Ohio State to the Discover Orange Bowl

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12-1 Ohio State Buckeyes (No. 7 BCS) will take on the 10-2 Clemson Tigers (No. 12), from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Jan. 3 in Miami in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. Game time is 8:30 p.m. with ESPN carrying the broadcast from Sun Life Stadium (72,230).

This will be only the second appearance for Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl; the last coming 37 years ago and following the 1976 season when Woody Hayes’ Big Ten champion Buckeyes defeated the Big Eight champion Colorado Buffalos, 27-10, after falling behind early, 10-0. Ron Springs (98 rushing yards), Rod Gerald (81) and Jeff Logan (79) keyed the offense, which netted 271 rushing yards.

Second Meeting Against Clemson
Ohio State and Clemson have met just once: on Dec. 29, 1978, in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Clemson prevailed, 17-15, when Charlie Bauman intercepted an Art Schlichter pass in the final seconds of a game that would be the final for Woody Hayes after 28 years as Ohio State head coach, 205 wins, five national championships and 13 Big Ten titles.

Team Leaders
Ohio State is led offensively by Big Ten offensive player of the year and quarterback of the Year Braxton Miller (1,860 passing yards and 22 touchdowns with just five interceptions; 1,033 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns) and Big Ten running back of the year Carlos Hyde (1,408 yards, 7.7 per carry average and 14 touchdowns). Clemson will counter with quarterback Taj Boyd (3,473 passing yards with 29 touchdowns and only five interceptions), receiver Sammy Watkins (85 receptions, 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns) and running back Roderick McDowell (956 rushing yards).

DE Vic Beasley leads the Tigers with 19.0 TFLs, including 12.5 sacks while LB Spencer Shuey leads with 89 tackles. Ryan Shazier leads Ohio State and the Big Ten Conference with 134 tackles and 22.5 TFLs. Noah Spence and Michael Bennett have 8.0 and 7.0 sacks, respectively, while Bradley Roby leads the secondary with 13 pass break-ups and three interceptions.

Ohio State’s BCS History
Ohio State is officially 5-3 in BCS bowl games and, with this ninth official appearance, the program will go down in BCS history as having the most BCS wins and the most BCS appearances. (Note: Ohio State’s 31-26 win over Arkansas in the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl was vacated.).

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Eight Buckeyes Named All-Big Ten

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Eight Ohio State Buckeyes were named first-team all-Big Ten Conference today in voting done by the head coaches and 36 members of the media (three representing each team in the conference).

Leading the way was Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde. For the second consecutive year, Miller was named the Big Ten’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year. He was a first-team all-conference choice by both the coaches and the media. Miller is the Big Ten leader in passer efficiency with a 164.3 rating and leads the Big Ten with 295.0 yards of total offense per game in conference play. The junior has passed for 1,759 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 891 yards and eight scores despite missing nearly three games early in the season.

Hyde was named the Big Ten’s Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year. The senior from Naples, Fla., leads the Big Ten in rushing with 143.3 yards per game along with 14 touchdowns, including 156.1 yards per game in Big Ten play. Hyde, who has rushed for 589 yards and seven touchdowns in the last three contests, also was named first-team all-conference by both the coaches and the media. With 1,290 yards, he became the first running back for an Urban Meyer-coached team to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He rushed for at least 100 yards in each of the last seven games, including two 200-yard performances.

Six other Buckeyes earned first-team all-Big Ten honors from the media including Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Bradley Roby, Ryan Shazier and Noah Spence.

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Miller a Player of the Year Player to Watch

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Braxton Miller, who ranks fourth nationally in completion percentage and sixth nationally in passing efficiency, has been named a Walter Camp Player of the Year Award “Player to Watch.” This honor, technically the semifinal round of this fourth-oldest national award, comes one week after he was named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.

Miller has completed 72.5 percent of his passes (108 of 149), a total that tops the school completion record of 65.3 percent by Troy Smith during his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 2006. And Miller’s 175.87 efficiency rating is also well above the school single season record of 163.4 by Bobby Hoying in 1995.

Miller, 19-0 as a starting quarterback the last two years including 7-0 this season, is leading the Ohio State offensive attack to impressive national rankings of:

? sixth in total offense (530.9 yards per game);
? eighth in rushing (301.1 yards per game);
? sixth in passing efficiency (171.2 rating);
? fifth in scoring (48.2 ppg);
? third in third down conversion percentage (.64-118; .542); and
? seventh in red zone offense (43-46; .935).

Miller, from Huber Heights, Ohio, and Wayne High School, has thrown 15 touchdown passes with only three interceptions, and he has also rushed for 410 yards and scored twice.

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Eight Will Serve as Ohio State Game Captains

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced Tuesday after practice that eight student-athletes will serve as Ohio State game captains for the 2013 season with a decision coming at the end of the year as to who will be recognized as the season’s official team captains.

“It’s the first time I’ve done something like this,” Meyer told the team before calling up, one-by-one, the young men who will lead the Buckeyes into each game this year, beginning Saturday at noon against Buffalo. “We had eight individuals receive a lot of votes, and all were within 12 votes of each other. So they’ll lead us into each game as captains and at the end of the year a decision will be made as to who will be the season’s captains.”

And then he proceeded to call to the front of the team seven of the eight, with one absent because of class. Ohio State’s eight game captains are:

Fifth-year senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, a consumer and family financial services major from Toledo and St. John’s High School;

Fifth-year senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, a criminology major from Dayton and Northmont High School;

Senior free safety Christian Bryant, a sociology major from Cleveland and Glenville High School;

Fifth-year senior quarterback * Kenny Guiton, a consumer and family financial services major from Houston, Texas, and Eisenhower High School;

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller, a communications major from Huber Heights and Wayne High School;

Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, a psychology major from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School;

Fifth-year senior center Corey Linsley, an economics major from Youngstown and Boardman High School; and

Senior wide receiver Corey Brown, a criminology major from Upper Darby, Pa., and Cardinal O’Hara High School.

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Five Buckeyes watched by Maxwell FB Club

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Maxwell Football Club, presenters of the prestigious Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award, announced its initial 2013 watch lists for each award today and five Ohio State Buckeyes are under consideration:

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (Maxwell Award watch list);
Senior running back Carlos Hyde (Maxwell Award);
Senior safety C.J. Barnett (Bednarik Award watch list);
Junior cornerback Bradley Roby (Bednarik Award); and
Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (Bednarik Award).

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced Oct. 29, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 18. The winners of the 2013 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 5. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City on March 7, 2014.

The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club’s selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential.

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