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Archive for December 7th, 2019

Ohio State Buckeyes-Wisconsin Badgers for 2019 Big Ten Championship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OHIO STATE PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO

Jashon Cornell OSU DE Gives OSU Wisconsin title game Preview 12 2019

Ryan Day OSU coach On the Big Ten Championship Game 12 2019

BUCKEYES Record: 12-0, 9-0 Big Ten East Head Coach: Ryan Day Record at Ohio State: 15-0 Career Record: 15-0 BADGERS Record: 10-2, 7-2 Big Ten East Head Coach: Paul Chryst Record at UW: 52-14 (5th year) Career Record: 71-33 (8th year)

2 OHIO STATE (12-0, 9-0) VS. 10 WISCONSIN (10-2, 7-2) 8 P.M. | INDIANAPOLIS, IND. | LUCAS OIL STADIUM (67,000) TV: FOX | RADIO: OHIO STATE SPORTS NETWORK

BUCKEYES AFTER 38TH BIG TEN TITLE  Ohio State makes its fi fth Big Ten championship game appearance and will seek its 38th Big Ten title on Saturday night against Wisconsin.  The Buckeyes’ 37 Big Ten titles is second most of any conference school and fourth most nationally.  Ohio State’s fi ve Big Ten championship game appearances is second only to six by Wisconsin.

Ohio State’s Championship Game Results 2013 – No. 10 MSU 34, No. 2 Ohio State 24 2014 – No. 5 OSU 59, No. 13 Wisconsin 0 2017 – No. 8 OSU 27, No. 4 Wisconsin 21 2018 – No. 6 OSU 45, No. 21 N’Western 24

FOUR NATIONAL AWARD FINALISTS  Ohio State will be as well represented as any program at the College Football Awards Show in Atlanta next week as four Buckeyes – a program record – are fi nalists for major awards.  Chase Young is up for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards. He’s also a fi nalist for the Nagerski Award, which will announce its winner next Monday, Dec. 9.  Jeff Okudah is a Thorpe Award fi nalist, J.K. Dobbins is a Doak Walker Award fi nalist and Justin Fields is a Davey O’Brien Award fi nalist.  The last teams to send four players to the College Football Awards show was Florida State and Texas A&M, both in 2013.

HAFLEY A BROYLES AWARD FINALIST  Co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jeff Hafley is a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.  Hafl ey has been one of the arcitects behind a Ohio State defense that ranks in the top five nationally in scoring defense, passing defense, rushing defense and total defense.  The Buckeyes have allowed only 3.73 yards per play this year, best in the country.  The last Ohio State assistant to win the Broyals Award was off ensive coordinator/ quarterbacks coach Tom Herman in 2014.

THREE HEISMAN THROPHY CONTENDERS  Ohio State has three players who are vying to become finalists for the Heisman Trophy: RB J.K. Dobbins, QB Justin Fields and DE Chase Young. A little about each: #2 J.K. Dobbins  Despite four games with zero second half carries, still ranks 4th nationally in rushing yards and per game average.  Has played his best against the best, averaging over 175 yards against four Top 15 defenses.  Rushed for 172 yards vs. Michigan State’s No. 4 ranked rush defense, 163 yards vs. Wisconsin’s No. 1 ranked rush defense, 157 vs. Penn State’s No. 4 defense and 211 with four TDS vs. Michigan’s No. 13 rush defense.  Fourth nationally with 21 TDs and eighth with a 6.63 yards per carry average.  Team captain is just 343 yards away from becoming the fi rst Buckeye with a 2,000- yard rushing season.

#1 Justin Fields  Only merely owns the preposterous stat line of 37 touchdown passes vs. 1 interception.  One of only three 12-0 quarterbacks nationally.  Fourth nationally with a 192.1 passing effi ciency.  Third nationally with 47 total TDs but with 98 and 91 fewer carries/passes (388) than Joe Burrow (47 TDs/486 plays) and Jalen Hurts (50 TDs/481 plays).  Challenging 2018 Heisman Trophy fi nalist Dwayne Haskins’ Big Ten record of 54 total TDs.

#2 Chase Young  Ranks No. 1 in the nation in TFLs (2.0 per game/19.5).  Ranks No. 1 in the nation in quarterback sacks (16.5 and 1.65 per game).  117 sack yards lost is No. 1 nationally; 122 total TFL yards lost is No. 2 and six forced fumbles is No. 2.  Second Buckeye (Mike Vrabel was fi rst) with consecutive 10-or-more QB sack seasons.  Team captain also has contributed 38 total tackles, 1 PBU, 4 QB hurries and a blocked kick.

THE CHASE IS ON  Chase Young has broken Ohio State’s single-season sack record, held previously by Vernon Gholston (14.0 in 2007), and has 16.5 on the season.  Young is second all-time at Ohio State with 30.5 sacks and 5.5 behind Mike Vrabel, who had 36.0.

