Taking a Closer Look at Carlos Hyde's Season on the Ground
by Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite missing the first three games of this year with a suspension, Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde is putting together a season to remember. Coming into the Purdue game, he was vying to become just the fourth Big Ten running back to rush for 140 yards in three straight Big Ten games during the BCS era.
Photo by Jim Davidson
He fell short by 29 yards, but that had much more to do with Urban Meyer than it did Purdue. Instead, Hyde carried the ball just eight times for 111 yards, with 92 of those yards coming on his last four carries. It was the continuation of a dominating season by the senior running back.
How dominating? Hyde has now carried the ball 96 times this season and has rushed for 701 yards, averaging 7.3 yards per carry.
The most amazing statistic about those 96 carries, however, is that Hyde has yet to be stopped behind the line of scrimmage and tackled for a loss.
In fact, he has only been stopped for no gain five times this season.
You want even crazier?
Hyde has more carries for 20+ yards (6) than he does carries for no gain (5) or a loss (0).
Go ahead and read that again. Actually, don't bother, I'll put it to you another way: When you give Carlos Hyde the ball, he is more likely to pick up 20 yards than no yards.
None of this would be possible without Ohio State's stellar offensive line, and Hyde knows this. That's why he's always giving credit to God and his offensive line, though sometimes the order switches based on the opponent.
runs through a gaping hole created by the offensive line.
Photo by Jim Davidson
The offensive line does the hard work, and they make Hyde's job a lot easier. But he's still the guy shrugging off attempted tackles five yards deep in the backfield and picking up seven yards at a clip like it's nothing.
The fact that the Buckeyes are making it look like nothing is a testament to just how dominating the running game is right now.
and the offensive line are on a roll.
Photo by Jim Davidson
Care for another stat?
Hyde has as many carries of 10 yards or more (20) as he does two yards or less (20).
Here is the breakdown of his carries this season, the total of each type of carry is in parentheses.
0 yards (5)
1 yard (5)
2 yards (10)
3 yards (13)
4 yards (5)
5 yards (10)
6 yards (8)
7 yards (7)
8 yards (8)
9 yards (5)
10 yards (1)
11 yards (5)
12 yards (2)
15 yards (2)
17 yards (2)
18 yards (1)
19 yards (1)
20 yards (1)
21 yards (2)
28 yards (1)
39 yards (1)
42 yards (1)
While Hyde deservedly gets most of the attention and accolades at running back, he's hardly the only Buckeye tailback who is excelling. Overall, the Ohio State running backs have rushed for 1,875 yards on 266 carries (7.05 yards per carry) this season. Of the 170 carries by the running backs that do not belong to Hyde, only eight have been stopped behind the line of scrimmage.
That's the kind of control that is usually only asserted by a domineering parent.
The common denominator in these uncommon numbers is very clearly the offensive line. None of it would be possible without them, but Hyde's ability to always find positive yardage is bordering on the incredible.
It would have been interesting to see the type of season that Hyde could have had without the suspension, because it's likely that he would already have 1,000 yards rushing under his belt.
As it stands, he has 701 yards rushing, and that's with getting limited carries in three of the six games he's played in this season. His day was cut well short against Florida A&M, Penn State and Purdue do to blowouts.
Perhaps if he had gotten more carries in those games, he would have finally been tackled for a loss.
More likely, however, is that he'd be about 150 yards closer to the 1,000-yard goal that everybody in the Ohio State football program is waiting for.
But don't worry, they won't have to wait much longer.
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