Sept. 19, 2004

Attendance: 56,800 (sell out)

Ohio State Notes
Mike Nugent’s 50-yard field goal at the 5:42 mark of the first quarter was his fifth career effort from 50 or more yards. He has made 5 of 6 50+ yard field goals in his career. He made consecutive field goals of 55 and 50 yards before a 30-yarder in the second quarter vs. the Wolfpack. The 55-yarder came as the clock ran out against Marshall last week, giving the Buckeyes a 24-21 victory.

With his five field goals and one extra point Saturday, Nugent has accumulated 285 career points, which ranks seventh all-time in OSU history behind Tim Williams, who has 290 points from 1990-93. Nugent remains in second place all-time at Ohio State in field goals made with 56 behind Dan Stultz and his 59 makes. Nugent has made four or more field goals in a game twice in his career, the only Buckeye to do so. He made four attempts vs. Michigan State Nov. 8, 2003, a 33-23 Ohio State win.

The last time an Ohio State kicker made five field goals in a game was against Indiana Oct. 24, 1981. The Buckeyes won that game 29-10. Nugent has made his last seven field goal attempts and his last 54 extra points.

Nugent’s three field goals of 40 or more yards (50, 46, 47) tied his Ohio State record set against Washington State Sept. 14, 2002 when he connected on kicks of 43, 43 and 45 yards.

Ashton Youboty’s first quarter interception at the 2:18 mark was Ohio State’s first pick of the season and the first turnover committed by an opponent. The INT was Youboty’s first career interception.

Tyler Everett recovered a second quarter fumble after freshman Sirjo Welch knocked the ball free from N.C. State punt returner Tramain Hall with 5:56 remaining in the first half. The play was Welch’s first-career forced fumble and Everett’s first-career fumble recovery. The second turnover of the game for the Wolfpack led to Mike Nugent’s second field goal of the game, a 30-yarder, which gave the Buckeyes a 6-0 advantage.

Donte Whitner’s 24-yard interception return at the 1:37 mark of the second quarter was his third-career interception. The play led to a 3-yard touchdown run by Lydell Ross with 1:32 remaining in the first half. The score gave Ohio State a 13-0 advantage heading into the locker room at the break. The Wolfpack turnover was the third of the game.

Ross’ second quarter TD run was his second of the season and his 24th-career scoring run.

The Buckeyes scored 16 points off five N.C. State turnovers. The Buckeyes had not forced a turnover in either of the first two games of the season.

Ohio State’s third quarter N.C. State fumble recovery by Marcus Green (his first) was the second of the game and was the fourth turnover for the Wolfpack. The play led to a 33-yard Mike Nugent field goal, his third of the game.

A.J. Hawk recorded his fifth career interception near the end of the third quarter. It was Ohio State’s fifth takeaway of the game and Ohio State’s third interception.

N.C. State’s T.A. McLendon’s 41-yard rush in the third quarter was the longest of the season allowed by the Buckeyes and the first of 20 or more yards vs. OSU on the season.

Ted Ginn’s third quarter kickoff return of 23 yards was his first career return as a Buckeye.

Justin Zwick’s 16-yard run was a career-long rush.

Anthony Schlegel’s sack of Jay Davis for a loss of 8 yards in the fourth quarter was his first career sack as a Buckeye and his fourth over. He has three during two seasons at Air Force.

Donte Whitner and Stan White, Jr., made their first career starts in the game against the Wolfpack.

For the 93rd consecutive game, Ohio State scored at least a touchdown. The last time a Buckeye team was held without a touchdown was a 13-9 loss to Michigan in the 1996 season.

Overall, when Ohio State is ranked in the AP Top 10, the squad now is 278-65-9. Ohio State’s mark when ranked by the AP is 377-118-14.

Ohio State is 63-44-8 in road openers (.583)

Tressel’s career mark now stands at 170-64-2, including a 35-7 mark at Ohio State. Ohio State now is 13-1 under Tressel in games played in September.

Overall, the Buckeyes are 24-2 under Tressel when leading at the half. The Buckeyes held on to the 19-7 advantage after the third quarter. Under Tressel, OSU improved to 26-3 when leading after three quarters.

The Buckeyes first fielded a football team in 1890. With the win Saturday, Ohio State now owns an all-time record of 760-294-53 in its 115th season.

Ohio State – N.C. State/Atlantic Coast Conference Series
Saturday served as the second meeting between Ohio State and N.C. State. The Buckeyes won a triple overtime game at Ohio Stadium in 2003 (44-38).

Saturday served as the 18th time Ohio State has played a school from the current alignment of the Atlantic Coast Conference. With the win, the Buckeyes are 11-7 against ACC teams.