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‘Boom’ undaunted by number 13

November 4, 2011
BY BETTY POKAS - Buckye Blitz ( , Times Leader

IF DAN "Boom" Herron rushes for 32 more yards in Saturday's game against Indiana, he'll become the 13th Buckeye to eclipse the 2,500-yard mark.

That shouldn't be too difficult for the talented tailback, because he has 274 yards rushing in two games this season with a 137 yards per game average and 4.9 yards per carry average.

With the figures he's compiling, 13 doesn't seem to be an unlucky number for him. The major unfortunate happening in his college football career was not being able to play for the entire season because of the tattoo troubles.

During last Saturday's game with Wisconsin, Herron passed Pete Johnson, Lydell Ross, Jonathan Wells and Hopalong Cassady to move into 13th-place at Ohio State with his 2,468 career yards.

That isn't his only association with the number, 13, as he had his 13-game streak with a rushing touchdown during the Wisconsin game. That was the longest streak by a Buckeye since Pete Johnson ran for at least one score in 13 (of all things) consecutive games from 1975-76.

It's rather obvious that Herron undoubtedly isn't troubled by triskaidekaphobia.

Even though the Hoosiers have only one win this season, Herron plans to avoid complacency by "working hard and keep moving forward, and just go out there and give it our best shot."

The fifth year senior tailback wasn't ashamed to show his emotions as he let the tears flow before his first game at the 'Shoe after serving a six-game suspension at the start of this season. Not only was this shown on television, but there was a dramatic photo of him alone in the Buckeye Sports Bulletin as the national anthem was being played. The photo by Josh Winslow showed Boom in tears and a solemn look on his face as his head tilted toward the raising of flag in the stadium.

In regard to what brought on his emotional reaction, Herron said, "Just kind of just being at home. Playing at home. Being back in the Ohio State stadium, and just being around the fans and just being there with my teammates. And I was just happy to be back out there and have the opportunity to play back out there, play out there with my teammates."

To avoid complacency by the team, OSU head football coach Luke Fickell mentioned the need "to continue to focus on ourselves." Pointing out that November is where the real games begin, he added, "It's about us getting better, and we're going to make sure those guys understand that our preparation will match up with our performance."

As to whether it's hard to keep himself or the players from looking ahead, to possibly the Penn State game, Fickell said, "We focus on one game at a time. We're in no place to look past anything. ... Our focus is one at a time, our focus is about us getting better and hopefully that's where we are and we'll continue to pound it into their heads."

Despite a win over Wisconsin last week, the Buckeyes aren't exactly setting the world on fire so they can't afford to be complacent.

The Hoosiers, however, weren't helped by the loss of senior Damarlo Belcher, one of the best players who was kicked off the team for violating team rules.

Like OSU quarterback Braxton Miller, who was named this week as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Indiana freshman quarterback Tre Roberson gained that Big Ten honor Oct. 24 after a game with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

It also happened to be Roberson's first career start, and he accounted for nearly 300 yards of total offense, completing 16 of 24 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 84 yards on 16 carries.

Hoosier wide receiver Shane Wynn won Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors Oct. 10 for his kickoff return against Illinois, and running back D'Angelo Roberts also received that designation Sept. 19. In the game in which Indiana defeated South Carolina State, Roberts rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown and also caught two passes for 12 yards and a score, combining for 114 yards - all of which came in the second half.

Stephen Houston, Indiana running back, rushed for a career-high 151 yards on 19 carries, averaged 7.9 yards per carry and scored twice in last week's game against Northwestern. His 151 yards were the most for a Hoosier since Sept. 26, 2009.

The last time that the Hoosiers had two 100-yard rushers in the same game was in October 2003, also against Northwestern when BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 136 yards and Brian Lewis collected 128.

Sixteen Indiana players are from Ohio. The one closest to Eastern Ohio is Zack Shaw of Coshocton.

Like Fickell, Hoosier head football coach Kevin Wilson is in his first year as a head coach. He was previously at Oklahoma where he was co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2002-05 and offensive coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2006-10.


IN THE all-time series with the Hoosiers, Ohio State leads 66-12-5. Their first game was in 1901...

OHIO STATE has an all-time record of 287-132-19 in November games, including 180-78-11 in November home games and 107-54-8 on the road for that month...

THE BUCKEYES' record is 5-2, 2-2 Big Ten, while Indiana is 1-8, 0-5...

SATURDAY'S game, which will begin at noon at the 'Shoe, will be televised by the Big Ten Network...



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