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Five for Friday: Possible Milestones for Carlos Hyde
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It's been a long, strange career for Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, yet with one game still remaining as a Buckeye, he has already found himself in the OSU record books. With a good game against Clemson, however, his place in that record book will become etched even deeper.

That doesn't mean things are going to be easy for Hyde, as Clemson has only allowed three 100-yard rushers this season, and they held Andre Williams – the nation's leading rusher – to 70 yards on 24 carries. The Tigers are just 53rd in the nation in run defense, however, so Hyde and the Buckeyes have faced tougher outfits.

Perhaps the forgotten story here is the type of season that Hyde would have put up had he not been suspended for the first three games of the season. He currently has 1,408 yards rushing, which is an average of 140.8 yards per game. If you project that average over the 13 games the Buckeyes have played this season, that would give Hyde 1,830 yards rushing, which would be just 97 yards behind Eddie George's school record of 1,927 yards rushing in 1995.

Carlos Hyde
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Carlos Hyde

It's impressive to think about, but it also shouldn't take away from what Hyde has already accomplished in the games he actually has played in. The exciting thing for Hyde, however, is that he's on pace to accomplish even more.

Let's look at the records that could be his, as well as some that already are.

1. Finish in the Top Five Career Rushers at OSU. Hyde currently has 3,085 yards rushing, which is good for sixth all-time in school history. With 116 yards rushing, he will pass Keith Byars' 3,200 yards rushing and move into fifth all-time in Ohio State history. He'll need 298 yards rushing to pass Chris Wells for fourth all-time. Had had not been suspended, Eddie George's second-place finish with 3,768 yards would have been in some danger, but probably still safe.

2. Best Rushing Yards Per Game in School History (Single season). Eddie George currently owns the best yards-per-game mark in OSU history, with his 148.2 yards per game in 1995. At this moment, Carlos Hyde is fifth with 140.8 yards rushing per game. With just three yards against Clemson, he will secure his spot for fifth, but with 148 yards rushing, he'll pass Archie Griffin's #4 spot of 141.3 yards per game from 1974. With 171 yards, he'll move to #3 ahead of Archie Griffin's 143.4 yards in 1973. With 211 yards, he'll move to #2 ahead of Keith Byars' 147.0 from 1984, and with 223 yards he would pass Eddie George's 1995 season.

3. Most 200-Yard Rushing Games in a Season. Carlos Hyde currently has two games this season of over 200 yards rushing. The first came against Illinois (246), and the second came against Michigan (226). That number already ties Archie Griffin and Chris Wells for second-most 200-yard rushing games in a career in school history. A third 200-yard rushing game would put Hyde alone in second place behind Eddie George, but it would also tie George for most 200-yard rushing games in a single season. George rushed for 200 yards twice in 1994 and three times in 1995. A Buckeye has rushed for 200 yards in a game just 18 times in school history, and Hyde is the only player to do it this decade.

4. Top Five Rushing Season in School History. At this moment, Carlos Hyde's 1,408 yards rushing is good for tenth all-time in school history, and with just 35 yards against Clemson he will pass Eddie George's 1994 season and move into ninth place. In order to pass Archie Griffin's 1973 season of 1,577 yards and move into the top five, Hyde will need 170 yards rushing. If he wants to move into the top four, he'll need 202 yards to squeeze past Chris Wells and his 1,609 yards in 2007. Getting to third will be much more difficult, as he needs 288 yards to better Archie Griffin's 1,695 yards from 1974.

5. Best Career Yard-Per-Carry Average in OSU History. Currently, among Ohio State's top 20 career rushers, Carlos Hyde's career mark of 6.19 yards per carry is the best in school history. Archie Griffin is second with 6.05 yards per carry. Hyde could finish with zero yards on 12 carries against Clemson and still finish .0003 yards-per-carry ahead of Griffin. With a below-average game of 60 yards rushing on 20 carries, he would still finish first with a career average of 6.07 yards per carry. Of note, Hyde's 7.7 yard-per-carry average this season is the best for OSU's leading rusher since Walt Klevay averaged 7.9 yards per carry on 66 rushes in 1950. They remain the only two leading rushers in OSU history to average over seven yards per carry since World War II. (Side note: The 2013 Buckeyes had six players average better than seven yards per carry.)

Bonus: Top Four Rushing Touchdowns. Currently, Carlos Hyde is tied with Champ Henson and Tim Spencer for fourth place in school history with 36 career rushing touchdowns. One more will give him fourth place all to himself. He is already fourth in career touchdowns total, with 39 (including three touchdown receptions).

Bonus: Top Five in 100-Yard Rushing Games. Carlos Hyde has rushed for 100 yards in 14 games in his Ohio State career. That number is sixth all-time, better than the likes of Tim Spencer (13), Jim Otis (13) and Michael Wiley (10). It is also tied with Braxton Miller. Antonio Pittman is currently fifth by himself with 15 100-yard rushing games.

Bonus: Consecutive 100-Yard Rushing Games in a Season. Carlos Hyde is currently at eight straight games of 100 yards rushing. A ninth in a row would give him the fifth-longest such streak in school history.

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