OCTOBER 19, 2021
Ohio State, off last weekend, travels to Bloomington, Ind., for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Indiana Hoosiers that ABC will televise to a national audience.
This is the 95th game in the all-time series and Ohio State holds a 76-12-5 advantage. Ohio State has won 25 consecutive in the series, but … Indiana is making things a little too interesting –as in uncomfortably interesting – for Ohio State of late.
Consider: 52-49 in 2012; 42-27 in 2014; 34- 27 in 2015; 49-26 in 2018; and 42-35 last year.
Indiana’s last wins over Ohio State: back-to-back in 1987 (31-10) and 1988 (41-7). The ’87 win snapped a 23-game Ohio State win streak over the Hoosiers. The two teams tied, 27-all, in 1990.
No. 5 Ohio State at Indiana • Saturday, Oct. 23 • When: 7:30 p.m. • Where: Memorial Stadium • TV: ABC
• Radio: 97.1 The Fan
- The Buckeyes are averaging 54.5 points in the last four games and are giving up just 14.2.
- The Buckeyes have outscored – 152-40 –and outgained – 587.0 ypg-303.0 – the last three opponents by considerable margins.
- Over the last three games – in wins over Akron, Rutgers and Maryland – Ohio State has given up just five touchdowns.
- The Buckeyes have not allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 2 against Oregon and are allowing just 79.0 yards per game on the ground over the last four games.
- Ohio State possesses one of the top offenses in college football. The Buckeyes rank nationally No. 1 in total offense (562.7), No. 2 in scoring (48.5), No. 8 in passing (352.2) and No. 22 in rushing (211.0).
- The Buckeyes defense, after allowing an average of 471.3 yards and 28.7 points through the first three games of the season, has lowered those averages considerable in the last three weeks to current cumulative averages of 387.3 yards and 20.5 points.
NOTES TO KNOW
WE’RE GOING STREAKING
- Ohio State has won 21 consecutive Big Ten Conference games. This is the longest streak in the Big Ten since Ohio State’s national-record 30-game conference winning streak from 2013-15.
- Coach Ryan Day’s teams are 28-3 overall and 18-0 in Big Ten Conference play.
- Ohio State’s record for “pick-6’s” in a season: 7 in 2016. The Buckeyes currently have four (in four consecutive games).
- Ohio State’s record for consecutive games with 500-or-more yards of total offense: six in 2017 and 2020. It currently has five such games in a Row.
- Redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud is second nationally in passer rating at 191.1 and he is eighth in TD passes (18).
- Stroud also leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game (339.8), quarterback rating and TD passes.
- He is the first quarterback in school history to have back-to-back five-touchdown games without throwing an interception.
- In its first three games, Ohio State scored a total of just 10 first-quarter points. Its only touchdown was a 71-yard run from Miyan Williams vs. Minnesota.
- Over the last three games, the Buckeyes have outscored Akron, Rutgers and Maryland 52-16 in the first quarter and have seven total touchdowns.
- The Buckeyes have scored touchdowns on its opening possession in each of the last two games. They have yet to allow a TD to an opponent on their first drive (three punts, one turnover on downs and two field goals).
- TreVeyon Henderson has scored at least one touchdown in all six games this season.
- His 11 TDs so far (nine rushing, two receiving) leads the Big Ten.
- The Ohio State record for touchdowns by a freshman is 18 by Maurice Clarett in 2002.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Buckeyes have won 14 consecutive regular season games with two weeks to prepare, including three wins on the road. The last loss: Oct 8, 2005 at No. 16 Penn State, 17-10
Ohio State has 10 consecutive Big Ten road wins by double digits, a conference record, according to Big Ten Network research. The last road win not by 10-plus points: at Maryland in 2018 (52-51)
Ohio State’s record in games where Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson each catch a TD pass is 7-0. The duo has combined to catch 46 career touchdowns (Olave 29; Wilson 17). Olave ranks 3rd at OSU; Wilson 13th
The Buckeyes are riding a nation’s-best 11-game winning streak in true road games dating back to that darn Oct. 20, 2018 game at Purdue, the only loss in an otherwise terrific, 13-1, campaign.
- Last year, both teams were ranked in the AP Top 10. Ohio State led at one point 35-7 and held on for a 42-35 win. Indiana rallied behind Michael Penix (491 passing yards and 5 TDs).
- Fifth-year Ohio State OC Kevin Wilson was IU’s head coach for six years, from 2011-16. He led his final two Hoosier teams to bowl games.
MORE ON THE HOOSIERS
- Indiana fell to 2-4 last Saturday after a 20- 15 loss to No. 10 Michigan State in Bloomington.
- All four of Indiana’s losses have come to team’s that are currently ranked in the Associated Press top 10: Iowa, Penn State, Cincinnati and Michigan State.
- Jack Tuttle started at quarterback against the Spartans for an injured Michael Pennix Jr. and completed 28 of 25 passes for 188 yards and two interceptions.
- Ty Fryfogle, the 2020 Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year, caught a game-high seven passes. He is Indiana’s leading receiver this season with totals of 33 catches for 337 yards and one touchdown.
- On defense, Indiana ranks 37th nationally in total yards given up (334.8 per game) and is 18th in third down conversion defense, allowing opponents to convert just 31.7 percent of the time.
- Linebacker and All-Big Ten performer Micah McFaddan leads the team in tackles (36), tackles for loss (9.0) and sacks (3.5). He also has two pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
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