2013

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.

Spring Game

 

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.

Buffalo

 

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.

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.

Cal

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.

Florida A&M

 

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.

Wisconsin

 

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.

Northwestern

 

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.

Iowa

 

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.

Penn State

 

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.

Purdue

 

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.

Illinois

 

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.

Indiana

 

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.

Michigan

 

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.

Michigan State

 

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.

Clemson