Mandy Moore has teamed up with the Purina Cat Chow “Building Better Lives” program to help increase cat adoptions.Every cat has a tale and for many, it starts at a shelter. All cats deserve a forever home where they can greet their owners at the door, bask in a sunbeam and nap on their favorite perch.Today, Purina Cat Chow announced that through its Purina Cat Chow “Building Better Lives” program the brand will donate $275,000 to 50 shelters nationwide – one in every state – in renovation and adoption support, product and monetary donations, as well as a possible $50,000 donation to The Petfinder Foundation, for a total contribution of up to $325,000.The Purina Cat Chow “Building Better Lives” program is committed to helping improve the lives of cats across the United States by providing high-quality, affordable nutrition; improving shelters; and finding more cats forever homes. This year, Purina Cat Chow will help support the participating 50 cat-focused shelters by:• Contributing up to $50,000 to The Petfinder Foundation if 1,500 cat adoption stories are shared; • Conducting three shelter renovations and cat adoption events at $50,000 apiece, totaling $150,000; and • Donating $2,500 in cash and Purina Cat Chow brand cat food per shelter, totaling $125,000.In two years, Purina Cat Chow will donate more than $500,000 to more than 100 local cat-focused shelters nationwide to help improve the lives of cats.Share Your Cat Rescue Story to Help Petfinder Shelters Purina Cat Chow will donate up to $50,000 to The Petfinder Foundation if from now until Sept. 2, at least 1,500 stories are shared with the brand’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) using the hashtag #myrescuestory. This donation will be used to support 50 Petfinder.com shelters to help support future cat adoption fees.“With millions of cats entering animal welfare organizations each year, we know there is a lot of work to do and we’re committed to supporting the shelters that care for these cats,” said Vincent Biroscak, Purina Cat Chow brand director. “We want rescue cats to have a great place to live and high-quality nutrition while they’re awaiting their forever homes and to provide the much-needed support to the dedicated animal welfare organizations that care for these cats.“In addition, we know there are millions of cat adoption stories that take place every year, and we’re excited to hear these heartwarming tales that owners share with us using #myrescuestory.”Mandy Moore, well-known actress and singer-songwriter who is also a passionate cat owner, teamed up with the Purina Cat Chow “Building Better Lives” program to help increase cat adoptions and encourage cat people nationwide to share their cat rescue stories to support the shelters that help cats every day. Moore shares her home with four rescue cats: Theo, Vincent, Maddie and Addison as well as two rescue dogs. She is a long-time supporter of animal rescue organizations.“I have four rescue cats and believe in the importance of supporting local animal welfare organizations,” said Moore. “Everyone who has ever adopted or rescued a cat can share how it has impacted their life. Rescue cats have a lot to offer their potential adopters, and I hope these stories encourage more people to consider adding a cat to their home.”Committed to Shelters, Adoptions and Nutrition Transforming shelters through renovations and adoption events: Purina Cat Chow will make over three shelters between July and August, 2014, valued at $50,000 each or $150,000 total.Renovations will include custom changes and upgrades, such as building free-roam cat rooms, painting and refreshing lobbies, to meet the specific needs for each facility. To celebrate the completion of each makeover, Purina Cat Chow will conduct a “Building Better Lives” adoption event at each shelter whereby the brand will help local cats find a new home during the event. Members of the Purina Cat Chow brand team will volunteer their time and talents during each renovation and adoption event.The renovation and adoption events are occurring at: • MaxFund Animal Adoption Center Denver, Co. July 11-12, 2014 • City of Rogers Animal Shelter Rogers, Ark. July 24, 2014 • Animal Humane Society Golden Valley, Minn. August 20, 2014Transforming Cats’ Lives through Nutrition and Resources Purina Cat Chow will also support 50 shelters nationwide – one in every state – via cash and cat food donations. Each participating shelter will receive a donation valued at $2,500 – $2,000 in cash to support future cat adoptions and $500 worth of Purina Cat Chow brand cat food.Purina Cat Chow is dedicated to helping shelters feed cats high-quality food while awaiting forever homes. In addition to the cash donation to subsidize adoption fees, Purina Cat Chow will send each shelter Purina Cat Chow Complete Formula brand cat food to make sure each cat is fed high-quality, nutritious food.The Purina Cat Chow “Building Better Lives” program is building on the 2013 “50 Years. 50 Shelters.” program that touched the lives of more than 13,200 cats through four shelter renovations; delivered more than 12,000 pounds of Purina Cat Chow brand cat food and 8,000 cat care supply items; and gave a total of $75,000 in cash donations among 50 shelters.Source:PR Newswire
