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Buckeyes tie school record with 22nd straight win

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As expected, Ohio State was able to extend it’s nation’s best winning streak against an overwhelmed Illinois squad in Champaign Saturday afternoon.  This time, though, the extending came with a historical twist.  And, potentially, a punch in the gut to their BCS title hopes.

Running out to a 28-0 lead early in the first quarter, and overcoming an inexplicable malaise that lasted nearly the remainder of the game,the Buckeyes were able to outlast 3-7 Illini by the count of 60-35.  It was the 20th consecutive Big Ten loss for the Illini but, more importantly for a team entertaining BCS title game hopes, it was the 22nd straight win for the Buckeyes.

The win streak ties the longest in OSU history, matching the 22 straight won by the Buckeyes from 1967-69.  The Buckeyes can set the school record against 4-6 Indiana next Saturday in Columbus, and come within six of matching Michigan’s Big Ten record of 29 straight from 1901-03.

At 22 straight, OSU is tied with eight other schools for the 39th-longest winning streak in FBS history.  The last team to win 22 consecutive games was Florida in 2008-09, a team ironically enough coached by Urban Meyer.  With a win over the Hoosiers next weekend, the Buckeyes would match Notre Dame for the longest winning streak by an AQ program since 1989 (non-AQ Boise State won 24 straight from 2009-10).

The longest winning streak ever at the FBS/1-A level?  The staggering 47 straight won by Oklahoma, a streak that began in 1953 and was ended by the Irish in 1957.

Personally, the win was Meyer’s 23 straight as a head coach.  Meyer, who has won his first 22 games since taking over the Buckeyes in December of 2011, has not lost a game since his final season at Florida, a 31-7 loss to Florida State on Nov. 27, 2010.

Allowing Meyer to extend the third 20-plus-game winning streak of his coaching career were, of course, the one-two offensive punch of quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Carlos Hyde.  Hyde, who was the only Buckeye who seemed to gain steam as the game wore on, rushed for a career-high 246 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground.  For good measure, Hyde caught an 18-yard swing pass for a touchdown as well.  Hyde is now 53 yards away from giving Meyer the first 1,000-yard running back in his coaching career.

Miller accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) while gaining 184 on the ground.

As will be the case for the remainder of the season, at least until a potential matchup with a highly-ranked Michigan State team in the Big Ten title game, the win will do next to nothing for the Buckeyes when it comes to the BCS standings — and will actually hurt if the stretch of stench from midway through the second quarter through deep into the fourth quarter is taken into account.  After taking that 28-0 lead with 10:20 left in the second quarter, the Buckeyes were outscored 35-32 by the three-win Illini;   Hyde’s two long TD runs very late in the fourth closed that gap significantly.  It was the kind of win that voters, who have allowed Baylor to gain ground on Ohio State in the polls the past three weeks, will use to make that final push and leapfrog the Bears over the Buckeyes when the rankings are released Sunday.

Outside of “style points,” Ohio State’s lone hope of getting back to the title game for the first time since the 2007 season is if, out of Alabama, Florida State and Baylor, at least one of them drops a game at some point between now and the end of the regular season/conference championship weekend.  More than likely, given the Bears’ remaining schedule, the Buckeyes will need two-thirds of that trio to lose.

Regardless, it can’t take away the history Meyer and these Buckeyes are in the midst of creating.  Even if said history were to involve a 25-0 mark and zero BCS titles.

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20 Responses to “Buckeyes tie school record with 22nd straight win”
  1. jrs45 says: Nov 16, 2013 4:19 PM

    22. No matter what conference that is it’s pretty amazing.

  2. thraiderskin says: Nov 16, 2013 4:27 PM

    Its exciting to watch, to some it just doesn’t matter, but I’ve enjoyed the ride.

  3. nacho50 says: Nov 16, 2013 4:31 PM

    osu actually had their last title appearance in 2007 season and not 2008

  4. frug says: Nov 16, 2013 4:49 PM

    With a win over the Hoosiers next weekend, the Buckeyes would match Notre Dame for the longest winning streak by an AQ program since 1989 (non-AQ Boise State won 24 straight from 2009-10).

    I feel it is at least worth mentioning that while officially USC went winless from December of ’04-January of ’06, the Trojans actually won 34 straight games from 2003-2005 which would have been the second longest streak ever and the longest since the division split.

  5. gross21 says: Nov 16, 2013 5:00 PM

    Braxton Miller had 1200 yards rushing last season. Hyde would be the second 1,000 yard rusher for Meyer, if you want to be technical 1st running back to go for 1,000.

  6. sillec28 says: Nov 16, 2013 5:00 PM

    This would be impressive if OSU had played a few good teams along the way but they haven’t.

  7. dkhhuey says: Nov 16, 2013 5:31 PM

    The defense fell asleep there for a while but the offense was quite up for keeping the lead, even in a pretty nasty wind! El Guapo is a beast and it was quite apparent that towards the end of the game – nobody wanted to try and tackle him anymore. There will be some very sore Illini defenders tomorrow!

    The winning streak is a very impressive feat, especially last year, knowing there would be no bowl game at the end of the season! Regardless of the what team you look at – there are always those trap games where a great many fall – OSU has managed to avoid the loss and is awesome!!!

  8. countduku says: Nov 16, 2013 5:39 PM

    In that amazing winning streak, their record against top 10 ranked teams is 0-0. That is why they do not deserve a shot a the title, in my opinion. They may be lucky to be .500 in the SEC.

