September 27, 2022

Buckeyes Close Five-Game Homestand vs. Rutgers

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Ohio State will carry a 4-0 record and a 1-0 mark in the Big Ten Conference into its Homecoming game against 3-1 and 0-1 Rutgers University Saturday. The game will kick off at 3:40 p.m. and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Ohio State University is celebrating its 110th Homecoming Weekend, and it will also be honoring and celebrating 100 years of Ohio Stadium.

The game will cap a five-game home stand for Ohio State at its historic Ohio Stadium.

THE BASICS


Rutgers at No. 3 Ohio State • Saturday, Oct. 1 • When: 3:30 p.m. ET • Where: Ohio Stadium • TV: BTN

Radio: 97.1 The Fan


100 Years of Ohio Stadium Celebration

OHIO STADIUM TURNS 100

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ohio Stadium opened Oct. 7, 1922, with a 5-0 Ohio State win over Ohio Wesley-an. Activities this week include installation of a historical marker, a card stunt from the original location by Block O, and an on-field honor with the family of stadium architect, Howard Dwight Smith, whose design earned him the American Institute of Architects’ top award for “excellence in public works.”

🏟 Celebrating 100 Years of Ohio Stadium

OHIO STADIUM: FOR THE RECORD

  • The game against Rutgers will officially be Ohio State’s 597th game in Ohio Stadium.
  • The Buckeyes have an all-time record there of 466-111-19.
  • Ohio State’s record went above .500 for good on Oct. 31, 1925 with a 17-0 win over Wooster.
  • Of note: this 597th game number and overall stadium record does not include Ohio State’s eight Ohio Stadium wins in 2010 that were vacated by the NCAA.

QUICK HITTERS

  • The Buckeyes have had five-game home stands twice before in Ohio Stadium: in 1999 the team went 4-1 with wins over UCLA, Ohio, Cincinnati, a loss to Wisconsin and a win over Purdue. In 2003 the team went 5-0 with wins over Washington, San Diego State, North Carolina State, Bowling Green and Northwestern.
  • Ohio State won its ninth consecutive game against Wisconsin with a 52-21 win last Saturday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
  • The duo of TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams was dominant out of the backfield. Henderson ran for 121 yards on 21 attempts, while Williams had 11 totes for 101 yards and two first-half touchdowns.
  • Since managing just 21 points in a season-opening win against Notre Dame, Ohio State is averaging 58 points in its last three contests.
  • Ohio State, which has finished nationally 1st, 7th and 4th in total offense the last three years under Ryan Day, is currently second in the nation with an average of 558.8 yards per game. Ohio State is two offensive yards shy of No. 1 Tennessee heading into this week’s games.
  • Ohio State is the only team in the nation averaging at least 300 yards per game passing and at least 200 yards per game rushing.

BY THE NUMBERS

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Linebacker Tommy Eichenberg has won two weekly honors already: he is Big Ten co-De-fensive PoW this week after earning Nagurski National De-fensive PoW honors following the Notre Dame game.

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Ohio State has won 26 consecutive Big Ten Conference games at Ohio Stadium, starting with a 58-0 win over Rutgers in 2016. The team’s last Big Ten loss at home: 17-14 to Michigan State in 2015.

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Ohio State’s defense is in the national Top 25 in four categories: total defense (18th, 283.0 ypg), passing defense (22nd, 171.8 ypg), scoring defense
(21st, 16.0 ppg) and tackles for loss (17th with 30.0).

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Ohio State ranks second in the nation with only 12 plays for lossed yardage allowed (Geor-gia; 9). Outstanding work by the offensive line has limited opponents to just 10 TFLs and only 2 QB sacks.

STROUD STATS

  • Last week, quarterback C.J. Stroud became just the third player in program history to throw at least 60 career touchdown passes.
  • Three TD tosses on Saturday would tie Justin Fields for No. 2 on the all-time list(63). Only J.T. Barrett is ahead of Fields and Stroud with an Ohio State and Big Ten record 104 TD passes.
  • He ranks first nationally in TD passes (16), 2nd in efficiency (207.5), 4th in yards per completion (15.47) and 13th in yards per game (305.5).
  • And that’s not all. He’s also No. 2 in passer efficiency rating (207.5), No. 4 in yards per completion (15.4) and No. 13 in yards per game (305.5).

WR CORPS RANKED NATIONALLY

  • With All-America candidate Jaxon Smith Njigba slowed by injury these first three games, Marvin Harrison and Emeka Egbuka have gotten off to a terrific start.
  • Harrison and Egbuka are both tied for seventh nationally with five touchdown receptions.
  • Egbuka has at least one TD grab in all four games this season.
  • Emerging: Julian Fleming with seven catches, 90 yards and 3 TDs in 2 games.
  • Ohio State receivers have caught passes totaling 100 or more yards 206 times in school history, including six times by three WRs this year: Harrison (184 vs. Arkansas State and 102 vs. Toledo;); Egbuka (118 vs. Arkansas State, 116 vs. Toledo and 118 vs. Wisconsin); and Jayden Ballard (113 vs. Toledo).
  • This 100-yard stat has been reached 49 times in Day’s six seasons in Columbus.

SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS

  • This is the ninth consecutive year that Ohio State and Rutgers have played. All the games in this series have occurred since Rutgers joined the Big Ten Conference for its initial season in 2014.
  • After scoring just 27 points in its first five games vs. Ohio State, Rutgers has battled the Buckeyes and put up 61 points the last three meetings.
  • Rutgers got off to a 3-0 start thanks to wins over Boston College (22-21), Wagner (66-0) and Temple (16-14) before suffering a 27-10 loss to Iowa last Saturday night.
  • The Scarlet Knights bring a stout run defense into Saturday’s game. They currently rank second nationally allowing an average of just 56.5 yards per game on the ground.
  • On offense, quarterback Evan Simon has completed nearly 62 percent of his passes for 566 yards and three touchdowns.
  • His favorite target is WR Aron Cruickshank, who has 18 receptions for 156 yards (39.0 yards per catch) and two TDs.
  • Head coach Greg Schiano is in his second stint as Rutgers’ head coach. From 2001-11, he built the Scarlet Knights into a perennial bowl team. They made six postseason appearances in a seven-year span from 2005-11.
  • While serving at Ohio State’s defensive coordinator (2016-18), Schiano coached 10 players who were NFL Draft picks, five of whom were first-round selections during his three seasons.
  • The Buckeyes were one of just three programs to rank in the top 10 in total defense in both 2016 and 2017.

 

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF OHIO STADIUM

The 2022-23 academic/athletic season will feature a celebration of 100 years of Ohio Stadium. Ground was broken in 1921, more than $1 million was pledged toward construction by proud and dedicated Ohio State fans, and Ohio State christened its new home with a 5-0 win over Ohio Wesleyan on Oct. 7, 1922. The iconic venue on the banks of the Olentangy River is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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