OHIO STATE: Five Days and Counting

Hoosier Nation begins its day-by-day preview of Saturday night's match-up with Ohio State. Today, we look at five numbers to note about the contest with the Buckeyes...

121:05 - how long Ohio State has gone without surrendering a point. USC's Stafon Johnson scored with 1:05 left in the Trojans' come-from-behind 18-15 win over the Buckeyes three weeks ago, and Ohio State has since posted back-to-back shutouts against Toledo and Illinois. That's a span of 25 drives during those two contests, 13 of which have been three-and-outs. By contrast, Indiana has scored either a field goal or touchdown on 13 of its 28 drives during the last two games. This is the first time Ohio State has recorded back-to-back shutouts since 1996, and they've helped Ohio State climb to No. 7 nationally in scoring defense with 11.25 points/game.

11 - straight quarters that Indiana has failed to score an offensive touchdown against Ohio State dating back to 2004. Former IU quarterback Matt LoVecchio scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter of a 30-7 loss to Ohio State in 2004 in Columbus. In 2005 and 2006 Indiana was whipped 41-10 and 41-3, respectively. The 2005 touchdown came courtesy a 57-yard interception return by former IU linebacker John Pannozzo. It's been rough going for Indiana in its last two meetings with Ohio State, which has limited the Hoosiers to a combined 302 yards of total offense and 49 rushing yards in the 2005 and '06 games. Oddly enough, there are actually six players on IU's current roster who started the last time these two teams met in 2006 – Jammie Kirlew, Austin Thomas, Rodger Saffold, Pete Saxon, Demetrius McCray and Nick Polk (at safety).

5 – sacks allowed by Indiana and Ohio State this season - combined. The Hoosiers have yielded a NCAA-low two sacks this year, with one coming against Eastern Kentucky and the other this past weekend against Michigan. The Buckeyes had given up one sack in its of its games before keeping Terrelle Pryor off his back Saturday against Illinois. While both teams' offensive lines deserve plenty of credit for the low number of sacks, the quarterbacks do, too. Pryor's elusiveness and strength make him a difficult target for opposing defensive linemen to bring down, while Indiana's Ben Chappell has been adept at throwing the ball away in the face of pressure.

62.5 – percent of Ohio State's offensive plays that have been runs, making the Buckeyes the second-most run-oriented offense in the Big Ten behind Michigan (63.4 percent). The Buckeyes were particularly rush-minded in Saturday's 30-0 win over Illinois, running the ball 46 times compared to only 13 pass attempts. The rest of the Big Ten opts to the run at a lower clip - Wisconsin (61.7%), Illinois (58.1%), Northwestern (53.9%), Iowa (52.9%), Indiana (51.6%), Penn State (49.6%), Purdue (48.3%), Minnesota (47.6%) and Michigan State (44.3%).

7 – touchdowns in 18 trips inside the opponents' red zone for the Indiana offense. The good news for Coach Bill Lynch's team is that placekicker Nick Freeland has capped nine of those 11 stalled drives with field goals, which in turn has Indiana's red zone success rate (16-of-18, 88.9 percent) ranked fifth in the Big Ten. But it's clear that IU needs to settle for three points less frequently than it has in the season's first four weeks. Indiana's touchdown conversion rate of 38.9 percent (7-of-18) is easily the worst in the Big Ten. Every other conference team has scored touchdowns on at least 50 percent of their trips inside the red zone, with Penn State (52.9 percent) being the second least successful at scoring touchdowns once it gets inside the 20.

Coming Up
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Tuesday – Four Names to Know
On Wednesday – Three Big Concerns
On Thursday – Two Key Match-Ups
On Friday – One Bold Prediction

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