No. 6 Ohio State vs. Illinois Game Notes

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#6 Ohio State (9-0, 5-0) vs. Illinois (2-6, 0-4)
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 – 3:30 p.m.
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ESPN will televise the game with Beth Mowins and former Buckeye Joey Galloway in the booth and Lewis Johnson on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the fl agship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game can also be heard live on Sirius channel 113 and XM channel 197.

FIRST AND 10

The Buckeyes are ranked No. 6 this week by the Associated Press, their highest ranking since the final poll of the 2010 season (No. 5).

The Buckeyes are one of only six unbeaten FBS teams and the only team 9-0 (5-0 Big Ten).

Illinois comes to Ohio Stadium 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten, and they have won seven of the last 11 games in Ohio Stadium.

Illinois head coach Tim Beckman is one of 10 former assistants of Urban Meyer who have become a head coach. He is the second who will coach against Meyer as a head coach (Dan Mullin; Mississippi State).

Braxton Miller (1,093 rushing yards) is the first Ohio State QB and just the third different Big Ten QB to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Miller needs one more rushing TD to tie the Ohio State record for rushing TDs by a QB in a single season.

Miller ranks 11th nationally and leads all Big Ten players in rushing yards (121.4 ypg) and also leads the Big Ten in total offense (291.1 ypg).

As a team Ohio State ranks first in the Big Ten in scoring (39.2), rushing yards (262.8) and rushing defense (107.0 ypg) in Big Ten games.

Bradley Roby leads the Big Ten with 18 passes defended (16 PBUs, 2 INTs) in eight games.
The Buckeyes are one of the few teams in the country who haven’t had an off week this season. They’ll enjoy that next week … the weekend of Nov. 10.

Ohio State will honor the branches of the military Saturday as part of its Military Appreciation game.

SECOND-OLDEST SERIES
Ohio State and Illinois will be meeting for the 99th time since the series was initiated in 1902. Only the series against Michigan, which started in 1897 and which has seen 108 games, is older and lengthier than Ohio State’s series with Illinois. Ohio State and Illinois played every year for 89 consecutive years, between 1914 and 2002, until the series was interrupted in 2003. The game Saturday will be the eighth consecutive year the teams have played.

Go Bucks!!!
Jody Victor

No. 9 Ohio State Travels To Penn State

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#9 Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) at Penn State (5-2, 3-0)
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Beaver Stadium (106,572)
University Park, Pa.

THE BROADCASTS
Television:ESPN will televise the game with Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman in the booth and Quint Kessenich on the sidelines.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyerpregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game can also be heard live on Sirius channel 92 and XM channel 192.

FIRST AND 10
Originally scheduled to be a 6 p.m. start when the networks made their night game selections a few months ago, the start time for this game was moved to 5:30 p.m. two weeks ago.
While neither team will play in the Big Ten championship game, both are eligible to win the Leaders Division.
The Buckeyes are ranked No. 9 this week by the Associated Press, dropping two spots from a season-best No. 7 ranking last week.
Urban Meyer, the 24th head coach in Ohio State football history, is 112-23 in his 11th season as a head coach.
Bill O’Brien is in his first season as a collegiate head coach after spending the last five years with the New England Patriots. He is in his 20th year of coaching.
Ohio State officially lists this rivalry with Penn State as even with 13 wins apiece.
Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
Penn State is playing its 126th season of football and its 20th as a member of the Big Ten.
Ohio State’s final four games of the season are against teams with a combined record of 18-11 and a 9-4 Big Ten mark.
The Buckeyes are one of only 11 unbeaten Football Bowl Subdivision teams and the only team 8-0.
BIG GAME ON
The 8-0 (and 4-0 Big Ten Conference) Ohio State Buckeyes, riding their longest winning streak in five years, or since the 2007 team opened 10-0, travel to State College, Pa., for a 5:30 p.m. game Saturday against the 5-2 and 3-0 Penn State Nittany Lions. ESPN will televise the game to a national audience with Sean McDonough, former Buckeye great Chris Spielman and Quint Kessenich on the call.

13 WINS APIECE IN ALL-TIME SERIES
According to Ohio State’s official records, the Ohio State/Penn State series is tied with each team winning 13 games. Penn State won the first four games in this series – in 1912-56-63-64 – but since then there has been only one winning streak as long as three games (Ohio State won in 2002-03-04).

