals.
In the second quarter, Nugent connected on a 52-yard field goal, marking his fourth conversion of 50 yards or more this season. With the make, Nugent now is 4-of-5 on attempts from 50 yards or more in 2004 and 7-for-8 in his career. Nugent made a pair of 55-yard kicks against Marshall and Wisconsin this season and added a 50-yarder at N.C. State.
Senior Maurice Hall established an Ohio State record with his62nd career kick off return in the second quarter. The seniorgained 25 yards on the return to surpass Carlos Snow for secondall-time at Ohio State in kick off return yardage. Hall now has1,393 for his career. Ken-Yon Rambo is the OSU career record-holderwith 1,410 yards returns on 61 tries. Snow finished his career with1,380 yards on 58 returns. Senior Kyle Turano pinned the Hoosiersinside their 20-yard line on three occasions Saturday. For theseason, 12 Turano punts have been downed inside the opponent20-yardline.
Ohio State Offensive Notes
The 59-yard touchdown connection from sophomore quarterbackTroy Smith to Ted Ginn, Jr. marked the first time this season OhioState has scored on its opening drive and the first time theBuckeyes’ initial drive did not end in a punt. Ohio State scoredtouchdowns on each of its first two drives, marking the first timethe Buckeyes have done so since scoring touchdowns on each of itsfirst three offensive possessions against Kent State Sept. 7, 2002.Saturday, the Buckeyes added a Nugent field goal on their thirddrive, marking the first time Ohio State has scored on each of itsfirst three offensive possessions since the Kent State game. With443 total yards Saturday vs. Indiana, Ohio State reached the400-yard mark for the third time this season and the first timesince posting 403 against Marshall. Ohio State’s season high is 462vs. Cincinnati. With 282 yards rushing, Ohio State eclipsed the200-yard mark for the second time this season. The Buckeyes gained220 against Cincinnati in the 2004 season opener. The 282 yardsrushing are the most since Ohio State gained 285 in a 27-16 win atNorthwestern Oct. 5, 2002. The first Ohio State scoring drivecovered 80 yards and is the longest opening drive of the season andthe fifth scoring drive of 80 yards on the season and first sincean 80-yard drive in the second quarter vs. Marshall. The Buckeyesscored 20 points in the first half, which are the most points in afirst half since the Buckeyes put up 21 points in the 2004 FiestaBowl win over Kansas State Jan. 1.
Ohio State Offensive Players
Saturday marked the first career start for Ohio State sophomorequarterback Troy Smith. With the start, Smith became the secondsophomore to start a game at quarterback this season, marking thefirst time a pair of sophomores have started games for Ohio Statein the same season since Austin Moherman started the first twocontests of the 1999 season before Steve Bellisari started thefinal 10 games.
On the day, Smith set career highs in all categories Saturday with 161 yards on 12-of-24 passing with two touchdowns. The 59-yard scoring pass to Ginn, Jr. was a career-long play.
Smith joined fellow quarterback Justin Zwick with a multi-touchdown game this season. Zwick threw for three scores against Marshall.
Freshman tailback Antonio Pittman topped the 100-yard mark inthe third quarter, becoming the second Buckeye to reach 100 yardsthis season. His 144 yards on 20 tries served as a season high forOhio State and a career-best in both categories. Lydell Ross ranfor 141 yards against Cincinnati in the 2004 season opener.
Pittman scored his first touchdown as a Buckeye with a 28-yard scamper off tackle in the fourth quarter.
Pittman is the first freshman to rush for 100 or more yards since Maurice Clarett gained 119 yards on 28 carries against Michigan Nov. 23, 2002. The 144 yards are the most by a freshman running back since Clarett gained 230 yards on 31 attempts in a 25-7 win over Washington State Sept. 14, 2002.
Pittman’s previous best game was 66 yards on seven carries.
Maurice Hall, who made his first start since the opening gameat Wisconsin in 2003, carried for 21yards in the second quarter,marking his longest gain of the season. His career long run of 33yards came against San Diego State last season.
Hall finished the game with seven carries for 43 yards, both season highs.
Ted Ginn, Jr. was on the receiving end of a 59-yard touchdownpass from T. Smith on Ohio State’s opening possession. The 59-yardgain is a career long reception for Ginn and the longest by an OhioState freshman receiver since Santonio Holmes hauled in a 47-yardscore at Indiana in 2003. With a 12-yard catch in the first quarterHolmes has caught a pass in 13 straight games.
