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OSU GAMEDAY: Hyde proves his name should be mentioned along with other running backs


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Carlos Hyde (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Coming out of Spring Football, the Ohio State running back position was stocked. Even with Daniel “Boom” Herron serving a 5-game suspension for NCAA rules violations to start the 2011 season, there was still Jordan Hall, Jaamal Berry, Rod Smith and Carlos Hyde.

The last week, it was discovered that projected starter Hall was suspended for the Akron game for accepting cash from a charity event and Berry was being kept out due to a pulled hamstring.

Still, Hyde’s name was not heavily mentioned, but the OSU coaches didn’t have much choice with he and Smith being the only running backs available.

The 6’0, 238-pound Hyde from Naples, Florida answered all of the critics and skeptics with 19 rushes for 93 yards and a long run of 24 yards.


* 33 in a row, Ohio State’s home-opener winning streak, going back to a 19-0 loss to Penn State in 1978 with Art Schlichter at quarterback.

* Akron is 1-7 against Ohio State. The Zips’ only win was in 1894 at the Ohio State Fair. The Buckeyes are only the Big Ten team the Zips have beaten. Akron is 1-22 against ranked opponents since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1987.

#2 Ohio State holds off upset-minded Illinois, 24-13


CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS — Everytime Ohio State plays Illinois, they know the game is going to be tight. No blowouts.

OSU Punter Ben Buchanan punted well despite gusty winds (

The Illini coming into Saturday’s game, had won 11 of the past 25 games in the series, so Saturday’s game should be no surprise to anybody.

But the Buckeyes withstood the strong 25 mph winds in Memorial Stadium and the Illini, 24-13.


With the Buckeyes up 17-10 in the fourth quarter, Illinois drove the ball down the field. Their drive bogged down at the Ohio State 13 on 4th-and-7. Instead of going for the tying touchdown, Illini head coach Ron Zook elected to go for the field goal with 3:51  remaining to cut the lead to 17-13. His feeling was, the defense would hold Ohio State and get the ball back.

Wrong! Coach Zook did not see what the crystal ball had in store for his Illini. It was self-destruction with a viable chance to win the game.

On the short kickoff, the Buckeyes would’ve had the ball at their own 32, but Jordan Hall was tackled by the by Jack Ramsey who was flagged for unnecessary roughness. That 15-yard penalty put the ball 1st-and-10 at the Ohio State 47.


Another Illini mistake happened on 3rd-and-1 from the Illinois 44. Dan “Boom” Herron rushed over left guard for no gain, but DB Justin Green was called for offsides. The 5-yard penalty moved the ball five yards for a first down at the Illinois 39.

Several plays later, “Boom” Herron rushes for 11 yards around the right side to the Illini 13 and yes, you guessed it; another penalty on the home team. LB Nate Bussey was called for a face mask penalty and half-the-distance to the goal line put the 1st-and-goal at the Illinois 6.

From there, it was “Boom” Herron rushing around the left end for an uncontested touchdown with 1:49 and a final score of 24-13. The Buckeyes had answered the challenge of the Illini as most championship teams often do.

OSU DB Jemale Hines intercepted a pass (

Leading Ohio State as they closed out the game was junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who put a scare into Ohio State fans when he had to leave the game in the 3rd quarter with a strained quadricep muscle. He was only 9 of 16 passing for 76 yards, but rushed for 104 yards on 11 carries. He even dazzled the sellout crowd of 68,870 with an electrifying 66-yard run in the first quarter which set up the first Ohio State touchdown to Brandon Saine.

Ohio’s defense which has been solid for years, held the Illini to 251 total yards. They stopped talented tailback Mikel Leshoure, to 80 yards on 19 carries. Prior to Saturday’s game, Leshoure had rushed for 100 or more yards in four straight games and would’ve been the first Illinois ballcarrier to rush for five straight in the modern era.

QB Nathan Scheelhaase was 12 of 22 passing for 109 yards. He also struggled passing into the strong winds.

OHIO STATE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

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* Ohio State entered Saturday’s game with the NCAA’s third-ranked scoring offense (49.2 points per game) and the nation’s eighth-ranked total offense unit (506.8 yards per game). The Illinois defense, held the Buckeyes well below those figures, allowing total yards of 24 points and 290 yards.

* This is the first time Ohio State has been held to under 300 yards since October 17, 2009, at Purdue, when the Buckeyes finished with 287 yards.

* Ohio State, managed just 77 yards passing after entering the game with an average of 266.5 passing yards. Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor had  season-low totals of nine completions and 76 yards. It was Pryor’s fewest completions and yards since November 21, 2009, at Michigan, when he completed nine passes for 67 yards.


* DB Trulon Henry recorded a pair of interceptions, the first INT’s of the season for the Fighting Illini. Henry is the first Illini defender in six years to come up with two interceptions in a game, since Kelvin Hayden in 2004 against Florida A&M.

* WR Jarred Fayson had a breakout game for the Illini. He caught eight passes for 83 yards, setting career highs in both categories. Fayson also completed the first pass of his career, throwing a 23-yarder to quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase in the first quarter.

* RB Mikel Leshoure had 80 yards rushing in the game, giving him 1,338 for his career. He is the 24th player in school history to surpass 1,300 career rushing yards, moving up three spots from his No. 27 ranking coming into the game.

* Anthony Santella, the nation’s second-leading punter, had another impressive performance today. He averaged 47 yards on six punts, booting two more than 50 yards. Santella also had three punts downed inside the 20, doubling his season total to six. He is obviously used to the swirling winds at Memorial Stadium.

Terrelle Pryor chosen Big Ten Player of the Week

Terrelle Pryor directs the offense ( photo)

The Big Ten Conference has announced that Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been chosen Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending September 25.

Pryor accounted for six touchdowns leading Ohio State to a 73-20 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

The 73 points are the most for the Buckeyes since 1950. The junior quarterback completed 20 of 26 passes (76.9 percent) for 224 yards and four touchdowns. He rushed seven times for 104 yards (14.9 yards per carry) and another touchdown and also hauled in a 20-yard scoring strike from his high school teammate at Jeannette, Pennsylvania, running back Jordan Hall.

Pryor matched a career high with four touchdowns and all four went to wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, just the second time in Ohio State history that two Buckeyes have hooked up on four scoring plays in one game.

Ohio State’s 73 points rank ninth in school history and are the most for the Buckeyes since scoring 83 points against Iowa in 1950. Pryor earns his first weekly offensive honor.

The last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week, was running back Chris “Beanie” Wells on November 10, 2008.

Info courtesy of The Big Ten Conference and Ohio State athletics

Number 2 Ohio State blasts Eastern Michigan, 73-20; remains at 2nd in country

Ohio State kicks off to Eastern Michigan (photo by

Terrelle Pryor directs the offense (photo by

Even before the game was ever played on Saturday, Everybody in Columbus, Ohio and across the nation knew that Ohio State was going to beat Eastern Michigan University of the Mid-American Conference by a whopping score. But 73-20! Nobody could’ve come up with that score even if they were playing the college football version of PLAY STATION!

Saturday’s game was a record-breaking and record-tying affair.

Dane Sanzenbacher tied two school records by catching four touchdown passes from Terrelle Pryor. Pryor also ran for a score and caught a touchdown pass in the Buckeyes lopsided win over Eastern Michigan.

The only game where Ohio State has scored more points and that was in 1950 when they humiliated Iowa 83-21.

The 2nd-ranked Buckeyes, now 4-0, played to perfection on Saturday, scoring on their first six possessions of the football against Eastern Michigan who came into the game a whopping 44 1/2-point underdogs. With Saturday’s loss, EMU traveled 3 1/2 hours back to Ypsilanti, Michigan with their 16th loss in a row and wondering if they’ll ever win again.

Dane Sanzenbacher scores one of his 4 TD's against EMU (photo

DeVier Posey runs over tacklers (photo by

Pryor, throwing the ball like everybody was expecting when he arrived at Ohio State, completed 20 of 26 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns. He ran seven times for 104 yards and a touchdown and also caught a 20-yard scoring pass in the third quarter from Jordan Hall, his high school teammate from Jeannette, Pennsylvania. Pryor delighted the crowd with a scoring run of 53 yards.

Pryor found Dane Sanzenbacher for scoring plays covering 31, 9, 7 and 18 yards. The senior wide receiver from Toledo, Ohio had nine receptions for 108 yards.


* The previous times a Buckeye scored a touchdown 3 different ways in a game.

1948 at Illinois: Gerald Krall

-10 yard reception from Pandel Savic

-9 yard pass to Alex Verdova

-5 yard run

1950 vs. Iowa: Vic Janowicz

-11 yard run

-61 yard punt return

-passed for 4 touchdowns of 12, 40, 26, 44 yards

1984 vs. Iowa: Keith Byars

-50 yard run

-14 yard reception from Mike Tomczak

-35 yard pass to Mike Lanese

-7 yard run

2004 vs. Michigan State: Ted Ginn Jr.

-17 yard reverse

-60 yard punt return

-58 yard reception from Troy Smith

Jersey scrimmage goes to the offense, 55-48; Bellamy, Berry, Pryor & Washington star


The Buckeyes after two weeks in fall camp, had their annual jersey scrimmage in Ohio Stadium on Saturday. The offense won the 140-play scrimmage, 55-48.

It wasn’t a pretty affair, especially after the team took a road trip to Xenia, Ohio. The team bused there on Thursday night and practiced twice Friday in stormy weather before busing back.

Coach Jim Tressel said he planned that trip to simulate the rigors of in-season travel and admitted the team was ‘tired’ and not real impressive at all.

Terrelle Pryor (courtesy of OSU)

Taurian Washington (courtesy of OSU)

There were some bright spots. Terrelle Pryor accounted for the day’s only touchdown; the defense forced a turnover, a fumble by running back Brandon Saine which was recovered by linebacker Andrew Sweat; there were 6 sacks, 3 by Adam Bellamy; backup quarterback Kenny Guiton was 6 of 16 passing for 40 yards and has moved ahead of Joe Bauserman for the Number 2 quarterback job; Jamaal Berry rushed 17 times for 63 and could beat out Jordan Hall for the Number 3 tailback position and Taurian Washington catching a TD pass from Terrelle Pryor.

Speaking of Pryor, he started the scrimmage slowly at 1 of 6 but finished at 10 of 24 passing for 151 yards with one touchdown and no intereceptions. Pryor’s highlights included a 25-yard pass over the middle to tight end Jake Stoneburner as well as a 25-yard scoring pass to Taurian Washington where Pryor hit him on the move in stride, which allowed him to outrun the defensive pursuit.

Adam Bellamy (courtesy of OSU)

Jamaal Berry (courtesy of OSU)

The only real negative was that nagging injuries are starting to add up. Saturday’s scrimmage was practice number 20 and six starters either were held out or left early as a precaution. Five of the injured are from the defense.

SOUNDS FROM THE OHIO STATE POST-GAME (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

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