HOME AND AWAY
The Buckeyes are 5-5 vs. Penn State in games played in State College and have won two consecutive and three of the last four there. Ohio State holds a slim, 8-7, lead in victories in games played in Columbus, including an 8-6 record vs. Penn State in Ohio Stadium. Penn State won the only game played on a neutral field: at the 1980 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

Last 5 in State College:
Nov. 7, 2009 – Ohio State 24, Penn State 7
Oct. 27, 2007 – Ohio State 37, Penn State 17
Oct. 8, 2005 – Penn State 17, Ohio State 10
Nov. 1, 2003 – Ohio State 21, Penn State 10
Oct. 27, 2001 – Penn State 29, Ohio State 27

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

No. 7 Ohio State vs. Purdue Game Notes

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THE BROADCASTS
Television: ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror) will televise the game with Beth Mowins and Joey Galloway on the call and Lewis Johnson on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the fl agship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game can also be heard live on Sirius channel 112 and XM channel 190.

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State seeks to go 8-0 this week under first-year coach Urban Meyer when the Purdue Boilermakers visit Ohio Stadium.
  • Shades of pink will be prevalent inside the stadium as The Ohio State University and the Buckeyes will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month on Saturday.
  • The Buckeyes are ranked No. 7 this week by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State is leading the Big Ten Leaders Division with a 3-0 mark.
  • Urban Meyer, the 24th head coach in Ohio State football history, is 111-23 in his 11th season as a head coach.
  • Purdue is coached by Danny Hope. He is 19-24 in his fourth season at Purdue and 54-46 overall.
  • Only two Buckeyes are from Indiana: Joel Hale (Greenwood) and Rod Smith (Fort Wayne).
  • Ohio State and Purdue have split – three wins apiece – the last six meetings in this rivalry.
  • Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
  • The Buckeyes are one of only 12 unbeaten Football Bowl Subdivision teams and one of only two at 7-0.GAME ON
    The 7-0 Ohio State Buckeyes, riding their longest winning streak in five years (the 2007 team opened 10-0), host the Purdue Boilermakers (3-3; 0-2) at noon Saturday in a Big Ten Conference Leaders Division contest from Ohio Stadium. ABC, with an ESPN2 reverse mirror, will televise the game.MOST RECENTLY
    Ohio State stayed unbeaten in the Urban Meyer coaching era with a 52-49 win over 2-4 Indiana last week in Bloomington. The Buckeyes led by 18 points, 52-34, late in the fourth quarter but aided by an onsides kick recovery, the Hoosiers scored twice in the final 1:40 in a desperate and dramatic attempt at their first win over the Buckeyes in 17 tries, dating to 1988. Corey Brown recovered IU’s second onsides attempt with 1:05 to play and the Buckeyes, who had a season-high 578 yards of total offense, were able to hold on for the win.

    Purdue, under the direction of fourth-year coach Danny Hope (19-24; 54-46 overall), gave up 467 rushing yards and 645 total yards to Wisconsin in a 38-14 loss at Ross-Ade Stadium. After Caleb TerBush scored on a 1-yard run to give Purdue an early 7-0 lead, Wisconsin scored 38 consecutive points until Akeem Hunt’s 81-yard touchdown run with 1:39 to play.

     Go Bucks!!!

     Jody Victor

No. 8 Ohio State Faces Indiana Saturday in Primetime

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FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State travels to Bloomington, Ind., to take on the Indiana Hoosiers in an 8 p.m. game Saturday, Oct. 13.
  • The Buckeyes will travel via charter bus on Friday (staying in Indianapolis) and then fly back to Columbus after the game.
  • Ohio State is on a roll with a 6-0 record and consecutive wins over Top 25 teams Michigan State and Nebraska.
  • Indiana is under the direction of second-year coach Kevin Wilson, the 28th coach in IU history.
  • Urban Meyer is the 24th head coach in Ohio State football history.
  • Two Buckeyes are from the Hoosier state: Joel Hale (Greenwood) and Rod Smith(Fort Wayne).
  • Ohio State has officially won 16 consecutive games in this 110-year-old series.
  • Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
  • The Buckeyes are one of only 16 unbeaten FBS teams and one of only four at 6-0.
  • Ohio State has scored 261 points and ranks 22nd nationally with 38.5 points per game.

ROAD GAME ON
Ohio State, in the national Top 10 rankings for the first time in two years, travels to Bloomington, Ind., this week for a second consecutive primetime game. The Buckeyes, ranked 8th in the Associated Press poll, take on Leaders Division rival Indiana in an 8 p.m. (EDT) game from IU’s Memorial Stadium. The Big Ten Network will televise the contest.

