Friday, December 30, 2011

GATOR BOWL: THOUGHT OF MEYER MAY POWER BUCKEYES TO WIN

Braxton Miller
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
JACKSONVILLE — Boy, how the mighty have fallen.

Just five years ago Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes faced off against Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators in the BCS Championship game in Glendale, Arizona. Each were sitting atop the college football mountain. Both powerhouse programs with head coaches to match.

Now each are relegated to playing in Monday's TaxSlayer.Com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. Not exactly the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, but certainly not a national title game either.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

TBT Q&A: QB MILLER WILL BENEFIT FROM MEYER'S HIRING IMMEDIATELY

Urban Meyer
Due to my inbox and Twitter accounts pushing occupancy limits, I must act as a cyber-world firefighter and extinguish some of the questions and comments from my readers and followers about Ohio State football.

As in the past, I will use full names from Twitter and initials/first names from e-mails (Note: if you don't want your e-mail or tweets to possibly appear in my stories, do not write to me.) ...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

SMITH COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE DISAPPOINTMENT AND CHOSE NOT TO

Gene Smith
COLUMBUS — "We are surprised and disappointed with the NCAA's decision."

Those words were uttered Tuesday by Ohio State director of athletics, Gene Smith, following the NCAA's ruling of a one-year bowl ban for the football team, among other penalties.

The sad thing about it is, Mr. Smith himself could've avoided all of this disappointment. He had the power to soften the blow, to nip things in the bud, to take a real stand as a leader of the program. Instead, his arrogance prevented him from doing what was right. He thought the team and the school was bigger than the game. He found out Tuesday, that certainly isn't the case.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

BUCKEYES RECEIVE SANCTIONS, INCLUDING A ONE-YEAR BOWL BAN

COLUMBUS — After a year of investigations surrounding the Ohio State football team, the NCAA finally handed down punishment to the Buckeyes on Tuesday afternoon, sanctions which include a one-year bowl ban effective the coming season.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

MEYER HIRES MICKEY MAROTTI AS DIRECTOR OF SPORTS PERFORMANCE

Mickey Marotti
COLUMBUS — Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer added another to his football staff on Thursday afternoon, naming Mickey Marotti as his assistant athletic director for football sports performance.

The former director of sports performance at the University of Florida (2005-11) will head up the football team's strength and condition program effective Jan. 2, 2012.

Meyer, who worked with Marotti at Florida — as well as Notre Dame and OSU (as grad assistants) — praised the Buckeyes' new strength staff leader.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

MEYER SNAGS TWO DE-COMMITS; HIRES TWO MORE TO HIS STAFF

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer's hiring at Ohio State as head football coach is already reaping huge rewards on the recruiting front for the Buckeyes.

On Monday, Tommy Schutt — a star defensive tackle out of Chicago's Glenbard West High School — pulled his commitment from Penn State and declared that he would be playing his collegiate football for the Buckeyes instead.

Friday, December 9, 2011

BUCKEYES HIRE TOM HERMAN AS NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR/QB COACH

Tom Herman
COLUMBUS — Ohio State named former Iowa State assistant Tom Herman as its new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer announced on Friday.

Herman, who held the same position at Iowa State for the past three years, is considered one of the top young assistants in the country according to Meyer.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

TEN BUCKEYE FOOTBALL PLAYERS MAKE ALL-BIG TEN ACADEMIC TEAM

COLUMBUS — Ten members of the Ohio State football team were named Academic All-Big Ten, the conference announced on Wednesday.

In order to qualify for all-conference honors, the student-athlete must be a letterwinner in at least his second year at the institution and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

The Buckeyes who were honored by the conference for their scholastic achievements were Ben Buchanan, Dominic Clarke, Zach Domicone, Nate Ebner, Derek Erwin, Adam Homan, Chris Maxwell, Tyler Moeller, Chris Roark and Andrew Sweat.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

BCS GOT IT WRONG ... AGAIN

Once again, the Bowl Championship Series and college football got it wrong.

Alabama — and not Oklahoma State — was selected on Sunday night to play in the BCS Championship Game against No. 1 LSU (Jan. 9, 2012 in New Orleans), even after failing to score a touchdown in their 9-6 loss to the Tigers earlier this season in Tuscaloosa.

BUCKEYES TO FACE FLORIDA IN 2012 TAXSLAYER.COM GATOR BOWL JAN. 2

COLUMBUS — Ohio State has accepted an invitation to play the University of Florida in the 2012 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville on Jan. 2, the school announced on Sunday evening.

