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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No. 3 Ohio State at Michigan

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#3 Ohio State (11-0, 7-0 B1G) at Michigan (7-4, 3-4 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 – Noon ET
Michigan Stadium (109,901)
Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Broadcasts
Television: ABC will televise the game with Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge in the booth and Holly Rowe 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 and XM channel 91.

A Glance at the Buckeyes
Ohio State, 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten, is currently ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings. The Buckeyes have clinched the Big Ten Leaders Division title for the second consecutive season and earned a spot in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game vs. Legends Division champion Michigan State Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 48.7 points per game, leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh nationally with 530.9 yards per game. Their rushing attack ranks first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA with 314 yards per game, including a season-high 441-yard rushing performance at Illinois — the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached team.

Senior Carlos Hyde (1,064 yards, 13 TDs in eight games) is Ohio State’s top rusher and the first running back under Urban Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Junior QB Braxton Miller — OSU’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,724 yards, 25 TDs) — is the Big Ten leader in passer efficiency with 165.8 rating. He leads the Big Ten with 296 yards of total offense per game in conference play. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown (49 rec., 596 yds, 9 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (40 rec., 591 yds, 7 TDs) are Ohio State’s leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who leads the Big Ten in tackles (108), TFL (19.5) and forced fumbles (4). Sophomore viper Noah Spence (14.5 TFL), is second in the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 95.3 yards per game on the ground. The Buckeye secondary, led by senior C.J. Barnett and junior All-American Bradley Roby, are second and third on the team with 61 and 55 tackles. Roby and junior Doran Grant leads the team with 3 INTs and have each returned INTs for TDs.

The Game
Saturday at noon in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Michigan Stadium, No. 3 Ohio State and Michigan meet once again in this storied rivalry that has been judged as the greatest rivalry in all of sports (and it still is) by ESPN. Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will describe the action for ESPN. John Sadak and Tim Brown will have the national radio call of the game on WestwoodOne Sports.

The Ramifications
Ohio State will be seeking to close out an unbeaten regular season and stay in the chase for a championship with a win over the arch rival Wolverines. Ohio State capped just the sixth unbeaten/untied season in school history with a 26-20 win over Michigan last year in Ohio Stadium. Michigan is 7-4 overall.

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No. 3 Ohio State vs. Indiana Game Notes

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#3 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 B1G) vs. Indiana (4-6, 2-4 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

The Broadcasts
Television: ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror) will televise the game with Dave Flemming (p-by-p) and Chris Spielman (analyst) in the booth and Shannon Spake 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 119 & XM 202.

A Glance at the Buckeyes
Ohio State, 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten, is currently ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 49.4 points per game, leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally with 536.9 yards per game. Their rushing attack ranks first in the Big Ten and fourth in the NCAA with 315.1 yards per game. The offense recorded a season-high 441-yard rushing performance at Illinois — the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached team.

Senior Carlos Hyde (947 yards, 11 TDs in seven games) is Ohio State’s top rusher and is 53 yards shy of becoming the first running back under Urban Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Junior QB Braxton Miller — OSU’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,580 yards, 23 TDs) — is the Big Ten leader in passer efficiency with 165.3 rating. He also is tied for the Big Ten lead with 295.0 yards of total offense per game in conference play. In his last outing he recorded his ninth career game with 300+ yards of total offense, rushing for 184 yards and a TD and throwing for 150 yards and a TD. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown (48 rec., 596 yds, 9 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (39 rec., 552 yds, 6 TDs) are Ohio State’s leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (14.5), who, along with sophomore viper Noah Spence (12.0), rank first and third in the Big Ten in TFL, respectively. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 92.6 yards per game on the ground — fifth best in the NCAA. The Buckeye secondary, led by senior C.J. Barnett and junior All-American Bradley Roby, are third and fourth on the team with 56 and 45 tackles. Roby and junior Doran Grant leads the team with 3 INTs and have each returned INTs for TDs in consecutive games.

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Jody Victor

No. 3/4 Ohio State Back in Action Saturday vs. Iowa

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#3/4 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 B1G) vs. Iowa (4-2, 1-1 B1G)
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror) will televise the game with Bob Wischusen and Rod Gilmore in the booth and Quint Kessenich 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 113 and XM 190.

FIRST AND 10
Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 18 games.
Ohio State has won the last three meetings with Iowa and 11 of the last 12 overall.
Saturday’s game will feature the Big Ten’s second and third ranked rushing defenses (OSU, 2nd, 86.2 ypg; Iowa, 3rd, 88.5 ypg).
Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the NCAA in scoring with 46.8 ppg.
Ohio State is outscoring teams 126-28 in the first quarter this season.
Ohio State is averaging 492.8 yards of total offense per game while giving up 326.8.
Ohio State’s defense ranks sixth nationally in rushing defense (86.2 ypg). The unit has not allowed a run of 20 or more yards this season.
Urban Meyer’s teams are 34-2 overall with more than a week to prepare for an opponent.
Junior QB Braxton Miller is tied for first with Joe Germaine with six career games of at least 300 yards of total offense.
Junior LB Ryan Shazier is second in the B1G with 8.0 TFL.
Saturday is Homecoming for Ohio State. #HomecomingOSU

SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
The Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1 B1G Legends) are also coming off one of their bye weekends after a 26-14 loss at home to Michigan State Oct. 5. Iowa opened the season with a 30-27 loss to now nationally-ranked Northern Illinois Aug. 31, but rebounded to win their next four vs. Missouri State (28-14), at Iowa State (27-21), Western Michigan (59-3) and at Minnesota (23-7).

Iowa features one of the top defenses in the Big Ten, ranking third in total defense (290.0 ypg), fewest points allowed (16.8 ppg), rushing defense (88.5 ypg) and pass defense (201.5 ypg) while its nine interceptions on the year are tied for third. They lead the conference in red zone defense, allowing just one TD and five field goals in nine opportunities. And when forcing its opponents to punt, they make them pay with a Big Ten-best 21.8 yards per return (2 for TDs), good for third in the NCAA. Senior LB Anthony Hitchens leads the team and is second in the Big Ten with 59 tackles. Senior CB B.J. Lowery has three interceptions, two of which he has returned for TDs.

Junior RB Mark Weisman leads the team and is third in the Big Ten with 104.0 yards per game with three TDs. Sophomore Jake Rudock has completed 60.3 percent of his passes with eight TDs and six INTs. His favorite target is junior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley who has 26 catches for 225 yards and one TD.

IT’S HOMECOMING!
Ohio Stadium will play host to the 92nd Homecoming game in school history this week with the Iowa Hawkeyes in town. Ohio State is officially 66-19-5 in Homecoming games.

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Jody Victor

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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