August 26, 2018

Sunday Lookahead: Ohio State vs. Oregon State

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THE BASICS

Oregon State at No. 5 Ohio State • Saturday, Sept. 1 • When: Noon • Ohio Stadium; Columbus, Ohio • TV: ABC • Play by Play: Dave Pasch • Analyst: Greg McElroy • Sidelines: Tom Luginbill

SERIES HISTORY

• Saturday marks the first matchup in 34 years between Ohio State and Oregon State.

• In the 1984 season opener, the Buckeyes overcame a 14-3 halftime deficit and outscored the Beavers 19-0 in the second half to earn a 22-14 victory. Keith Byars and Orlando Wooldridge ran for TDs in the third quarter and Byers added another touchdown run in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring. Byers finished with 182 yards on 34 carries.

• In 1974, RB Archie Griffin ran 16 times for 134 yards and scored one TD as Ohio State opened up a 23-3 halftime lead and defeated Oregon State 51-10 in its home-opener at Ohio Stadium.

 

 

KNOW THY OPPONENT

• Oregon State is the largest university in the state of Oregon, with a total enrollment exceeding 31,000.

• In September 2008, much of the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis was designated the Oregon State University Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places. It is the only college or university campus in Oregon to have a historic district designation.

• Oregon State has a total of four NCAA championships. In addition to the three baseball titles (2006, 2007 and 2018), the Beavers won the 1961 NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championship.

 

FIVE NOTES TO KNOW

• Ohio State has won its last 18 season openers dating back to 2000 and 37 of the last 39 overall.

• Since 2012, the Buckeyes have averaged 49.6 points per game in their six season-openers, scoring 34 points or more on each occasion.

• The last time Ohio State opened its season against a Pac-12 opponent was 2003 (a 28-9 win over Washington).

• Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins are the first set of Ohio State running backs to enter a season with each already owning a 1,000-yard rushing campaign (Braxton Miller and Ezekiel Elliott did in 2015, but Braxton was a QB).

• The 2018 season will mark the 97th season of Ohio State home games in Ohio Stadium. Ohio State has a .785 winning percentage in Ohio Stadium with a record of 436-112-20 and 568 games played. No school with at least 500 games played in its home facility has a better winning percentage at home than Ohio State does at Ohio Stadium.