The Buckeyes (6-6) — who have suffered three-straight losses — will face a Florida team (6-6) which has fell to defeat in six of their last eight games.

It will be the first time the two teams have faced each other since the 2007 BCS Championship Game in Glendale (Ariz.), where the Gators won 41-14.

The kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

STOOPS VISITED WITH URBAN MEYER, MAY HAVE BEEN OFFERED DC JOB

Mike Stoops
COLUMBUS — Former Arizona head coach Mike Stoops confirmed Thursday that he has visited with newly hired Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer about the defensive coordinator position, according to The Oklahoman.

Stoops, 49, told the Oklahoma news outlet that he did make a trip to Columbus this week to meet with Meyer but wouldn't confirm whether he was offered the DC role by the Buckeyes' boss.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

OSU QB BRAXTON MILLER NAMED BIG TEN'S TOP FRESHMAN WEDNESDAY

Braxton Miller
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has been named the 2011 Thompson-Randel El Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the conference announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The true freshman Miller — who turned 19 on Wednesday — totaled 1,692 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Buckeyes this season, including team-highs in rushing yards (695) and rushing touchdowns (7).

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

WHEN IT COMES TO URBAN MEYER, BRAXTON MILLER IS HELEN OF TROY

Braxton Miller
The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — During Urban Meyer's press conference on Monday evening in Columbus to announce his hiring as the new head football coach at Ohio State, I was patiently awaiting the old guy from the eHarmony commercials to come popping his head out from behind the small curtain on the right side of the stage.

Seriously, Neil Clark Warren — said "old guy" and founder of the aforementioned online dating site — totally missed out on a golden opportunity Monday evening inside the Fawcett Center because when Meyer was asked about his new (match) quarterback Braxton Miller, the coach's face lit up like a man who had truly found his soul mate.

Monday, November 28, 2011

URBAN MEYER HAS MADE A GOOD CHOICE COMING BACK TO OHIO STATE

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer
(AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)
COLUMBUS — It's officially official.

All the rumors, speculation and optimism surrounding the situation had come full circle as Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer entered his introductory press conference at the Fawcett Center on Monday evening.

With the ink on his six-year, $24 million contract still drying, there was a certain ora that gathered in the room when Meyer strolled in to take the stage as the face of Buckeye Nation. Sporting a smooth Buckeye tie and speaking with conviction and confidence, Meyer assured the college football world that Ohio State is back.

URBAN MEYER ANNOUNCED AS NEW HEAD COACH OF THE BUCKEYES

Urban Meyer was introduced as the new head football coach at Ohio State on Monday. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)
COLUMBUS — It's no longer speculation ... Urban Meyer is the new head football coach at The Ohio State University.

The former Florida head coach and ESPN college football analyst was introduced to the media on Monday evening in Columbus and the new Buckeyes' boss spoke about a number of topics during the press conference including coming back to his home state of Ohio, his days as a graduate assistant at OSU under Earle Bruce and why he decided to take a year away from coaching following last season.

"It's great to come back to my home state, where I was born, where I met my wife," Meyer said. "I began my college coaching career here at Ohio State in 1987 working for hall of fame coach Earle Bruce. My relationship with him is extremely close, second only to my father ...

MEYER TO BE ANNOUNCED AS NEW HEAD COACH AT 5:15 P.M. MONDAY

COLUMBUS — Ohio State will hold a press conference Monday at 5:15 p.m. announcing the hiring of new head football coach Urban Meyer, the university confirmed.

The Buckeye Times will be on hand to provide coverage.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

MEYER WILL BE NAMED HEAD COACH MONDAY, TO MEET WITH TEAM TODAY

Urban Meyer
(AP)
COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer will be announced as the new head football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes on Monday, an individual with inside knowledge of the situation told The Buckeye Times Sunday.

The former University of Florida head coach will meet with the team sometime today, according to the individual, and will be officially named as the new Buckeyes' mentor on Monday.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

OHIO STATE'S REIGN OVER MICHIGAN COMES TO A HALT IN A 40-34 LOSS

Braxton Miller
TBT/Josh Stueve
ANN ARBOR, MI — The monkey has been surgically removed off the backs of the Michigan Wolverines, courtesy of Denard Robinson.

In the 108th meeting between the Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes, Robinson was flawless as the junior sliced up the Buckeye defense for 5 total touchdowns and 337 total yards (167 passing, 170 rushing). Robinson’s precision through the air — going 14-for-17 — helped push Michigan (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten) over the hump in its first victory over Ohio State (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) since 2003, 40-34. 


