No. 4/3 Ohio State Returns Home to Face Florida A&M

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First and 10

Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 15 games.
Ohio State is facing Florida A&M for the first time on the gridiron.
Ohio State is a perfect 10-for-10 in the red zone this season with nine TDs and one FG.
Ohio State is averaging 504.3 yards of total offense per game.
The Buckeye offense totaled 608 total yards in the win at Cal, running 87 offensive plays — the most since the 2010 Rose Bowl (89) win vs. Oregon.
Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring (44.7 ppg), rushing (285.3), sacks (2.3) and third in rushing defense (89.7 ypg).
Junior Braxton Miller (2,068) needs 13 yards rushing to pass Cornelius Greene (2,080) and become Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs.
Senior RB Jordan Hall is third in the Big Ten in rushing with 134.0 yards per game. He ranks first in scoring (12.7 ppg) and TDs scored (six).
Sophomore viper Noah Spence is tied for first in the Big Ten with 2.5 sacks through three games and is tied for third with 4.5 TFL.
Head coach Urban Meyer is 45-4 in his career in games played in August/September.

Scouting The Rattlers
Florida A&M, a member of the FCS Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and located in Tallahassee, Fla., is 1-2 on the season with a season-opening win over Mississippi Valley State (27-10) and losses to Tennessee State (27-7) and Samford (27-20).

They are led offensively by junior QB Damien Fleming who is 31-of-64 passing for 383 yards, two TDs and five INTs. Freshman running back Omari Albert is the leading rusher with 85 yards on 22 carries while junior wide receiver Lennon Lenworth has a team-best 14 receptions for 229 yards and 1 TD.

Streaking
Ohio State carries the nation’s longest winning streak into Saturday at 15 games. It is the 15th winning streak in school history of 10 or more games. The streak is the fifth-longest in school history with 22 consecutive wins the longest.

GO BUCKS GO BUCKS GO BUCKS

Jody Victor

2013-2014 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

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2013-2014 SCHEDULE

Date Opponent / Event Location Time

08/31/13 vs. Buffalo TV Columbus, Ohio 12:00 p.m. ET
09/07/13 vs. San Diego State TV Columbus, Ohio 3:30 p.m. ET
09/14/13 at California TV Berkeley, Calif. 7:00 p.m. ET
09/21/13 vs. Florida A&M TV Columbus, Ohio TBA
09/28/13 vs. Wisconsin * TV Columbus, Ohio 8:00 p.m. ET
10/05/13 at Northwestern * TV Evanston, Ill. 8:00 p.m. ET
10/19/13 vs. Iowa * TV Columbus, Ohio 3:30 p.m. ET
10/26/13 vs. Penn State * TV Columbus, Ohio 8:00 p.m. ET
11/02/13 at Purdue * TV West Lafayette, Ind. TBA
11/16/13 at Illinois * TV Champaign, Ill. TBA
11/23/13 vs. Indiana * TV Columbus, Ohio TBA
11/30/13 at Michigan * TV Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
Big Ten Championship Game
12/07/13 TBA * TV Indianapolis, Ind. TBA

GO BUCKS GO BUCKS GO BUCKS

Jody Victor

No. 18 Ohio State Welcomes Central Florida in Week 2

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UCF (1-0) at #18 Ohio State (1-0)
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 – Noon ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television:ESPN2 will televise the game with Beth Mowins and former Buckeye Joey Galloway on the call.

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 channel 196.

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State and Central Florida (UCF) are meeting for the first time on the gridiron.
  • Fans will be asked to wear scarlet and to wear gray for a Scarlet and Gray the Shoe promotion.
  • Ohio State is playing its 123rd season of football; UCF is playing its 34th.
  • Two cool schools: 56,867 attend Ohio State’s main campus; 58,698 attend UCF.
  • Both teams are coming off 50-point openers: Ohio State over Miami, 56-10, and UCF winning at Akron, 56-14.
  • Urban Meyer has 105 wins as a collegiate head coach. UCF’s George O’Leary has 103.
  • Ohio State has won 58 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 58-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
  • Ohio State has opened a season with a win every year since 2000, 13 consecutive wins.
  • Ohio State is 32-2 in its last 34 season-openers Both of those 0-1 starts took place in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium – 1999 to Miami and 1986 to Alabama.KICKING THINGS OFF
    Ohio State hosts UCF Saturday in Ohio Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the schools. The noon kickoff will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with former Buckeye and NFL wide receiver great Joey Galloway providing color commentary alongside the play-by-play of Beth Mowins.

    OSU & UCF OPEN WITH 50-POINT GAMES
    Ohio State is coming off a season-opening 56-10 win over Miami in front of 105,039 fans at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes shook off a slow start to amass eight touchdowns and 538 offensive yards – 368 by Braxton Miller- while the team’s defense held the Redhawks to negative rushing yards (-1).

    UCF rolled over Akron last Thursday, 56-14, in front of a partisan crowd of 12,616 fans at Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. The Knights scored four rushing and four passing touchdowns and put the game away with a 28-point second quarter. Statistically, outside of a 206-69 rushing advantage for UCF, the numbers were similar (UCF had 386 yards to Akron’s 325; Akron led in first downs 19-18, but the Zips also lost three fumbles).

