Jody Victor : Eighth-Ranked Buckeyes Head to HHH Metrodome

Jody Victor: Ohio State (4-0/1-0) continues Big Ten play with a visit to Minnesota (1-3/0-1) for an 8 pm EDT game Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (64,172) in Minneapolis.

Coupled with a night game at Purdue next week, the Buckeyes are playing back-to-back road night games for the first time in program history. This season also marks the first time Ohio State will play three regular-season night games.

The Buckeyes and Gophers are playing for the 47th time; Ohio State has a 39-7 advantage in the series, with a 19-4 mark in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes have won the last four games in the series, including a 44-0 OSU victory last season in Columbus.

Ohio State has won 22 consecutive regular-season games, dating back to a 17-10 loss at Penn State on October 8, 2005; that breaks the Buckeye record for consecutive regular-saeson wins, set from 1967-69.

The Northwestern game was the 500th home game all-time for the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes boast an all-time record of 376-104-20 (.772) in Ohio Stadium since that facility opened in 1922. The first game was a 5-0 win over Ohio Wesleyan on October 7, 1922.

This Saturday's game will be televised by ESPN 2 at 8:00 pm EDT.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor : Tressel Wins 200th Career Game

Jody Victor: Usually stoic in his scarlet sweater vest, Jim Tressel was jumping around the sideline.

In the huddle, a normally low-key Todd Boeckman barked at his Ohio State teammates, as the quarterback making his third career start joined his coach in trying to ignite the Buckeyes.

It worked. Chris Wells ran for 135 yards and a touchdown, Boeckman threw for two more scores and No. 10 Ohio State scored 24 consecutive points in the second half to beat Washington 33-14 on Saturday.

But there had been doubt. Washington (2-1) was inside Ohio State territory six times against the nation's top-ranked defense. The Huskies got 102 yards rushing and 153 yards passing from Locker. But key mistakes – including Locker's three interceptions – doomed them in their sixth consecutive loss to a Top 10 opponent.

Linebacker James Laurinaitis intercepted Washington's Jake Locker twice deep in Buckeyes territory. Last season's Nagurski Award winner as the nation's best defensive player also had a key sack of the Huskies' redshirt freshman star during the decisive sequence of the third quarter, when Ohio State turned a 7-3 deficit into a 17-7 lead.

As Brandon Saine ran 37 yards for a touchdown on the game's final play, Tressel was getting a bucket of ice water dumped on his head to celebrate his 200th career victory.

This Saturday at 3:30 pm the Buckeyes host Northwestern in Ohio Stadium. You can watch the game on ESPN.

Go Bucks!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor : No. 10 Ohio State Travels to Washington

Jody Victor: Ohio state (2-0) visits Washington (2-0) for a 12:30 p.m. PDT (3:30 p.m. EDT) game Saturday at Husky Stadium (72,000) in Seatle. The game will be televised on ESPN.

The Buckeyes are coming off back-to-back home wins to open the season and are making their first regular-season West Coast road trip since playing at UCLA in 2001. The Huskies won at Syracuse, 42-12, in their season opener and knocked off No. 22 Boise State last week, 24-10, to snap the Broncos' 14-game winning streak, which had been the nation's longest.

The Buckeyes held their first two opponents to a combined eight points (YSU 6, Akron 2), marking the lowest total point total allowed through two games since 1996. That season, Ohio State beat Rice 70-7 and Pitt 72-0 in the first two games of the season.

Ohio State is 7-3 all-time against Washington in a series that began in 1957. The Buckeyes are 2-3 in games played at Husky Stadium. The last meeting was a 28-9 Buckeye win in Columbus in 2003.

Senior offensive tackle Kirk Barton, senior fullback Dionte Johnson and junior linebacker James Laurinaitis were elected 2007 captains by their teammates. Because of close voting on the defense, a second defensive captain will be named for each game. Game captains this far: Youngstown State – Larry Grant; Akron – Marcus Freeman.

Go Bucks!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor : No. 10 Ohio State Defeats Younstown State, 38-6

Jody Victor: The Ohio State Buckeyes kicked off their 118th season of football with a 38-6 victory over Youngstown State Saturday afternoon before 105,038 sun-drenched fans in Ohio Stadium. The win was Ohio State's 29th-consecutive to open a season.

“I thought we came out and played against a good football team,” Jim Tressel, Ohio State head coach, said. “I thought we did some good things. The most important thing is now we'll have an opportunity to study real game football. Our guys will have a chance to learn a great deal and to have an opportunity to get better.”

Quarerback Todd Boeckman, a junior making his first start, looked comfortable in the pocket all day as he led the offense to 417 total yards. Boeckman found seven different receivers as he completed 17-of-23 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target was Brian Robiskie, who had a terrific day with nine receptions for 153 yards.

“I thought Todd did a lot of good things today,” Tressel said. “I don't know if you'd call it a winning performance because that's pretty hard to get as an Ohio State quarterback. He did have excellent command. He had a good completion percentage. There are some things we'll need to work on, but his performance was solid.”

Boeckman, Robby Schoenhoft and Antonio Henton all played at quarterback for Ohio State. The trio combined for 31 pass attempts. Henton connected with freshman Taurian Washington on a 37-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter for Ohio State's final points.

“We went into the game wanting to work on the pass,” Tressel said. “We have new quarterbacks. We can't ask them to pass only when we're ahead or only when we're behind. We went in knowing we were going to throw a lot and not just on significant downs.”

The Buckeyes gained 147 rushing yards but did not have their way against the Penguins, the two-time defending Gateway Football Conference champions who were formidable for 15 years while under Tressel's leadership. Still, there were some highlight runs for the Buckeyes: Maurice Wells had a 26-yarder; Beanie Wells ripped off a 20-yarder that included two 360-degree spins; and Brandon Saine had an 18-yard burst between the tackles on his first collegiate carry.

Ohio State's defense looked solid in keeping the Penguins out of the end zone all afternoon. James Laurinaitis, Anderson Russell and Adam Spitler led the defenders with seven tackles apiece. Although void of any turnovers, the defense allowed only 176 total yards including just 85 rushing yards.

Another season of Buckeye football, another season-opening win and Ohio State is now 115-10-4 in September home games. Up next : Akron Sept. 8 in Ohio Stadium.

Go Bucks!

Jody Victor

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