Oct. 30, 2004
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Ohio State Notes
With the win Saturday, Ohio State has won 20 of its last 21games at home. After the win Saturday, Jim Tressel’s career markstands at 172-67-2, including a 37-10 record at Ohio State.
Tressel improved to 24-3 at home at Ohio State.
The Buckeyes held a 21-7 advantage at halftime. With the winSaturday, Ohio State now is 18-1 under Tressel at Ohio Stadium whenleading at halftime.
Overall, the Buckeyes are 26-2 under Tressel when leading at the half.
Following a scoreless third quarter, the Buckeyes remained in the lead 21-7. Under Tressel, OSU is 21-2 at Ohio Stadium when leading after three quarters and 28-3 overall when leading after three periods.
For the 98th 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. TheBuckeyes now own an all-time Big Ten record of 416-160-24. UnderTressel, Ohio State moved to 21-8 in Big Ten play.
Ohio State -Penn State Series
With the win Saturday, Ohio State knotted the all-time seriesvs. Penn State at 10 wins apiece, marking the first time in theseries Ohio State has owned a .500 record vs. the Nittany Lions.Penn State’s 10 points Saturday marked the first time the NittanyLions have reached double-figures at Ohio Stadium as a Big Tenteam. Penn State scored six points in its league debut in 1994, a24-6 OSU win. In 1996, Ohio State defeated the Nittany Lions 38-7in Ohio Stadium. In 1998, the Buckeyes recorded a 28-9 win at homeand followed that in 2000 with a 45-6 victory. In 2002, Ohio Statebeat Penn State 13-7. The victory Saturday gives the Buckeyes itslongest win streak in the series vs. Penn State, winning 13-7 in2002 and 21-20 in 2003. Ohio State had two previous two-game winstreaks over the Nittany Lions, coming in 1975-76 and 1995-96.
With the win Saturday, Ohio State improved to 7-5 vs. Penn State in Columbus and has won six in a row from the Nittany Lions in Ohio Stadium, dating back to Penn State entering the Big Ten.
With the Ohio State win Saturday, the home team has won eight of the past nine games in the series. The lone exception occurred last year when Ohio State escaped University Park with a 21-20 victory.
Under Tressel, Ohio State improved to 3-1 vs. Penn State and 2-0 at Ohio Stadium vs. PSU in his era.
The 21-10 win Saturday moved the Buckeyes to 7-2 when scoringat least 20 points vs. Penn State.
Ohio State Special Teams
Ohio State freshman Ted Ginn, Jr. returned a first-quarter punt67 yards for a touchdown, marking his second punt return for a TDthis season. Ginn, Jr. is the fifth Buckeye to score two touchdownson punt returns in a season and the first to do so since JeffGraham in 1990. Ginn’s first TD return came vs. Wisconsin, a65-yarder Oct. 9, which served previously as his career-long andthe season-long for Ohio State.
In 1990, Graham’s returns came against Texas Tech (Sept. 8) and at Wisconsin (Nov. 17).
Ginn’s TD return was the third on a punt this season for OhioState, marking the second straight season Ohio State has returnedthree punts for touchdowns. Michael Jenkins scored on a 54-yarderagainst Iowa, while Donte Whitner and John Hollins scored onblocked punt returns. Whitner’s came against Iowa and Hollinsscored in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Kansas State. Senior Maurice Hallassumed first place all-time in kickoff return yardage at OhioState with his career-long 62-yard runback in the second quarter.Hall surpassed Ken-Yon Rambo (1,410 on 61 attempts) as the OSUcareer record-holder, finishing the game with 83 yards on tworeturns. He has 1,476 yards on 64 tries in his career.
Hall is averaging 29.2 yards per return this season.
Ohio State career kickoff return leaders Player (Years) Att. Yds. 1. Maurice Hall (2001-04) 64 1,476 2. Ken-Yon Rambo (1997-00) 61 1,410 3. Carlos Snow (1987-89, 91) 58 1,380 4. Howard Cassidy (1952-55) 42 981 5. Tom Barrington (1963-65) 24 730
Senior placekicker Mike Nugent converted all three extra-pointtries Saturday, boosting his career point total to 317, which isgood for third all-time at Ohio State. Nugent needs 32 points tosurpass Pete Johnson (348 points, 1973-76) as the school’s all-timepoint leader and 25 to pass Dan Stultz (342, 1997-00) for secondall-time. Senior Kyle Turano pinned the Nittany Lions inside their20-yard line on two occasions Saturday. For the season, 14 Turanopunts have been downed inside the opponent 20-yardline.