  • BUCKEYES RANKED 18TH BY AP
    Ohio State is still currently ranked 18th this week by the Associated Press with the new poll scheduled to be released Tuesday. The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP more times – 790 weeks – than any school in the nation, appeared in the AP preseason poll for the 24th consecutive season two weeks ago, the longest such streak in the nation. This initial ranking in 2012 also marked the 45th consecutive season Ohio State has appeared in the AP toll, tying Alabama for the longest active streak.

    OPENING SALVOS …
    The season-opening win by the Buckeyes was the first at Ohio State for Urban Meyer, who is now 4-0 in inaugural games. The win improved first-year coaches’ records at Ohio State to 22-1-1 in their debut games and to 22-1-1 in their initial home game. Ohio State has won 33 consecutive home openers.

  • Go Bucks!!!
  • Jody Victor

Three Sign Free Agent Contracts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Buckeyes Michael Brewster, J.B. Shugarts and Andrew Sweat recently signed free agent deals with NFL teams after going unselected in last weekend’s NFL Draft.

Brewster, a four-year starter, signed with his home-state Jacksonville Jaguars, which is about 2 hours away from his home in Orlando. Shugarts and Sweat also stayed close to Ohio State, both signing deals with the Cleveland Browns.

Brewster, who graduated in December 2011 with his degree in strategic communications, is one of the finest centers to ever suit up for the Scarlet and Gray. A 2010 All-American and first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer, Mike was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He was named (with Mike Adams) as the team’s 2011 Jim Parker Award winner as the team’s outstanding offensive lineman. He was also one of four team captains as voted on by the players. He capped his Buckeye career in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl by making his 49th consecutive start, the second-longest streak in school history (Luke Fickell started 50 consecutive games). Brewster was named a game captain a team-high eight times this past season, including in six of the last seven games. He was named to the Rimington and Outland Trophy watch lists at the beginning of his senior season. Brewster was a Freshman All-American in 2008 after playing in 12 games and starting the final 10 games of the season. He went on to start all 13 games in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Brewster was the only junior in 2010 to be named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s outstanding center. He played in a total of 51 games.

A native of Washington, Pa., and a graduate of Trinity High School, Andrew will soon graduate from Ohio State with his degree in finance. He is in Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business, one of the most prestigious schools at the university. This past year Sweat’s efforts earned him second-team all-Big Ten Conference honors. He was named the team’s Randy Gradishar Award winner as the outstanding linebacker on the squad. He ranked second among Buckeyes with 72 tackles on the season, numbers that included a career-high 10 tackles vs. Michigan State and a career-high seven solo tackles vs. Indiana. He also had an interception vs. Akron. He had nine tackles vs. both Miami and Indiana. Sweat, who played as a true freshman in nine games in 2008, has started for the Buckeyes in parts of three years (19 career starts and 38 games played). He is the team leader in career tackles with 129. Selected as a game captain by the OSU coaches seven times this season, his peers voted him one of four season captains at the end of the regular season.

Shugarts, a family resource management major, made an immediate impact on this team as a true freshman four seasons ago and he capped his Ohio State career as a three-year starter at right tackle. Despite battling through a number of injuries early in his career, Shugarts started his 35th game when the Buckeyes played Florida in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. That start also represented his 44th game as a Buckeye. He started 12 times in 2011 and was chosen as a game captain for the season opener vs. Akron. J.B. was a four-year lettermen.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

 

Jody Victor®: Buckeyes Heading to TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes will meet the Florida Gators in the 2012 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla.. The site is EverBank Field (77,511) and it will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

“The guys will be extremely excited about playing Florida in the Gator Bowl on January 2,” Ohio State coach Luke Fickell said. “We are hoping to end the season on a good note.”

Both teams finished the regular season with 6-6 records. Ohio State posted a 3-5 Big Ten Conference Leaders Division record while Florida’s mark included a 3-5 record in the SEC Eastern Division. The game will also be a chance for each team to move on and rebound from a season-ending loss to their rival. Ohio State fell on the road to Michigan, 40-34, Nov. 26, the same day that Florida dropped a 21-7 decision to Florida State in Gainesville.

“I am excited that the team is going to a bowl game and to have one more chance to win another game as a Buckeye,” senior linebacker Andrew Sweat said. “We’ll be ready to get back to practice later this week.”

And for Ohio State senior center Mike Brewster, his last game as a Buckeye will be in his home state.

“I am happy the way the bowl game worked out,” Brewster said. “If we couldn’t be in a BCS game, I like the fact that we are playing against a program like Florida that has a rich tradition like Ohio State. And I like it that I’ll be playing my last game in my home state in front of friends and family.” 

Tickets on Sale at 10 a.m. Monday
Tickets are available for the 2012 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl with prices starting at $60.00, plus applicable service charges. Fans interested in purchasing tickets can do so online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com starting Monday, December 5, at 10 a.m. EST.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor