Oct. 3, 2004

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Attendance: 47,130 (sellout)

Ohio State Notes

The game vs. the Wildcats marked the fifth overtime game inBuckeye history overall. OSU now is 4-1 in overtime contests. Thelast was a 16-13 victory over Purdue last season. Ohio Statesuffered its first loss in overtime, dropping to 4-1. It includes a2-0 mark at home, a 1-1 ledger on the road and one win at a neutralsite. The Buckeyes won their first two overtime games in 2002,winning at Illinois in single overtime, 23-16, Nov. 16 and againstMiami, 31-24, in double overtime in the Fiesta Bowl. Last seasonthe squad defeated North Carolina State in triple overtime (44-38)in Ohio Stadium and Purdue on the road, 16-13. OSU head coach,,hJim Tressel now is 8-2 all-time in overtime games. He is 4-1 atOhio State. Ohio State leads the all-time series with Northwestern,55-14-1, including a 24-6-1 ledger in Evanston, Ill. The win byNorthwestern ended a 24-game winning streak overall for theBuckeyes over the Wildcats, including a 14-game winning streak inEvanston. The Buckeyes last lost to NU in 1971 in Columbus, 14-10.Tressel is 3-1 against Northwestern in his career. When theBuckeyes are ranked by the Associated Press, the squad is 31-5overall vs. Northwestern and 14-2 in Evanston. TheWildcats¡¦ 33 points are the most scored by NUagainst the Buckeyes since OSU allowing 27 in 1989. Since 1985,Ohio State has played in 24 night games, including the game vs.Northwestern Saturday. The Buckeyes are 19-6 in those contests.Three of the last four games between OSU and NU have been nightcontests. In 2001, OSU defeated the visiting Wildcats in aprime-time contest in Ohio Stadium. In 2002, the teams played underthe lights at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. The attendance at RyanField was 47,130, marking a sellout. Ohio State has played in asold-out stadium in each of its first four games this season. OhioState is 66-23-3 all-time in Big Ten openers since the team beganconference play in 1913. Under Tressel, the team is 3-1 in leagueopeners. Overall, when Ohio State is ranked in the AP Top 10, thesquad now is 278-66-9. Ohio State’s mark when ranked by the AP is377-119-14. Tressel’s career mark now stands at 170-65-2, includinga 35-8 mark at Ohio State. The Buckeyes first fielded a footballteam in 1890. With the loss Saturday, Ohio State now owns anall-time record of 760-295-53 in its 115th season. With the lossSaturday (33-27), Ohio State has won 13 of the last 15 games whenthe difference is seven points or less. Senior kicker Mike Nugenthad his streak of nine-consecutive FGs made (over four games)stopped in overtime. The nine-consecutive field goals made tie himfor the No. 5 spot in OSU history with Josh Jackson (1994-95/7games). Nugent owns the school record with 24 made over 13 gamesfrom 2001-02. Nugent has attempted 12 field goals this season todate for a career total of 73 (58 made), good for the No. 3 spotall time behind Tim Williams (49-77, 1990-93) and Dan Stultz(59-91, 1996-2000). Nugent is currently No. 2 all time with 58 madeFGs, one behind the 59 scored by Dan Stultz from 1996-2000). Nugentis tied for fifth on the career scoring list with 294 points (120PATs, 58 FGs). He trails career scoring leader Pete Johnson (348pts., 1973-76) by 54 points, is just seven points away from takingover the No. 3 spot and is one point behind the fourth spot.Santonio Holmes¡¦ 63-yard punt return for atouchdown was the first of his career. It was theBuckeyes¡¦ first since Michael Jenkinsreturned a punt 54 yards for a score vs. Iowa Oct. 18, 2003.Holmes¡¦ TD tied the game at 10 with 3:18remaining in the first half. Holmes¡¦ 9-yardcatch in the first quarter extended his streak of games with atleast one catch to 10. Holmes ended the game with 99 yards on 10catches, the third time this season he has surpassed the 90-yardmark for receiving yards. He had 91 vs. Cincinnati and 224 vs.Marshall. Sophomore quarterback Justin Zwick ended the game with211 yards, his third game this season with 200 or more passingyards. He had a career-best 324 vs. Marshall and 213 vs. Cincinnatiin his first career start. His 38 passing attempts were a careerhigh. Sophomore Roy Hall¡¦s 50-yard catch on aZwick pass in the third quarter was a career best. His previouslong was a 20-yarder against Marshall. The catch led to LydellRoss¡¦ 2-yard touchdown rush to cutNorthwestern¡¦s lead to 20-17. The game markedthe first career start for true freshman receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. His12-yard punt return in the second quarter was his first as aBuckeye. Junior Bobby Carpenter¡¦sfourth-quarter interception was the first pick of his career.Senior Branden Joe¡¦s rush in the thirdquarter was his first of the season. Junior NateSalley¡¦s interception in the second quartermarked the first pick of his Buckeye career. BrandonSchnittker¡¦s catch of a 5-yard Zwick pass washis first of the season. Maurice Hall¡¦s40-yard kickoff return in the second quarter was his fourth returnof 40 or more yards this season. For the 94th consecutive game,Ohio State scored at least a touchdown. The last time a Buckeyeteam was held without a touchdown was a 13-9 loss to Michigan inthe 1996 season. OSU continues Big Ten play next week when itreturns home to face undefeated Wisconsin (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten).Kickoff is set for 3:36 p.m. EDT in Ohio Stadium and will betelevised on ABC

