No. 2 Ohio State vs. Indiana
Saturday, October 8th, 2016, 3:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (104,955), Columbus, OH
Bob Wischusen (Play-By-Play)
Brock Huard (Analyst)
Allison Williams (Sideline)
Radio: WBNS FM (97.1 The Fan) The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the action with former Buckeye Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews on the sidelines. The game can also be heard nationally on Sirius-XM channels 113 (Sirius) and 196 (XM) and SiriusXM internet channel 958.
FIRST AND 10
CHAMPIONS vs. RUTGERS
For allowing just 116 yards against Rutgers, the entire defensive side of the ball is this week’s “player of the game” on defense. J.T. Barrett, with four touchdowns passes, and 144-yard rusher Mike Weber share the team’s offensive player of the week accolade, and CB Damon Arnette, a starter on all the special units, is this week’s special team’s player of the game.
Defense – Jalyn Holmes, Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis, Chris Worley, Gareon Conley, Marshon Lattimore, Denzel Ward and Malik Hooker
Offense – J.T. Barrett, Mike Weber, Curtis Samuel, Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, Marcus Baugh, Pat Elflein, Billy Price, Jamarco Jones, Isaiah Prince and Michael Jordan
Scout team players of the week – Joshua Alabi and Antonio Williams
J.T. SETS SCHOOL TD RECORD
J.T. Barrett set an Ohio State career record for touchdown passes when he hit Marcus Baugh with a 16-yard touchdown pass with 2:27 to go in the second quarter against Rutgers. The score was the 58th touchdown pass for Barrett and moved him past Bobby Hoying in Ohio State annals. Barrett set the record in his 27th game at Ohio State and in his 21st start. Barrett was 21 of 29 for 238 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in less than three quarters vs. the Scarlet Knights.
NEARING TDs RESPONSIBLE FOR RECORD
J.T. Barrett now has 84 touchdowns responsible for and needs just five more passing or rushing touchdowns to own that school record as well. Braxton Miller holds the mark with 88. Barrett set the Ohio State and Big Ten Conference record for touchdowns responsible for in a season with 45 in 2014, a total that broke Drew Brees’ Big Ten record. Barrett’s 84 TDs are tied for the most among active FBS players since the start of the 2014 season. He is tied with Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes.
MOST TDs RESPONSIBLE FOR (RUSH & PASS)
(active players since 2014)
|J.T. Barrett, Ohio State||84|
|Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech||84|
|Deshaun Watson, Clemson||80|
|Zach Terrell, Western Michigan||75|
|Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska||71|
Barrett accounted for an Ohio State school-record seven touchdowns Sept. 3 in the win over Bowling Green with six touchdowns passing and another running. The total broke the mark of six that he shared with Kenny Guiton (2013 at Cal) and Tony Curcillo (1951 vs. Iowa). The six touchdown passes tied the school mark that he holds with Guiton. Barrett threw for a personal-best 349 yards and rushed for 30 yards for 379 total offensive yards versus the Falcons and extended his own school-record for 300-yard total offense games to 12. He directed the Buckeyes to a school-record 776 yards of offense with 417 passing yards and 359 rushing.
WEBER BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Mike Weber is this week’s Big Ten Conference freshman of the week. Weber recorded his Big Ten-leading third 100-yard rushing afternoon of the season Saturday against Rutgers with a career-high 144 yards off just 14 carries for a fine, 10.3 yardsper-carry average. His day included gains of 49- and 46-yards with the latter a third-quarter touchdown to make the score 37-0.
WEBER RUSHES TO NO. 1 IN BIG TEN
Behind his own 144-yard effort and an assist from his defensive teammates, Mike Weber now leads the Big Ten, and ranks 11th nationally, in rushing with an average of 123.8 yards per game. Rutgers’ Robert Martin was leading the league in rushing before the games Saturday, but Ohio State’s defense held Martin to just 40 yards off 13 carries.
THIRD 400-YARD RUSH GAME
Ohio State’s 410 yards rushing vs. Rutgers represented the third 400-yard game for one of Urban Meyer’s Buckeye teams and it also marked the 17th time one of Meyer’s OSU teams topped 300 yards rushing. The effort moved Ohio State to No. 3 in the nation in rushing at 332.0 yards per game.
MOST YARDS RUSHING UNDER URBAN MEYER
|408||vs. Penn State||2013|
|388||vs. Florida A&M||2013|
|360||at Virginia Tech||2015|
|359||vs. Bowling Green||2016|
FIRST FOUR GAMES: MOST POINTS EVER
Ohio State’s offense is rolling. Behind the nation’s third-most productive rushing attack at 332 yards per game, the Buckeyes rank fourth nationally in total offense with 576.3 yards per game. Ohio State’s 57.0 points per game is also third nationally and the 228 points scored through the first four games is the most – ever – for an Ohio State team.
NUMBERS OFF THE CHART DURING LAST SIX GAMES
Ohio State has been nearly unstoppable offensively the past six games dating to last season. With offensive coordinator Ed Warinner in the booth with co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck, Ohio State leads the FBS in scoring at 52.3 ppg and is third with 6.3 touchdowns from scrimmage per game. Ohio State is averaging nearly 100 more yards (+93.9) and 16 points (15.9) compared to the first 10 weeks of the 2015 season.
A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK’S WIN OVER RUTGERS