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Buckeyes Visit White House

COLUMBUS -– The members of the Ohio State football team have been in the presence of some very impressive audiences of late, but nothing like what the team experienced today: meeting the President of the United States during a three-hour visit to the White House. President Barack Obama welcomed Coach Urban Meyer, Ohio State President Michael V. Drake, Director of Athletics Gene Smith and members of the 2014 College Football Playoff national champion Buckeye team to the White House for a formal celebration of the team’s accomplishments.
“O-H,” The President said to open a lively and fun ceremony to honor the team in the East Room of the White House. “And give it up to the 2014 college football national champions!”
The pro-Ohio State crowd responded in kind, and that was only the beginning of a neat afternoon for the players and those attending.
The President talked about All-American Joey Bosa leading the Big Ten in sacks, and then he exchanged shrugs with him saying “I use that move sometimes.”
Referring to Cardale Jones, he said “anyone with a nickname like 12 Gauge has to be taken seriously.”
He thanked Ezekiel Elliott for tucking in his shirt and Elliott said The President “needed to get the rule changed.”
Commenting on the nearly 100,000 fans who came out to watch Ohio State’s spring game on Saturday, The President said “…I think it’s fair to say your fans are a little crazy.”
And after ending the ceremony and walking off the risers, he notice Archie Griffin in the audience and brought him on stage for another round of photos that included one with President Obama, President Drake, Gene Smith, Griffin and former Buckeye great and NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter.
The President was very complimentary toward the team’s community service efforts, telling his audience the Buckeyes perform as many as 1,000 man-hours of community service hours each year, and he mentioned the Mid-Ohio Food Bank by name. He was also complimentary of Coach Meyer winning his third national championship, and to Evan Spencer, for earning Team MVP honors for all of the little things he did to help the team.
Spencer was thrilled.
“It meant the world,” Spencer said. “All of us worked so hard for this during the season, and for him to kind of point me out and show that I did do really well and I did work my butt off, especially coming from the President of the United States, it felt really good.”
Seniors Curtis Grant and Doran Grant were selected to present the President with two gifts: a game ball honoring the win over Oregon and a No. 44 jersey with “Obama” on the back.
Before the ceremony, the President had a private meeting with the team in the State Dining Room after the delegation of Buckeyes had spent about 60 minutes touring the various rooms of the White House. Some on the tour noted the fact that Coach Meyer probably knew his way around the residence, as this was his third such visit after White House celebrations in 2007 and 2009 to recognize his Florida Gators national champions.
The trip to the White House will all but cap the public honors for the Buckeyes, and it certainly was the last opportunity for all the members of the team to travel together. And what a way to end a four-month run since the Oregon win that had the team experiencing bigger and better moments with each outing.
In late January, more than 45,000 fans celebrated the national championship with the team at Ohio Stadium on a cold day with the Big Ten Network providing national television coverage of the one-hour event.
In February, team members met with Ohio Governor John Kasich at the Ohio State House before being honored on both the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives floors.
Also in February, team members were recognized at a men’s basketball game at Value City Arena and received a thunderous round of applause from the nearly 18,000 attending.
The team was the special guest at the Cincinnati Reds’ 2015 Opening Night baseball game at Great American Ball Park vs. Pittsburgh.
And this past Saturday, an all-time record crowd for a college football spring game – 99,391 fans – came out to watch the team’s final practice of the spring and to celebrate and cheer the team on a lovely, 73-degree day.
Activities today were certainly less boisterous for the most part. The team started its day at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, where players figuratively “passed through” the symbolic stone and granite figures that represent Dr. King’s inspiration in the line of his “I Have a Dream” speech: “Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”
Dr. Leonard L. Haynes, who has his Ph.D from The Ohio State University and is in its Education and Human Ecology Hall of Fame, spoke to the team at the King Memorial. He is a senior director of institutional services at the U.S. Department of Education.
After a break for a wonderful brunch at the law offices of Jones Day, which started in Cleveland and now has 40 offices worldwide, the team moved on to the White House for the tour and the ceremony to honor the national champions.
Ohio’s Congressional Delegation then hosted the Buckeyes at the U.S. Capitol Building. U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman joined U.S. Representatives Pat Tiberi and Joyce Beatty for talks to the team after aides provided the Buckeyes with a tour of the Capitol Building.
Tiberi said this was the first time a national champion team had ever been invited onto the floor of the House of Representatives, saying it helped that Speaker of the House John Boehner is from Ohio.

