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Penn State PreGame News and Notes

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by LordJeffBuck, Oct 17, 2015.

By LordJeffBuck on Oct 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  1. LordJeffBuck

    LordJeffBuck Illuminatus Emeritus Staff Member

    1. Ezekiel Elliott has 2,975 career rushing yards, good for 10th best at Ohio State. Zeke needs 25 yards to pass Carlos Snow (2,999 yards) for 9th place; 102 yards to pass Pepe Pearson (3,076 yards) for 8th place; 224 yards to pass Carlos Hyde (3,198 yards) for 7th place; 226 yards to pass Keith Byars (3,200 yards) for 6th place; and 241 yards to pass Braxton Miller (3,215 yards) for 5th place (assuming that Miller gains no yards rushing against Penn State).

    Buckeye PlayerRanking-Yards Rushing-Yards to Surpass
    Braxton Miller5th3,215241
    Keith Byars6th3,200226
    Carlos Hyde7th3,198224
    Pepe Pearson8th3,076102
    Carlos Snow9th2,99925
    Ezekiel Elliott10th2,9750

    2. Michael Thomas has 1,230 yards receiving, good for 25th best at Ohio State. Thomas needs 39 yards to pass Reggie Germany (1,268 yards) for 24th place; 48 yards to pass Buster Tillman (1,277 yards) for 23rd place; 57 yards to pass Anthony Gonzalez (1,286 yards) for 22nd place; 60 yards to pass Brian Stablein (1,289 yards) for 21st place; 190 yards to pass Bobby Olive (1,419 yards) for 20th place; and 200 yards to pass Brian Hartline (1,429 yards) for 19th place.

    Buckeye PlayerRankingYards ReceivingYards to Surpass
    Brian Hartline19th1,429200
    Bobby Olive20th1,419190
    Brian Stablein21st1,28960
    Anthony Gonzalez22nd1,28657
    Buster Tillman23rd1,27748
    Reggie Germany24th1,26839
    Michael Thomas25th1,2300

    3. Michael Thomas has 84 career receptions, good for 23rd best at Ohio State. Thomas needs 4 receptions to pass Anthony Gonzalez (87 receptions) for 22nd place; 5 receptions to pass Buster Tillman (88 receptions) for 21st place; 7 to pass Brian Hartline (90 receptions) for 20th place; 8 receptions to pass Bobby Olive (91 receptions) for 19th place; and 13 receptions to pass Brian Stablein (96 receptions) for 18th place.

    Buckeye PlayerRankingTotal ReceptionsRecs to Surpass
    Brian Stablein18th9613
    Bobby Olive19th918
    Brian Hartline20th907
    Buster Tillman21st885
    Anthony Gonzalez22nd874
    Michael Thomas23rd840

    4. Cardale Jones has 2,021 career passing yards, good for 21st best at Ohio State. Cardale needs 109 yard to pass John Borton (2,129 yards) for 20th place; 232 yards to pass Tom Tupa (2,252 yards) for 19th place; 328 yards to pass Cornelius Greene (2,348 yards) for 18th place; 417 yards to pass Kirk Herbstreit (2,437 yards) for 17th place; and 424 yards to pass Rex Kern (2,444 yards) for 16th place.

    Buckeye PlayerRanking-Yards Passing-Yards to Surpass
    Rex Kern16th2,444424
    Kirk Herbstreit17th2,437417
    Cornelius Greene18th2,348328
    Tom Tupa19th2,252232
    John Borton20th2,129109
    Cardale Jones21st2,0210

    5. Joey Bosa has 39.5 career TFL's, good for 11th best at Ohio State. Bosa needs 1.5 TFLs to tie A.J. Hawk (41.0 TFLs) for 10th place; 3.5 TFLs to tie John Simon and Jerome Foster (43.0 TFLs) for 8th place; 4.0 TFLs to tie Matt Wilhelm (43.5 TFLs) for 7th place; and 5.0 TFLs to tie Ryan Shazier (44.5 TFLs) for 6th place.

    Buckeye PlayerRankingCareer TFLsTFLs to Tie
    Ryan Shazier6th44.55.0
    Matt Wilhelm7th43.54.0
    John Simon8th43.03.5
    Jerome Foster8th43.03.5
    A.J. Hawk10th41.01.5
    Joey Bosa11th39.50

    6. Joey Bosa has 22.5 career sacks, tied for 5th best at Ohio State with Vernon Gholston. Bosa needs 0.5 sacks to tie his uncle, Eric Kumerow (23.0 sacks) for 4th place; 2.5 sacks to tie Matt Finkes (25.0 sacks) for 3rd place; and 5.0 sacks to tie Jason Simmons (27.5 sacks) for 2nd place. Mike Vrabel holds the Ohio State record with 36.0 career sacks.

    Buckeye PlayerRankingCareer SacksSacks to Tie
    Mike Vrabel1st36.013.5
    Jason Simmons2nd27.55.0
    Matt Finkes3rd25.02.5
    Eric Kumerow4th23.00.5
    Vernon Gholston5th22.50
    Joey Bosa5th22.50

    7. Both Ohio State and Penn State have among the best defenses in the country:

    CategoryOhio StatePenn State
    Total Defense19th (300.2 ypg)10th (275.7 ypg)
    Rushing Defense56th (152.7 ypg)26th (117.0 ypg)
    Passing Defense9th (145.7 ypg)13th (158.7 ypg)
    Scoring Defense21st (17.3 ppg)11th (14.3 ppg)

    However, while Ohio State's offense is also elite, Penn State's is borderline pathetic:

    CategoryOhio StatePenn State
    Total Offense27th (460.0 ypg)105th (344.3 ypg)
    Rushing Offense17th (230.0 ypg)86th (157.3 ypg)
    Passing Offense64th (230.0 ypg)100th (187.0 ypg)
    Scoring Offense28th (36.8 ppg)93rd (25.2 ppg)

    Some key match-ups to watch: Penn State's defense gives up just 117.0 yards per game on the ground, while Ohio State's offense nearly doubles that output with 230.0 yards per game. Buckeye running back Ezekiel Elliott by himself averages 139.2 yards per game rushing.

    Somewhat surprisingly, Ohio State has the nation's #9 pass defense, surrendering only 145.7 yards per game. Penn State's pass offense generates only 187.0 yards per game through the air, and Nittany Lion quarterback Christian Hackenberg is one of the worst in the nation (95th) with a passer efficiency rating of 120.3.

    Penn State has allowed 19 sacks so far this season, or 3.17 per game (112th in FBS). However, after surrendering 10 sacks in their season opener against Temple, Penn State has given up just 9 sacks in the last 5 games, or 1.8 per game (would rank 61st in FBS).

    Ohio State is 11th in the nation in forcing sacks, with 19 on the season, or 3.17 per game. Although defensive end Joey Bosa is the main threat, his counterpart on the other end of the line, Tyquan Lewis, leads the Buckeye defense with 5.5 sacks on the year.

    Ohio State is the epitome of a balanced offense. The Buckeyes average exactly 230.0 yards per game on the ground, and 230.0 yards per game through the air.


Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by LordJeffBuck, Oct 17, 2015.

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