The loss gives the Buckeyes their first non-winning season since 1999.

Friday, November 25, 2011

REGARDLESS OF RECORDS, 'THE GAME' SHOULD BE A CLASSIC

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Woody Hayes — the late, legendary Ohio State head football coach — always used to refer to rival Michigan as "that school up north."

Michigan first-year head coach Brady Hoke, in his own Hayes-like fashion, refuses to utter the words "Ohio State," choosing instead to refer to the Buckeyes as simply, "Ohio."

Does Hoke mistakingly think he's playing Ohio University? Or is he trying to make a statement in his first meeting as head coach against the hated Buckeyes?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

MEYER TO BE NAMED OSU HEAD COACH, MAYBE AS EARLY AS SUNDAY

Urban Meyer (AP)
(Updated) COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer will be named the new head football coach at Ohio State — possibly as early as this Sunday — according to an individual with inside knowledge of the situation.

The individual stated via text message that the former University of Florida head coach has agreed in principle to become the new Buckeyes' mentor, and that the university will wait until sometime after its regular season finale Saturday at No. 15 Michigan to announce the news.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

MICHIGAN WEEK: WOLVERINES FOUND THEIR 'MICHIGAN MAN' ... IN OHIO

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke
(AP Photo)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Former Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez never fully understood what it was like to be a 'Michigan Man.'

That's probably because he wasn't one.

Rodriguez — a native of West Virginia with zero ties to the program — tried to change the culture in Ann Arbor during his three seasons as the Wolverines' mentor. And what did it get him? A 15-22 overall record, three losses to rival Ohio State by an average margin of 25 points per game and a pink slip.

Monday, November 21, 2011

MEYER DENIES RUMORS ABOUT OSU JOB, BUT ADMITS HE'S INTERESTED

Urban Meyer (AP)
COLUMBUS — There have been many reports in recent days that former University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer has accepted a deal for the same position at Ohio State, beginning sometime soon after the regular season finale Saturday at Michigan.

Meyer, in an interview with the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, denied that the reports were true but did insinuate that if the position were to come open in Columbus — and he was offered the job — it would be a decision he would have to ponder deeply.

ANDREW SWEAT QUESTIONABLE FOR MICHIGAN, DOCTORS TO MAKE CALL

Andrew Sweat, right, and Luke Fickell
(The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State senior linebacker Andrew Sweat has been listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan, Buckeyes head coach Luke Fickell announced Monday.

Sweat, who is the Buckeyes leader in tackles this season with 68, missed Ohio State's game against Penn State over the weekend due to a concussion suffered during their trip to Purdue a week prior.

BUCKEYES LB RYAN SHAZIER NAMED BIG TEN'S FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Ryan Shazier
The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
(Updated) COLUMBUS — Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier has been named the Big Ten Conference's freshman of the week, the league announced Monday morning.

He is the second Buckeyes player this season to garner the award — quarterback Braxton Miller won it after leading Ohio State past Wisconsin in late-October.

The true freshman Shazier, who was making his first career start Saturday in place of injured senior Andrew Sweat, recorded 15 tackles in the 20-14 loss to the Nittany Lions.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

FUMBLES, UNTIMELY PENALTIES DO IN BUCKEYES SATURDAY AGAINST PSU

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller fends off a Penn State tackler Saturday in Columbus. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Repeated shots to the foot was determined as the cause of death for Ohio State on Saturday evening in Columbus.

Penalties, untimely fumbles and even some bad snaps from center did in the Buckeyes (6-5, 3-4 Big Ten) Saturday evening, while the visiting Penn State Nittany Lions (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) held on to keep their conference title hopes alive by picking up their first win of the post-Joe Paterno era, 20-14.

Friday, November 18, 2011

GAME PREVIEW: DRAMA ASIDE, THERE'S STILL A GAME TO PLAY

COLUMBUS — This Saturday's game in Columbus between Ohio State and Penn State certainly won't be lacking in story lines.

Unfortunately, most of them will have nothing to do with personnel match ups or X's and O's, but rather happenings that have taken place off the gridiron.

The Buckeyes' off-field issues have been well documented over the past 12 months. A plethora of player suspensions — due to violating the NCAA's rule on receiving improper benefits — and the firing of head coach Jim Tressel for withholding information of said violations, have left the Buckeyes staring at possibly their worst season in more than a decade.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

TWITTER QUESTION: HOW SHOULD SUSPENDED SENIORS BE RECEIVED?

