No. 12/12 Ohio State (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) 45, at No. NR/25 Northwestern (7-3, 3-3 Big Ten) 10
Ryan Field
Evanston, Ill.
Nov. 8, 2008
Attendance: 47,130

Jim Tressel tied former coach Earle Bruce for third place on Ohio State’s all-time wins list with 81. He also picked up his 50th Big Ten win with the victory Saturday. Bruce won his 50th game in 61 games and Tressel did so in 62.

Ohio State is 16-2 under Jim Tressel after a loss. Tressel has lost back-to-back games only once: a three-game stretch in 2004.

Ohio State has won 14-consecutive Big Ten road games the last lost coming Oct. 8, 2005 at Penn State.

Ohio State is 127-102-12 all-time against ranked opponents. Under head coach Jim Tressel, Ohio State is 33-11 overall against ranked opponents and 12-5 on the road.

Ohio State is 806-306-53 in its 119th season of play. The win total ranks fifth all-time in Division I college football. The only other schools to have 800 or more wins are Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas and Nebraska.

Ohio State is 448-189-28 all-time in Big Ten games.

Jim Tressel’s record with the Buckeyes is 81-18 (.818) and his career record is 216-75-2 (.741). Tressel’s 216 wins are the third-most among active FBS coaches, just ahead of Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer who has 214.

The Buckeyes are 420-128-14 all-time as a Top 25 team.

Ohio State is 282-132-19 all-time in November games and 179-78-11 in November road games.

Saturday was the 74th meeting between Northwestern and Ohio State. Ohio State has won the last four and 28 of the last 29.

Ohio State leads the all-time series 57-14-1 and 26-6-1 in Evanston.

Ohio State has won the last four meetings by a combined score of 205-34.

Beanie Wells has 339 yards rushing and four TD’s in three career games against the Wildcats. Maurice Wells has 170 yards and three TD’s in three games.

Terrelle Pryor made his seventh-consecutive start at quarterback for the Buckeyes. He is now 6-1 as a starter. Pryor passed for 197 yards (9 of 14) and three TDs. He also rushed for 33 yards on 6 carries.

Beanie Wells eclipsed 2,900 yards rushing for his career and moved to sixth place on Ohio State’s all-time rushing list (2,999) … Wells finished with 140 and needs 1 yard to become the sixth Buckeye to reach 3,000 yards.

Brian Robiskie has caught a pass in 34-consecutive regular-season games

Robiskie reached the endzone on two pass plays and now needs three catches to tie for eighth on all-time receptions list. Robiskie has 118 career grabs.

Brian Hartline has caught at least one pass in 28-consecutive games. He caught two passes for 90 yards vs. the Wildcats.

Ohio State’s defense has given up only five offensive touchdowns over the last five games and just 13 total in 10 games.

James Laurinaitis has 16 career games with 10 or more tackles. He has 78 tackles in his last seven games.

Laurinaitis has career 346 tackles, good for seventh place on all-time list.

Laurinaitis has 155 tackles in 15 career games against ranked opponents, an average of 10.3 per game.

The Buckeye defense has held their opponents scoreless in 23 of 40 quarters this season.

Punter A.J. Trapasso rushed for 9 yards on a fake punt to give Ohio State a first down that eventually led to a Terrell Pryor to Brian Robiskie 34-yard TD pass with 7:36 left in the game. The score put the Buckeyes up 38-10.

The crowd of 47,130 was a sellout.