  9. spunhead73 says: Nov 16, 2013 6:00 PM

    OSU would get waxed playing Bama or FSU,hell,they couldn’t beat Baylor either. Most overrated team in the country. Step up and play some real teams. Enjoy the Papa John’s bowl losers.

  10. jrs45 says: Nov 16, 2013 7:24 PM

    FSU hasn’t played anyone either besides Clemson. Point?

  11. countduku says: Nov 16, 2013 8:04 PM

    jrs45 says:
    Nov 16, 2013 7:24 PM
    FSU hasn’t played anyone either besides Clemson. Point?

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    you seem to forget about just FSU beating #7 ranked Miami just 2 weeks ago 41-14. That is 2 lopsided victories over top 10 teams this season so far, which is 2 more than the Buckeyes have played since their “streak” started, and then some. That is the point…. thanks for bringing that up jrs45.

  12. dkhhuey says: Nov 16, 2013 8:11 PM

    Yes yes yes – we all know – OSU sucks would waxed by everybody… Since you all are such fantastic prognosticators, I’m guessing you’re absolutely wealthy from your gambling prowess. Me – I’ll just keep being a Buckeye and let the players settle it on the field!!

  13. jrs45 says: Nov 16, 2013 8:14 PM

    countduku,

    Lmao! That’s the same team who lost to Duke by 18 right? Point?

  14. dkhhuey says: Nov 16, 2013 9:03 PM

    Let’s see – Bama is struggling with an unranked team, Stanford is struggling with an unranked team, and Baylor is struggling with an unranked team… I guess they’re all overrated too, eh!

  15. jrs45 says: Nov 16, 2013 10:24 PM

    Ty Huey Ty!

  16. polegojim says: Nov 16, 2013 11:02 PM

    Hats off and respect to Urban Meyer. I love what he said at half time… and Lou Holtz backed up… in spite of the score.

    Meyer:
    ‘These guys need to start playing like professionals.’ And that’s precisely what he’s preparing them for… and to achieve excellence at a college level.

    Holtz:
    ‘Forget the score… they’re not executing at the level they are capable of’ and Meyer shouldn’t be happy.

    I contrast that with my struggle with Hoke right now – his comments on how Michigan ‘keeps fighting’ and ‘playing their butts off’. Of course they are! It’s not about effort or score, it’s about executing at a high level… and Michigan isn’t even close… 9 points against NORTHWESTERN?

    1) Fire Borges… sure glad he made some offensive adjustments… hey, it only took ALL of regulation and 3 overtimes to figure it out!!!
    2) Very good running game effort by GREEN… and soooooo glad it didn’t take Borges 3 more games to figure out Fitz has lost his step
    3) It’s time to prep next QB and move past Gardner… good kid that has 10 mins of skill per game, surrounded by 50 minutes of struggling to play smart football. Move him back to WR.

    I love my MAIZE and BLUE… but this is reality.

    Good on you Coach Meyers!

  17. vincentbojackson says: Nov 17, 2013 12:51 AM

    The knocks on OSU are well publicized.

    -22 straight wins against nobody that was ranked inside the top 15 during the streak.

    -Struggled with a poor Iowa team at home.

    -Struggled with a Northwestern team that’s winless in B1G this year.

    -1 quality win vs. Wisconsin

    -Defense just gave up 35 points to an inept Illinois team.

    OSU is certainly in the national conversation and has a powerhouse offense. Unfortunately, unless you’re an OSU homer they’re clearly a tier below FSU and Alabama based on how both of them play on both sides of the ball and how they handled their business against ranked teams.

  18. jrs45 says: Nov 17, 2013 8:28 AM

    22

  19. harbourimages says: Nov 17, 2013 10:04 AM

    I have twin sons who graduated from Georgia and we were ALL happy to see Urbie take his “leave of absence” (or whatever it was). As a Michigan alum, however, I was NOT happy to see this “arch nemesis” show up as the Buckeye’s new coach. I was hoping you guys would give Cooper another chance, as I knew Meyer would do a sensational job at OSU, just as he has everywhere he’s coached. He’s probably the only coach in the country who is up there in that same rarified air as Saban. So while he’s not played any “quality” teams (including ours), it’s hard not to give the guy his due. All he’s done at OSU is WIN! I don’t care WHO he’s played. He’s won every game he’s coached at OSU. Meanwhile, we barely beat freakin’ Akron and UCONN, lost to a bunch of walk-on kids at understaffed PSU, and barely snuck out of town yesterday with a win against Big Ten winless Northwestern, a team in the Carr and Bo days we used to regularly CRUSH! So UM fans better not be ragging on Meyer’s record. Much as it pains me to say it, the guy’s record is PERFECT at OSU! It deserves respect regardless of the opponents. NOT looking forward to playing them this year, for sure. We’re going to need a BUNCH of miracles like Auburn got against Georgia yesterday to even stay in the game against OSU this year, and with the OC we have we’re going to get slaughtered. Borges is horrible. Run… run… sack… punt. Sigh….

  20. ronarch13 says: Nov 18, 2013 12:57 PM

    Remember when FSU beat the currently unranked U? Their quality win is the Clemson destruction. The U win is as much garbage as OSU’s Northwestern win.
    The Big 12 has Kansas, Kansas st, West Virginia, Iowa State as it’s walkovers. Along with Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma and TCU which were relevant a few years back. That is 8 of 10 teams in their cobbled together league.
    The SEC has 2 average teams from the former Big 12 that are near the top this year in the SEC, and one beat ‘Bama last year.
    Remember when Boise played no one at all and was undefeated and got all the love?
    Just admit there is a ton of Buckeye hate for what Tressel didn’t do in the championship game YEARS AGO!

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