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Ohio State's Urban Meyer tired of hearing how none of his running backs have hit 1,000 yards

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    FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013 file photo, Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, top, scores over Northwestern safety Traveon Henry during the second half of an NCAA football game in Evanston, Ill. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he encounters the question all the time: Why have you never had a tailback rush for 1,000 yards? He's tired of hearing it because he is totally committed to running the ball with a quality back. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Ohio State running back Jordan Hall carries against Florida A&M during an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he encounters the question all the time: Why have you never had a tailback rush for 1,000 yards? He's tired of hearing it because he is totally committed to running the ball with a quality back. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File) (The Associated Press)

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer encounters the question, he says, as much as 200 times a year from recruits, fans and reporters: Why haven't you ever had a running back rush for 1,000 yards?

In Meyer's 11½ years as a head coach, he's had quarterback Braxton Miller go for 1,271 yards rushing a year ago. But no running back has ever turned the trick.

Meyer's tired of being asked — and particularly weary of having it used against him in recruiting. Other schools tell blue-chip backs that they will not flourish in Meyer's spread offense.

Heading into the fourth-ranked Buckeyes' game Saturday against Iowa, Meyer knows running back Carlos Hyde must have a big game if Ohio State is to extend its nation's best winning streak to 19.