Buckeye Alumni and University Remain Firm Friends

In two polls Gallup and Purdue University discovered that out of 30,000 graduates from 108 universities that Ohio State University alumni are more likely to agree attending OSU changed their lives. In categories such as “workplace engagement”, “well-being” and “attachment” OSU graduates gave higher favorable ratings than any other graduates surveyed.

Ohio State alumni were also more likely than graduates of other schools to strongly agree that the university was the perfect college for them.

University President Michael V. Drake said the results bear out the genuineness of the Carmen Ohio phrase, “how firm thy friendship, Ohio.”

The full report is available here.

This study is the first of a four-year survey planned for Ohio State alumni. Findings will be used to enhance the short- and long-term well-being of current students, and to provide data for university outreach efforts.

Ohio State alumni are a large and loyal group. Andy Gurd, interim president and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, recently presented results of an alumni profile to university trustees: There are 526,306 living university alumni, their average age is 49, they live in all 88 Ohio counties, 50 states and 170 countries, and there are more than 38,000 married alumni couples.

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Ohio State and No. 19 Louisville Square Off Wednesday at Jim Patterson Stadium

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team takes on No. 19 Louisville at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Jim Patterson Stadium.Live stats and a link to a live audio stream can be found on the baseball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow twitter.com/OhioState_BASE for updates.

Ohio State bounced back from a 4-3 loss in 13 innings in the opener at Purdue to take the series with a 2-0 Saturday win and an 11-2 victory in the rubber game Sunday.

Ryan Riga pitched 7.2 scoreless innings, striking out nine to pick up the win Saturday while Josh Dezse went 4-for-9 with two doubles, three walks, four RBI and three runs scored in the series.


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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.


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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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2013 Big Ten Tournament Next for No. 2 Seed Buckeyes

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2-Ohio State Buckeyes (23-7) vs. 7-Purdue (15-16) or 10-Nebraska (14-17)
Date: March 15, 2013
Site: United Center (22,000)
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Gus Johnson (play-by-play)
Shon Morris (expert analysis)
Stephanie White (sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius TBA/XM TBA
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

OSU Big Ten Tournament History
The No. 2-seed Buckeyes are 19-9 all-time in Big Ten Tournament play since the event began in 1998. Ohio State was the No. 3 seed in 2012 and has won 15 of its last 19 league tournament games, including eight of the last nine. By seed, Ohio State is 11-2 as No. 1, 2-1 as No. 3, 2-2 as No. 5, 1-1 as No. 6, 3-1 as No. 8, 0-1 as No. 9 and 0-1 as No. 11. Ohio State has entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed five times (2000, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011). Thad Matta is 16-5 in league tournament play with three titles (2007, 2010, 2011) and five title game appearances (2006, 2009).

Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament
Aaron Craft: In six career league tournament games, Craft has averaged 9.8 points with a total of 23 assists, nine steals and five blocks … shooting 55 percent overall (23-42) while averaging 34 minutes a game. Deshaun Thomas: Averages 11 points and 4.2 rebounds in six BTT games … shooting 55 percent from the field (28-51) in just under 24 minutes per game. Lenzelle Smith Jr.: Has played in three BTT games, all starts … averages 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds … owns six assists, a pair of steals and a block … shooting 86 percent from the foul line (6-7) in just over 28 minutes a game. Sam Thompson: Played briefly in all three BTT games a year ago as a freshman (26 minutes) … did not score. Amir Williams: Played briefly in all three BTT games a year ago as a freshman (8 total minutes) … did not score. Shannon Scott: Played 19 minutes as a rookie in the BTT, scored four points. Evan Ravenel: Made 3 of 7 field goals in three BTT games last year (6 pts.) … also grabbed seven rebounds in 26 total minutes. LaQuinton Ross: Played briefly in two BTT games a year ago, scoring two points in four total minutes.


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