Monday Number Crunching: The Team
by Tony Gerdeman
The Buckeyes continue to light up the Big Ten on offense and defense this season, and that's even with an offense that looks at the second half like kids look at the news – they can't wait for it to end.
Here are a few numbers of note for you this week.
...With the win, Ohio State extends the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 games – tied for the fourth-longest streak in school history. The longest is 22 games from 1967-69.
...The crowd of 105,826 marked the third-highest in Ohio Stadium history.
...After tallying a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter Saturday, the Buckeyes are now outscoring the opposition 116-21 in the first quarter this season.
...Ohio State held Wisconsin to just 104 yards rushing. The Badgers came into the game No. 3 nationally with 349.8 rushing yards per game.
...Ohio State was 1-for-2 in the red zone (with a touchdown) and is now 22-for-24 on the year, with 21 touchdowns and a field goal.
...Ohio State is sixth in the nation in scoring, averaging 48.2 points per game. They are the highest-scoring team from a landlocked state in the nation. The school record is 42.5 points per game (1969). It's the only time the Buckeyes have ever scored more than 40 points per game in a season.
...The Buckeyes are second in the nation in number of touchdowns scored (33). They lead the nation in two-point conversions (2).
...Ohio State has 23 more touchdowns than Purdue (10) this season. Only 4 other B1G teams even have 23 touchdowns.
...The Buckeyes' 6.27 yards per carry is sixth in the nation, and second in the Big Ten (Wisconsin, 7.44 ypc).
...Ohio State's 19 touchdown passes is second in the nation to Oregon State's 21. The OSU school record is 33 in 1995. If the Buckeyes keep up this pace (they won't), they would throw 53 touchdowns in a 14-game schedule.
...The Buckeyes are 10th in the nation in passing efficiency (170.54), and lead the Big Ten in that category.
...At 501.2 yards of total offense per game, the Buckeyes are on pace to shatter their school record of 6,222 yards in 1995. They are still on pace to break the school record of 497.5 yards of total offense set in 1998. The 6.72 yards per play is .10 of a yard better than the record set in 1995.
...Ohio State is on pace to break the school record for touchdowns in a season (64) after just five games played. They currently have 33 with perhaps nine more games to play.
...The Buckeyes are leading the Big Ten in sacks with 11 (2.2 per game).
...Ohio State is eighth in the nation, yet just fourth in the Big Ten, in rush defense (84.6 ypg).
...Ohio State and Michigan are two of just four teams who have yet to give up a run of 20 or more yards. The other two are East Carolina and Utah State.
...Ohio State is allowing just 0.6 punt return yards per game, which leads the conference by a wide margin.
...The Buckeyes have forced seven fumbles in five games, which leads the Big Ten.
Number Crunching - Players
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