By the Numbers: Ohio State vs. Penn State

On October 30, 2012 by Grant Edgell


Source | Dan Harker,

It’s sports and there are numbers everywhere. We take a look at seventeen of them after Ohio State knocked off Penn State in not-as-Happy Valley last Saturday night.

1,457Braxton Miller now has 1,093 yards rushing through nine of twelve games as a sophomore, a pace that would have him at 1,457 after Ohio State finishes their season against Michigan on November 24th – 29 more yards than Archie Griffin ran for (1,428) as a sophomore in 1973.

+450 – Current odds of Braxton Miller winning the 2012 Heisman Trophy (9/2; +450). Kansas State’s Colin Klein is the current favorite at 2/3 odds with USC’s Matt Barkley and WVU’s Geno Smith behind him (and ahead of Miller) at 7/2 odds.

262.8 – The average number of rushing yards per game the Buckeyes offense has recorded since Big Ten play began five weeks ago in East Lansing.

107.0 – The average number of rushing yards the Ohio State defense has given up per game against their five Big Ten opponents (Michigan State, Nebraska, Indiana, Purdue, Penn State).

100 – With 134 yards rushing on Saturday night, Braxton Miller has now broken the century mark rushing nine different times in his twenty games as Ohio State’s starting quarterback. Terrelle Pryor did it seven times in 36 starts for the Buckeyes. Troy Smith only did it twice in his storied career in Scarlet and Gray.

72 – Braxton Miller’s 72-yard touchdown connection with TE Jake Stoneburner tied the mark for the longest touchdown pass of his young career. He’s also had a 72-yard rushing touchdown, but his longest came last year on an 81-yard touchdown run against Indiana.

48 – The number linebacker Ryan Shazier wore on Saturday night versus Penn State to honor a friend who had passed away before this season. Shazier finished with seven total tackles, two sacks and an interception he returned for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter.

21 – The amount of points Ohio State put on the board in the 3rd quarter against Penn State, marking the 5th time in nine games they’ve put up three touchdowns or more in a single quarter this season. The Buckeyes never managed to do it once in 52 quarters in 2011.

20 – On Saturday night Ohio State gave up 23 points to the Nittany Lions, the fifth time in nine games they’ve given up 20 or more on defense and the eleventh time since the start of the 2011 season. Before 2011, the Silver Bullets had only given up 20 or more points in eleven games since 2006, a stretch of sixty-five games.

15 – The number of yards Braxton Miller ran, juked, side-stepped, wiggled and dove to earn one yard, six points and a collective “Oh my God” from the Ohio State coaching staff.

14.4 – The average margin of victory for Ohio State’s nine wins in 2012.

9 – With a 35-23 win over Penn State, the Buckeyes have started 9-0 for the first time since 2007, a season which saw the Bucks start 10-0 and earn a #1 ranking before losing at home 28-21 to the unranked Illinois Fighting Illini – the same team that visits Columbus this Saturday.

8 – Saturday’s win marked the 8th time in the last eleven meetings in the series that Ohio State came out on top of Penn State, including all games that have since been vacated. The series now stands at 15 wins for Ohio State against 13 for the Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes have since vacated one win (2010) while PSU has vacated five (’99, ’01, ’05, ’08, ’11) so the record books actually reflect a 14 to 8 edge in the series for the Bucks.

4 – The most consecutive wins Urban Meyer had posted to begin his coaching tenure at the three schools he led before arriving in Columbus. He started 4-0 to begin his Florida career in 2005 before losing to Alabama, 3-0 with Bowling Green in 2001 before falling to Marshall and 1-0 his first season in Utah in 2003 before losing the second game of his Utes tenure 28-26 to Texas A&M. He’s now 9-0 to begin his Ohio State career with an opportunity to add to that on Saturday versus unranked Illinois.

2 – Games Ohio State is up in the race for the Leaders Division championship, the only trophy they’re eligible to win this season. At 5-0, they’re only one game up on Penn State (4-1) but now hold the tie-breaker, essentially forcing the Nittany Lions to win the division by a full game over the Buckeyes to be declared champs (effectively a two-game lead for OSU). Wisconsin is next at 3-2.

0.831 – With nine wins and zero losses in Scarlet and Gray added to his previous record, Urban Meyer has now one 83.1% of the college games he’s coached (113-23) since taking over at Bowling Green in 2001.

0.000 – Penn State’s winning percentage versus teams from the state of Ohio in 2012 after falling 24-14 at home to the Ohio University Bobcats in Week 1 and to Ohio State 35-23 last weekend.



Shazier needs to keep playing #48.

Grant Edgell
Grant Edgell

He's had some pretty good weeks in his regular 10 too, but he was named co-defensive player of the week in the Big Ten this week for his performance in the 48.