Buckeyes Arrive in Florida for Discover Orange Bowl

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After holding its final two practices of the year Friday and Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the Ohio State Buckeyes departed early Sunday morning for Miami, Fla., and the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl.

Two charters filled with team members, support staff and administrators arrived at Miami/Fort Lauderdale Airport about 10:30 a.m. in overcast but warm – mid-to-high 70s – weather. The planes taxied under a water cannon salute and then media and Discover Orange Bowl representatives met the players as they exited the plane.

Head coach Urban Meyer, quarterback Braxton Miller and linebacker Ryan Shazier each spent time with the media upon arrival. Some of their thoughts:
•”It’s [the game] really big for us right now because it is a championship series bowl game. We’re going to come in here and try to do what we can do for the Big Ten and for Ohio State and try to get this W.” – Shazier
•”My main focus is really on the team right now, especially on the game plan. I’ve been watching a lot of film.” – Miller
•”It’s really cool because I know I’ll have family here. Just being back in this atmosphere really means a lot.” – Shazier; who is from Pompano Beach and is one of five Buckeyes from Florida with the others being starting RB Carlos Hyde (Naples), starting TE Jeff Heuerman (Naples), starting DE Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale) and freshman WR James Clarke (New Smyrna Beach).

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Ohio State Discover Orange Bowl Game Notes

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#7 Ohio State (12-1) vs. #12 Clemson (10-2)
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 – 8:30 p.m. ET
Sun Life Stadium (72,230)
Miami Gardens, Fla.

THE BROADCASTS
Television:
ESPN: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst), Maria Taylor (sideline)

Radio:
WBNS (97.1 The Fan): Paul Keels (play-by-play), Jim Lachey (analyst), Marty Bannister (sideline)
ESPN Radio: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (analyst), Shannon Spake (sideline)

GAME ON
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.

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Mewhort & Shazier 1st-Team ESPN.com All-Americans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior left tackle Jack Mewhort and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier were each named Monday to the 2013 ESPN.com All-American team.

Mewhort is the foundation of an offensive line that paved the way for Ohio State to shatter a plethora of school records this season, including points scored (602), total offense yards (6,740), first downs (334), passing touchdowns (36) and touchdowns (82).

Ohio State’s offense is also poised to set school single season records this in a number of additional key categories, including rushing yards gained (the team needs 72 to top the 4,199 yards by the 1974 team) and total yards per game (the 1998 team’s record is 497.5; the 2013 team is averaging 518.5).

A first-team all-Big Ten Conference selection by the media, Mewhort was named last week to the Walter Camp All-American second team.

Shazier, named last week a first-team All-American by USA Today, was also selected to the Walter Camp All-American second team. Shazier’s fine 2013 campaign includes Big Ten-leading totals of 134 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and 94 solo tackles. He ranks third nationally in TFLs and solo tackles and 13th in total tackles.

Shazier’s 22.5 tackles-for-loss leaves him just 3.5 TFLs from tying the school record held by defensive line coach Mike Vrabel (26 in 1995). He tied two school records in his 20-tackle game vs. Indiana: most solo tackles in one game (16) and most tackles-for-loss (5.0).

Shazier was named all-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media.

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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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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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