Sept. 22, 2012

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No. 16 Ohio State (4-0) 29, UAB (0-2) 15
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 22, 2012
Attendance: 105,019


With the win, Urban Meyer improved to 38-4 in September. Ohio State has won61 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games againstteams not ranked in the AP Top 25. The last loss: 34-17 to FloridaState, Oct. 2, 1982. Ohio State is 61-7 at Ohio Stadium since thestart of the 2002 season. With the 4-0 start, Meyer is tied for thethird-best start to a career by an Ohio State coach.


Saturday marked the first game between the Buckeyes andBlazers.


BraxtonMiller put Ohio State on top with his sixth rushing touchdownof the season in the second quarter and added a second TD with a1-yard rush in the fourth quarter to increase his team-leadingtotal to seven. It was his second game this season with multiplerushing touchdowns after scoring three vs. UCF and he has rushedfor at least one each game. Rod Smith tallied his second career rushing touchdown (Akron,’11) and first of the season in the second quarter. Zach Boren recorded his second career rushing touchdown, andsecond of the season (Miami) in the second quarter. Millercompleted all six passes for 81 yards in the second quarter.Michael Thomas recorded his first career reception in thesecond quarter. Jordan Hall finished with a career-high 105 yards on 17carries, passing the 90 yards he had vs. New Mexico State in 2009.He was one shy of the career-best 18 carries he had twice before(last vs. Michigan State 2011).


The Ohio State defense did not allow UAB a red zone chanceuntil the fourth quarter – a span of 45:09. UAB settled for nooffensive touchdowns and three field goals vs. the Buckeyes. Seniorlinebacker Etienne Sabino collected a career-high 12 stops, besting thethree eight-tackle games he has had in his career (last at Michigan2011). Seven of his tackles were solos, also a career high, and hematched his career best with two pass breakups Sophomore linebackerRyan Shazier posted a team-high 14 tackles vs. the Blazers, oneshy of the career-best 15 he had vs. Penn State last season. Heleads the squad with 41 tackles in 2012 and has back-to-back gameswith at least 10 tackles. Sophomore cornerback Doran Grant posted a career-high five tackles. He had his firstcareer sack, forced fumble and interception vs. the Blazers. Juniordefensive lineman Johnathan Hankins had a career-best 10 tackles for thesecond-consecutive game. Ohio State has a +1.0 turnover margin onthe year. The Buckeyes have collected at least one turnover in eachof the first four games.


Senior defensive back Orhian Johnson blocked UAB’s PAT attempt at 9:21 in the firstquarter. It was the second of the season after freshman defensivelineman Aldolphus Washington blocked a PAT against UCF Sept. 8. TheBlazers blocked a punt for a touchdown at 9:21 in the firstquarter. The last time the Buckeyes had a punt blocked for atouchdown was against Florida in the 2012 Gator Bowl (1/2/12). The54-yard field goal by UAB placekicker Ty Long in the second quarterwas the third-longest field goal by an opponent at Ohio Stadium.Three of Ben Buchanan’s punts landed inside the UAB 20-yard line,including a punt that was downed inside the UAB four-yard line.Those three punts are a tie for Buchanan’s career high which he hasachieved five times.



UAB captains were senior linebackers Marvin Burdette and GregIrvin and senior offensive lineman Chris Hubbard This afternoon’sgame marked the first time that UAB and Ohio State have squared offon the football field. It is the second time the Blazers have faceda Big Ten opponent (Lost 55-18 at Michigan State on Sept. 1, 2007).The announced attendance of 105,019 at Ohio Stadium was thethird-largest crowd a UAB Football team has played in front of inprogram history. The top two crowds the Blazers have played infront of both were at Tennessee (107,259 in 2005 and 106,508 in1998). UAB led Ohio State, 6-0, at the end of the first quarter ofplay. It is the first time the Blazers held a first quarter lead onan opponent since Nov. 20, 2010 when they Blazers held a 14-3 leadover Memphis at Legion Field. UAB went on to win that contest31-15. For the second time in three games this season, the Blazersrecovered an onside kick to begin the 2nd half. It also occurred inthe season opener vs. Troy (Sept. 1).


Redshirt freshman Austin Brown saw the most significant actionof his young Blazer career. Brown finished the contest with 196yards passing on 21-of-35 throwing, including a career-long 32-yardpass completion to Bashr Coles. A first quarter blocked punt byjunior Calvin Jones was returned for a touchdown by Nick Adams. Itmarked the first time since Nov. 1, 2003 that the Blazers returneda blocked punt for a touchdown. The last time it happened was whenJhun Cook blocked a punt which was returned by Dominique Cosper vs.Army. Nick Adams returned the blocked punt for a touchdown, markingthe fourth touchdown of his career. His touchdowns have come threedifferent ways (two receiving, kick return and blocked puntreturn). Kicker Ty Long was 3-of-4 from field goals against OhioState, including a career-long 54-yard kick late in the secondquarter – the longest field goal in UAB history. It was also thethird-longest in Ohio Stadium history and the fifth-longest everagainst the Buckeyes. Long made his first three field goals of thegame, before missing a 47-yarder midway through the fourth quarter.The miss snapped his consecutive field goals streak at 12, whichdated back to last year. Despite the miss, Long tied hiscareer-high for field goals made in a contest (three made at Troyin 2011). He is now 6-of-7 for the season. Darrin Reaves finishedthe contest with a combined total of 113 yards in the contest.Reaves had 71 rushing yards (on 16 carries) and a career-best 42receiving yards (7 receptions). Reaves led the team in receptions,receiving yards, rushing attempts and total rushing yards on theday. Jackie Williams finished with five receptions for 55 yards onthe afternoon. With his first reception in the third quarter,Williams becomes the fifth Blazer in program history to record 100receptions for his career (104). Williams has now caught at leastone pass in all 26 games he has played in for the Green and Gold.That streaks ranks as the third-longest in school history (RoddyWhite and Derrick Ingram each had 35-game streaks). Seniorlinebacker Marvin Burdette recorded eight tackles vs. Ohio State.He now has 274 during his career, placing him in a tie for seventhon the career tackles list in program history. Tight end SamAccursio had his first reception of the season, a seven-yard catchlate in the fourth quarter.