✓✓ 191990UCLA3-7-1✓✓✓✓ Teams like Nebraska rarely rank in the preseasonEvery team that was ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll after a below .500 season 191958Pitt4-6✓✓ 81950Illinois3-4-2✓✓✓ 181972Purdue3-7 242019Nebraska4-8✓ 252001Alabama3-8✓✓✓✓ 241991UCLA5-6✓✓ 161995UCLA5-6✓✓✓ 171958SMU4-5-1 182012OSU6-7✓✓✓✓ 232006UT5-6✓✓✓✓ 191959MSU3-5-1✓✓✓✓ 181954Oregon4-5-1 181987ND5-6✓✓ 251992Texas5-6✓✓✓ 171969UCLA3-7✓✓✓ 201974A&M5-6✓ 211994Illinois5-6✓✓ 171977ASU4-7 232017Texas5-7✓✓ 111989PSU5-6✓✓✓ 252008Pitt5-7✓ ✓ 252002UW5-7 ✓✓ 251999ASU5-6 181982ND5-6✓✓✓ 251989OSU4-6-1✓✓ 242002PSU5-6✓ rankYearSchoolprevious recordnew qb or coachever champsRecent top-10 finish.600+ YEAR BEFORE ✓✓ When the Associated Press preseason Top 25 was released earlier this month, the names at the top were familiar. Clemson was first, Alabama second, and the rest of the top 10 was littered with recent contenders like Oklahoma, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame. But toward the bottom, there was a bit of a surprise. The Nebraska Cornhuskers were ranked No. 24 (with one voter putting them as high as No. 12) despite finishing each of the past two seasons at 4-8.That puts Nebraska in rare company. Since preseason polls began in 1950, only 31 teams have ever been ranked after a losing season, most recently Texas two years ago. And just five had a record worse than the Huskers.What makes Nebraska even more unusual is the sustained losing entering this season. Just nine other schools have been ranked in the preseason after consecutive losing seasons. None came off consecutive eight-loss seasons — or even had as many combined losses over the previous two years.So, why Nebraska? Do the Huskers deserve the early recognition?A lot of the excitement comes from Scott Frost, in his second year coaching Nebraska. In Frost’s second year at the University of Central Florida, just two years removed from a winless season, his team finished undefeated. Husker fans and the media seem to expect a similar second-year bump.Quarterback Adrian Martinez showed promise last season as a true freshman despite battling injuries. Just 19 years old, Martinez is in the top five of Heisman betting favorites.And in Frost’s first year, the Huskers did finish with a better team than the one that started — possibly only because the one that started was horrible. Nebraska began 0-6, the worst start in program history, before winning four of its last six and losing a one-score game to eventual Big Ten champion Ohio State — though the Huskers’ “signature win” was a touchdown-free 9-6 victory over Michigan State, which finished just 7-6 on the year.Despite finishing 2018 sixth in a weak Big Ten West division, Nebraska is getting a lot of attention, with some even saying it could be a title contender. The question is if that will translate to an improved team this season.Let’s look at the 31 teams who were ranked in the preseason poll after a losing season and see what we can learn from them. Source: Sports-Reference.com 192011UGA6-7✓✓✓ You might think that teams with a new coach or quarterback would get the nod in the polls, with a new regime the sign of a turnaround to come. But, in fact, the opposite is true. Of those 31 ranked teams, 27 had the same coach as the previous season, and 23 had the same quarterback;1The primary passer from the previous year threw at least one pass that year. 61 percent kept both; not a single one had a new coach and a new quarterback. Voters may be expecting an improvement from teams keeping the same core.Most of these teams also didn’t have a “hot” finish to the prior season. Only UCLA in 1995 came in with three straight wins. Just six teams won their last game of the season (1990 UCLA had a tie) and the 31 teams averaged barely one win over the last three games and less than two wins over the last five.These teams do seem to get the benefit of the doubt from their pedigree, something Nebraska certainly has. More than 80 percent had won a championship at some point in team history, and more than half within the past 25 years. All but one played in a major conference.2Arizona State, 1977, was in the WAC. Nebraska seems to fit this category. Most voters probably still remember Nebraska’s three championships between 1994 and 1997, the last two when Frost was quarterback.Unlike Nebraska, however, most of the 31 ranked teams had a more recent track record of success, even within their two previous years. And the majority had a postseason top-10 ranking within just the previous five years. Nebraska, meanwhile, hasn’t won even its division since 2012 and has lost at least four games for 15 straight years.But history may be on Big Red’s side. Of those 30 other ranked teams, we would expect3Given their placement in the rankings, based on the historical share of teams at each preseason ranking that were ranked anywhere in the year’s final poll. 12 or 13 to be top 25 in the postseason. Sixteen were. And of