2nd Annual Ohio State Four-Miler Set For Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State Four-Miler, which debuted in 2013 with a sold-out field of 10,000 runners and walkers, will return to the Ohio State campus on Sept. 21, 2014, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics and IMG College announced today.

The Ohio State Four-Miler will start outside of Ohio Stadium and take participants on a four-mile tour of the Ohio State campus before finishing on the 50-yard line of Ohio Stadium. The Ohio State Four-Miler Post-Race Tailgate Party will be held outside Ohio Stadium after the race.

The 2014 Ohio State Four-Miler will be limited to 12,000 runners and walkers. Last year’s event sold out at 10,000.

Registration for this year’s Ohio State Four-Miler is open at www.ohiostatefourmiler.com. An early registration fee of $45 for the general public and $40 for Ohio State students is good through June 15.

“The overwhelming response and success of the inaugural Ohio State Four-Miler was a direct reflection for the love of Ohio State sports and the desire to celebrate fitness,” said Ray DeWeese, General Manager of IMG Sports Marketing. “We look forward to growing this event in 2014, and allowing even more runners and walkers to fulfill their dream of running across Ohio Stadium’s 50-yard line.”

Kroger, 10TV and Roosters are Presenting Sponsors of the Ohio State Four-Miler.

A portion of the proceeds of the Ohio State Four-Miler will benefit the Urban and Shelley Fund For Cancer Research, a general cancer research support fund dedicated to advancing cancer research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

The 2014 Ohio State Four-Miler will begin at 9 a.m. Former Ohio State athletes, including football and basketball players including Scoonie Penn, Raymont Harris, Anthony Schlegel, William White, Justin Zwick, J.J. Sullinger and Dimitrious Stanley; Brutus Buckeye; Ohio State cheerleaders and others will participate.

The Ohio State Four-Miler will be produced by the Ohio State Department of Athletics; IMG College, the university’s multimedia rights partner; the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer; and M3S Sports.

“I hope you join us and became part of the winning team in the fight against cancer,” said Lisa Cisco, founder of the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer. “It is a powerful feeling of hope when Buckeye Nation unites for a common cause …. together we can make a difference!”

Runners and walkers will receive an Ohio State-themed technical race shirt a must-have Buckeye-themed Official Finisher’s Medal. The 2013 medal featured an iconic image of Ohio Stadium.

“We are honored again to partner with Ohio State, IMG and the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer to produce a four-mile event that celebrates the healthy and active lifestyle,” said David Babner, race director for M3S Sports. “We look forward to a bigger and better event for our participants in 2014.”

Buckeye Greats who appeared at the last year’s Ohio State Four-Miler included Scoonie Penn, Bobby Carpenter, Dimitrious Stanley, Matt Finkes, William White, Justin Zwick, Ryan Miller, and JJ Sullinger.

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Jody Victor

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 OF LATE
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.

THE BROADCASTS
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.

A GLANCE AT THE BUCKEYES
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.

STREAKING
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.

BACK-TO-BACK PURDUE WINS AT ROSS-ADE
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.

OVERTIMES, TOO
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).

LEGENDARY EFFORT LAST YEAR
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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Jody Victor

No. 4 Ohio State Hosts Penn State Saturday in Primetime

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#4 Ohio State (7-0, 3-0 B1G) vs. Penn State (4-2, 1-1 B1G)
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 – 8 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ABC will televise the game with Brad Nessler (p-by-p) and Todd Blackledge (analyst) 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 & XM channels 85.

A GLANCE AT THE BUCKEYES Ohio State, 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten, is ranked No. 4 in the initial BCS standings after its 34-24 win vs. Iowa Saturday.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 45.0 points per game, is third in the Big Ten and 20th nationally with 493.1 yards per game. Their rushing attack is one of the best in the nation, ranking third in the Big Ten and 11th in the NCAA with 279.6 yards per game on the ground.

Seniors Carlos Hyde (443 yards, 5 TDs in four games) and Jordan Hall (438 yards, 8 TDs) are Ohio State’s most experienced rushers. Junior QB Braxton Miller — Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,321 yards) — has rushed for 335 yards in a little more than four 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 also rushed for 83 yards on 22 carries. He then passed for 203 yards in a 40-30 win at No. 15 Northwestern Oct. 5 and totaled 324 yards (222 passing, 102 rushing) in the win over Iowa. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown (33 rec., 453 yds, 6 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (30 rec., 434 yds, 6 TDs) are Ohio State’s leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who is third in the Big Ten with 8.0 TFL to go along with 56.0 total tackles. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 92.4 yards per game on the ground — seventh best in the NCAA. Ohio State’s defense held Wisconsin to 104 yards rushing, nearly 250 yards below its season average, while the Buckeye secondary, led by junior All-American Bradley Roby (2 INTs), ranks fifth in the Big Ten with eight interceptions this season.

THINK PINK!
Shades of pink will be prevalent inside Ohio stadium Saturday as The Ohio State University and the Buckeyes recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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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.
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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