Number Crunching - Players

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Sunday Number Crunching – The Players
By Tony Gerdeman

Well, the Buckeyes are finally done with their four non-conference games, and the stats have been padded. Some have been padded more than others. Here's a look at some of the individual numbers that are standing out right now.

… Kenny Guiton's six touchdown passes, all in the first half, marked an Ohio State record. He became one of four Buckeyes to throw for at least five touchdown passes and the first since Bobby Hoying tossed five at Pittsburgh in 1995. He was 24-for-34 in the game (both career highs), with 215 yards. The last time Ohio State passed for six touchdowns as a team was in Sept. 25, 2010.

… Kenny Guiton is the first Ohio State quarterback to throw for at least two touchdowns in each of his first two starts.

… Ezekiel Elliott's 162-yard rushing effort against Florida A&M was the first 100-yard day for a true freshman Buckeye tailback since Antonio Pittman's 144 yards against Indiana in 2004. Elliott rushed for 121 yards in the third quarter alone.

… The running backs and their average yards per carry this season: Ezekiel Elliott (9.5), Dontre Wilson (9.3), Carlos Hyde (8.2), Rod Smith (7.1), Jordan Hall (6.2), Warren Ball (5.4), Devonte Butler (3.5).

… Kenny Guiton is fourth in the nation in touchdown passes with 13 (and first in the Big Ten). On average, every fifth completion for him is a touchdown. To put it another way, 20% of his completions have gone for touchdowns. By comparison, 15.6% of Johnny Manziel's completions have gone for touchdowns, and 17.7% of Teddy Bridgewater's completions have been touchdowns.

… Guiton is 13th in the nation in passing efficiency (168.08), and second in the Big Ten.

… The Buckeyes moved to 10-0 when Devin Smith catches a touchdown. Smith is tied for second in the conference with four touchdown receptions, as is Chris Fields.

… Jordan Hall leads the conference in scoring (12.5 points per game). His two-point conversion against Buffalo is the difference between him and Penn State's Zach Zwinak (12.0). Hall is third in the nation in scoring.

… Jordan Hall is also fourth in the Big Ten in fumbles forced (1) and sixth in fumbles recovered (1).

… Philly Brown's 17.4 yards per punt return is second in the Big Ten and ninth in the nation.

… Drew Basil is tied for the Big Ten lead with 23 extra points.

… In limited play this season, Ryan Shazier is averaging seven tackles per game, which is good for 12th in the Big Ten. Christian Bryant (38th) and Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown (43rd) are the only other two Buckeyes in the top 50.

… Noah Spence is third in the Big Ten in sacks (2.5), Steve Miller is sixth (2.0). Spence is also fourth in tackles for loss (5), and Shazier is fifth (4.5).

… Michael Bennett has recovered two fumbles in three games this season. His 0.67 fumbles recovered per game is second in the conference. Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun is averaging 0.75 in four games.

… Kenny Guiton's 6 TD passes against FCS opponents this season leads all FBS quarterbacks.

… Ezekiel Elliott's 9.52 yards per carry is 12th in the nation.

… Kenny Guiton's 7.44 yards per carry is fifth among all quarterbacks nationally, and fourth among quarterbacks who haven't played against Texas. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is averaging 17.5 yards per carry, which leads the nation. That might be the most ridiculous stat of the season.

… Jordan Hall's eight rushing touchdowns leads the nation. He is tied with Penn State's Zach Zwinak. Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is third with seven.

… Before the season, I asked on Twitter who would have more yards rushing between Ohio State's freshman Dontre Wilson and Michigan's freshman tailback Derrick Green. Well here are the numbers, and I've included another Buckeye freshman as well: Ezekiel Elliott 21-200 (9.5 ypc), Dontre Wilson 13-121 (9.3 ypc), Derrick Green 13-60 (4.6).

… Devin Smith and Chris Fields are tied with 26 other players for ninth in the nation in touchdown receptions (4). Fields' touchdown-to-reception ratio (4:7) is the best in the nation of anybody with at least three touchdown catches.

… Devin Smith is one of just eight players nationally with a play from scrimmage of at least 90 yards this season. Smith is tied for sixth in the nation with three receptions of at least 40 yards.

… Jeff Heuerman is still third on the team in kickoff return average (13.0).

… Eleven Buckeyes have carried the ball this season.

Number Crunching - Team Numbers

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