Ohio State was No. 1 in the Big Ten in four categories during conference play: scoring offense (36.9 points per game), rushing offense (248.8 ypg.), third-down defense (30.4 percent) and fourth down conversion rate (83.3 percent).
Ohio State averaged 5.20 yards per carry this season, a figure just shy of third-best in school history behind the 2010 team that gained 5.23 yards per attempt. The record of 5.7 was set in 1974, and the ’73 squad came in second at 5.3.
Perfect seasons in school history: 1916 (7-0), 1944 (9-0), 1954 (10-0), 1968 (10-0) and 2002 (14-0).
Urban Meyer is the sixth Ohio State coach to defeat Michigan in his first season leading the Buckeyes. He joins Sam Willaman (1929), Francis Schmidt (1934), Carroll Widdoes (1944), Earle Bruce (1979) and Jim Tressel (2001).
John Simon missed a game but still led the Big Ten in sacks with eight during conference play. That was three more than Eric Martin of Nebraska, who finished second.
Corey “Philly” Brown (who wear’s No. 10) led the Big Ten in punt return average (13.9 yards per return) and touchdowns (two).
Bradley Roby’s 13 passes defended tied Micah Hyde of Iowa for most in the Big Ten during conference play. Roby’s 19 overall are tied with several players for third in the nation heading into the last week of the regular season.
Braxton Miller logged 14 runs of at least 20 yards this season.
Ryan Shazier logged 15 tackles for loss in Big Ten play, most in the conference and two more than teammate John Simon, who finished second.
Ohio State scored 37 rushing touchdowns, a total tying the 1978 squad for fifth in a single season. The OSU record of 48 was set in 1974.
The 37.2 points per game the Buckeyes averaged ranks fifth in Ohio State history for a single season behind 1969 (42.5), 2010 (38.7), '96 (37.9) and '73 (37.5). This year’s team edged the star-studded ’95 team’s average of 36.5 ppg.
Ohio State scored 60 touchdowns this season, four off the school’s single-season record of 64 set in 1995 and good for fourth on the all-time list. The 2010 Buckeyes scored 61 touchdowns while the ’96 squad had 61.
Ohio State allowed 4,315 yards defensively this season, or 109 more than last. The rush defense (1,393) improved by 447 yards while the pass defense (2,922) worsened by 556.
Ohio State’s 446 points scored in 12 games this season are 128 more than last season’s team managed in 13.
A total of 514 yards in penalties were marked off against the Buckeyes in their eight conference games, more than any other team. Nebraska had 54 penalties accepted, one more than Ohio State and the most in the league.
Ohio State gained 5,085 total yards this season, 949 more than last season.
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