Northwestern Notes

With the victory, Northwestern improved to 2-3 overall and 1-1in the Big Ten. Northwestern won its second straight home game.Northwestern defeated Ohio State for the first time since the 1971season, a 14-10 win in Columbus. The win is the first forNorthwestern against OSU in Evanston since 1958. NU’s victory snapsa 24- game losing streak against the Buckeyes. The closest theWildcats came to beating the Buckeyes since 1971 was a 17-15 lossin 1994 in Evanston. Northwestern’s 33 points were the most it hasever scored against Ohio State in 70 all-time meetings. Theprevious single-game high was 28 points (40-28 loss in 1982). Thenumber “33” was certainly magical for Northwestern on Saturdaynight. The victory ended a 33- year drought, the Wildcats scored 33points and Noah Herron, who wears No. 33, carried the football 33times, with the last carry (his 33rd)–a 1-yarder–producing thegame-winning TD in overtime. The win is Northwestern’s first over atop-10 ranked team since defeating No. 7 Wisconsin in two overtimesin 2000. It is the Wildcats first win over a ranked team sincebeating Wisconsin at home last year. Northwestern is now 3-6all-time in night games (6 p.m. or later start) at Ryan Field and1-1 vs. OSU (the first game a 27-16 loss in 2002). The game was thefirst Ryan Field sellout (47,130) since Northwestern’s 54-51victory over Michigan on Nov. 4, 2000. This was the Wildcats’ fifthall-time overtime game and their first at home. NU is now 4-1all-time in extra-session games. Earlier this season, NU lost itsonly overtime contest, a 48-45 double overtime decision at TCU.Northwestern’s 33 points, 166 rushing yards, 278 passing yards and444 total yards are the most allowed by Ohio State this season.NU’s 33 points were the most allowed by OSU since falling 35-21 toMichigan on Nov. 22, 2003. Randy Walker is just the sixthNorthwestern football coach to own victories over both Michigan andOhio State, while serving as the Wildcats’ head mentor. The firstfive coaches to accomplish the feat were Dick Hanley, PappyWaldorf, Bob Voigts, Ara Parseghian and Alex Agase. Northwestern isnow 19-3 under Randy Walker when leading after three quarters. In15 years as a head coach, Walker’s teams are 68-4-1 when leading atthe start of the fourth quarter. Northwestern held a 13-10 lead athalftime–its first lead after two stanzas this season. OSU,meanwhile, faced its first halftime deficit this season. NoahHerron’s 113 rushing yards upped his career total to 1,618, whichplaces him in NU’s top 10, in ninth place. Herron passed AdrianAutry (1,588, 1995-97) and Art Murakowski (1,599, 1946-49). It wasHerron’s second 100-yard game of the season and the first player torun for 100-plus yards against OSU this season. Mark Philmore ledNU with 11 receptions and a career-best 134 yards. His eighth catchof the game–and the 92nd of his career–resulted in his firstcareer TD. Philmore’s 27-yard TD reception gave NU a 20-10 leadearly in the third quarter. Philmore has caught a pass in all 25career games played. His 100-yard receiving game was his third ofthe year. Brett Basanez notched his third 200-yard passingperformance of the season and the 11th of his career. Basanezcompleted 24-of-44 passes for 278 yards, two touchdowns and twointerceptions. The 278-yard performance was fourth best of hiscareer. “Baz” now has 469 career completions (fifth all-time),5,452 career passing yards (sixth all-time) and 5,907 career totaloffensive yards (fourth all-time). Noah Herron moved into aneighth-place tie with Art Murakowski on NU’s rushing TD list. Henow has 17. Place-kicker Brian Huffman converted both of his fieldgoal attempts and all three PAT attempts. He had field goals of 41and 40 yards, with the 41-yarder equaling a career long. Huffmanleads the Big Ten in PAT kicks with a perfect 16-of-16 mark.Cornerback Jeff Backes, in his second year as a defensive player,notched his first career interception in the fourth quarter in theend zone, thwarting an OSU scoring threat. Making his first startat linebacker this season, John Pickens notched nine tackles,including 2.5 pass sacks. He also forced a key fumble and had aquarterback hurry. Mark Philmore’s 11 receptions (one shy of hissingle-game best) gives him 95 for his career. He is 10 catches shyof moving into 10th place on NU’s all-time reception list. He leadsNU with 41 catches this season.