Here is The Buckeye Times' Twitter question of the day for Wednesday, Nov. 16 ...

"If you're at the Ohio State-Penn State game Saturday in Columbus, how are you going to receive those seniors who were suspended when their names are announced: Cheer, boo, no response?"

Here are some answers from the tweeters ...

J-Squared Apparel
@TheBuckeyeTimes Gotta cheer them. Theyre still BUCKEYES!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TUESDAY ROUNDUP: FICKELL HOPES FANS PAY POSEY, SENIORS RESPECT

DeVier Posey
The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — DeVier Posey hasn't played a down for the Ohio State football team since the Buckeyes' Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas last January in New Orleans.

Posey's 10-game suspension by the NCAA — for receiving improper benefits — has been well publicized, and his return this Saturday against Penn State will certainly be no different.

Monday, November 14, 2011

BUCKEYES NOT BEING BUILT TO COME BACK IS THE FAULT OF THE BUILDER

Luke Fickell
The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — "This team isn't built to be a team that comes from behind ... "

Those were the words uttered by Ohio State head football coach Luke Fickell following the Buckeyes upset loss at Purdue on Saturday afternoon.

It's a quote that has stuck in my head ever since it came rolling off Fickell's tongue two days ago.

It's a quote that speaks the truth ... and one which should spell doom for the head coach at Ohio State.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

BRAXTON MILLER'S HEROICS NOT ENOUGH FOR BUCKEYES AT PURDUE

Braxton Miller nearly leads OSU
to victory over Purdue. (AP Photo)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Braxton Miller did it again.

Unfortunately for Ohio State, it wouldn't be enough this time around.

With 55 seconds remaining in the game, and the Buckeyes facing a fourth down at the Purdue 13-yard line, Miller rolled right, hurdled a defender and lobbed a perfect spiral off his back foot to tailback Jordan Hall in the end zone for the game-tying touchdown — just an extra point away from a second miracle victory in the last three weeks.

Friday, November 11, 2011

GAME PREVIEW: ROSS-ADE HASN'T BEEN NICE TO BUCKEYES LATELY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ohio State's last trip to Ross-Ade Stadium in 2009 wasn't a kind one for the Buckeyes.

Purdue — 1-5 coming into the contest — held Ohio State to just 66 yards rushing and forced five turnovers en route to upsetting the heavily-favored Buckeyes, 26-18.

Although he was just a co-defensive coordinator at that time, current Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell can still remember a thing or two about the embarrassing loss to the Boilermakers.

"I remember we had five turnovers, dropped a punt inside the 20 yard line. They hit a screen there to make it 26-7 or 23-7," Fickell recalled. "Do you want me to go through the whole game? I can remember every bad play that happened."

Thursday, November 10, 2011

NCAA COMPLETES INVESTIGATION: OSU HIT WITH FAILURE TO MONITOR

COLUMBUS — Below is a statement sent to The Buckeye Times on Thursday afternoon by the Ohio State media relations department regarding the ongoing NCAA investigation of the Buckeyes football team ...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

TUESDAY ROUNDUP: BUCKEYES UNDERSTAND THEIR IDENTITY

Carlos Hyde
The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — As the Ohio State Buckeyes hit the road this week to battle the Purdue Boilermakers, head coach Luke Fickell seems confident that his team has found its identity.

"I think we understand (our identity)," Fickell said at his weekly Tuesday press conference. "I think our guys have realized the things that we put in front of them, that it's the effort, the turnovers, the toughness side of things."

That identity Fickell is likely speaking of is a fierce running attack. The Buckeyes are fourth in the Big 10 in rushing yards, averaging a little more than 200 yards per contest. But since Dan "Boom" Herron's return from suspension in a win over Illinois, Ohio State has found a cozy comfort zone by running, running and running the football.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

BUCKEYES-BOILERMAKERS TO KICK OFF AT NOON ON BIG TEN NETWORK

COLUMBUS — Ohio State's football game at Purdue will be a noon kickoff, according to the university.

The game will be played at Ross-Ade Stadium in West LaFayette (IN) and will be televised on the Big  Ten Network.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

MILLER, BUCKEYES RUN PAST UPSET-MINDED HOOSIERS 34-20 SATURDAY

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller runs in a touchdown Saturday during the Buckeyes 34-20 win over Indiana. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — For the first three quarters of Saturday's game against Ohio State, underdog Indiana went toe-to-toe in the ring with the heavily-favored Buckeyes.

