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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Jody Victor

No. 3/2 Ohio State Hosts San Diego State

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Buckeyes are 3-0 all-time vs. the Aztecs, having last met in 2005 in Columbus.

? Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 13 games.
? Ohio State and SDSU are meeting for the fourth time. The Buckeyes are 7-1 all-time vs. current members of the Mountain West Conference.
? The Buckeyes have won all three meetings vs. SDSU in Columbus in 2001, 2003 and 2005.
? Ohio State will try and improve to 2-0 for the fourth consecutive season and seventh in the past eight years.
? Ohio State is 67-7 (.905) at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
? Junior Braxton Miller (2,063) needs 18 yards rushing to pass Cornelius Greene (2,080) and become Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs.
? Senior RB Jordan Hall recorded career highs of 159 yards rushing, two TDs and 21 carries in the win over Buffalo.
? Hall needs 45 more all-purpose yards to reach 3,000 for his career.
? Head coach Urban Meyer is 43-4 in his career in games played in August/September.
? Meyer is 2-0 in his head coaching career vs. San Diego State, both wins coming at Utah in 2003 (27-6) and 2004 (51-28).

Buckeyes Win 35th Consecutive Home Opener with 40-20 win Over Buffalo
Braxton Miller threw two touchdown passes and Jordan Hall ran for two touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 40-20 victory over Buffalo on Saturday, extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 13 games. Hall had a career-high 159 yards rushing, scoring on runs of 37 and 49 yards. Miller was 15 of 22 passing for 178 yards with TDs of 47 yards to Devin Smith and 7 yards to Chris Fields. He also ran for 77 yards on 17 attempts despite being hampered in the second half with cramps.

Ohio State was in control after its first three possessions and led 23-0 after the first quarter. Miller hit Smith on a 47-yard scoring pass on the fourth offensive play of the game. Then Miller found Fields on a 7-yard scoring pass and Hall scored on a 49-yard scamper with 38 seconds left in the quarter. After the Bulls cut the gap to 23-13, the Buckeyes regrouped and took control. After fumbling on the previous OSU possession, Dontre Wilson took a kickoff back 51 yards to set up Ohio State’s next score. On first down, Hall bolted through the line for a 37-yard score. Later, QB Kenny Guiton came in to toss a 21-yard TD pass to Fields and kicker Drew Basil capped the Ohio State scoring with a 39-yard FG midway through the fourth quarter.

Defensively, Ryan Shazier, Curtis Grant and Christian Bryant led the Buckeyes with seven tackles while Noah Spence added six tackles, 2.0 TFL and 1.0 sack.

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Jody Victor

Buckeyes Named to Maxwell, Bednarik Watch Lists

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Ohio State Buckeyes – defensive linemen John Simon and Johnathan Hankins and quarterback Braxton Miller – were named today to 2012 watch lists announced by the Maxwell Football Club.

Simon and Hankins were each named to the watch list for the 18th Bednarik Award and Miller is one of only eight sophomores chosen to the 65-member Maxwell Award watch list.  

Simon, a third-team Associated Press All-American as a junior and first-team all-Big Ten choice, is also on the Lott IMPACT Award watch list so far this preseason. He led the Buckeyes last year with seven quarterback sacks and 16 tackles for loss (for minus-59 yards), figures that ranked fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Big Ten Conference. The sport and leisure studies major enters his senior campaign with 11.5 career sacks and 28.5 career tackles-for-loss.

Hankins, a junior majoring in criminology, is a rising star who has played in all 26 games the past two years including making 13 starts last season as a sophomore. He recorded 67 tackles last season – trailing the team leader by only five – and he was named honorable mention all-Big Ten. He had 11 tackles for losses totaling 24 yards plus three quarterback sacks.

Miller, a communications major, threw for 1,159 yards and 13 touchdowns (with only four interceptions) and he led the team in rushing with 715 yards and seven touchdowns last year as a freshman. He was honored with the Big Ten Conference’s Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year award.

The Maxwell Award has been given to America’s outstanding collegiate football player since 1937, and is named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation’s top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of ’69 and the NFL Hall of Fame’s Class of ’67.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced October 29, and the three finalists for each award will be unveiled November 19. The winners of the 2011 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on December 6. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City on March 1, 2013.

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Jody Victor