No. 6 Ohio State vs. Illinois Game Notes

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#6 Ohio State (9-0, 5-0) vs. Illinois (2-6, 0-4)
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 – 3:30 p.m.
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ESPN will televise the game with Beth Mowins and former Buckeye Joey Galloway in the booth and Lewis Johnson on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the fl agship station for the 73-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 can also be heard live on Sirius channel 113 and XM channel 197.

FIRST AND 10

The Buckeyes are ranked No. 6 this week by the Associated Press, their highest ranking since the final poll of the 2010 season (No. 5).

The Buckeyes are one of only six unbeaten FBS teams and the only team 9-0 (5-0 Big Ten).

Illinois comes to Ohio Stadium 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten, and they have won seven of the last 11 games in Ohio Stadium.

Illinois head coach Tim Beckman is one of 10 former assistants of Urban Meyer who have become a head coach. He is the second who will coach against Meyer as a head coach (Dan Mullin; Mississippi State).

Braxton Miller (1,093 rushing yards) is the first Ohio State QB and just the third different Big Ten QB to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Miller needs one more rushing TD to tie the Ohio State record for rushing TDs by a QB in a single season.

Miller ranks 11th nationally and leads all Big Ten players in rushing yards (121.4 ypg) and also leads the Big Ten in total offense (291.1 ypg).

As a team Ohio State ranks first in the Big Ten in scoring (39.2), rushing yards (262.8) and rushing defense (107.0 ypg) in Big Ten games.

Bradley Roby leads the Big Ten with 18 passes defended (16 PBUs, 2 INTs) in eight games.
The Buckeyes are one of the few teams in the country who haven’t had an off week this season. They’ll enjoy that next week … the weekend of Nov. 10.

Ohio State will honor the branches of the military Saturday as part of its Military Appreciation game.

SECOND-OLDEST SERIES
Ohio State and Illinois will be meeting for the 99th time since the series was initiated in 1902. Only the series against Michigan, which started in 1897 and which has seen 108 games, is older and lengthier than Ohio State’s series with Illinois. Ohio State and Illinois played every year for 89 consecutive years, between 1914 and 2002, until the series was interrupted in 2003. The game Saturday will be the eighth consecutive year the teams have played.

Go Bucks!!!
Jody Victor

No. 7 Ohio State vs. Purdue Game Notes

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye football news from OSU.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror) will televise the game with Beth Mowins and Joey Galloway on the call and Lewis Johnson on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the fl agship station for the 73-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 can also be heard live on Sirius channel 112 and XM channel 190.

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State seeks to go 8-0 this week under first-year coach Urban Meyer when the Purdue Boilermakers visit Ohio Stadium.
  • Shades of pink will be prevalent inside the stadium as The Ohio State University and the Buckeyes will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month on Saturday.
  • The Buckeyes are ranked No. 7 this week by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State is leading the Big Ten Leaders Division with a 3-0 mark.
  • Urban Meyer, the 24th head coach in Ohio State football history, is 111-23 in his 11th season as a head coach.
  • Purdue is coached by Danny Hope. He is 19-24 in his fourth season at Purdue and 54-46 overall.
  • Only two Buckeyes are from Indiana: Joel Hale (Greenwood) and Rod Smith (Fort Wayne).
  • Ohio State and Purdue have split – three wins apiece – the last six meetings in this rivalry.
  • Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
  • The Buckeyes are one of only 12 unbeaten Football Bowl Subdivision teams and one of only two at 7-0.GAME ON
    The 7-0 Ohio State Buckeyes, riding their longest winning streak in five years (the 2007 team opened 10-0), host the Purdue Boilermakers (3-3; 0-2) at noon Saturday in a Big Ten Conference Leaders Division contest from Ohio Stadium. ABC, with an ESPN2 reverse mirror, will televise the game.MOST RECENTLY
    Ohio State stayed unbeaten in the Urban Meyer coaching era with a 52-49 win over 2-4 Indiana last week in Bloomington. The Buckeyes led by 18 points, 52-34, late in the fourth quarter but aided by an onsides kick recovery, the Hoosiers scored twice in the final 1:40 in a desperate and dramatic attempt at their first win over the Buckeyes in 17 tries, dating to 1988. Corey Brown recovered IU’s second onsides attempt with 1:05 to play and the Buckeyes, who had a season-high 578 yards of total offense, were able to hold on for the win.

