Fun With Numbers - The Halfway Point
By Tony Gerdeman
Now that we are halfway through the season, it's a good time to take a step back and look at the numbers that the Ohio State Buckeyes have produced.
It's been an up and down statistical season for the Buckeyes, but certain trends have begun to emerge. Among them is the fact that Braxton Miller is pretty darn good.
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* Braxton Miller now has ten carries of 20 yards or more this season, which leads the nation. His 25 carries of ten yards or more is second in the nation. He had 33 all of last year. Terrelle Pryor had 29 in 2010.
* In Cam Newton's 14-game Heisman-winning season, he had 50 carries of ten yards or more, and 14 of 20 yards or more. Last year, Heisman winner Robert Griffin had 35 carries of ten yards or more, and eight of 20 yards or more.
* 23.6% of Miller's carries have gone for at least ten yards. Over 9% of them go for 20 yards.
* Miller and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson lead the nation in number of carries of 30 yards or more with six.
* Miller is tied for second in the nation in number of carries of 40, 50 and 60 yards or more (3).
* In rushing for 186 yards on 16 carries, Miller's 11.6 yard per carry average was the best for a Big Ten quarterback in over a decade.
* Miller’s 186 rushing yards set a single-game record by an Ohio State quarterback, and was the 25th-highest overall in school history. Miller set the previous record with 161 earlier this season against Miami. He came into the game averaging 199.1 yards of total offense per contest. He accounted for 215 yards in the first half and ended the game with 313.
* Miller is on pace to rush for 1,526 yards with 16 touchdowns, and throw for 2,120 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Those rushing yards would be the seventh-best in school history. The 3,646 total yards would be over 350 yards more the current record held by Bobby Hoying (3,290).
* Hoying owns the Buckeye season-record for number of games reaching 200 yards of total offense with eleven. After six games this season, Miller has six.
* The Buckeyes are now second in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 38.5 points per game.
* Saturday's 371 yards rushing for the Buckeyes represented the first time that Ohio State rushed for over 300 yards against a ranked opponent since 2005 against #21 Iowa (314 yards). They also rushed for 317 yards against #25 Northwestern that same year.
* The Buckeyes are second in the conference in rushing (248.7), and average rush per carry (5.6). They are first in rushing touchdowns with 20. Last season, the Buckeyes averaged 4.4 yards per carry. The only season in the last decade where the Buckeyes have averaged five yards per carry was vacated.
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* Carlos Hyde had a career-best four touchdowns Saturday night. His 140 yards on 28 attempts were both career highs. Hyde’s four-touchdown game was the first for a Buckeye since Eddie George ran for four against Iowa in 1995. Six of Hyde's twelve career touchdowns have come against Nebraska.
* The four-touchdown second quarter marked the first time the Buckeyes scored four touchdowns in a quarter since the Purdue game in 2010.
* Ohio State outgained Nebraska 242-104 in the second quarter.
* Ohio State is 16th in the nation in redzone efficiency (91.67%), and third in the nation in touchdown percentage (83.33%). They have scored touchdowns on 20 of their 24 trips into the redzone. Last year they scored 25 touchdowns on 39 trips (64.1%). In 2010, they scored 41 touchdowns on 65 trips (63.1%).
* The Buckeyes are 12th in the conference in passing yards per game (182.8), but third in passing efficiency (141.6).
* The Buckeyes are 11th in the conference in pass defense (265.3 yards per game), but sixth in pass efficiency defense (114.8).
* The Buckeyes have scored 53 points following turnovers while allowing just three points following their own turnovers.
* Ohio State is leading the Big Ten in interceptions (10), and is second in the nation behind Fresno State's 12.
* The Buckeye defense is 103rd in the nation in number of 50-yard plays from scrimmage given up (5). Only two teams (Tennessee, Washington State) have given up more than Ohio State's three 70-yard plays from scrimmage (5).
* Ohio State is tenth in the conference in total defense, allowing 386.5 yards per game. They are fifth in rush defense, however, allowing 121.2 yards rushing per game.
* The Buckeyes are now second in the Big Ten in sacks per game (2.67). Their 4.83 tackles for loss per game is last in the conference, and 97th in the nation.
* Linebacker Ryan Shazier is fourth in the conference in tackles per game (9.8). Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has more tackles (31) than Michigan State starting linebackers Denicos Allen (29) and Chris Norman (30), as well as Michigan starting middle linebacker Kenny Demens (24).
* Defensive end John Simon is second in the Big Ten in tackles for loss with 7.5.
* Cornerback Bradley Roby is first in the conference in passes defended with 11.
* Cornerback Travis Howard's three interceptions lead the Big Ten.
* Ohio State is tied for last in the nation in field goals attempted with two. They are tied for first in the nation in field goal percentage (100%).
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