OHIO STATE ONE OF FOUR AT 6-0
Ohio State, under the direction of three-time National Coach of the Year and two-time national champion Urban Meyer, is one of only four teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision to sport a perfect, 6-0 record. The others: Ohio, Oregon and South Carolina. Ten teams are 5-0 and two are 4-0, leaving the FBS with 16 unbeaten teams heading into Week 7.

THE GREAT STATE OF OHIO FOOTBALL
Ohio FBS football teams are a combined 32-13 this season and boast three of the nation’s 16 undefeated teams: Ohio State, Ohio and Cincinnati (4-0). All three unbeatens played at home last week in front of solid (20,044 at Ohio’s Peden Stadium), sold-out (35,097 at UC’s Nippert Stadium) and spectacular (record 106,102 fans at Ohio Stadium) crowds.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

Ohio State Hosts Nebraska In Primetime

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#12 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0) vs. #21/20 Nebraska (4-1, 1-0)
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 – 8 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ABC will televise the game with Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge in the booth and Holly Rowe on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the fl agship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game can also be heard live on Sirius channel 113, XM 191 and Dial Global Sports (formerly Westwood One).

FIRST AND 10

  • The game will be the first time Ohio State and Nebraska will meet as ranked teams.
  • Both teams are coming off comeback wins over last year’s Big Ten championship game teams.
  • Nebraska came back from 21 points down in the second half to defeat Ohio State, 34-27, last year in Lincoln, Neb.
  • Carlos Hyde had two touchdowns, including a career-long 63-yarder, and 104 yards rushing last year against Nebraska.
  • Ohio State is 4-0 at Ohio Stadium this year.
  • Ohio State defeated Nebraska, 34-7, to open the 1956 season before an Ohio Stadium record crowd of 82,153.
  • Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten Conference, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
  • Nebraska is in its second season of Big Ten play.
  • Nebraska is the first ranked opponent in Ohio Stadium since No. 21 Penn State was here on Nov. 19 of last year.
  • Both Ohio State and Nebraska are playing their 123rd season of intercollegiate football.GAME ON
    Unbeaten and 12th ranked Ohio State, 5-0 and coming off its biggest win under Coach Urban Meyer, hosts No. 21/20 and 4-1 Nebraska in a huge, Leaders vs. Legends matchup in the Big Ten Conference. ABC will carry the 8 p.m. game to a national television audience.

    GAME DAY IS GAME NIGHT
    The game will be the 11th night game in Ohio Stadium history. Ohio State is 7-3 all-time in home night games, including a 33-29 win over Wisconsin last year in a game where 31 fourth quarter points were scored.

    Ohio Stadium night games:
    1. Sept. 14, 1985 – 10-7 win over Pitt
    2. Sept. 11, 1993 – 21-12 win over Washington
    3. Aug. 28, 1997 – 24-10 win over Wyoming
    4. Sept. 11, 1999 – 42-20 win over UCLA
    5. Oct. 6, 2001 – 38-20 win over Northwestern
    6. Aug. 30, 2003 – 28-9 win over Washington
    7. Sept. 10, 2005 – 25-22 loss to Texas
    8. Oct. 25, 2008 – 13-6 loss to Penn State
    9. Sept. 12, 2009 – 18-15 loss to USC
    10. Oct. 29, 2011 – 33-27 win over Wisconsin

    1972 TEAM TO BE RECOGNIZED
    Members of the 1972 Ohio State team will be recognized during the Nebraska game. The 1972 Buckeyes went 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten Conference to earn a share of the championship. It would be the first of a Big Ten-record six consecutive Big Ten titles (outright and shared). Captains were Richard Galbos and George Hasenohrl. LB Randy Gradishar and OT John Hicks were named all Americans while OG Charles Bonica and DT Hasenohrl joined them as all-Big Ten selections. This was the first year freshmen are eligible to play, signaling the start of the Archie Griffin era at Ohio State.

    AND IT’S HOMECOMING, TOO
    Ohio Stadium, celebrating its 90th season and where the Buckeyes won their 400th game two weeks ago (400-109-20) over UAB, will play host to the 91st Homecoming game in school history this week with the Cornhuskers in town. Ohio State is officially 65-19-5 in Homecoming games.

  • Go Bucks!!!
  • Jody Victor