Hyde, Roby and Bosa claim Big Ten Honors

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Determined and exceptional efforts by the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 40-30 comeback victory over No. 15/16 Northwestern on the road Saturday night earned three individuals Big Ten Conference weekly honors this week: Carlos Hyde shared the conference’s offensive player of the week award with Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah; All-American cornerback Bradley Roby was the special teams player of the week; and defensive lineman Joey Bosa earned the Big Ten’s freshman of the week award.

Hyde, from Naples, Fla., rushed for a career-high 168 yards with three second-half touchdowns to power Ohio State back from a 23-13 third-quarter deficit. He also caught four passes for 38 yards for a total of 206 all-purpose yards.

Hyde’s fine game included amassing 15 first downs; 12 rushing and three receiving. He scored on a 4-yard run late in the third quarter to close a 10-point Northwestern lead to three, 23-20. He added a 2- yard TD run early in the fourth to give Ohio State its first lead in over 32 minutes, 27-23. And after Northwestern regained the lead, Hyde capped an 81-yard drive with a 7-yard run for a 34-30 Buckeye lead with 5:22 left to play.

Roby, a fourth-year junior from Suwanee, Ga., blocked a Northwestern punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for Ohio State’s only touchdown of the first half. He also had two special team’s tackles among his seven tackles for the game.

Roby now has four career touchdowns; he has scored off a fumbled punt vs. Miami in 2012; he recovered a blocked punt vs. Indiana in 2012; he had a “pick-six” vs. Nebraska in 2012; and his recovery of his own blocked punt in the end zone vs. Northwestern Saturday.

Bosa, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had five tackles, including two quarterback sacks, and he recovered a fumble in the end zone on the final play of the game. He tied his personal best with four solo tackles and with his two tackles-for-loss.


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No. 3/4 Ohio State Travels to No. 15/16 Northwestern

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#3/4 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0) at #15/16 Northwestern (4-0, 0-0)
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 – 7/8 p.m. ET
Ryan Field (47,130)
Evanston, Ill.

The Broadcast
Television: ABC will televise the game with Brent Musburger and former Buckeye Kirk Herbstreit in the booth and Heather Cox 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 nationally on Sports USA Radio with Adam Amin, Gary Barnett and Troy West and Sirius-XM channels 91.

First and 10
Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 17 games.
Ohio State has won the last four meetings with Northwestern and 28 of the last 29 overall.
Ohio State ranks first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA in first downs with 127.
Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the NCAA in scoring with 48.2 ppg.
Ohio State is outscoring teams 216-21 in the first quarter this season.
Ohio State is averaging 501.2 yards of total offense per game while giving up only 304.0.
Ohio State’s defense ranks eighth nationally in rushing defense (84.6 ypg). The unit has not allowed a run of 20 or more yards this season.
Junior Braxton Miller passed Cornelius Greene to become Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs with 83 yards rushing vs. Wisconsin.
Miller is tied for first with Joe Germaine with six career games of at least 300 yards of total offense.
Junior LB Ryan Shazier leads the B1G with 7.0 TFL.
Urban Meyer last faced Northwestern in 2001 in his first season at Bowling Green, a 43-42 win for the Falcons in Evanston.

Scouting The Wildcats
The Widcats (4-0, 0-0) are ranked 15th in this week’s USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll and 16th in the Associated Press poll. They had a bye last Saturday and are coming off a 35-21 win over Maine Sept. 21. The Wildcats also have posted wins at Cal (44-30), and at home vs. Syracuse (48-27) and Western Michigan (38-17).

Northwestern’s offense, which ranks 18th in the NCAA with 249.5 rushing yards per game, features a two-quarterback system in senior Kain Colter and junior Trevor Siemian. Colter, who has started all four games for the Wildcats this season, has 264 yards passing with three TDs and two INTs to go along with 237 yards rushing and three TDs. Siemian has completed 77.1 percent of his passes for 671 yards, four TDs and two INTs. Senior RB Venric Mark, a second team All-Big Ten performer and first-team All-American at punt returner in 2012, has not played since the Aug. 31 game at Cal because of an injury. Last season he posted the second-most all-purpose yards in a single-season in school history with 2,166 yards.

The defense is led by junior LB and Gahanna, Ohio native Chi Chi Ariguzo who has 35 tackles on the season. Junior safety Ibraheim Campbell ranks fifth nationally and second in the Big Ten with three interceptions this season. As a team, NU ranks third in the NCAA with 10 total interceptions, four of those returned for TDs.

Pat Fitzgerald is in his eighth season as head coach with a 54-39 record. Last season he led the Wildcats to a 10-3 overall record, including a win over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.


Jody Victor


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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


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Buckeyes Begin 100th Season in Big Ten

Jody Victor®: This week’s game, on Wednesday Dec. 28, pits No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1, 0-0) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (10-2, 0-0). In the meantime, here’s some great Buckeye basketball news.
Site:                    Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time:         5:31 p.m. ET
Television:           Big Ten Network
Talent:                Tom Hart  (play-by-play)
                          Eddie Johnson (expert analysis)
Radio:                 OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio:    Sirius 92  
Local Radio:        WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent:       Paul Keels (play-by-play)
                          Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

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.

