Oct. 15, 2005

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Attendance: 105,122

Ohio State Notes

With the win Saturday, Ohio State has won 25 of its last 27games at home. The losses came against Wisconsin in 2004 and TexasSept. 10. For the 107th-consecutive game, Ohio State scored atleast one touchdown. The last time a Buckeye team was held withouta touchdown was a 13-9 loss to Michigan in the 1996 season. Withthe win Saturday, Jim Tressel’s career mark moved to 179-70-2,including a 44-13 record at Ohio State.

Since coming to Ohio State, Tressel is 18-7 against teams ranked in the Top 25.

Ohio State now is 383-123-14 as a team ranked in the AP Top 25.Ohio State now is 111-99-12 vs. teams ranked in the AP Top 25.

Matchup/ Series Information

With the win Saturday, Ohio State now leads the series withMichigan State 24-12 and has won 13 of the 20 games played inColumbus. The Buckeyes have won four in a row vs. the Spartans.With the win Saturday, the Buckeyes improved to 3-0 under Tresselagainst Michigan State and have scored more than 30 points in eachcontest. In 2003, Ohio State posted 33 points before scoring 32against the Spartans last season. Overall, Ohio State is 11-0against Michigan State when scoring 30 or more points. Tressel nowis 25-10 vs. Big Ten teams. In Big Ten play, Ohio State now is419-162-24 since 1913.

Offensive Notes

The Buckeyes set a season-high with 35 points Saturday. TheBuckeyes scored 34 points against Miami in the season-opener. TheOhio State offense had four scoring drives Saturday againstMichigan State and none took longer than 2 minutes, 16 seconds. Thetotal time-of-possession for the four touchdown drives by OhioState was 7 minutes, 34 seconds. The shortest scoring drive forOhio State this season took 1:03 against Miami, ending on a 42-yardtouchdown from Todd Boeckman to Ted Ginn. Ohio State set aseason-high with 249 yards passing, topping the 222 passing yardsagainst Miami. Ginn accounted for the longest touchdown grab of theseason for Ohio State with his 57-yard score in the third quarter.

Offensive Player Notes

Sophomore Ted Ginn broke loose for a 57-yard touchdowncatch-and-run in the third quarter to give Ohio State a 21-17 lead.The reception is the longest of the season for Ginn and the secondof more than 50 yards in the game for Ohio State. Coming intoSaturday, Santonio Holmes had the longest reception by a Buckeyethis season, a 46-yard grab vs. Iowa.

The 57-yard score serves as the second-longest in Ginn’s career. His career-long covered 59 yards and counted for a touchdown at Michigan State last season.

Ginn finished the game with a season-best 78 yards on four catches. His previous best was 75 yards on five catches vs. Miami in the season opener.

Junior quarterback Troy Smith finished the game 10-for-15 for acareer-best 249 yards passing, besting his previous high of 241yards last season against Michigan. Smith added another 42 yards onthe ground for 291 yards of total offense.

He passed for a three touchdowns and ran for a fourth against Michigan State Saturday. The game served as Smith’s first with three touchdown passes and first accounting for four scores. Smith has run for a touchdown in four-consecutive games.

Smith now has six passing scores for the season and 14 for his career. He has run for six scores as well this season and eight for his career.

After the win Saturday, Smith now is 7-2 as a starting quarterback for Ohio State and 7-0 as a starter in Ohio Stadium.

Junior Santonio Holmes extended his streak to 24-consecutivegames with at least two catches with a season-long 51-yardtouchdown reception from T. Smith in the first quarter. Holmes’catch was the first by a Buckeye to cover 50 or more yards thisseason before Ginn’s 57-yarder in the third quarter.

Holmes recorded his fourth career 100-yard game Saturday with five catches for 150 yards Saturday, the third-best yardage total of his career. Holmes now has moved up to seventh all-time at Ohio State with 114 grabs. Next in line is tight end John Frank (1980-83) with 121. Holmes also has 1,793 receiving yards to move into ninth all-time as a Buckeye. Saturday, he passed former Buckeyes Terry Glenn (1993-95/1,677) and Cedric Anderson (1980-83/ 1,707).

Sophomore Antonio Pittman rushed 18 times for 101 yards,marking his third 100-yard game of the season and fourth of hiscareer. He also hauled in a 21-yard reception, which counts as acareer-long catch. Freshman offensive tackle Alex Boone started hisfirst game Saturday against Michigan State.

Defensive Notes

The Ohio State defense set a team record for sacks in a singlegame Saturday with 12.0, totaling 58 yards in Spartan losses. Theprevious team record of 11.0 was set in Nov. 14, 1998 at Iowa.Overall, the Buckeyes recorded 15.0 tackles for loss totaling 72yards. The Ohio State record for tackles for loss in a game is 19,set in 1999 at Penn State. The Ohio State record for yards ontackles for loss is 93, set against Iowa in 1998 and Northwesternin 1979. The Buckeye record for lost yardage on sacks is 83 vs.Iowa in 1998. Eight different players recorded sacks for Ohio StateSaturday vs. Michigan State and the team now has 28 for the season.Ohio State had 24 sacks last season. Michigan State’s 84-yardtouchdown drive in the second quarter tied the longest scoringdrive allowed by Ohio State this season. Ohio State gave up an84-yard touchdown drive to Texas in the first quarter Sept. 10.Michigan State gained 456 yards of total offense Saturday, snappingOhio State three-game string of holding opponents to less than 200yards of offense. The Buckeyes limited San Diego State to 179, Iowato 137 and Penn State to 195.

Defensive Player Notes

Senior A.J. Hawk finished the game against Michigan StateSaturday with 19 tackles, including 10 solo stops. The 19 tacklesare the most for Hawk since recording 20 against Wisconsin in OhioStadium last season. His 10 solos are a career high, surpassingnine tackles vs. Purdue in 2004.

With his game against Michigan State, Hawk now has 341 career tackles, a total that places him seventh on the all-time OSU list. On Saturday, he surpasses former teammate Mike Doss (1999-2002/ 331tackles, formerly ninth), Glen Cobb (1979-82/ 336, formerly eighth) and Ed Thompson (1974-76/ 338, formerly seventh).

Hawk also added a sack to Ohio State’s team-record 12 for the game. For the season, Hawk has 4.5 sacks.

Senior Bobby Carpenter tied an Ohio State record for sacks in asingle game with four. He tied Jason Simmons’ total of four sacksvs. Washington State in 1991. Carpenter finished the game with 11tackles and four for loss, which is tied for second all-time inschool history.

For the season, Carpenter now has eight and 14.5 for his career, which moves him into 10th place all-time at Ohio State.

Carpenter also had 11 tackles, which tied a season best.

Junior David Patterson also set a career high in the sackdepartment with three Saturday. The sacks are the first of theseason for Patterson and upped his career total to seven. SeniorJay Richardson also recorded his first sack of the season andsecond of his career. Defensive backs Youboty and Donte Whitneralso had sacks Saturday. For the season, Whitner has three sacks,while Whitner’s sack was the second of his career.

Seniors Marcus Green, Mike Kudla and Brandon Mitchell each had one sack Saturday as well.

Whitner also recorded a season-high 11 tackles, including threefor losses of 20 yards. His career-best is 17 tackles againstWisconsin in 2004. Senior Anthony Schlegel also reached doublefigures in total tackles with 10. His career-best is 15 againstIowa last season.

Special Teams

Senior Nate Salley blocked a Michigan State field goal attemptand Ashton Youboty returned the ball 72 yards for a touchdown inthe final play of the half. The last time Ohio State a blockedfield goal was against Washington to open the 2003 season. DustinFox recorded the block for the Buckeyes. The blocked kick is thefirst of Salley’s career and Youboty accounted for his first careertouchdown.

Youboty’s 72-yard TD return is the longest blocked place kick return since Jason Simmons took back a blocked extra point by Iowa 85 yards for a 2-point score Nov. 2, 1991.

In the fourth quarter, Youboty blocked a 37-yard attempt by Michigan State for first career field goal block.

Freshman punter A.J. Trapasso topped his career-long for thethird consecutive week with a 76-yard boot in the second period.The punt serves as the longest by a Buckeye since Joseph Whislerunleashed a 78-yarder at Illinois in the 1958 season. Trapasso’skick is the longest by a Buckeye in Ohio Stadium since HowardWedebrook nailed a 78-yard punt in 1936 against Michigan. Trapassoset his previous best last week at Penn State with a 60-yard kick.

The longest punt by a Buckeye covered 87 yards by Karl Edwards at Illinois in 1983 and the longest punt in Ohio Stadium went 86 yards by Illinois’ Dwight Edelman in 1948.

The last time a Buckeye recorded a punt of 70-plus yards was last season when Kyle Turano booted a 70-yarder against Michigan on Nov. 20 in Ohio Stadium.

Other Notes

Ohio State and Michigan State played in front of a sell-outcrowd of 105,122 Saturday. The Buckeyes have played in front of24-consecutive sell-out crowds at Ohio Stadium. During the last twoseasons, Ohio State has played in front of sellout crowds in 18straight games overall and played before at least 104,500 fans ineach of its sixth games this season. Ohio State has played beforeat least 100,000 fans in seven of it’s last eight games. TheBuckeyes first fielded a football team in 1890. Ohio State hasposted an all-time record of 768-300-53 in 114 years. Ohio State’sall-time record moved to 359-103-25 in Ohio Stadium (opened in1922).

Michigan State Game Notes

With the 35-24 win over MSU, Ohio State now leads the overallseries, 24-12…the Buckeyes have won four straight over theSpartans…the Buckeyes lead the series in Columbus, 13-7. Juniorquarterback Drew Stanton was 26-for-36 passing for 340 yards andone touchdown…the 340 yards are a career best for Stanton and thethird-best effort for a Spartan quarterback against Ohio State…itmarked Stanton’s fifth career 300-yard passing game, and third thisseason…it marked his seventh-straight game passing for at least200 yards…his 26 completions and 36 attempts are both seasonbests. The Michigan State offense racked up 456 yards of totaloffense, including 340 through the air…it’s the most total yardsOhio State has allowed this season (previous: 382 yards byTexas)…Ohio State entered the game fourth in the nation in totaldefense (238 ypg) and 29th in pass efficiency defense (111 ypg).Freshman running back Javon Ringer carried the ball a season-high16 times for 76 yards. Junior wide receiver Jerramy Scott notched acareer-best 129 yards receiving and tied his career high with sevencatches…he caught a 36-yard touchdown in the second quarter.Senior wide receiver Kyle Brown caught a career-best seven passesfor 75 yards. The Spartans dominated the time of possession,holding the ball for 40:59, while the Buckeyes had it for19:01…the Spartans held the ball for 21:50 in the first halfcompared to 8:10 for Ohio State. Michigan State collected 27 firstdowns compared to Ohio State’s 13. Michigan State scored its first10 points of the game on Ohio State turnovers…with 8:30 left inthe first quarter, Michael Bazemore recovered a fumble at the MSU40, which led to a 32-yard field goal by John Goss, his careerbest, with 6:02 left in the first to put MSU up 3-0…on theensuing kickoff, Ohio State fumbled the ball and Otis Wileyrecovered at the OSU 4, which led to a Jehuu Caulcrick 3-yardscore…it mark Caulcrick’s fifth rushing touchdown of the season,a team high. Stanton connected on a 36-yard strike to Scott at the6:30 mark in the second quarter…the 36-yard catch tied a careerlong for Scott, and it’s his longest career touchdown grab…theplay capped a 12-play, 84-yard drive for Michigan State…it tiedthe longest drive the Ohio State defense has given up this season(OSU also gave up an 84-yard drive to Texas)…another key play onthe drive came on 4th-and-1 at the OSU 38, as Stanton threw a7-yard pass to Kellen Davis for the first-down conversion. JasonTeague capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown atthe 4:53 mark in the third quarter…it was the Spartans’ secondscoring drive of at least 80 yards in the game, a first for an OhioState opponent this season. Ohio State fumbled the ball six timesin the game and lost four. Diego Oquendo, Clifton Ryan, Bazemoreand Wiley all recovered fumbles for MSU…Bazemore also forced afumble, along with Brandon Fields and SirDarean Adams.