He followed the 12-yard gain with a 5-yard touchdown grab on the first possession for his fifth touchdown of the season and 12th of his career. For the game, Holmes had 42 yards on four catches.
Holmes carried an end-around for a 19-yard gain in the third quarter for his first rushing attempt of the season and the second of his career. The 19-yard gain is the longest of his career. Holmes lost a yard on his carry last season.
Ohio State freshmen Dionte Johnson, a fullback, and SteveRehring, a tackle, saw their first action in the second quarter.
Including Johnson and Rehring and linebacker Chad Hoobler, 12 true freshmen have played for the Buckeyes this season.
Johnson gained five yards on his first career rush in the fourth quarter and finished with nine yards on four carries.
Ohio State Defense Notes
Ohio State held the Hoosiers to just 53 net yards rushing on 36carries for 1.5 yards per carry. The Buckeyes accounted for 10tackles for losses totaling 60 yards, including a season-high sixsacks. Ohio State had three sacks against N.C. State and Wisconsin.Six players accounted for the sacks (Carpenter, Schlegel, Youboty,Cotton, Kudla and Patterson).
Ohio State Defensive Players
Junior linebacker Bobby Carpenter helped the Buckeyes turn awayIndiana on its first drive of the second half with his secondcareer interception. Carpenter’s first pick came at Northwesternthis season. Carpenter finished the game Saturday with a team-best11 tackles. Carpenter added two tackles for loss and a sack. Thetwo tackles for loss are a season high, while his sack moves hiscareer total to 5.5 and served as his first of the season.Sophomore defensive back Ashton Youboty and freshman defensivelineman Sian Cotton recorded their first career sacks Saturday.Junior linebacker Anthony Schlegel recorded a personal best at OhioState with 1.5 tackles for loss and reached double figures intackles for the second straight week with 10. Junior safety NateSalley broke up a pair of Indiana passes Saturday, marking hisfirst PBU’s of the season. True freshman Chad Hoobler recorded hisfirst tackle as a Buckeye in the fourth quarter.
Other Ohio State Notes
The Buckeyes first fielded a football team in 1890. With thewin Saturday, Ohio State has posted an all-time record of761-297-53 in 114 years . Ohio State’s win Saturday moved itsall-time record to 353-102-25 in Ohio Stadium (opened in 1922). Asell-out crowd of 104, 538 attended the game Saturday. For theseason, the Buckeyes have played before sellout crowds in all sevengames this season. Saturday served as Ohio State’s homecoming game.Junior linebacker Chibundu Nnake was crowed homecoming king. FormerBuckeye Jim Marshall served as the honorary captain for Ohio StateSaturday. Marshall was an All-American at OSU in 1958. He played infour Super Bowls as a member of the Minnesota Vikings in the 1970s.
With his third catch of the game, an eight-yarder, widereceiver Courtney Roby broke Thomas Lewis’ (1984-87) career yardagemark of 2,361. Roby now has 2,382 for his career. Linebacker CleoHarbison got his first start of the season and second of hiscareer. Harbison finished with a career-high eight tackles (foursolo and four assists). Indiana was part of its fourth instantreplay review on the season at the 13:36 mark of the first quarteron an apparent fumble by Ohio State running back Antonio Pittman.The fumble call was overturned after the replay official determinedPittman’s knee was down before the ball came loose. Courtney Robyhas now caught a pass in 14 straight games. The last time that hewas held without a reception was at Michigan on Sept. 23, 2003.Indiana’s first quarter scoring drive of 80 yards was the sixth ofthat distance or beyond this season. Freshman cornerback LeslieMajors made his first appearance of his Hoosier career in the firstquarter. Majors, along with cornerback Tracy Porter, are the onlytrue freshmen to play for IU this season. Majors finished the gamewith five solo tackles. Indiana is now six-for-10 on fourth downconversions this year. The Hoosiers converted on fourth and twolate in the first half. Running back Chris Taylor matched hisseason high with 53 yards on the ground (11 carries, 53 yards vs.Central Michigan). Safety Herana-Daze Jones finished the game with14 tackles, one under his season high of 15 two weeks ago atNorthwestern. Jones has had double-digit tackles in his last fourgames.