Monday Number Crunching – The Team
by Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State continues to put up a nice season of numbers, even on the defensive side of the football. With conference play starting, however, we should probably expect those numbers to begin slowing down. That being said, there are still some very interesting statistics of note.
...Ohio State is fourth in the nation in fewest number of plays of at least 20 yards allowed (18). Michigan State leads the Big Ten with 16 such plays allowed.
...Ohio State is the only team in the nation that has not yet allowed a run of at least 20 yards this season. Their 16 carries of at least 10 yards allowed is fourth in the nation and second in the Big Ten (Michigan State, 9).
...The Buckeyes are seventh in the nation in scoring, averaging 45.0 points per game. They lead the Big Ten with that number.
...Ohio State is allowing 19.9 points per game, which is fourth in the conference.
...The Buckeyes are third in the conference in total offense, averaging 493.1 yards per game. That number is good for 20th in the nation. The school record is 497.5 in 1998.
...Ohio State holds the nation’s longest winning streak at 19 games, tied for the second-longest in school history (2005-06, 2002-03). The longest is 22 games from 1967-69.
...Urban Meyer’s teams are 35-2 overall with more than a week to prepare for an opponent.
...Ohio State did not punt vs. the Hawkeyes, the first time the team did not punt in a game since Aug. 30, 2008 vs. Youngstown State.
...Ohio State is yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this year.
...The Buckeyes have scored 30 or more points in each game this year.
...The Buckeyes are currently on pace for 2,990 yards passing, which would be the fourth-highest output in school history.
...Ohio State is 11th in the nation, and third in the Big Ten, in rushing, averaging 279.6 yards rushing per game. The school record is 355.3 in 1973.
...Ohio State is third in the nation in first downs via the rush with 108. The top two are triple option teams Army (142) and Georgia Tech (152).
...The Buckeyes are #1 in the Big Ten in third down conversions (51.0%), and fourth in third down conversion defense (30.2%).
...Ohio State is fifth in the nation and first in the Big Ten in number of runs of at least 10 yards (64).
...The Buckeyes are seventh in the nation in rush defense, allowing an average of 92.4 yards rushing per game. They are third in the Big Ten. They are one of nine teams allowing fewer than three yards per carry.
...Ohio State has allowed just three rushing touchdowns this season. Alabama, Iowa and Florida State lead the nation with two.
...Ohio State has the #15 total defense in the nation, allowing 333.1 yards of total offense per game. That is good for fourth in the Big Ten.
...The Buckeyes are 79th in the nation in passing yards allowed (240.7), and sixth in the Big Ten. They are 72nd in pass efficiency defense, which is one spot ahead of Purdue.
...Ohio State leads the nation in fewest punt returns allowed with one.
...The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in passing efficiency (163.9) and are eighth in the nation.
...Ohio State is now second in the Big Ten in sacks, tied with Michigan (16).
...The Buckeyes and Spartans lead the Big Ten in turnover margin (+0.71), which is good for 22nd in the nation.
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