Ohio State Offensive Notes
The Buckeyes converted 7-of-12 on third down, marking the firsttime Ohio State converted more than 50 percent in a game thisseason. The Buckeyes were 1-for-1 in Red Zone scoring opportunitiesSaturday. For the season, Ohio State is 16-of-18 when scoring inthe red zone. The Buckeyes, up 21-7 at the break, scored 20 pointsin the first half for the second straight week. Ohio State ledIndiana 20-7 at intermission last week. Ohio State has not scored20-plus points in the first half in two straight games since thefirst two contests of the 2002 season. The Buckeyes had a 21-7 leadon Texas Tech Aug. 24 and a 38-14 margin over Kent State Sept. 7.The Buckeyes rushed 44 times for 143 yards, topping the previousseason-high of 43 carries set vs. Cincinnati and Indiana. The 44running plays counted as the fourth game this season Ohio State hasrushed 40 times or more. Ohio State ran 40 running plays at N.C.State. With the win Saturday, the Buckeyes moved to 4-0 whenrunning the ball 40 times or more.
The 143 yards rushing marked the third time Ohio State has run for more than 100 yards in a game this season. The Buckeyes are 3-0 when reaching the 100-yard mark as a team with the wins coming over Cincinnati, Indiana and Penn State.
Ohio State Offensive Players
Senior fullback Branden Joe scored his first career touchdownSaturday, a 4-yard run in the second quarter. Joe is the firstBuckeye fullback to score a touchdown since Jamar Martin’s 1-yardtouchdown at Purdue Oct. 28, 2000.
Joe had the second-most carries for a game in his career Saturday with nine tries for 22 yards. His career high came in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl vs. Kansas State with 11 for 46 yards.
In the fourth quarter, Joe recorded his first career kickoff return, a 13-yard runback.
Senior tailback Maurice Hall, who started for the secondstraight week, set season highs with 65 yards on 14 carries. Hall’sbest day as a Buckeye came against Bowling Green last season with107 yards on 19 carries. With a 2-yard catch in the second quarterOhio State flanker Santonio Holmes has caught a pass in 14 straightgames. Holmes finished with two grabs for 20 yards. Freshmen widereceivers Ted Ginn, Jr. and Devon Lyons made their first careerstarts Saturday. Ginn led the Buckeyes with 23 yards receiving.With the win Saturday, sophomore quarterback Troy Smith moved to2-0 as a starting quarterback. He finished 6-of-8 passing for 59yards and ran for 26 more on a career-high 12 carries. For hiscareer, Smith has attempted 51 passes and has yet to throw aninterception.
Ohio State Defense Notes
Ohio State established a season-best by holding Penn State tojust 69 yards passing. N.C. State passed for 99 yards against theBuckeyes earlier this season.
The 69 yards allowed by Ohio State are the lowest since limiting Northwestern to 64 yards in the 2003 meeting at Ohio Stadium.
The 69 yards marked a season-low for Penn State.
Sophomore cornerback Ahston Youboty halted Penn State’s firstdrive of the game with his second interception of the season andthe second of his career. Youboty’s first pick of the season cameat North Carolina State. The 35-yard return is the longest of hiscareer and the longest runback on an interception of the season forthe Buckeyes.
Youboty also broke up three passes Saturday, a career high. He had three PBU’s in his career coming into Saturday.
Junior safety Tyler Everett picked off a Penn State pass laterin the first quarter and returned it 24 yards for his first careertouchdown. The interception served as the first on the year forEverett and the third of his career. The 24-yard return is thesecond longest of his career, falling shy of a 66-yard runback hehad against Michigan State in 2003. Everett’s first careerinterception came against Washington State Sept. 14, 2002.Everett’s score is the first defensive touchdown of the season forOhio State and the Buckeyes’ first since Mike Kudla recovered aPurdue fumble in the end zone at Ohio Stadium last season. The pairof first-quarter interceptions by Youboty and Everett served as thefirst time Ohio State recorded two interceptions in the samequarter since the Buckeyes picked off passes on consecutive SanDiego State drives last season. Will Allen accounted for the firstinterception and returned the ball 100 yards for a touchdown.Robert Reynolds followed with an interception on SDSU’s nextpossession. Junior A.J. Hawk led the Buckeyes with 13 total tacklesSaturday. He has led or tied for the team lead in tackles fivetimes in 2004. Hawk’s 13 stops upped his total to 101 for the year,marking the second straight season he has recorded 100 or moretackles. Hawk had 106 in 2003. Junior linebacker Anthony Schlegelrecorded a personal best at Ohio State with 3.5 tackles for lossestotaling 15 yards. He reached double figures in tackles for thethird straight week with 10. Schlegel also set a career best as aBuckeye with 1.5 sacks Saturday.
The Buckeyes had seven tackles for loss Saturday.
Defensive linemen Marcus Green a Mike Kudla career highs intackles Saturday. Green recorded eight tackles to top his previoushigh of seven vs. Northwestern. Kudla had six tackles Saturday. Hehad three last week vs. Indiana.
Dustin Fox tied his season high with six tackles.
Other Ohio State Notes
Ohio State scored a touchdown on a punt return and aninterception return Saturday, marking the third time the Buckeyeshave scored a touchdown via a punt return and interception returnin the same game. The last such game came in 1973 vs. Northwestern,when Tim Fox returned a blocked punt 12 yards for a score and NealColzie had a 19-yard interception return for a TD. In 1969 vs.Michigan State, Larry Zelina had a 73-yard punt return for a TD andMark Debevc intercepted a pass and ran it back 14 yards for ascore. Ohio State legend Chic Harley, the first three-timeAll-American in Buckeye history, had his No. 47 retired at halftimeSaturday. Harley was represented by family members, including hisgreat-great nephew Rob Harley, who is a junior defensive back forthe Buckeyes. The Buckeyes first fielded a football team in 1890.With the win Saturday, Ohio State has posted an all-time record of762-297-53 in 114 years. Ohio State’s win Saturday moved itsall-time record to 354-102-25 in Ohio Stadium (opened in 1922). Asell-out crowd of 104, 947 attended the game Saturday. For theseason, the Buckeyes have played before sellout crowds in all eightgames this season. Former Buckeye Randy Gradishar served as thehonorary captain for Ohio State Saturday.
Penn State Notes
Paterno invokes spirit of Red Sox – At the end of Thursday’spractice session, Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno gathered theteam and donned a “Why Not Us” t-shirt from the Boston Red Sox. Heproceeded to recount the Red Sox comeback from 3-0 down to the NewYork Yankees and subsequent charge to their first World SeriesChampionship since 1918 behind the gutsy performance of injuredstarting pitcher Curt Schilling. Penn State gained 177 yardsrushing on -50 attempts, it’s best rushing performance sinceposting 247 yards on 41 attempts against UCF. Tony Hunt had acareer high in rushing attempts on the day with 20 for 85 yards,his highest rushing total since posting 125 yards on 16 carriesagainst UCF. Ethan Kilmer recorded the first blocked kick of hiscareer on an OSU field goal attempt in the fourth quarter. It wasthe team’s sixth blocked kick of the season (4 FG, 1 punt, 1 PAT)Ted Ginn’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown for OSU was thelongest punt return against Penn State on the season and the secondfor a touchdown. UCF’s Tavaris Capers had the previous long with a54-yard return for a touchdown. The 24-yard interception return fora touchdown by OSU’s Tyler Everett was the first interceptionreturned for a touchdown against Penn State since Indiana’s BusterLarkin did so in 2002. Darien Hardy’s fumble recovery on PSU’sone-yard line following a muffed punt by PSU was the first of hiscareer. RB Rodney Kinlaw’s 20-yard run in the second quarter wasthe longest of his career. The Penn State defense limited OSU to 12yards and no first downs on its first three possessions as PSU outgained OSU 97-12 but trailed 14-0. OSU did not gain its first,first down until 8:56 left in the second quarter on its fourthpossession of the game, which Penn State ended by forcing a fumbleon OSU’s 41-yard line. DE Matt Rice recorded his third sack of theseason and forced the first fumble of his career on a secondquarter hit of OSU QB Troy Smith. The fumble was recovered by DerekWake, his first of the season (second career) and first since the2002 season. Derek Wake also forced his first fumble of the season(second career) in the third quarter. It was recovered by CalvinLowry (his Big Ten leading fourth of the season) to end an OSUdrive on the PSU 20-yard line. Penn State’s first TD drive of thegame was capped by a three-yard TD run by Tony Hunt. It marked PennState’s first rushing TD in five Big Ten games on the season andPenn State’s first points off a turnover in Big Ten play. It wasPenn State’s first TD in eight quarters, a streak that stretchedback to the second quarter of the Purdue game. The scoring drivealso featured a 27-yard run by Hunt, Penn State’s longest rushingplay in Big Ten action, first over 20 yards in the last four gamesand second over 20 yards in Big Ten play. WR Ryan Scott made a13-yard third down reception on the drive that marked the secondcatch of his career and equaled his career long. Safety AndrewGuman recorded the first sack of his career dropping Troy Smith fora loss of eight yards in the third quarter. He was leading the teamwith nine tackles when he left the game in the third quarter with achest contusion. The 78-yard punt by Jeremy Kapinos was the longestof his career and the second-longest punt in PSU history. It wasdowned on the OSU one-yard line by Calvin Lowry. The longest puntin PSU was an 89-yarder by Coop French against Iowa in 1930.Freshman Matt Hahn had his first career rushing attempt in thefourth quarter.
His kick is the second longest by an opponent in Ohio Stadium history.