But it seemed whenever the Hoosiers would have the Buckeyes against the ropes ready to inflict punishment, Braxton Miller would deliver a bout-changing haymaker.

Friday, November 4, 2011

GAME PREVIEW: HOT BUCKEYES HOPE TO KEEP FOCUS VS. LOWLY HOOSIERS

COLUMBUS — Going into the past four contests for the Ohio State football team, they have had to handle some pretty tough demands.

They had to face Michigan State's stout front four, Nebraska's dynamic running attack, Illinois' multi-dimensional offense and the all-around greatness of Wisconsin. They narrowly failed to accomplish the first two, but rallied to become victorious against the latter pair.

This week against lowly Indiana (1-8, 0-5 Big Ten), the Buckeyes will have yet another difficult and unique task to tackle — handling success.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

BUCKEYES SEASON CAN BE VIEWED AS THE 'YEAR OF THE YOUNGSTERS

(From L-R) Devin Smith and Braxton Miller
The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — As we dive deeper into the college football season, it's become evident that the 2011 Ohio State Buckeyes may be defined as the 'Year of the Youngsters.'

In recent years, college football programs have leaned harder on underclassmen thanks to the win-now attitudes of most programs. Ohio State is no different as the Buckeyes have expected big things from freshmen in the past — Maurice Clarett, Terrelle Pryor, Chris "Beanie" Wells and Mike Brewster come directly to mind. The impact and expectations of young players have become so important to programs across the country that recruiting classes are often judged as soon as fall camp breaks.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

OSU TAILBACK JAAMAL BERRY SUSPENDED FROM TEAM WEDNESDAY

Jaamal Berry
The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State junior tailback Jaamal Berry has been suspended from the team, the university announced in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

The statement read, "Junior running back Jaamal Berry, from Miami, Fla., has been suspended from the Ohio State University football team for violating the athletic department's student-athlete standards of conduct. Berry will remain suspended until charges against him have been resolved.

AP: ILLINOIS REP. BOBBY RUSH COMPARES THE NCAA TO THE MAFIA

Rep. Bobby Rush
AP Photo
Written below is a story published on Wednesday by the Associated Press in Washington ...

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic congressman compared the NCAA to the Mafia over how it controls the lives of student athletes.

"I think they're just one of the most vicious, most ruthless organizations ever created by mankind," Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush said of the NCAA at a congressional forum on college sports Tuesday. "I think you would compare the NCAA to Al Capone and to the Mafia."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

TUESDAY ROUNDUP: FICKELL HOPES BUCKEYES CAN HANDLE PRAISE

Luke Fickell
AP/Jay LaPrete
COLUMBUS — Three weeks ago, many were wondering if the Ohio State football team would even become eligible to play in a bowl game this season after struggling to a 3-3 start.

Now those same folks are talking about a possible Big Ten championship for the Buckeyes.

That's what happens when you win two-straight games, including a victory for the ages over heavily-favored Wisconsin on Saturday night. That's what happens when your offense — which has been putrid for most of the season — scores 30 points in the second half and sees its true freshman quarterback Braxton Miller launch a game-winning touchdown pass with 20 seconds left in the contest.

Monday, October 31, 2011

BRAXTON MILLER'S LATE HEROICS MORE THAN JUST A GAME-WINNER

Players congratulate Braxton Miller (5) Saturday
night in their win over Wisconsin. (AP/Tony Dejak)
COLUMBUS — It is not very often that you get to witness something truly special up close and personal.

Sure, in my seven seasons covering the Ohio State football team I have witnessed some pretty memorable moments, but nothing I would categorize as "truly special."

Well, that is, until late Saturday night in Columbus, when true freshman quarterback Braxton Miller's 40 yard pass fell into the hands of receiver Devin Smith in the end zone with 20 seconds remaining in their game against Wisconsin. The play gave the Buckeyes an improbable 33-29 win over the heavily favored Badgers.

BUCKEYES TO REPLACE CINCINNATI ON THE 2012 SCHEDULE WITH UCF

COLUMBUS — Ohio State announced Monday afternoon that they and the University of Cincinnati have changed their 2012 scheduled meeting on the football field to the 2018 season.

In a statement sent by the OSU department of athletics, the Buckeyes are now in the process of replacing the open game on Sept. 8, 2012 with a home tilt with the University of Central Florida.