This is the 100th season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 51-44 (.537) in conference openers, 65-30 (.684) in league home openers and 33-62 (.347) in the first road game of the season in Big Ten play. When the Buckeyes open the Big Ten season at home, there record is 36-16 (.686). When Ohio State begins Big Ten play on the road, the record is 16-28 (.364).
                                    W    L    OSU W%
Big Ten Openers            51    44    0.537
Big Ten Home Openers   65    30    0.684
Big Ten Road Openers    33    62    0.347
Open Big Ten at Home    35    16    0.686
Open Big Ten on Road    16    28    0.364

The Buckeyes and Northwestern have met 154 times in history with Ohio State owning a 109-45 record. The Buckeyes are 63-14 vs. the Wildcats in Columbus, which includes a 27-game home win streak. Northwestern last won at Ohio State in 1977, an 83-77 win at St. John Arena. Ohio State has won the last three games in the series overall. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 32-2 vs. the Wildcats. The Buckeyes have won the last 12 games while ranked in games vs. the Wildcats. William Bufford is the most experienced Buckeye in the Northwestern series with five games played vs. the Wildcats. He averages 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in the series. Jared Sullinger, in two games last season, averaged 20.5 points and 13 rebounds. He made 23 of 28 foul shots in the two games. Aaron Craft also averaged double figures vs. Northwestern with 15.0 points a game in the two meetings. Thad Matta is 11-1 vs. the Wildcats during his career.

Ohio State is 724-662 vs. current members of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes are playing their 100th season of Big Ten Basketball this season. Nebraska and the Buckeyes will face each other for the first time as conference members Jan. 3 in Columbus.

Go Bucks!!!

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Jody Victor®: No.2 Ohio State vs. South Carolina-Upstate

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No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1) vs. South Carolina-Upstate (6-4)
Site:                      Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time:       7:36 p.m. ET, December 14, 2011
Television:        Big Ten Network
Talent:             Tom Hart (play-by-play)
                       Jim Jackson (expert analysis)
Radio:              OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio:  OSU-Sirius 92/XM 190
Local Radio:       WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent:     Paul Keels (play-by-play)
                        Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

Ross Returns to Ohio State Roster – LaQuinton Ross, a 6-foot-8-inch freshman forward from Jackson, Miss., has been added to the Ohio State roster for the remainder of his freshman season. Ross attended classes and worked out with the Buckeyes over the summer before leaving the team just prior to the start of official practice in October to work on meeting NCAA academic qualification requirements. He met those requirements and joined the team Dec. 11. He officially became eligible Dec. 9.

Matta Reaches 300, Going for 200 at OSU – Thad Matta has a career record of 300-89 over 12 years as a head coach, which includes a 198-58 record in eight seasons at Ohio State. Matta coached for one season at Butler and three at Xavier before taking over the Ohio State program for the 2004-05 season. In his time with the Buckeyes, Matta has four Big Ten regular season titles and three Big Ten tournament crowns. The Buckeyes have been to five NCAA tournaments with Matta at the helm. He has taken nine teams to NCAA tournament play and won the 2008 National Invitational Tournament with Ohio State.

The Third to 200 as a Buckeye – Two previous coaches have reached the 200-win plateau at Ohio State. Thad Matta is close to becoming the third. Fred Taylor recorded 297 career victories from 1959-1976 while also earning 158 Big Ten Conference regular-season victories. Harold G. Olsen tallied 259 all-time wins from 1923-46. He accumulated 154 Big Ten victories. Matta has 198 wins as a Buckeye over eight seasons with 85 wins in Big Ten regular-season play. His winning percentage of 77.3 overall and 70.8 in conference play are tops among the 13 head coaches in Ohio State history.

NCAA Stats Update – Ohio State rates among the Top 10 in several NCAA statistical categories after eight games. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in scoring margin (+29.3 ppg.), No. 1 in turnover margin (+8.8), tied for No. 1 with Northwestern  in assist/turnover ratio (+1.77), No. 3 in assists per game (19.3), No. 5 in rebound margin (+10.3), No. 8 in field goal percentage (.509), No. 9 in scoring defense allowing 53.3 points per game and No. 10 in fouls per game (14.6). Individually, Aaron Craft if No. 7 nationally in steals (2.9 spg.).

Buford Stands Tall vs. the Ranked – In wins vs. No. 7 Florida and No. 3 Duke along with the loss at No. 13 Kansas, senior William Bufford has led the Buckeyes in scoring (20.7 ppg.), minutes (39.7 mpg.) and free throw percentage (11-12, .917). Four players have averaged double figures with Jared Sullinger (18.5 ppg.), Deshaun Thomas (17.3 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (13.7 ppg.) all over single digits. Sullinger led the way on the boards with 7.0 rpg. Craft has delivered 21 assists and recorded six steals.  

Ohio State REMAINS RANKED No. 2 – Ohio State moved up to No. 2 in the Associated Press poll released Nov. 28 and remain there following the release of the Dec. 12 poll as well. The Buckeyes are 36-9 all-time as the second-ranked team in the AP poll and 34-30 when both teams are ranked in the Top 15 after the loss to No. 13 Kansas. In the most recent poll, four of the Buckeyes’ opponents are among the Top 15 and eight foes are among the Top 25. Northwestern also is receiving votes for AP Top 25 consideration as is Purdue in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.

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