Afterward, a group photo was taken on the steps of the Capitol Building, and then the Buckeyes loaded back onto the busses for a charter flight back home to Ohio and the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The team arrived at the Woody about 9:30 p.m.Buckeyes Visit White House

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A.J. Burnett was outpitched by a rookie in the final regular-season start of his career, and the Cincinnati Reds prevented Pittsburgh from clinching home-field advantage in the NL wild-card game by beating the Pirates 3-1 Saturday night to snap a 13-game losing streak.

Pittsburgh still needs a win Sunday or a Chicago Cubs loss to host the one-game playoff Wednesday night. If the Cubs beat Milwaukee -- and the Pirates lose to Cincinnati again -- the wild-card showdown would be played at Wrigley Field.

Brandon Finnegan (5-2) limited the Pirates to one run in six innings. Adam Duvall hit his fifth homer and Aroldis Chapman got four outs for his 33rd save.


Kluber pitches 8 innings; Indians beat Red Sox 2-0

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Corey Kluber pitched eight innings while Carlos Santana and Ryan Raburn homered, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

Kluber (9-16) ended his rocky season with a strong performance, allowing three hits and striking out nine. The right-hander, who won the AL Cy Young Award last season, recorded his first victory since Aug. 14.

Santana led off the second with a home run while Raburn's homer started the fourth. Both landed several rows deep in the bleachers in left field.

Craig Breslow (0-4) gave up both home runs, his only mistakes in 5 1/3 innings. The veteran left-hander made his second career start after 522 relief appearances.

Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 33rd save.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Ezekiel Elliott scored on touchdown runs of 55, 65 and 75 yards in the second half, and No. 1 Ohio State came up with a final goal line stand to escape with a 34-27 win over Indiana on Saturday.

Elliott had a career best 274 yards on 23 carries.

The Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) extended the FBS' longest winning streak to 18 in a row.

Indiana (4-1, 0-1) lost the nation's leading rusher, Jordan Howard, in the first half and its starting quarterback, Nate Sudfeld, in the third quarter. But the Hoosiers made things difficult for the defending national champions.

Elliott wiped out a 10-6 deficit with the 55-yard run, a 17-13 deficit with the 65-yard run and appeared to have sealed it when his 75-yarder made it 34-20.

But the Buckeyes still needed to break up a pass in the end zone on the final play.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Ohio State receiver Corey Smith was taken off the field on a golf cart after he appeared to injure his lower right leg during the third quarter of Saturday's game at Indiana.

It looked like Smith's leg got caught underneath a pileup on the Hoosiers sideline.

After several minutes, trainers lifted Smith onto the cart and placed a towel over his head. The crowd applauded politely as he was taken away.

Smith had not caught a pass for the top-ranked Buckeyes.


KENT, Ohio (AP) -- Colin Reardon threw for 136 yards and a score as Kent State held on to an early lead to beat Miami (Ohio) in Mid-American Conference play on Saturday.

Reardon finished with 12-of-21 passing for the Golden Flashes (2-3, 1-0). Antwan Dixon rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown and Shane Hynes kicked a pair of field goals.

Dixon broke away on a reverse play and ran 75 yards for a score midway through the second quarter to help give Kent State a 13-0 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Reardon connected with Ernest Calhoun for a 44-yard touchdown and the Golden Flashes were up 20-0.

The RedHawks (1-4, 0-1) started to click in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 1-yard run by Alonzo Smith and a touchdown pass by Drew Kummer, but it was not enough.