the other nine that were ranked after two losing seasons, six finished top 20, and all finished with more wins than losses.The high hopes in Nebraska are a lot to live up to. But a significant turnaround wouldn’t be unprecedented. Five years ago, TCU went from 4-8 to 12-1 and very nearly made the college football playoff. In 2012, Ohio State rebounded from a 6-7 season to finish 12-0 under new head coach Urban Meyer (though the Buckeyes were ineligible for the postseason). And back in 1964, coming off a 2-7 season, Notre Dame and new head coach Ara Parseghian from Northwestern went 9-1 for a share of the national championship.A lot will have to go right for Nebraska to complete a major rise. We’ll soon find out if they’re up to the task. 231993Clemson5-6✓✓✓ 161960OSU3-5-1✓✓✓✓ 181957ND2-8✓✓✓✓
While Buford and Sullinger did not go into much detail and kept the comments lighthearted, apparently not wanting to give their teammate too hard of a time, Craft did not deny his teammates’ claims. In fact, he said he is a stickler for grammar because it will help his teammates when interacting with others in the future, but more simply, because poor grammar is a pet peeve of his. “I do correct their English because I’m trying to prepare them for a situation where they might be with someone important and they don’t want to have the same mistake there,” Craft said. “And it just bothers me when they use bad English. A lot.” The Buckeyes next play Kansas in the Final Four in New Orleans. Tip is set for Saturday at about 9 p.m. The winner will advance to the national championship game Monday. “He thinks he knows everything, for one,” Buford immediately responded, before leaning over to Craft and joking with him. Sullinger backed Buford up. “That’s on the court and off the court. As a point guard, you kind of need that on the court, but I mean, he’s always correcting our English and our grammar and all that good stuff,” he said. Ohio State sophomore point guard Aaron Craft is known for his ability to guard players on the court, but some of his teammates said he is just as adamant about guarding against their poor grammar off the court. When a reporter asked Craft if he had vices and faults, he replied, “I absolutely do,” before passing the question to two of his teammates – senior guard William Buford and sophomore forward Jared Sullinger.
The Ohio State wrestling team eagerly anticipates the return of redshirt sophomore and team captain Logan Stieber as he works his way back from a leg muscle strain he suffered in early January. Stieber, who is undefeated with a 15-0 record, has been out for the past three matches, and his absence has been felt. The Buckeyes are 1-2 without him in the lineup. OSU coach Tom Ryan said Stieber’s presence has a great impact on how the team performs. “I think when you have a guy like Logan, I mean you have a great leader in there,” Ryan said. After all, Stieber is the defending 133-pound NCAA Champion. “You don’t know how guys are going to react without him in there until you see it, and I think he’s a spark. He’s a spark for the team and we need him back.” As important as Stieber is to the team, his fellow wrestlers aren’t using his absence as an excuse for their losing record during that time. Freshman Mark Martin, who wrestles at 165 pounds,said the team needs to increase its effort without, arguably, its top wrestler. “It basically forces us to step up. Everybody has to step up and make up for him being out, I guess. We all have to do our jobs and pick up our mentality,” Martin said. Because of the injury, which is being evaluated on a week-to-week basis, Stieber has had to tweak the way he leads the team with just his words instead of by example. “(It’s difficult) just being at practice and not being able to wrestle at matches,” he said. “I can always help by talking and getting everyone pumped up, but it’s very different if you’re out there wrestling. That’s the thing that sucks the most.” But the Buckeyes shouldn’t have to wait much longer to see the 2012 All-American and Big Ten Champion back on the mats. Stieber has been pleased with his progress since the injury and said he is set to return against Illinois on Feb. 1. “It’s going good, but we don’t want to rush back into anything,” he said. “I just have to take my time and have a great rehab.” In the meantime, several Buckeyes have the opportunity to fill the hole left by Stieber’s absence. Redshirt freshman Kyle Visconti, who typically wrestles at 125 pounds, has been wrestling in place of Stieber in the 133-pound weight class, going 1-2 in that time span. However, the Buckeyes could be going with a different 133-pounder this Friday away against Indiana, with redshirt sophomore Drew Stone, who also is listed at 125 pounds. “There will be a wrestle-off this week between Visconti and Stone,” Ryan said. “Stone was out with an injury so we couldn’t have a wrestle-off before, and plus it was really last minute who we were going to put in there. So they’ll wrestle off if we don’t figure it out.” After Indiana, the Buckeyes are set to host Wisconsin on Jan. 20 at St. John Arena.
