No. 4 Ohio State at Purdue Game Notes

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#4 Ohio State (8-0, 4-0 B1G) at Purdue (1-6, 0-3 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Noon ET
Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500)
West Lafayette, Ind.

Television: BTN will televise the game with Kevin Kugler (p-by-p) and Glen Mason (analyst) in the booth and J Leman 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.

Ohio State, 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten, is ranked No. 4 in the BCS standings after its 63-14 win vs. Penn State Saturday.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 47.2 points per game, leads the Big Ten and ranks eighth nationally with 517.3 yards per game. Their rushing attack is one of the best in the nation, ranking second in the Big Ten and ninth in the NCAA with 295.6 yards per game. The offense is coming off a season-high 408-yard rushing performance vs. Penn State — the first 400-yard game for an OSU team since 1995.

Seniors Carlos Hyde (590 yards, 7 TDs in five games) and Jordan Hall (448 yards, 8 TDs) are Ohio State’s top rushers. Junior QB Braxton Miller — Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,389 yards, 22 TDs) — has rushed for 403 yards in a little more than five 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 totaled 324 yards (222 passing, 102 rushing) in the win over Iowa before setting a career high with 252 yards passing and three TDs in the win over Penn State. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown (37 rec., 520 yds, 7 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (35 rec., 524 yds, 6 TDs) are Ohio State’s leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who, along with sophomore viper Noah Spence, is tied for the Big Ten lead with 9.0 TFL. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 95.9 yards per game on the ground — sixth best in the NCAA. The defense also ranks 15th in scoring defense (19.1 ppg) and 14th in total defense (336.1 ypg). The Buckeye secondary, led by junior All-American Bradley Roby (2 INTs), is tied for the Big Ten lead with five interceptions in Big Ten play.

Ohio State carries the nation’s longest winning streak into Saturday at 20 games. The streak is the second-longest in school history with 22 consecutive wins the longest.

Purdue has defeated Ohio State in each of the last two games at Ross-Ade Stadium. In 2009 the Boilermakers stunned No. 7 Ohio State, 26-18, and in 2011 the Boilermakers repeated with a win, a 26-23 overtime win. Purdue has won four of the last six meetings against Ohio State at Ross-Ade dating back to the 2000 season.

Ohio State and Purdue account for 33 percent of Ohio State’s overtime history. The teams have played into overtime three times, including in the last two meetings. Ohio State is 2-1 vs. Purdue in overtime and 7-2 all-time in overtime (4-0 at home; 2-2 away; 1-0 neutral field).

The legend of Kenny Guiton took off last year vs. Purdue. Taking over the injured and hospitalized Braxton Miller, Guiton led the undefeated Buckeyes on a 61-yard scoring drive in the last 47 seconds of the game to tie the score. He connected with Chris Fields on an 11-yard TD pass play and then found Jeff Heuerman for the two point conversion to force overtime. Ohio State won on a Carlos Hyde TD run and the defense then kept the Boilermakers from scoring, preserving the unbeaten season while improving Ohio State’s record to 8-0.


Jody Victor

Boilermakers Battle Buckeyes in Lone Meeting Tonight

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No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (20-3, 8-2) vs. the Purdue Boilermakers (15-8, 5-5)
Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 9 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN
Talent: Mike Tirico (play-by-play); Dan Dakich (expert analysis); Samantha Steele (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius-91 , XM-91        
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460

The Buckeyes vs. The Ranked
Ohio State leads the nation in wins vs. opponents ranked among the Top 25 with five victories in seven tries this season. The Buckeyes own wins vs. No. 7 Florida, No. 3 Duke, No. 7 Indiana,  No. 20 Michigan and No. 19 Wisconsin. Losses have come to No. 13 Kansas and No. 13 Indiana, both on the road. The Buckeyes have five players, all starters, averaging in double figures in games vs. ranked opponents. Jared Sullinger leads with 17.5 ppg. He is joined by William Buford (15.0 ppg.), Deshaun Thomas (13.7 ppg.), Aaron Craft (10.9 ppg.) and Lenzelle Smith Jr. (10.3 ppg.). Sullinger (7.8 rebounds per game) and Smith Jr. (5.9 rpg.) lead the team on the glass. The Buckeyes outscore ranked foes by 7.4 points per game and own the edge on the boards by 3.0 rpg. Notre Dame also has five wins vs. Top 25 teams this season.

The Buckeyes in the Big Ten
The Buckeyes rank No. 2 in both scoring offense (76.5 ppg.) and scoring defense (55.4 ppg.) after a 20-3 overall start. Ohio State’s scoring margin of 21.0 ppg. leads the league while the .489 field goal shooting pct. rates in the No. 2 spot. Led by Jared Sullinger, Ohio State is among the Top 2 teams in rebounding offense (37.0 rpg., No. 2) and defense (29.6 rpg., No. 2). Overall, the Buckeyes are No. 2 in rebound margin (+7.5 rpg.). Behind Aaron Craft, Ohio State is No. 2 in assists (16.0 apg.), No. 1 in turnover margin (+6.0) and No. 2 in steals (8.0 spg.) on the year among Big Ten teams.

Ohio State vs. Purdue
Purdue is 83-76 all-time in games vs. Ohio State, but the Buckeyes own the edge in Columbus 51-28. When Ohio State is ranked nationally in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, the Buckeyes are 22-4 against the Boilermakers. Ohio State enters the game today ranked No. 3 nationally. Purdue is unranked. The last time Ohio State lost to an unranked Purdue squad was March 6, 1991, a 72-67 setback for the then-No. 2 Buckeyes. The teams have split the last eight overall meetings, 4-all. William Buford, Ohio State’s lone senior, averages 14.1 points a game in seven career meetings with the Boilermakers. He has scored 99 points and grabbed 33 rebounds (4.7 rpg.) in the series. He has scored on 55 percent from the field (36-66) and 58 percent from long range (12-21) while knocking down 15 of 17 foul shots (.882). Jared Sullinger averaged 21.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games vs. the Boilermakers last season. He made 16 of 26 shots from the field (.615) and 9 of 12 foul shots (.750). Purdue is 1-7 vs. Ohio State at Value City Arena. Ohio State is 67-18 vs. Big Ten foes at VCA.               

100 Years in Big Ten
Ohio State celebrates 100 years as a member of the Big Ten Conference in men’s basketball in 2012. The Buckeyes finished in the No. 6 spot in the 1913 conference standings, the first season of league play. Over the 99 previous seasons, Ohio State has earned 19 Big Ten regular-season titles with 23 NCAA tournament appearances, one national championship (1960) and nine trips to the Final Four. Eight former coaches and players are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame while nearly 50 student-athletes have been drafted by National Basketball Association teams, including 22 in the first round.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor