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Buckeyes’ Simon named Big Ten Player of the Week; also wins Lott Impact weekly honor

 

John Simon (megasportsnews file photo)

John Simon’s play Saturday in Champaign, Illinois causing havov for the Fighting Illini offense has earned him the junior defensive tackle from Youngstown, Ohio, with the Defensive Player of the Week Award from the Big Ten Conference.

The Big Ten award, the first for a Buckeye this season, was one of numerous awards for Simon this week. Nationally, Simon was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Award’s National Defensive Lineman of the Week.

Spearheaded by Simon, the Ohio State defense with a career-high eight tackles, including a career-high four tackles-for-loss, in the team’s 17-7 road win over 16th-ranked and previously unbeaten Illinois. Simon’s TFL’s included two quarterback sacks and totaled 16 yards in losses. The total was one off the school record of five held by Andy Katzenmoyer vs. Arizona State in 1996, Jayson Gwinn vs. Indiana in 1993 and Judah Herman vs. Iowa in 1991.

The Buckeyes defense and Simon limited the Illini offense to 27 points below their average and to just 285 total yards after entering the game averaging almost 450 yards per game. The defense forced three Illinois turnovers; two interceptions and a fumble, with two setting up OSU points.

 

Info courtesy of OSU & the Big Ten Conference

Ohio native Stoops fired by Arizona Wildcats

Mike Stoops (courtesy of U of Arizona athletics)

The Arizona Wildcats have this week off before they return to action with an televised home game against UCLA on Thursday October 20 on ESPN.

The bye-week was a good time for UA athletic director Greg Byrne to decide to fire head coach Mike Stoops or not.

Byrne decided to drop the hammer now instead of at season’s end.

The Stoops era ends after 7.5 years with a 41-50 record and a 1-5 record this season.

Stoops took Arizona to bowl games in each of the past three seasons, but the Wildcats finished last year on a five-game losing streak and have lost five straight this year since beating Northern Arizona University in the opening game.

Arizona has not beat a Football Bowl Subdivision school since beating UCLA last year.

Tim Kish, longtime UA linebackers coach will take over the team for the rest of the season.

Stoops took Arizona to the 2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, the 2009 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl and the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl.

This year the Wildcats are ranked among the nation’s worst defensive teams and have been hurt by poor starts in every one of their five losses.

Stoops is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and the brother of University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops.

Info compiled from the University of Arizona

OHIO STATE AT NEBRASKA GAMEDAY: Battle between 800+ win programs

 

(courtesy of U of Nebraska via wikipedia commons)

The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers will be doing battle in Lincoln, Nebraska tonight.

The two programs are among only eight in the country with 800 or more wins. Nebraska is fourth with 841 and the Buckeyes have been victorious 834 times.

Nebraska is 4-1, 0-1 in the Big Ten and ranked #14 and 15 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today polls.

The Cornhuskers lost their first game of the season last Saturday night at #7 Wisconsin, 48-17.

The Huskers started the season with wins over Chattanooga (40-7), Fresno State (42-29), Washington (51-38) and at Wyoming (38-14).

As a team Nebraska leads the nation in kickoff returns at 30.5 yards a return and ranks ninth in rushing, racking up just under 250 yards per game.

Ameer Abdullah is the nation’s best return man at 35.1 yards per kick return and the 18th with 12.0 yards per punt return.

Running back Rex Burkhead and quarterback Taylor Martinez rank second and fourth in rushing in the Big Ten with 103.2 and 96.4 yards per game, respectively.

Bo Pelini, a graduate of Ohio State in 1990, is in his fourth season at Nebraska as the head coach with a 34-13 overall record. He has led the Cornhuskers to three straight bowl games: Gator (2008) and Holiday Bowls (2009, 2010).

Bo Pelini (courtesy of Huskers.com)

Pelini was a four-year letterwinner as a defensive back for the Buckeyes under Earle Bruce and John Cooper from 1987 to 1990.

Pelini started in the OSU secondary his final two seasons, was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and was a co-captain as a senior. Pelini received the “Bo Rein Award” as a senior, given to the teams’ most inspirational player. Pelini graduated with a degree in business administration in 1990.

Tonight’s game will mark the third time Pelini has coached against his alma mater. In 1991, the Youngstown, Ohio native was a graduate assistant for an Iowa team that beat OSU, 16-9, in Columbus. After taking the Nebraska head job in December of 2007, Pelini completed his role as defensive coordinator at LSU, helping to guide the Tigers to a 38-24 win over OSU in the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans.

GAME NOTES:

* Nebraska and Ohio State are meeting for just the third time and the first time in Lincoln. The Buckeyes own a 2-0 edge with a pair of wins in Columbus. Sixth-ranked Ohio State beat Nebraska, 28-20, in 1955 and the #8 Buckeyes beat Nebraska, 34-7, in 1956. The Cornhuskers has played every other Big Ten school more recently than Ohio State.

* Saturday’s game will be the fifth game in Nebraska history involving two teams with 800 all-time wins. Nebraska’s previous games between 800-win teams were three against Texas (2007, 2009, and 2010) and a 2010 game against Oklahoma.

Nebraska has two upcoming games this season against 800-win teams, November 12 at Penn State and November 19 at Michigan. Nebraska reached 800 wins during the 2006 season and has 841 wins all-time.

Wright State loses at Milwaukee; ends 4-game road trip at 2-2

The Wright State Raiders ended a 2-week, 4-game road trip to Youngstown and Cleveland, Ohio; Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The trip ended at 2-2 with wins against Youngstown State and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The last loss was at Milwaukee, 54-53.

Anthony Hill scored 22 points as Wisconsin-Milwaukee held off Wright State in a Horizon League contest.

The Panthers who improve to 12-11, 7-5 won despite missing 3 of 6 free throws in the final 37 seconds.

Vaughn Duggins lead the Raiders (14-9, 7-4) with 26 points.

Info courtesy of Wright State athletics