Head coach: Urban Meyer (2nd year)
Record: 12-2 (8-0 Big Ten)
Big Ten Leaders Division Champions
Spring Game – April 13 (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Scarlet 31, Gray 14
Playing in Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium because of construction at Ohio Stadium, Braxton Miller (No. 5) and the Scarlet team defeated the Gray squad, 31-14. Miller threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another, but was also sacked by defensive lineman Adolphus Washington (No. 92) four times.
Buffalo – Aug. 31
#2 Buckeyes 40, Bulls 20
Quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Jordan Hall (No. 7) both accounted for two first-half scores to lead Ohio State past Buffalo, 40-20. Ohio State switched to Nike’s Hypercool template in 2013.
San Diego State – Sept. 7
#3 Buckeyes 42, Aztecs 7
Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton replaced Braxton Miller, who left the game with a sprained left knee, and threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Ohio State to a 42-7 win over San Diego State.
at California – Sept. 14
#4 Buckeyes 52, Golden Bears 34
In his first-career start, quarterback Kenny Guiton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first six minutes of Ohio State’s 52-34 rout of California, including one that went a school-record 90 yards.
Florida A&M – Sept. 21
#4 Buckeyes 76, Rattlers 0
Running back Ezekiel Elliott (No. 15) rushed for 162 yards on 14 carries as Ohio State handed Florida A&M its most lopsided loss in school history, 76-0. The Buckeyes wore a helmet decal for Maria Tiberi, daughter of long-time Columbus broadcaster Dom Tiberi, who died in a car accident just a few days prior.
Wisconsin – Sept. 28
#4 Buckeyes 31, #23 Badgers 24
Quarterback Braxton Miller (No. 5) matched a career high with four touchdown passes — three coming in the first half — to lead Ohio State past Wisconsin, 31-24. The Buckeyes wore their Nike Rivalry uniforms, with a different collar logo and number font than what was worn during the 2012 Michigan game.
at Northwestern – Oct. 5
#4 Buckeyes 40, #16 Wildcats 30
Running back Carlos Hyde (No. 34) rushed for a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns in the pouring rain to help Ohio State rally from a 10-point deficit and knock off Northwestern, 40-30.
Iowa – Oct. 19
#4 Buckeyes 34, Hawkeyes 24
Running back Carlos Hyde (No. 34) ran for 149 yards, including 106 and two touchdowns in the second half, to lead the Buckeyes back from a seven-point halftime deficit to a 34-24 win over Iowa. Hyde gave the Buckeyes a lead on a 19-yard touchdown run, bouncing off of a would-be tackler and diving into the end zone for the score.
Penn State – Oct. 26
#4 Buckeyes 63, Nittany Lions 14
Quarterback Braxton Miller passed for three touchdowns — one a 25-yard strike to Corey “Philly” Brown (No. 10) — in giving Penn State its worst loss in 114 years. The Nittany Lions hadn’t given up so many points or been beaten so badly since a 64-5 loss to Duquesne Athletic Club on Nov. 25, 1899. The Buckeyes wore a ribbon decal for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
at Purdue – Nov. 2
#4 Buckeyes 56, Boilermakers 0
One of five different players to score on a reception, tight end Jeff Heuerman caught five passes for a career-high 116 yards in Ohio State’s 56-0 win over Purdue. It marked the largest margin of victory that the Buckeyes or Boilermakers had over the other.
at Illinois – Nov. 16
#3 Buckeyes 60, Fighting Illini 35
Running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 248 and four touchdowns and caught another, as the Buckeyes romped past Illinois, 60-35. The Fighting Illini hung around late, but Hyde ended any hope of an upset with late 55- and 51-yard touchdown runs.
Indiana – Nov. 23
#4 Buckeyes 42, Hoosiers 14
Linebacker Ryan Shazier recorded a career-high 20 tackles in the swirling snow as Ohio State throttled Indiana, 42-14. The win extended the Buckeyes’ school-record winning streak to 23 games.
at Michigan – Nov. 30
#3 Buckeyes 42, Wolverines 41
Quarterback Braxton Miller (No. 5) accounted for a career-high touchdowns and cornerback Tyvis Powell intercepted a game-winning two-point conversion attempt as Ohio State held on for a 42-41 over Michigan. The Buckeyes wore the road version of Nike’s Rivalry uniform, which was considered a nod to the 1950 ‘Snow Bowl’ game.
Big Ten Championship vs Michigan State – Dec. 7
#10 Spartans 34, #2 Buckeyes 24
Quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Carlos Hyde (No. 34) combine to rush for 260 yards, but Michigan State upset Ohio State, 34-24, in the Big Ten Championship to deny the Buckeyes a chance to play against Florida State in the VIZIO BCS National Championship.
Discover Orange Bowl vs Clemson – Jan. 3
#12 Tigers 40, #7 Buckeyes 35
Quarterback Braxton Miller (No. 5) did his best to lead the Buckeyes to a win in the Discover Orange Bowl, but Clemson’s tandem of quarterback Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkins were too much for the defense to handle. The 40-35 loss was Ohio State’s second in a row after having won each of its previous 24 under head coach Urban Meyer.