No. 4 Ohio State Hosts Penn State Saturday in Primetime

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#4 Ohio State (7-0, 3-0 B1G) vs. Penn State (4-2, 1-1 B1G)
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 – 8 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

Television: ABC will televise the game with Brad Nessler (p-by-p) and Todd Blackledge (analyst) in the booth and Holly Rowe on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 64-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 also can be heard on Sirius & XM channels 85.

A GLANCE AT THE BUCKEYES Ohio State, 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten, is ranked No. 4 in the initial BCS standings after its 34-24 win vs. Iowa Saturday.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 45.0 points per game, is third in the Big Ten and 20th nationally with 493.1 yards per game. Their rushing attack is one of the best in the nation, ranking third in the Big Ten and 11th in the NCAA with 279.6 yards per game on the ground.

Seniors Carlos Hyde (443 yards, 5 TDs in four games) and Jordan Hall (438 yards, 8 TDs) are Ohio State’s most experienced rushers. Junior QB Braxton Miller — Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,321 yards) — has rushed for 335 yards in a little more than four games. He returned from a knee injury Sept. 28 vs. Wisconsin, completing 17 of 25 passes for 198 yards and a career-high tying four TDs. He also rushed for 83 yards on 22 carries. He then passed for 203 yards in a 40-30 win at No. 15 Northwestern Oct. 5 and totaled 324 yards (222 passing, 102 rushing) in the win over Iowa. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown (33 rec., 453 yds, 6 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (30 rec., 434 yds, 6 TDs) are Ohio State’s leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who is third in the Big Ten with 8.0 TFL to go along with 56.0 total tackles. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 92.4 yards per game on the ground — seventh best in the NCAA. Ohio State’s defense held Wisconsin to 104 yards rushing, nearly 250 yards below its season average, while the Buckeye secondary, led by junior All-American Bradley Roby (2 INTs), ranks fifth in the Big Ten with eight interceptions this season.

Shades of pink will be prevalent inside Ohio stadium Saturday as The Ohio State University and the Buckeyes recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month.


Jody Victor