BRAXTON MILLER NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Braxton Miller
AP/Jay Laprete
COLUMBUS — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Monday morning.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Huber Heights (OH) led the Buckeyes to a fourth quarter comeback victory Saturday night, upsetting visiting Wisconsin by throwing a 40-yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver Devin Smith with 20 seconds left to give Ohio State a 33-29 win.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

MILLER'S THREE TOUCHDOWN NIGHT POWERS OSU PAST BADGERS, 33-29

Braxton Miller, right, and Devin Smith
(AP Photo)
COLUMBUS — Just before the final drive of Saturday night's game against visiting Wisconsin, Ohio State true freshman quarterback Braxton Miller looked at his head coach Luke Fickell on the sideline and gave him a wink.

The rest as they say is history.

With 20 seconds left in the game and Ohio State trailing 29-26, Miller rolled right in the pocket, surveyed the Badgers' defense and chucked a pass 40 yards deep down the middle of the field to fellow true freshman receiver Devin Smith in the end zone, causing pandemonium in the 105,000-plus filled Ohio Stadium.

After a few attempts in the waning seconds by the Badgers failed, the Buckeyes came away with the improbable 33-29 victory ... and a new lease on life.

GAME NOTES: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES 33, WISCONSIN BADGERS 29

COLUMBUS — Below are quarter-by-quarter game notes of Ohio State's 33-29 win  over 15th-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday night at Ohio Stadium.

First Quarter

— Wisconsin struck first on an 8-play, 69-yard drive led by quarterback Russell Wilson. He connected with Badgers running back Montee Ball on a 22-yard pass to open the scoring for the game, 7-0.

Friday, October 28, 2011

GAME PREVIEW: ANGRY BADGERS MAY BE TOO MUCH FOR BUCKEYES

COLUMBUS — Ohio State looked as if they were going to have an opportunity to ruin Wisconsin's perfect season this Saturday night in Columbus, just the way the Badgers did to the Buckeyes a year ago in Madison.

Well, that plan has been nixed ... thanks to the Michigan State Spartans.

Last Saturday night in East Lansing, Wisconsin saw their perfect season and possible BCS title hopes go down the drain as the Spartans defeated the Badgers on a Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired.

Saying that the defeat was heartbreaking for the Badgers would be a major understatement.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

SULLY NOT THE ONLY BUCKEYE TO SLIM DOWN, THOMAS SHEDS WEIGHT

Deshaun Thomas
AP/Terry Gilliam
PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Ohio State head coach Thad Matta is encouraged by what he has seen in the early stages of what hopes to be a championship run for his Buckeyes' men's basketball team this season.

It started this offseason with his squad putting in the long hours in the weight room with the goal of elevating their bodies to 'championship' levels. It's been much publicized recently that the Buckeyes' biggest star, sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, has tightened up his frame by dropping 10 to 15 pounds ... but he is certainly not the only one who has cut the fat this season.

BUCKEYES, SULLINGER VOTED BY MEDIA AS TOPS IN THE BIG TEN

Jared Sullinger
(Updated) PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Ohio State was voted by the media Thursday as the Big Ten's top men's basketball team, while sophomore forward Jared Sullinger was named the conference's Preseason Player of the Year.

The defending conference champions were selected as the team ahead of Wisconsin and Michigan State. Ohio State finished 34-3 last season, winning both the Big Ten regular season and conference tournament championships, and made it to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament where they were upset by Kentucky, 62-60.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

BIELEMA: YOU CAN'T COMPARE HE AND FICKELL'S FIRST SEASONS

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema
(AP/Al Goldis)
COLUMBUS — Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema and Ohio State interim boss Luke Fickell have traveled some very similar paths in their lifetimes.

Each played nose guard in the Big Ten — Bielema at Iowa (1989-92), Fickell at Ohio State (1992-96). Each were defensive coordinators at their respective schools before replacing some highly successful head coaches in Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin) and Jim Tressel (Ohio State). Each are known as tough, no-nonsense type of guys whose confidence is so strong it can sometimes be construed as arrogance.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

TUESDAY ROUNDUP: FICKELL ISN'T WORRIED ABOUT JOB, JUST BADGERS

Ohio State will wear Nike pro combat uniforms
to commemorate 1961 national championship team.
( Photo courtesy of OSU)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State head football coach Luke Fickell fielded an array of questions during his weekly media luncheon on Tuesday in Columbus, ranging from grooming a freshman quarterback to facing an upset Wisconsin team to the uniforms his Buckeyes will be sporting this Saturday night.

However, the biggest question he faced Tuesday was about his own job security, something many feel at the moment isn't too ... well, secure.