SPEAKING OF SACKS…  The Buckeyes rank second in the nation in average sacks per game (4.08) and total sacks (49.0).  Ohio State’s 49 sacks this year have come from 15 diff erent players.  The Ohio State single-season team record for sacks is 52.0, set in 2000.

COOPER TO RETURN IN 2020  True senior DE Jonathon Cooper, a team captain and one of the best leaders on the team, will return for a fifth year in 2020.

SCOUTING WISCONSIN  The Badgers won their fourth West Division title in the last fi ve years with a 38-17 victory last week at Minnesota.  Jonathon Taylor ranks second nationally in rushing yards (1,761) and fourth in rushing touchdowns (20).  Quarterback Jack Coan has 17 touchdowns this season against just four interceptions with 2,309 yards and a 72.3 completion percentage (tops in the Big Ten).  Quintez Cephus is Coan’s top target with 45 receptions for 720 yards and a teamhigh six touchdowns.  Wisconsin possesses the nation’s No. 6-ranked total defense, allowing an average of 277.0 yards per game.  The Badgers’ run defense, which is No. 7 nationally, is keyed by the play of Zack Baun, who has 18.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 quarterback sacks.  Linebacker Chris Orr also has 11.5 sacks, second most to Chase Young’s 16.5 in the Big Ten.

SERIES HISTORY VS. WISCONSIN  Ohio State leads the all-time series 60-18- 5 with wins in each of the last six contests and 10 of the last 11.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OSU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

Ohio State status report for Game 13 Wisconsin Badgers

Game 13 Status Report

 

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin – Saturday, Dec. 7 – Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis

Game-Time Decision

 

Unavailable

§  WR Kamryn Babb

§  RB Marcus Crowley

§  OG Gavin Cupp

§  DL Noah Donald

§  WR Ellijah Gardiner

§  SAF Ronnie Hickman

§  WR C.J. Saunders

§  DT Taron Vincent

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jerry Emig, Mike Basford; COURTESY OSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Blue Jackets place defenseman Zach Werenski on Injured Reserve

DECEMBER 6, 2019

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Zach Werenski on Injured Reserve retroactive to November 30, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced Friday.

 

Zach Werenski

Werenski, 22, suffered a shoulder injury on November 30 at the NY Islanders and is expected to miss four weeks.  The Grosse Pointe, Michigan native leads all club defensemen in goals and points (tied) this season with six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 26 games.  His goal and point totals rank tied for third overall on the Blue Jackets.  Columbus’ first selection, eighth overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft, he has recorded 44-100-144 with 56 penalty minutes and a cumulative +7 plus/minus rating in 263 career NHL games.

 

The Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday when they visit the Florida Panthers.  Game time from BB&T Center is 7 p.m. ET.  The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Ohio and the FOX Sports Go app with coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the “Blue Jackets Live” pre-game show.  The contest will also be broadcast on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including CD102.5 FM in Columbus.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

Blue Jackets travel to Florida to take on Sergei Borovsky and the Panthers

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF CBJ COMMUNICATIONS

Big Ten Championship Preview: Ohio State and Wisconsin

 

 

OHIO STATE PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO:

Jordan Fuller OSU DB Preview the Big Ten Championship Game 12 2019

Josh Myers OSU OC Previewing the 2019 Big Ten Championship Game 12 2019

No. 13 Wisconsin vs. No. 2 Ohio State • Saturday, Dec. 7 • When: 8 p.m. • Where: Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind. • TV: FOX • Play by Play: Gus Johnson • Analyst: Joel Klatt • Sidelines: Jenny Taft

Big Ten East Division Champion Ohio State, 12-0 on the season and winners of 18 straight games dating back to last season, will look to win its 38th Big Ten Conference title when it meets West Division Champion Wisconsin (10-2) on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Buckeyes completed an undefeated regular season last Saturday with its eighth straight victory over Michigan. Ohio State is powered the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense (49.9 points/game) and No. 4 scoring defense (11.8 points/game).

The game features two of the best running backs in the country, as Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor is second nationally in rushing yards (1,761) while Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins is fourth (1,657).

GAME NOTES

• J.K. Dobbins has 19 rushing touchdowns this year, seventh most in single-season history. He needs seven more to surpass Pete Johnson’s record of 25 in 1975.

• Over the last 11 meetings, six games have been decided by seven points or less, including one overtime game

• Ohio State is the first team to qualify for three consecutive Big Ten title games.

• Over the last eight seasons (2012-present), Ohio State owns a 44-6 record in “road” games (true road and neutral site games).

• J.K. Dobbins, despite just 71 second half carries all season and four games with zero second half carries, is No. 4 nationally with 138.1 yards per game and No. 4 in rushing yards with 1,657.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OSU ATHLETICS

 

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