OSU junior attacker Carter Brown (14) attempts to move past a Michigan defender during an April 12 game in Ann Arbor, Mich. OSU won, 13-8.Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern ReporterWith just two regular-season matchups remaining, the senior members of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team can see the finish line to their collegiate careers and are still striving to cross it as Big Ten or NCAA champions.But regardless of this season’s outcome, a prepared group of juniors, sophomores and freshmen are stepping up, allowing those seniors to leave with the assurance that their team remains in able hands, coach Nick Myers said.“You have to lean on seniors because we have a great core group of them, but at the same time you have to look to that younger class who now have three years of experience under their belts, so we need them to play a big part as we come down the home stretch,” he said.Senior midfielder Jesse King leads OSU in goals with 30 on the season, but several younger players closely follow his lead on offense.Junior attackman Carter Brown, who put up two goals in OSU’s April 12 win over Michigan, holds the No. 2 spot with 26 goals. Two attackmen, junior Ryan Hunter, and freshman Colin Chell, are not far behind with 13 and 12 goals, respectively.“I go into every game with the same mindset,” Brown said. “I’m not really focused on points, it’s about offense as a whole, so whatever I can do to help that.”Brown has been an essential piece of the Buckeye lacrosse puzzle for three straight seasons, but he’s reached new heights this season. The attackman has scored goals in nine of the Buckeyes’ last 10 games, including a career-high six goals in the team’s 15-12 conference victory over Johns Hopkins on April 5.Regardless of his numbers, Brown credits his success to the senior leaders he has learned from along the way.“This is the third senior class I’ve been with and they’ve each been so influential on me both on and off the field,” Brown said. “I’m realizing I have to mold into one of them now and be a role model myself.”The junior attackman’s development as a leader has allowed him to return the favor by influencing his younger teammates as well, particularly Chell, Brown said.“Colin and I play similar games, so I try to lead by example,” he said. “I try to do the right things in practice and in games where he can see what I do, and try to resemble that, as well as building a friendship off the field, too.”Against the Wolverines, Chell led the Buckeyes in goals, nabbing his first collegiate hat trick and earning his second Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week Award of the season.From the get-go, Chell has demonstrated his abilities on the field, with four assists and 16 points overall this season.“Colin fit right into our system from day one,” senior midfielder David Planning said. “He’s so mature, fast, strong, all in the same bit. He runs all over, takes hard checks and gets right back up.”Chell, Brown and Hunter have consistently brought a great deal to the offensive table. But on the other side of the ball, the defensive effort from younger players has increased as well.Named Big Ten Specialist of the Week for the second time this season, redshirt-sophomore goalie Tom Carey had 11 saves against Michigan and held the Wolverines scoreless for a 12:17 span in the first half, allowing the Buckeyes to take the lead.Carey has played in every game during his first season with the Buckeyes, beating out seniors Cameron Stephens and Kevin Duffy for the starting spot and earning 127 saves along the way.“You could get concerned when you’re relying on freshmen and sophomores to carry you, but in our case, I don’t think that’s true at all,” Myers said. “They’re contributing in important roles, but they’re learning from veteran guys.”Planning said the seniors carry the responsibility of mentorship, but each player understands the importance of consistently giving 100 percent, regardless of class.“We have a system where we practice hard Monday through Friday, so when your name is called, you’re expected to perform,” Planning said. “We believe we can throw anyone in at any time.”The Buckeyes are set for their final home game of the season, seeking their fourth conference win against No. 3 Maryland on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The “Showdown at the ‘Shoe” is set to take place at 11 a.m. prior the OSU football Spring Game.
