Aug. 30, 2003

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Ohio Stadium – Attendance: 105,078 The win extends theBuckeyes’ winning streak to 15, the longest active streak in thecountry. OSU extended its home-opener winning streak to 25, datingback to a 19-0 loss to Penn State in 1978. Ohio State’s overallrecord in home openers improves to 98-12-4. Since Ohio State firstfielded a team in 1890, the squad is 747-292-53 overall. AgainstWashington, the Buckeyes improve to 7-3 overall, including 4-1 inColumbus. OSU’s record vs. the Pac-10 improves to 49-23-10 and itnow has played a Pac-10 squad in each of the last five years, going4-1 in that span. OSU’s record in night games in Ohio Stadium movesto 6-0. All-time in Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes are 343-101-20. Thecontest vs. the Huskies was the first of five consecutive homegames at Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes. The last time the squadplayed host to five games to open the schedule was during the 1925season. The attendance of 105,078 was the third-largest total inOhio Stadium history. The win over Washington extends Ohio State’snon-conference home winning streak to 32. The last non-conferenceloss at home was to USC Sept. 22, 1990 (35-26). Ohio State heldopponents scoreless for four consecutive quarters in Ohio Stadium,from the second half vs. Michigan through the first half vs. theHuskies. Washington broke the streak with its third-quarter fieldgoal. Washington’s 2-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter wasthe first touchdown scored on Ohio State in Ohio Stadium since Oct.26, 2002 vs. Penn State. It also was the first second-half TDscored on OSU at home since the game vs. Indiana last season (Sept.28). UW quarterback Cody Pickett’s 2-yard touchdown run in thefourth quarter was the first rushing TD allowed by the Buckeyes in15 quarters, dating back to Larry Johnson’s five-yard run in thefirst quarter of the Penn State game Oct. 26, 2002. This was thefifth consecutive home game Ohio State has held its opponent under10 points, dating back to Indiana last season (Sept. 28 – OSU 45,IU 17). Junior Chris Gamble played on both sides of the ball forthe ninth time in his career. Senior quarterback Craig Krenzel hadhis second consecutive game with multiple-rushing touchdowns. Heran for two scores in the national championship game last seasonvs. Miami and ran for one in each of the first two quarters of thegame tonight. With his first-quarter grab, senior split end MichaelJenkins extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to27. When the Buckeyes’ Dustin Fox blocked Washington’s field goalattempt in the fourth quarter, it was the first blocked field goalfor the squad since Rodney Bailey against Fresno State in 2000(Sept. 2). On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore tackle RobSims and senior flanker Drew Carter marked their first starts,while redshirt freshman free safety Brandon Mitchell had his firstcareer start. The game was broadcast on ABC to 79% of the country.The other ABC game was Florida State vs. North Carolina, which wasseen mainly in the southeast. This game marked Ohio State’s eighthconsecutive game televised on ABC. When OSU is ranked in the AP Top10, the squad is 265-63-9. When both teams are ranked, the Buckeyeshave a ledger of 91-74-10. When the Buckeyes are ranked by the APtheir mark is 365-116-14. Junior defensive lineman Simon Fraser hada career-best seven tackles vs. the Huskies. His previous best wassix, set in the 2002 Outback Bowl. Senior punter B.J. Sander landedfour of his nine punts inside the 20. He totaled 361 yards punting,averaging 40.1 yards a kick. Senior quarterback Craig Krenzelimproved to 16-1 as a starter for the Buckeyes. His only loss wasin the 2002 Outback Bowl, when he played sparingly. With the win,OSU head coach Jim Tressel’s school record moves to 22-5 and 13-2at home. His career record now stands at 157-62-2. Krenzel endedthe game with 203 yards, the third 200-plus yard game of hiscareer. Last season, he had 241 vs. San Jose State and 204 vs.Wisconsin. Ohio State held the Huskies to just seven yards on 24carries, the lowest opponent total since holding San Jose State tozero yards rushing last season (Oct. 12). Senior quarterback CraigKrenzel moved up to ninth place on the career passing yards listwith 203 yards tonight, improving his total to 2,656. He also movedup to 17th place in the all-time total offense ledger, adding 230yards (203 passing and 27 rushing) to reach 3,032. Senior split endMichael Jenkins had 80 yards receiving to move into fifth placeall-time with 2,170 receiving yards. Husky quarterback CodyPickett’s 49 pass attempts were the most against the Buckeyes sinceMichigan’s John Navarre threw 48 passes Nov. 23, 2002. Playersseeing action in their first games as Buckeyes were redshirtfreshmen flanker Santonio Holmes, tackle Quinn Pitcock, receiverRoy Hall, quarterbacks Troy Smith and Justin Zwick; true freshmencornerback Ashton Youboty, tight end Louis Irizarry, defensive endDavid Patterson and running back Ira Guilford; and junior runningback Roshawn Parker. Freshman receiver Roy Hall had an 18-yardcatch in the first quarter, marking his first career reception.Santonio Holmes had a reception in the second quarter for his firstcatch as a Buckeye, grabbing a pass for eight yards. Ira Guilford’srush in the fourth quarter was his first time carrying the ball forOhio State; Roshawn Parker’s carry was his first as all. DavidPatterson’s sack in the fourth quarter was the first of his career.

Washington Postgame Notes

Senior fullback Adam Seery recorded his first career receptionduring the Huskies’ opening drive. Seery has played quarterback,safety and fullback during his UW career. Sophomore fullback TyEriks also recorded the first reception of his career. Tonight’sgame was the farthest east any Husky team has ever traveled for aseason opener. It was also the earliest season opening contest inschool history. Husky junior walk-on kicker Evan Knudson made thefirst field goal of his career to give the Huskies their firstpoints of the season. The game marked the first time Knudson haskicked for the Huskies. Husky punter Garth Erickson, a senior, madehis first game appearance as a Husky against the Buckeyes. Itmarked the first time he has played in a football game since 1998,when he played for Gonzaga Prep in Spokane. While Washington’s72-man travel squad included 31 players who had never played in agame for the Huskies (including 12 true freshmen), only fourplayers made their first career start against Ohio State. Thatgroup included: Clay Walker (WG), Tusi Sa’au (SG), Adam Seery (FB)and Graham Lasee (DE). UW players appearing in their first game(many on special teams only) included: C.J. Wallace (SS), MattFountaine (CB), Shelton Sampson (TB), Scott White (ILB), KennyJames (TB), Evan Knudson (PK), Sean Douglas (P), Quintin Daniels(WR), Bobby Whithorne (WR), Sonny Shackelford (WR), Brandon Ala(DE), Tahj Bomar (ILB), Brad Vanneman (OG), Clay Walker (OG),Stanley Daniels (DT), Jon Lyon (TE), Ben Bandel (TE), Donny Mateaki(DE) and Dan Milsten (DE). With tonight’s loss, Washington is now79-29-6 all-time in season openers. Washington has now scored in254 consecutive games. That is the third longest current streak inthe country. BYU has scored in an NCAA record 351, games whileTexas is second at 265. UW receiver Reggie Williams has now caughta pass in all 26 games during his Husky career. He has never hadless than three receptions in a game during his career. CodyPickett passed for 255 yards tonight to raise his career total to7,128. He is Washington’s all-time leading passer. Husky widereceiver Reggie Williams caught 10 passes tonight for 107 yards toimprove on his UW career-leading totals of 159 receptions and 4,334yards.