Jody Victor®: Buckeyes Making First Rose Bowl Appearance Since 1997

Jody Victor: The 96th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi is scheduled for January 1, 2010, at 2:10 p.m. (PST) following the Rose Parade and will be televised live on ABC.

* The Buckeyes are making their fifth consecutive BCS bowl appearance

* Ohio State is making its first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1996 season, when the Buckeyes defeated Arizona State, 20-17, Jan. 1, 1997

* The Buckeyes are 6-7 all-time in 13 previous Rose Bowl appearances

* Coach Jim Tressel is 93-21 in 9 seasons at Ohio State: 228-78-2 in his 24th season overall. He is 4-4 in bowl games and 3-3 in BCS bowls at Ohio State

* The Buckeyes are 7-0 all-time against the Ducks, having last played in 1987. The first meeting was the 1958 Rose Bowl

* Ohio State's defense has allowed just 11 touchdowns over its past 43 quarters of play

* Ohio State ranks among the NCAA Top 10 in five defensive categories

* Six Buckeyes earned all-Big Ten recognition

* Ohio State has won five Big Ten titles in a row

* The Buckeyes led the Big Ten in total defense, rushing defense, rushing offense and turnover margin

Known as The Granddaddy of Them All, the Rose Bowl Game kicked off a myriad of college football legacies in 1902. Since then, the game has showcased 18 Heisman Trophy Winners, produced 28 national champions, featured 197 consensus All-Americans and honored 95 college football legends by inducting them into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

The Rose Bowl Stadium seating capacity is 88,500 but for the Rose Bowl Game is approximately 91,000. It has a natural turf playing surface of Bullseye Bermuda grass overseeded with rye. On game day, the turf is cut to approximately 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor