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Ohio State Postgame Notes: #5 Buckeyes 45 Florida Atlantic 21

Ryan Day opens his head coaching career at Ohio State with a win (file photo)


No. 5 Ohio State 45, FAU 21

Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019

Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Attendance: 103,228


Ohio State Football Postgame Notes

• The win today was Ohio State’s 20th consecutive season-opening victory, the longest active streak in the FBS.

• Four players made the first start of their respective Ohio State careers: QB Justin Fields, TE Jeremy Ruckert, LG Jonah Jackson and C Josh Myers.

• Ohio State has won 32-consecutive games that have kicked off at noon. The Buckeyes’ next two games – vs. Cincinnati and at Indiana – are slated for noon starts.

• Ohio State limited FAU to negative 14 offensive yards in the first half.

• Justin Fields’ 51-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the first of his Ohio State career. Fields had four rushing touchdowns as a freshman last year at Georgia. His first passing score came later in the quarter, a 25-yard pass to Jeremy Ruckert.

• Ruckert’s 25-yard touchdown catch marked the first of his career. Ruckert finished the game with a career-high four receptions for a career-best 38 yards and two scores.

• The game marked Chase Young’s seventh-career game with multiple quarterback sacks. He had 1.5 vs. the Owls. • K.J. Hill caught three passes, marking the 35th-consecutive contest he has recorded a reception. The school record is 48 by Gary Williams (1979-82).

• Jordan Fuller paced the Buckeyes with seven tackles. The senior leads all current Buckeyes with 169 career stops.

• Jashon Cornell set a career high with 2.0 tackles-for-loss while Malik Harrison tied his career-best 2.0 tackles-for-loss.

• Josh Proctor’s fourth-quarter interception marked the first of his career.




Crew SC honoring its team history in Alumni Night tonight


COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC is set to host Alumni Night at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday, August 31 surrounding its regular-season home match against the Chicago Fire. Alumni Night will feature former Crew SC players in attendance participating in pre-match autograph opportunities, as well as in a halftime ceremony. Saturday’s Alumni Night event is set to feature Mike ClarkJeff CunninghamJohn HarkesAlejandro Moreno and Duncan Oughton among other former Crew SC players.

Prior to Crew SC’s match against the Chicago Fire, Black & Gold alumni will sign autographs at four different locations throughout the MAPFRE Stadium Plaza from 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET. There will also be former players in attendance at the Social Tailgate in the Stadium Club Tent. The Crew SC alumni in attendance will then be honored during a halftime ceremony, which will also feature original Season Ticket Members from the Crew’s inaugural season.

“Crew SC alumni are a critical part of the community and the Black & Gold family. The alumni’s importance to the history and future of this Club is part of our identity,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “For supporters, players and staff, this will be a fantastic opportunity to welcome alumni back for this match as Columbus is always their home.”

MAPFRE Stadium will also feature $1 bratwursts during Saturday’s home contest. Tickets for Crew SC’s match on Saturday – as well as 2020 Season Ticket Memberships – are available at




Crew SC hosting Chicago Fire tonight at Mapfre Stadium




Crew SC set to host Alumni Night at MAPFRE Stadium, featuring pre-match autograph opportunities withformer Crew SC players



Crew SC will be trying to free up Gyasi Zardes (11) to get shots like he did against FC Cincinnati

Eloy Room has been the perfect replacement in goal for the departed Zack Steffen. He has given Crew SC a chance to win every game

COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC (8-15-6, 30 pts.) hosts the Chicago Fire (8-12-9, 33 pts.) at MAPFRE Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, August 31.Saturday’s match begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on FOX Sports Ohio and streamed on FOX Sports GO, featuring Neil Sika, Ashley Collins and Brett Hiltbrand on the call. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website,, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. On Saturday, Crew SC is also set to hold Alumni Night at MAPFRE Stadium, featuring former Crew SC players in attendance participating in pre-match autograph opportunities, as well as in a halftime ceremony.

Columbus returns home for the first time in two weeks to face a Chicago Fire side that has proven less than stellar on the road this season.

Through 14 matches, the Fire (8-12-9, 33 pts.) arrives to MAPFRE Stadium with a 1-10-3 road record, with the lone win coming at the Houston Dynamo on Aug. 3 via a 1-0 scoreline. The match marked the second consecutive loss in a current six-match winless streak for the Dynamo.

Come Saturday, the Crew return to the pitch having scored at least two goals in six of their last eight matches, including a pair of goals in each of the club’s last three home matches. Gyasi Zardes has led the charge with four goals in the last five matches overall, while Pedro Santos has contributed four goals and three assists in the last seven matches overall.

The two sides last met on July 17 in Bridgeview, Ill., with Zardes and late substitution Romario Williams netting a goal apiece to lead the Crew to a comeback 2-2 draw, which began a six-match unbeaten run for the Crew.

Now, the Black & Gold, who are 5-6-4 at home this season, host a Chicago side that has scored a League-low 12 road goals, though it has not been due to lack of opportunity as the Fire ranks fifth in chances created on the road with 141.

Overall, the Fire has scored 13 of their 43 total goals from dead-ball or set-piece plays, which ranks second behind the Colorado Rapids (18). Chicago’s scoring is top-heavy with 21 combined goals from two players – Nemanja Nikolić (11) and CJ Sapong (10) – while Nicolás Gaitán has provided a team-high 10 assists.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire
Saturday, August 31 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

Regional Television: FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) | Coverage begins: 7:00 p.m. ET
Regional Television Channel Guide:
Crew SC Radio: 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at (English); (Spanish).
Promotional Schedule: Alumni Night & $1 Bratwursts | Info

Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2019 campaign is the Crew’s 24th season in MLS and the 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The Club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

Website: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz




Ohio State Game 1 Status Report

Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic – Aug. 31, 2019 – Ohio Stadium

Game-Time Decision

§  DE  Tyler Friday

§  RB Demario McCall

§  DE Tyreke Smith


§  WR Kamryn Babb

§  TE Rashod Berry

§  DE Jonathon Cooper

§  DT Noah Donald

§  SAF Owen Fankhouser

§  TE Cormontae Hamilton

§  SAF Ronnie Hickman

§  LB Justin Hilliard

§  CB Lloyd McFarquhar

§  DT Jaden McKenzie

§  H-B C.J. Saunders

§  DT Taron Vincent




Florida Atlantic at Ohio State: A new Day in Columbus and Ohio State Football

Image result for 150th anniversary of college football





Ohio State kicks off its 130th season of collegiate football Saturday with a noon game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Ohio Stadium. The game will be the first meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. It also represents the inaugural game as a head coach for Ohio State’s 40-year-old, first-year coach Ryan Day.

  • Head coach Ryan Day starts his head coaching career with a 3-0 record after earning wins over Oregon State, Rutgers and No. 15 TCU as the team’s acting head coach in 2018.
  • SEVEN TEAM CAPTAINS: DE Chase Young, a junior from Hyattsville, Md., DE Jonathon Cooper, a senior from Gahanna, Ohio, SAF Jordan Fuller, a senior from Old Tappan, N.J., junior LB Tuf Borland from Bolingbrook, Ill., RB J.K. Dobbins, a junior from La Grange, Texas, WR K.J. Hill, a senior from Little Rock, Ark., and WR C.J. Saunders, a senior from Dublin, Ohio.
  • 39 WINS IN LAST 42 SEASON OPENERS: Ohio State has won 19 consecutive season-opening games dating to the 1999 loss to No. 12 Miami, 23-12, in the Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands.
  • TOP 5 PRESEASON AGAIN: Ohio State is ranked No. 5 in the Associates Press preseason poll. The team is also ranked No. 5 in the Amway coaches’ preseason poll.
  • 17 SEASONS WITH 11-PLUS WINS: Ohio State ranks third all-time with 17 seasons of 11 or more wins.


  • Junior RB and 26-game starter J.K. Dobbins is eighth among current players in career rushing yards with 2,456.
  • That total is sixth among Power 5 RBs and second in the Big Ten to Jonathan Taylor (4,171 yards).
  • Dobbins is seeking to become the first Ohio State runner to ever rush for 1,000 or more yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior.


  • Senior WR K.J. Hill returned for his fifth-year season, possibly influenced by the outstanding fifth-year seasons – and subsequent early round NFL Draft selections – had by receivers Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin in 2018.
  • Hill has caught a pass in 34 consecutive games. The school record is 48 by Gary Williams (1979-82).


  • Ohio State has 151 starts on the defensive side of the ball.
  • Linebacker (51), safety (41) and defensive line (39) lead the way with cornerback also featuring 27 starts.
  • Eight defensive players have started at least 10 games.
  • SAF Jordan Fuller (26 starts), CB Damon Arnette (25) and LB Tuf Borland (20) are most experienced.
  • LB Malik Hooker (14), LB Pete Werner (13), DE Jonathan Cooper (13), DE Chase Young (11) and DT Robert Landers also bring loads of experienced play to this side of the ball.


Ryan Day is the 25th head coach in Ohio State football history, but only the seventh head coach in the last 70 years.



Ohio State has 51 returning lettermen from the 2018 Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion team, including 13 Starters with nine of those on the defensive side of the ball.



The 2019 season is the 98th season that the Buckeyes will call Ohio Stadium home. New suites in B Deck have reduced capacity by about 2,000 seats, to 102,072.



Ohio State quarterbacks have thrown a nation’s best 90 touchdown passes the past two seasons under the tutelage of Ryan Day, the team’s quarterbacks coach in 2017 and 2018.



Number of new full-time assistant coaches, quality coaches or graduate assistants on staff, including co-defensive coordinators Jeff Hafley and Greg Mattison.







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