“B1G Things to Know” is your weekly gathering of the 10 most important things you’ll want to know about this week’s Ohio State game. These 10 facts will help you be the most knowledgeable fan at your Game Day activity, no matter where you gather across Buckeye Nation to cheer on the Men of the Scarlet & Gray.
The University of Nebraska – Lincoln was established on February 15th, 1869, just two years after Nebraska became an actual state. Like Ohio State and many other Big Ten members, Nebraska was established under the rules of the Morrill Land-Grant Act. Nebraska graduated its first class in 1873. In 1888, Nebraska established a College of Law, making it the first school west of the Mississippi River to establish a graduate school.
Nebraska started its football program in 1890. Since then, in 129 years of football, Nebraska ranks fifth in NCAA history with 895 wins (895-386-40). The Huskers are one of just 10 teams to amass over 800 NCAA victories. Nebraska claims five National Championships and 46 Conference Championships. The Cornhuskers have nine perfect seasons among their 11 undefeated seasons. They have ended a season in a bowl game 53 times, going 26-27 in those games.
Nebraska was a founding member of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, which split to form the Big Six Conference. The Big Six eventually became the Big Eight before merging with the Southwest Conference and becoming the Big Twelve. In 2011, Nebraska joined the Big Ten. Since then, the Huskers are 35-29 in Big Ten play.
- Nebraska and Ohio State have combined for 1,800 all-time victories entering Saturday’s match-up. Ohio State is second all-time with 905 victories, while Nebraska’s 895 wins ranks fifth in college football history.
- The schools have combined to win 11 national championships and 82 conference crowns.
- Nebraska football is the only team in any sport in NCAA history to boast 100 athletic All-Americans and 100 academic All-Americans.
- Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium has been sold out for an NCAA-record 366 consecutive games dating back to Nov. 3, 1962. With a seating capacity of 85,458 and a record attendance of 91,585, Memorial Stadium becomes the third largest “city” in Nebraska on Gameday, trailing only Lincoln & Omaha.
- WR Stanley Morgan Jr. is challenging to become Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver. Morgan has 163 career receptions, which ranks fourth on NU’s all-time list. He needs 18 receptions to tie Kenny Bell (181) atop the Husker chart.
- Morgan has 2,381 career receiving yards to rank fifth on NU’s all-time list. Morgan needs 308 yards to tie Bell (2,689) for the most receiving yards in program history.
- Nebraska true freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez is completing 66 percent of his passes this year for 1,656 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven games. On the ground, Martinez is the team’s second leading rusher with 408 yards and four touchdowns. He’s the third true freshman starting quarterback Ohio State has faced this year.
- Scott Frost is in his first season as Nebraska’s head coach in 2018. Frost is in his third season overall as a head coach, and owns a 21-13 career record. Frost was the starting quarterback for Nebraska’s 1997 National Champion team, and led UCF to a claimed “National Championship” as their head coach in 2017.
- Ohio State is 5-0 under Urban Meyer following a regular season loss. Only five times in 17 years and 213 games has Meyer’s teams lost consecutive games.
- Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin needs only 52 more receiving yards for Ohio State to have its first trio of receivers with 1,000 career yards. Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill have already topped 1,000.
And there you have it. You are now officially ready to begin your Game Day activities. You can now lay claim to the title of “Smartest Buckeye Fan at your Tailgate/Watch Party”. Go Bucks!
Each week, Mike Meals scours through the Media Guides of Ohio State and that week’s opponent to find you the 10 most fascinating, important, and/or crazy facts to prepare you for that week’s game. You can also catch Mike along with Hayes & Cannon Content Manager/Writer Brandon Zimmerman on the weekly episodes of “The Sons of Schmidt” podcast on the Ozone Radio Network. Follow Mike on twitter (@mmeals)