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Ohio State Buckeyes-Wisconsin Badgers for 2019 Big Ten Championship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OHIO STATE PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO

Jashon Cornell OSU DE Gives OSU Wisconsin title game Preview 12 2019

Ryan Day OSU coach On the Big Ten Championship Game 12 2019

BUCKEYES Record: 12-0, 9-0 Big Ten East Head Coach: Ryan Day Record at Ohio State: 15-0 Career Record: 15-0 BADGERS Record: 10-2, 7-2 Big Ten East Head Coach: Paul Chryst Record at UW: 52-14 (5th year) Career Record: 71-33 (8th year)

2 OHIO STATE (12-0, 9-0) VS. 10 WISCONSIN (10-2, 7-2) 8 P.M. | INDIANAPOLIS, IND. | LUCAS OIL STADIUM (67,000) TV: FOX | RADIO: OHIO STATE SPORTS NETWORK

BUCKEYES AFTER 38TH BIG TEN TITLE  Ohio State makes its fi fth Big Ten championship game appearance and will seek its 38th Big Ten title on Saturday night against Wisconsin.  The Buckeyes’ 37 Big Ten titles is second most of any conference school and fourth most nationally.  Ohio State’s fi ve Big Ten championship game appearances is second only to six by Wisconsin.

Ohio State’s Championship Game Results 2013 – No. 10 MSU 34, No. 2 Ohio State 24 2014 – No. 5 OSU 59, No. 13 Wisconsin 0 2017 – No. 8 OSU 27, No. 4 Wisconsin 21 2018 – No. 6 OSU 45, No. 21 N’Western 24

FOUR NATIONAL AWARD FINALISTS  Ohio State will be as well represented as any program at the College Football Awards Show in Atlanta next week as four Buckeyes – a program record – are fi nalists for major awards.  Chase Young is up for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards. He’s also a fi nalist for the Nagerski Award, which will announce its winner next Monday, Dec. 9.  Jeff Okudah is a Thorpe Award fi nalist, J.K. Dobbins is a Doak Walker Award fi nalist and Justin Fields is a Davey O’Brien Award fi nalist.  The last teams to send four players to the College Football Awards show was Florida State and Texas A&M, both in 2013.

HAFLEY A BROYLES AWARD FINALIST  Co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jeff Hafley is a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.  Hafl ey has been one of the arcitects behind a Ohio State defense that ranks in the top five nationally in scoring defense, passing defense, rushing defense and total defense.  The Buckeyes have allowed only 3.73 yards per play this year, best in the country.  The last Ohio State assistant to win the Broyals Award was off ensive coordinator/ quarterbacks coach Tom Herman in 2014.

THREE HEISMAN THROPHY CONTENDERS  Ohio State has three players who are vying to become finalists for the Heisman Trophy: RB J.K. Dobbins, QB Justin Fields and DE Chase Young. A little about each: #2 J.K. Dobbins  Despite four games with zero second half carries, still ranks 4th nationally in rushing yards and per game average.  Has played his best against the best, averaging over 175 yards against four Top 15 defenses.  Rushed for 172 yards vs. Michigan State’s No. 4 ranked rush defense, 163 yards vs. Wisconsin’s No. 1 ranked rush defense, 157 vs. Penn State’s No. 4 defense and 211 with four TDS vs. Michigan’s No. 13 rush defense.  Fourth nationally with 21 TDs and eighth with a 6.63 yards per carry average.  Team captain is just 343 yards away from becoming the fi rst Buckeye with a 2,000- yard rushing season.

#1 Justin Fields  Only merely owns the preposterous stat line of 37 touchdown passes vs. 1 interception.  One of only three 12-0 quarterbacks nationally.  Fourth nationally with a 192.1 passing effi ciency.  Third nationally with 47 total TDs but with 98 and 91 fewer carries/passes (388) than Joe Burrow (47 TDs/486 plays) and Jalen Hurts (50 TDs/481 plays).  Challenging 2018 Heisman Trophy fi nalist Dwayne Haskins’ Big Ten record of 54 total TDs.

#2 Chase Young  Ranks No. 1 in the nation in TFLs (2.0 per game/19.5).  Ranks No. 1 in the nation in quarterback sacks (16.5 and 1.65 per game).  117 sack yards lost is No. 1 nationally; 122 total TFL yards lost is No. 2 and six forced fumbles is No. 2.  Second Buckeye (Mike Vrabel was fi rst) with consecutive 10-or-more QB sack seasons.  Team captain also has contributed 38 total tackles, 1 PBU, 4 QB hurries and a blocked kick.

THE CHASE IS ON  Chase Young has broken Ohio State’s single-season sack record, held previously by Vernon Gholston (14.0 in 2007), and has 16.5 on the season.  Young is second all-time at Ohio State with 30.5 sacks and 5.5 behind Mike Vrabel, who had 36.0.

SPEAKING OF SACKS…  The Buckeyes rank second in the nation in average sacks per game (4.08) and total sacks (49.0).  Ohio State’s 49 sacks this year have come from 15 diff erent players.  The Ohio State single-season team record for sacks is 52.0, set in 2000.

COOPER TO RETURN IN 2020  True senior DE Jonathon Cooper, a team captain and one of the best leaders on the team, will return for a fifth year in 2020.

SCOUTING WISCONSIN  The Badgers won their fourth West Division title in the last fi ve years with a 38-17 victory last week at Minnesota.  Jonathon Taylor ranks second nationally in rushing yards (1,761) and fourth in rushing touchdowns (20).  Quarterback Jack Coan has 17 touchdowns this season against just four interceptions with 2,309 yards and a 72.3 completion percentage (tops in the Big Ten).  Quintez Cephus is Coan’s top target with 45 receptions for 720 yards and a teamhigh six touchdowns.  Wisconsin possesses the nation’s No. 6-ranked total defense, allowing an average of 277.0 yards per game.  The Badgers’ run defense, which is No. 7 nationally, is keyed by the play of Zack Baun, who has 18.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 quarterback sacks.  Linebacker Chris Orr also has 11.5 sacks, second most to Chase Young’s 16.5 in the Big Ten.

SERIES HISTORY VS. WISCONSIN  Ohio State leads the all-time series 60-18- 5 with wins in each of the last six contests and 10 of the last 11.

 

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