Kummer threw for 315 yards and a score but was intercepted four times.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Matt Johnson threw for a touchdown and ran for another, Donovan Wilson and Ronnie Moore each ran in scores and Bowling Green held off a late surge by Buffalo to win 28-22 in Saturday's Mid-American Conference opener.

Johnson, who threw for more than 400 yards in each of his first four games this season -- a school record -- was 23 of 29 for 324 yards. He scored on a 10-yard run and threw a 12-yard TD pass to Roger Lewis, who had 10 catches for 201 yards.

Wilson scored on a 1-yard run on the Falcon's opening drive and Bowling Green (3-2, 1-0) led 28-9 after Moore's 7-yard TD run in the third quarter.

Buffalo outscored Bowling Green 16-7 in the second half, with Joe Licata hitting Ron Willoughby with a 5-yard TD pass and Jordan Johnson scoring on a 1-yard run. Adam Mitcheson kicked three field goals for the Bulls (2-3, 0-1).


VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) -- Hunter Wells completed 15 of 26 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yard strike to Andrew Williams, to help Youngstown State to a 31-3 victory over South Dakota on Saturday.

Williams finished with 79 yards receiving on four catches. Martin Ruiz added 86 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Penguins (3-1, 1-0 Missouri Valley Conference).

Defensively, Youngstown State held South Dakota to 262 total yards and just 10 first downs while forcing three turnovers.

The Penguins led 17-0 at halftime and were never seriously threatened, extending their lead to 24-0 midway through the third before the Coyotes (2-2, 0-1) finally got on the board after a Miles Bergner 39-yard field goal.

Ryan Saeger threw for 119 yards for South Dakota but completed just nine of his 25 passes with an interception.


MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Phillip Ely threw two touchdowns as Toledo won its fourth-straight with a 24-10 victory over Ball State In Mid-American Conference play on Saturday.

Ely was 16 of 22 for 164 yards for the Rockets (4-0, 1-0). Terry Swanson rushed for 139 yards and Damion Jones-Martin finished with 85 yards and a score.

A pair of Ely touchdown passes in the second quarter, along with a Jones-Moore scoring run and a Jameson Vest field goal gave Toledo a 24-3 advantage at halftime.

Ball State's Morgan Hagee got the Cardinals (2-3, 1-1) on the board just before the break with a 29-yard field goal and Riley Neal hit Jordan Williams for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to close the gap to 24-10.

With 5:34 left, Ely chewed up the clock with an 11-play, 57-yard drive to preserve the Toledo lead.

Neal had 236 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Derrius Vick threw for one touchdown, Daz'mond Patterson ran for another and the Ohio defense made that hold up for a 14-10 win over Akron in the Mid-American Conference opener on Saturday.

Despite out-gaining the Bobcats by nearly 100 yards, the Zips (2-3) were limited to four Robert Stein field goals.

After Stein's 30-yard field goal with 3:55 to play, Ohio (4-1) went three-and-out. However, the Bobcat defense got a sack by Quentin Poling on second down and Ian Wells broke up a fourth-down pass to seal the win.

After Stein staked Ohio to a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter, Vick connected with Keith Heitzman for a 24-yard score. Early in the second Patterson scored on a 4-yard run before Stein kicked a 33-yarder three seconds before halftime.

Stein booted a 41-yard field goal late in the third quarter.

Akron had 319 total yards to 227 for Ohio.


DELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Jeske threw three touchdown passes and Dayton converted an interception into a score to beat Stetson 27-14 on Saturday.

Jeske was 15 of 23 for 223 yards, hitting Tyler Tumpane on a 3-yard pass to open the scoring after Christian Searles intercepted a pass by Ryan Tentler and returned it 71 yards.

Jeske connected with Jack Euritt on a 14-yard TD pass for a 17-7 halftime lead, then hit Gus Madden on a 29-yarder in the third. William Will kicked field goals of 44 and 25 yards.

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