    Purdue, under the direction of fourth-year coach Danny Hope (19-24; 54-46 overall), gave up 467 rushing yards and 645 total yards to Wisconsin in a 38-14 loss at Ross-Ade Stadium. After Caleb TerBush scored on a 1-yard run to give Purdue an early 7-0 lead, Wisconsin scored 38 consecutive points until Akeem Hunt’s 81-yard touchdown run with 1:39 to play.

     Go Bucks!!!

     Jody Victor

No. 18 Ohio State Welcomes Central Florida in Week 2

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

UCF (1-0) at #18 Ohio State (1-0)
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 – Noon ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television:ESPN2 will televise the game with Beth Mowins and former Buckeye Joey Galloway on the call.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the fl agship station for the 73-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 can also be heard live on Sirius channel 113 XM channel 196.

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State and Central Florida (UCF) are meeting for the first time on the gridiron.
  • Fans will be asked to wear scarlet and to wear gray for a Scarlet and Gray the Shoe promotion.
  • Ohio State is playing its 123rd season of football; UCF is playing its 34th.
  • Two cool schools: 56,867 attend Ohio State’s main campus; 58,698 attend UCF.
  • Both teams are coming off 50-point openers: Ohio State over Miami, 56-10, and UCF winning at Akron, 56-14.
  • Urban Meyer has 105 wins as a collegiate head coach. UCF’s George O’Leary has 103.
  • Ohio State has won 58 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games vs. teams not ranked in the AP Top 25. The last loss: 34-17 to Florida State, Oct. 2, 1982.
  • Ohio State is 58-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
  • Ohio State has opened a season with a win every year since 2000, 13 consecutive wins.
  • Ohio State is 32-2 in its last 34 season-openers Both of those 0-1 starts took place in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium – 1999 to Miami and 1986 to Alabama.KICKING THINGS OFF
    Ohio State hosts UCF Saturday in Ohio Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the schools. The noon kickoff will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with former Buckeye and NFL wide receiver great Joey Galloway providing color commentary alongside the play-by-play of Beth Mowins.

    OSU & UCF OPEN WITH 50-POINT GAMES
    Ohio State is coming off a season-opening 56-10 win over Miami in front of 105,039 fans at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes shook off a slow start to amass eight touchdowns and 538 offensive yards – 368 by Braxton Miller- while the team’s defense held the Redhawks to negative rushing yards (-1).

    UCF rolled over Akron last Thursday, 56-14, in front of a partisan crowd of 12,616 fans at Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. The Knights scored four rushing and four passing touchdowns and put the game away with a 28-point second quarter. Statistically, outside of a 206-69 rushing advantage for UCF, the numbers were similar (UCF had 386 yards to Akron’s 325; Akron led in first downs 19-18, but the Zips also lost three fumbles).

  • BUCKEYES RANKED 18TH BY AP
    Ohio State is still currently ranked 18th this week by the Associated Press with the new poll scheduled to be released Tuesday. The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP more times – 790 weeks – than any school in the nation, appeared in the AP preseason poll for the 24th consecutive season two weeks ago, the longest such streak in the nation. This initial ranking in 2012 also marked the 45th consecutive season Ohio State has appeared in the AP toll, tying Alabama for the longest active streak.

    OPENING SALVOS …
    The season-opening win by the Buckeyes was the first at Ohio State for Urban Meyer, who is now 4-0 in inaugural games. The win improved first-year coaches’ records at Ohio State to 22-1-1 in their debut games and to 22-1-1 in their initial home game. Ohio State has won 33 consecutive home openers.

  • Go Bucks!!!
  • Jody Victor