November 1, 2022

Buckeyes Back on the Road at Northwestern Saturday


Ohio State is on the road for a second consecutive week as it travels to Evanston, Ill., to take on the Northwestern Wildcats in a game that will kick off at 11 a.m. CT/12 noon ET.


No. 2 Ohio State at Northwesten • Saturday, Nov. 5  • When: Noon ET • Where: Ryan Field • TV: ABC

Radio: 97.1 The Fan


  • Ohio State has scored 20-or-more points in 69 consecutive games to tie Oklahoma for the FBS record. (Source: BTN). Ohio State’s last game without scoring at least 20 points came in the 2017 season: a 31- 16 loss to Oklahoma at Ohio Stadium.
  • Ohio State is 8-0 overall, 5-0 in the Big Ten Conference and has won nine consecutive games. Clemson (14 consecutive wins) and Georgia (10) are the only FBS schools with win streaks longer than Ohio State.
  • Head coach Ryan Day has a record of 28-1 in Big Ten Conference games and has won 42 of his first 46 games as a head coach.
  • C.J. Stroud has an Ohio State record of 20 straight games with at least one touchdown throw.



It was the fewest points vs. a Big Ten team this year, but it was the seventh consecutive game with at least 40 points for Ohio State on Saturday at Penn State, and that’s a new Big Ten record per the BTN.


Stroud was near flawless vs. PSU, completing 78.7 pct. of his passes – 26 of 33 for 354 – with three fourth quarter TD drives along with six first down completions and a decisive TD pass to Cade Stover.


Ohio State’s defense has forced 10 opponent turnovers the past two games (6 INTs and 4 FF/FRs): six vs. Iowa; four vs. Penn State. The Buckeyes are T7th nationally with a turnover margin of 1.12.


LB Tommy Eichenberg ranks No. 4 in the Big Ten Conference with 72 total tackles and 9.0 per game. He’s No. 2 in the Big Ten with 43 solo stops.

JT two-ee-moe-low-WOW!

  • His last name is pronounced TWO-ee-moe-low-ow, but Saturday JT Tuimoloau was two-ee-moe-low-WOW (credit: Austin Ward of Rivals). He was in on four turnovers vs. Penn State that led to 21 Ohio State points: a pass deflection that was intercepted; two interceptions; and a forced fumble. He had one of the great defensive stat games ever: 6 tackles, 3 TFLs incl.2 QB sacks, 2 INTs incl. a pick-6, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a PBU.
  • The sophomore defensive end earned every organization’s defensive player of the week honor:
    • Walter Camp FBS player of the week
    • Big Ten player of the week
    • Maxwell Club’s Chuck Bednarik player of the week
    • Rose Bowl’s defensive player of the week
    • OSU’s player of the game


  • At Penn State, Marvin Harrison led the receiving corps with career highs in receptions (10) and yards (185) with all 10 of his catches resulting in a first down.
  • Harrison’s career-best day vs. Penn State featured three first down receptions on 3rd & 10 plays and a fourth on a 4th & 7 play.
  • His catches helped Ohio State score five times: 3 TDs and 2 FGs.

Buckeyes vs. Wildcats

The Series 

  • Ohio State and Northwestern last met in the regular season in 2019: a Friday evening contest at Ryan Field won by the Buckeyes, 52-3. Ohio State has outscored Northwestern, 191- 53, in the last four games at Ryan Field.
  • The game will be the 80th in the series that began in 1913 with Ohio State holding a 64-14-1 advantage with nine consecutive victories. Ohio State leads the series in games played in Evanston, 29-6-1.
  • Two of the last three games in this series were Big Ten Championship games (2018 and 2020) played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
  • The Buckeyes and Wildcats met in the 2018 and 2020 Big Ten Championship Games, both won by Ohio State (45-24 in 2018 and
    22- 10 in 2020). The 2020 title was Ohio State’s fourth consecutive outright Big Ten championship and set a conference record.

Scouting Northwestern 

  • Quarterback Ryan Hilinski, a transfer from South Carolina, is 141-of-244 for 1,576 yards with six touchdown against six interceptions. He’s one of two quarterbacks who have seen extensive action this season for Northwestern, along with Brendan Sullivan (52-71, 416 yds., four TD).
  • Evan Hull leads the rushing attack with 579 yards on 136 carries and three touchdowns. Hull’s average of 143.3 all-purpose yards per game ranks second in the Big Ten.
  • At wide receiver, the duo of Malik Washington and Hull have combined for 88 receptions, 931 yards and three TDs.
  • Linebacker Bryce Gallagher leads the team with 79 tackles and is second with 5.0 tackles for loss.
  • In his 16th season, Pat Fitzgerald is the second-longest tenured Big Ten coach.