Click to enlargeTired of constant questions regarding Ohio State’s ongoing quarterback battle, coach Urban Meyer revealed he’s already picked a starter — and it’s not quite what people expected.During an impromptu Sunday press conference, Meyer announced that redshirt-senior Braxton Miller, redshirt-junior Cardale Jones and redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett will all start for the Buckeyes in 2015. In fact, not only will the trio of returning starters all be in the opening lineup, but Meyer said all six scholarship quarterbacks at OSU have earned starting spots — even though two of them have yet to arrive on campus.“At Ohio State, it doesn’t matter, the best player plays,” Meyer said Sunday. “If our five best players are kickers, then five kickers play. If our best 11 on defense are all linebackers, then we’ll play 11 linebackers. It just so happens that our six quarterbacks are the best six players, so we had to find a way to get them all on the field.“Those six have earned the right to be called starters at the Ohio State University.”Meyer explained that Miller — a two-time Big Ten Quarterback of the Year — will line up at slot receiver, Barrett — the reigning conference Quarterback of the Year — will play tailback and Jones will use his 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound frame to play tight end.Incoming freshman Torrance Gibson and redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier will be OSU’s outside receivers, Meyer said, and perhaps most shockingly of all, freshman Joe Burrow will be the only one actually taking snaps from senior center Jacoby Boren.Jones, who led the Buckeyes to wins over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon en route to Big Ten and national titles in his first three starts, was visibly confused as he stood alongside Meyer during the press conference.“I finally figured out that I came here to play school, but I’m still pretty sure I didn’t come here to play tight end,” Jones was heard muttering as he left the room. “At least I’m still allowed to tweet.”Burrow, who has yet to take a college snap, is reportedly practicing passes to himself, much like he perfected in his high school playing days.“I am just so excited to throw passes to all of our quarterbacks, but even more excited to throw to myself,” Burrow said at the press conference. “I can’t thank coach Meyer enough for this opportunity.”Meyer, who is confident in Burrow’s abilities to lead the offense, reiterated his usual mantra to the press.“A quarterback is a product of those around him, and in this case they are the products for themselves,” Meyer said. “Zeke was great for us last year, but no one can open up the offense like our quarterbacks.”Barrett, who won 11 games last season, is coming off of an ankle surgery and said he is excited about his new role in the offense.“Did you see my run against Minnesota last year? I ran through all over those Gopher holes,” Barrett said. “I loved playing with Zekiel. But I am the better option.”The Buckeyes will have more than enough options next season, which Meyer said he intends to take full advantage of.“With six guys who can throw, you can really open up the playbook,” Meyer said. “I can’t give you an example, but I can tell you that there is a play where all six guys will touch the ball and Dolo Dale will end up throwing the ball further than Uncle Rico when he threw the ball over them mountains.”Collier, who saw extended action in the 2015 Spring Game said, was thrilled with the announcement.“I’m just happy to be here,” he said.As per usual, Miller declined to speak to the press.Burrow, an Athens, Ohio, native, was the only person at the press conference who didn’t look like he’d recently been hit by a bus. While he was rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN, he was widely expected to be the fifth or sixth option under center this season.“I know nobody expected it, but I always knew coach Meyer would give me a chance,” Burrow said. “Cordale, Brandon and J.R. are all great players, but none of them can throw touchdown passes to themselves.”The sextet is set to start for the Buckeyes when they open the 2015 season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.
Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann calls out to the Buckeye offense in the second half of the game against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Mar. 2 in Madison Square Garden. Ohio State lost 68-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will be searching for new leaders both on and off the court following the departure of Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate.Senior guard C.J. Jackson said this summer that he looks at this team as his, but he might be getting help from graduate transfer Keyshawn Woods.The redshirt senior guard came to Ohio State following two seasons at Wake Forest. Before that, Woods joined the Demon Deacons from Charlotte, and, during that process, Woods said head coach Chris Holtmann, who previously coached at Butler, attempted to recruit him.“Coach [Holtmann]’s been recruiting me for a while,” Woods said. “He recruited me out of high school, he recruited me when he was at Butler, when I was transferring the first time, so I already had a relationship with Coach [Holtmann].”Holtmann said he still won’t let go the first times that Woods failed to join his team.“You really, as much as possible, try to hold it against him in every day in practice on a regular basis,” Holtmann said.Woods played in 28 games for Wake Forest in 2017, ending the season with 11.9 points per game, good for second on the team, on 37.4 percent three-point shooting while mostly coming off the bench.But Woods only ended last year with 1.9 assists per game, down from the 3.5 per game he averaged in 2016, something Holtmann is looking to bring back with Ohio State this season.“He really does have good feel, good visioning,” Holtmann said. “I think we could play him at a variety of positions, I think he’ll be one of our leading playmakers this year, because of his willingness to move the ball, and it’s been good to see it.”Woods started to make that adjustment during the team’s trip to Spain in the beginning of August. In the game on Aug. 7 against Valencia, Woods led the team with four assists in the 95-63 victory.As he looks to continue making changes on the court, his role as a leader for the team is something he said comes naturally.“When I was at University of Charlotte and Wake, I’ve always been in that leadership role, since I was a freshman,” Woods said. “That’s something I’m real comfortable with and I don’t have a problem with.”Now, with Holtmann and Woods together, after a third recruiting attempt, expectations are high following Ohio State’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2015.Even with the loss of the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year in Bates-Diop, Woods had high praise for this Ohio State roster coming into the season.“This is one of the best teams I’ve probably been on,” Woods said. “As a group, and how they are and how close they are, I probably have not been on a team like that, and I’m really excited to play with these guys for a full season.”
Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne (33) gets back on defense in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team (6-2, 3-1 WCHA) traveled up to Minneapolis to take on the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-1-1, 4-1-1 WCHA) in an early Top 5 matchup that saw a series split. The first game was won by Minnesota by a score of 3-0 and the Buckeyes won the second by a score of 3-2. Game 1Ohio State found themselves overmatched on the road against a tough Minnesota team and despite its efforts, lost 3-0.The first period saw Ohio State coming out hot, getting the first three shots on goal of the game, but none of them found the net and the same went for Minnesota throughout the first period. Both teams notched 10 shots on goal but remained scoreless after 20 minutes. Minnesota took the lead more than 11 minutes into the second period when senior forward Taylor Williamson shot one past freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli off a rebound that got away from the goalie to give the Golden Gophers a 1-0 lead. Senior forward Tianna Gunderson and junior defenseman Patti Marshall earned assists on the play. Throughout the second period, the Buckeyes were outshot by the Gophers 18-5. Momentum did not shift to Ohio State’s favor as the Gophers extended their lead off another rebound shot, this time by freshman forward Catie Skaja with assists by redshirt senior forward Nicole Schammel and sophomore forward Gracie Zumwinkle. In an attempt to mount a late comeback, Braendli was pulled in favor of another attacker for the Buckeyes, but it resulted in an empty net goal with just 32 seconds left for Williamson’s second goal of the game to clinch the victory for Minnesota. Ohio State was severely outshot by Minnesota 19-3 in the period.Fresh off winning player of the week for her efforts against Minnesota State, Braendli notched a career high 44 saves. Game 2On Saturday, Ohio State held off a late Minnesota comeback to win the game 3-2, splitting the series. The Buckeyes took the lead just 5:10 into the first period when freshman defenseman Sophie Jacques scored her first career goal. Minnesota struck back when Schammel got one by Braendli later in the period to tie it up, 1-1. Schammel was assisted by Zumwinkle and freshman defenseman Gracie Ostertag. Moving to just past the halfway point of the second period, sophomore forward Emma Maltais scored a power play goal to shift momentum back to Ohio State and give them a 2-1 lead. Redshirt junior Jincy Dunne recorded an assist on the goal. The Buckeyes extended their lead early into the third period when senior forward Madison Field scored an insurance goal to put Ohio State up two. Maltais and Dunne assisted Field on the play. Minnesota was not to be deterred, and a shot by senior forward Taylor Williamson with just under three minutes left in the game cut the lead to 3-2. However, that one goal was all that the Gophers were able to muster as Braendli put together another strong performance, this time saving 40 shots to give Ohio State the victory.Minnesota outshot the Buckeyes 42 to 27, but Ohio State took advantage of scoring opportunities when they presented themselves, and Braendli and the defense combined to clinch a tough away victory against a Top 5 Minnesota team. Ohio State remains on the road for next week as they travel to Canton, New York for a non-conference matchup against St. Lawrence. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 6 p.m. on Friday.
Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano celebrates after defensive lineman Dre’mont Jones recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorEAST LANSING, Mich. — The moment was going to come. The Ohio State coaching staff was sure of it. With Michigan State starting five offensive drives within their 20-yard line, redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones said the coaching staff was in the ears of the Ohio State defensive line, saying “We are going to create a turnover. We are going to create a turnover.” Jones has had his moment before. In Ohio State’s 40-28 win over TCU on Sept. 15, Jones got in front of a shovel pass from sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson, running 28 yards for the score. But the Ohio State coaching staff said the defense was going to create another turnover, a turnover that would define the Buckeyes’ performance in East Lansing. Jones obliged. With the Spartans pinned against their own two-yard line, redshirt junior quarterback Brian Lewerke dropped back, looking to pass and dropped the ball. The veteran defensive tackle pounced on the ball, securing his second touchdown of the season. This touchdown gave Ohio State confidence, a confidence that would lead the defense to allow six points and 274 yards of offense in a 26-6 win against No. 18 Michigan State. In a game where the Ohio State offense struggled to find consistency against a Michigan State defense with a reputation, in a game where the Ohio State special teams unit consistently pinned the Spartans into difficult situations, giving Ohio State the advantage defensively, the Buckeyes came out with confidence.“A game like this where we held that team to only six points, and a talented team in their house, only six points, it’s a tremendous, tremendous feeling. It’s definitely a confidence booster,” Jones said. Other than one 47-yard rush by redshirt freshman quarterback Rocky Lombardi, the Ohio State rush defense, with the No. 1 rush defense in the country watching, allowed seven yards rushing on 17 carries. Despite only recording two tackles for loss, one by redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland and one shared by sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison and junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper, the Ohio State defensive line showed pressure in the passing game. The Buckeyes recorded six quarterback hits on Saturday, three coming from sophomore defensive end Chase Young. Cooper said this time of year, the time of the football season provides this needed pressure to succeed. He said the matchup with Michigan State is always physical and tough. But Jones viewed it as something bigger. An opportunity to prove a larger message. “Whether we like it or not, we hear the stuff in the background we don’t want to hear, but it happens. This was a big momentum for us,” Jones said. “We came out there, we played with swag and a lot of enthusiasm.” The Michigan State performance also shows improvement from performances over the past few weeks. After missing 15 tackles against Purdue and 20 against Nebraska, sophomore safety Brendon White said the focus in the week leading up to the Michigan State game was on tackling drills, becoming more physical in a game where the unit knew it was necessary. Cooper said, with the combination of the practices leading up to Ohio State’s game in East Lansing and the performance of the team, he has confidence in what the unit has been working on. “We have confidence in that everything we have been doing since the beginning of the season, it’s going to work,” Cooper said. “We have been practicing hard, we’ve been going hard and even though everybody kind of like telling us to do this or do that, we just stuck with the plan and it pays off, as you can see.” Leading up to Saturday’s game against Michigan State, Ohio State sophomore linebacker Pete Werner said this game needed to be an “impact game” for the defense, an opportunity to show the country what the Ohio State defense can do. Cooper felt the performance against the Spartans was that game. But it’s still not where Ohio State, as a unit, strives to be. “I feel like we still haven’t played our best game,” Cooper said. “We still have so much more to show, so much more to work on and improve on and we will get better week by week and that’s just the main focus.” Head coach Urban Meyer did not need perfection. He needed momentum, he needed confidence for a unit that was vital to the life of this time. In his opinion, he got it. “That’s confidence man,” Meyer said. “We talk about an outfit that needed it, we needed it.”