No. 5/6 Ohio State Welcomes Virginia Tech Saturday Night
September 2, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
FIRST AND 10
• Ohio State enters Saturday with the nation’s longest regular-season winning streak at 25 games.
• Ohio State and Virginia Tech are meeting for the first time Saturday.
• Ohio State has won 35 consecutive home openers; the last loss coming in 1978 to Penn State.
• The Buckeyes are 112-8-4 all-time in home openers since 1890.
• Ohio State is 39-22 all-time in night games (games 5 p.m. or later) and have won its last five night games at Ohio Stadium.
• Ohio State has not lost a night game at Ohio Stadium since 2009 (USC).
• Ohio State is 74-7 overall at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
• Ohio State has won 64 consecutive regular-season home games against unranked, non-conference opponents. The last loss: 34-17 to Florida State, Oct. 2, 1982.
• Redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett was named the Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week for his performance in the win vs. Navy.
• Head coach Urban Meyer is 48-4 in his career in games played in August/September.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA TECH
Virginia Tech started the season with a 34-9 win over visiting William & Mary Saturday. The Hokies are coming off a 2013 season where they finished 8-5 and 5-3 in the ACC Coastal Division. They ended their season with a 42-12 loss to UCLA in the Sun Bowl and return nine starters on offense and five on defense.
Freshman running back Shai McKenzie led the Hokies on the ground in the win over William & Mary with nine carries for 106 yards and one TD. Sophomore RB Trey Edmunds also is back after rushing for 675 yards and 10 TDs last season. Michael Brewer has replaced the departed Logan Thomas at QB, throwing for 251 yards on 23 of 30 passing with two TDs and one INT in Saturday’s win. Ten different players caught passes for the Hokies Saturday, six of those by freshman tight end Bucky Hodges for 38 yards and one TD.
Defensively, Marcus Harvey and Luke Rhodes led Virginia Tech with 11 tackles each in Saturday’s win.
Head coach Frank Beamer is in his 28th season at Virginia Tech with a record of 225-109-2 entering Saturday. He has led the Hokies to 21 consecutive bowl appearances, four ACC titles, five ACC Coastal Division crowns, three BIG EAST Conference titles, six BCS appearances and a trip to the national championship game. Under his guidance, the Hokies have finished in the Top 20 in 16 of the past 21 seasons, including four top-10 finishes during the last 10 years.
OHIO STATE FENDS OFF MIDSHIPMEN
Ohio State opened its 125th football season with a hard-fought, 34-17 victory over Navy in front of 57,579 fans at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. The Buckeyes had 11 first time starters line up against a Midshipmen team that has the most wins against the "Power Five" conferences – 21 – than any non-power five school. After trailing at halftime, 7-6, Ohio State outscored Navy, 28-10, in the second half. Red-shirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was solid in his collegiate debut, completing 12 of 15 passes for 226 yards with one interception and two touchdowns. He also led the team with 50 yards rushing. Sophomore safety Tyvis Powell led the defense with a career-high 13 tackles while freshman linebacker Darron Lee took a Joey Bosa forced fumble 61-yards for a score ... one of the decisive plays of the game.
MORE NUMBERS AND NOTES ...
850 – The win over Navy was the 850th victory in school history. Ohio State ranks fifth all-time in NCAA Division I history in wins.
14 – The win was also the 14th consecutive in a season opener for Ohio State, a streak that is fifth-longest nationally.
63 – Number of rushing attempts for Navy, the most by an Ohio State opponent in 26 years, or since Pittsburgh rushed the football 64 times in 1988.
3 – Ohio State scored touchdowns on its last three offensive possessions against Navy.
9:48 – Ohio State’s possession time in the decisive fourth quarter vs. Navy. The Buckeyes outgained and outscored the Midshipmen by margins of 150-36 and 14-3, respectively, in the quarter.
0 – Fumbles and fumbles lost for the Buckeyes.