No. 12 Ohio State Hosts California

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye football news from and

California (1-1) at #12 Ohio State (2-0)
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 – Noon ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

The Broadcasts
Television: ABC will televise the game to a national audience with Beth Mowins and former Buckeye Joey Galloway on the call and Lewis Johnson on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship 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 and XM channel 91.


  • Seventy years ago (1942) Ohio State won the first of its seven national championships and four members off that 1942 team – E Paul Matus, G Carmen Naples, QB Paul “Robin” Priday and E Don Steinberg – will be honored at the game.
  • Ohio State and California are playing for the first time in 40 years.
  • Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is 106-23 in his 11th season as a head coach.
  • Cal coach Jeff Tedford is 80-49 in his 11th season as a head coach (all at Cal).
  • Meyer’s teams are 36-4 in the month of September.
  • Ohio State and Cal will square off Sept. 14, 2013 at Cal’s newly renovated Memorial Stadium.
  • Ohio State is 7-3 in its last 10 games against Pac-12 competition, dating back to the 1997 season.
  • The Big Ten Conference went 0-3 last week – all on the road – vs. teams from the Pacific-12.
  • Ohio State has won 59 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games vs. teams not ranked in the AP Top 25. The last loss: 34-17 to Florida State, Oct. 2, 1982.
  • Ohio State is 59-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.KICKING THINGS OFF
    Ohio State and California kick off a two-year home-and-home series with a game Saturday, Sept. 15, at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes are 2-0 so far this season and are ranked 12th this week by the Associated Press while Cal comes to town with a 1-1 record.

    The game will be the third of four consecutive home games at Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes. Cal is on the road for the first time this season. Ohio State hosts UAB next week (time still TBD). Cal plays at USC.

    Twelve outstanding former student-athletes will be enshrined into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend. The class will be inducted Friday at a dinner in the Ohio Union and will be introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State/California game Saturday. The 2012 class includes Louise Bond-Williams (fencing), Pete Cusick (football), Jessica Davenport (basketball), George Downes (wrestling), Joseph Gailus (football), Ray Griffin (football), Rex Holman (wrestling), Bob Knight (lifetime achievement), Keturah Lofton (track and field), Dick Schafrath (football), Jim Stone (women’s volleyball coach) and Mike Vrabel (football).

    California is 1-1 on the season with a 31-24 opening game loss to Nevada, followed by a 50-31 win over Southern Utah Saturday.

    Senior QB Zach Maynard is fifth in the Pac-12 with a 154.2 passer rating. He has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 474 yards to go along with three TDs and one INT. Last week in the win over Southern Utah he was 17 of 23 for 229 yards with one TD and one INT. Freshman Chris Harper is his favorite target with 12 catches for 151 yards and one score. Wide receiver Keenan Allen has 11 receptions in 2012 and 155 for his career for nearly 2,000 yards.

    Defensively, Cal is sixth in the NCAA with 10.0 TFL per game and tied for 23rd with 3.0 sacks.

    Jeff Tedford is in his 11th season in Berkeley with an 80-49 record. He has led the Golden Bears to eight bowl appearances, going 5-3 in those contests.

    Ohio State and Cal have met six times previously, and the start of this home-and-home is the third time the teams have played in consecutive years.

    Ohio State vs. California
    1-1-21 – Cal 28, Ohio State 0 (at Rose Bowl)
    1-2-50 – Ohio State 17, Cal 14 (at Rose Bowl)
    10-3-53 – Ohio State 33, Cal 19 (Memorial Stadium)
    10-2-54 – Ohio State 21, Cal 13 (Ohio Stadium)
    10-2-71 – Ohio State 35, Cal 3 (Ohio Stadium)
    10-7-72 – Ohio State 35, Cal 18 (Memorial Stadium)

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor