OSU-N.C. State Game Data

Here is a look at the vital stats, depth charts and a full breakdown on OSU's pivotal non-conference game with No. 24 N.C. State Saturday at Ohio Stadium (noon, ABC split-national broadcast).

OSU-N.C. State Game Data

* Date, Time: Sat., Sept. 13, noon

* Location: Ohio Stadium (capacity, 101,568)

* TV: ABC (Split-national coverage with Arkansas at Texas)

* 2002 Records: OSU, 14-0, 8-0 Big Ten (first); N.C. State, 11-3, 5-3 ACC (fourth).

* 2003 Records, Rankings: OSU, 2-0, third in AP poll; N.C. State, 1-1, 24th in AP poll.

* Coaches: OSU, Jim Tressel (third year at OSU, 23-5; 18th year overall, 158-62-2); N.C. State, Chuck Amato (fourth year at N.C. State, 27-13).

* Series History: First meeting.

* N.C. State Schedule: Aug. 30, Western Carolina, W 59-20; Sept. 6, at Wake Forest, L 38-24; Sept. 13, at Ohio State; Sept. 20, Texas Tech; Sept. 27, North Carolina; Oct. 4, at Georgia Tech; Oct. 11, Connecticut; Oct. 18, Clemson; Oct. 25, at Duke; Nov. 1, Virginia; Nov. 15, at Florida State; Nov. 26, Maryland.

* N.C. State Fast Facts: Location, Raleigh, N.C.; Enrollment, 29,286; Nickname, Wolfpack; Colors, Red and White; Stadium, Carter-Finley Stadium (surface, grass; capacity, 51,500).

Depth Charts

Ohio State Offense

QB 16 Craig Krenzel (6-4, 225, Sr.)

15 Scott McMullen (6-3, 215, Sr.)

SE 12 Michael Jenkins (6-5, 215, Sr.)

82 Roy Hall (6-3, 228, R-Fr.)

LT 77 Rob Sims (6-4, 305, So.)

74 Kirk Barton (6-6, 280, Fr.)

LG 63 Adrien Clarke (6-5, 330, Sr.)

64 Adam Olds (6-4, 290, So.)

C 76 Alex Stepanovich (6-4, 300, Sr.) or

55 Nick Mangold (6-4, 280, So.)

RG 79 Bryce Bishop (6-3, 312, Sr.)

66 Mike Kne (6-4, 300, Jr.)

RT 71 Shane Olivea (6-5, 320, Sr.)

68 Tim Schafer (6-5, 250, R-Fr.)

TE 88 Ben Hartsock (6-4, 264, Sr.)

80 Ryan Hamby (6-5, 240, So.)

FL 8 Drew Carter (6-4, 200, Sr.)

4 Santonio Holmes (5-11, 170, R-Fr.)

TB 28 Maurice Hall (5-11, 200, Jr.)

30 Lydell Ross (6-1, 210, Jr.)

FB 43 Brandon Schnittker (6-1, 250, So.)

91 Jason Bond (6-3, 240, Sr.)

K 85 Mike Nugent (5-10, 170, Jr.)

Ohio State Defense

DE 75 Simon Fraser (6-6, 265, Jr.)

98 Joel Penton (6-5, 265, R-Fr.)

DT 56 Darrion Scott (6-3, 280, Sr.)

94 Marcus Green (6-3, 290, So.)

DT 54 Tim Anderson (6-4, 289, Sr.)

90 Quinn Pitcock (6-3, 300, R-Fr.)

DE 93 Will Smith (6-4, 265, Sr.)

57 Mike Kudla (6-3, 275, So.)

WLB 47 A.J. Hawk (6-2, 230, So.)

41 Thomas Matthews (6-2, 210, Jr.)

MLB 46 Fred Pagac Jr. (6-1, 225, Sr.)

5 Mike D'Andrea (6-3, 240, So.)

SLB 44 Robert Reynolds (6-3, 242, Sr.)

42 Bobby Carpenter (6-3, 240, So.)

CB 37 Dustin Fox (6-0, 190, Jr.)

26 Ashton Youboty (6-1, 195, Fr.)

CB 7 Chris Gamble (6-2, 200, Jr.)

2 E.J. Underwood (6-1, 175, So.)

FS 32 Brandon Mitchell (6-3, 190, R-Fr.) or

21 Nate Salley (6-3, 205, So.)

SS 4 Will Allen (6-2, 190, Sr.)

6 Tyler Everett (6-1, 185, So.)

P 21 B.J. Sander (6-3, 212, Sr.)

N.C. State Offense

QB 17 Philip Rivers (6-5, 236, Sr.)

10 Jay Davis (6-1, 206, So.)

SE 5 Sterling Hicks (6-2, 182, Jr.)

6 Richard Washington (6-1, 160, So.)

LT 70 Chris Colmer (6-5, 305, Sr.) or

78 James Newby (6-6, 265, Fr.)

LG 76 Ricky Fowler (6-2, 287, Jr.)

60 Ashley Wingate (6-3, 301, Jr.)

C 53 Jed Paulsen (6-1, 290, Jr.)

61 Brandon Sanders (5-11, 281, Jr.)

RG 64 Leroy Harris (6-3, 285, R-Fr.)

73 Antoine Colvin (6-3, 304, So.)

RT 54 Sean Locklear (6-4, 286, Sr.)

71 Derek Morris (6-6, 358, Fr.)

TE 15 John Ritcher (6-2, 236, So.)

80 T.J. Williams (6-4, 236, So.)

FL 82 Jerricho Cotchery (6-1, 200, Sr.)

21 Tramain Hall (5-11, 180, So.)

TB 44 T.A. McLendon (5-11, 215, So.) or

25 Cotra Johnson (5-11, 220, Sr.)

FB 49 Chance Moyer (6-2, 232, Jr.)

25 Cotra Johnson (5-11, 220, Sr.)

K 21 Adam Kiker (6-0, 182, Sr.)

N.C. State Defense

DE 9 Mario Williams (6-7, 254, Fr.)

98 Maurice Charles (6-3, 260, Fr.)

DT 94 Alan Halloway (6-2, 285, Sr.)

72 DeMarcus "Tank" Tyler (6-3, 308, Fr.)

NT 63 John Cargo (6-2, 286, R-Fr.)

65 Shane Lucas (6-4, 280, Fr.)

DE 42 Chip Cross (6-1, 248, So.)

96 Renaldo Moses (6-6, 210, So.)

WLB 52 Pat Thomas (6-2, 224, Jr.)

45 Ernest Jones (6-3, 202, Fr.)

MLB 22 Oliver Hoyte (6-3, 230, So.)

31 Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay (6-1, 224, Jr.)

SLB 91 Manny Lawson (6-5, 216, So.)

31 Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay (6-1, 224, Jr.)

FS 27 Troy Graham (6-3, 193, Jr.)

8 Victor Stephens (6-0, 172, Sr.)

ROV 36 Andre Maddox (6-1, 191, Jr.)

4 J.J. Jones (6-0, 185, So.)

CB 2 Greg Golden (5-11, 185, Jr.)

14 Dovonte Edwards (6-0, 170, Jr.)

CB 28 Lamont Reid (6-0, 185, Jr.)

3 A.J. Davis (5-10, 176, So.)

P 30 Austin Herbert (6-0, 204, Sr.)

Breaking It Down

* When Ohio State Has The Ball: The Buckeyes will try and show that last week‘s pitiful offensive showing against San Diego State was just an aberration. Of course, for that to happen quarterback Craig Krenzel needs to regain command of the passing game. N.C. State‘s defensive front is young, led by freshman end Mario Williams. That plays into OSU‘s hands with a veteran offensive line. But that line has to play up to its capabilities. It hurts if center Alex Stepanovich can‘t go due to an ankle injury.

In terms of the running game, N.C. State gave up 202 yards rushing in the loss at Wake Forest, although the option is a big part of the Demon Deacons' attack. OSU needs Maurice Hall to have his biggest game yet and the Buckeyes also need a healthy Lydell Ross to provide a strong counter punch.

* When N.C. State Has The Ball: Like we said about Washington‘s Cody Pickett, N.C. State QB Philip Rivers is going to get his 300 yards. But beware if that figure creeps toward the career-high 433 he had last week against Wake. That is unlikely against this OSU defense, which only allowed 300 or more yards through the air three times last year.

TB T.A. McLendon is questionable after suffering a strained knee last week. The Wolfpack missed him against Wake as they netted just 78 yards on the ground. N.C. State is also working without tackle Chris Colmer (nerve problem). Given the way OSU can play against the run, this game will likely fall to Rivers and his stellar receiving corps (Jerricho Cotchery, one-time OSU verbal Richard Washington, Tramain Hall and Brian Clark) to keep the Pack in it.

* How It Will Go: Ohio State is certainly better than it showed this past week. The defense settled down in the second half and did a much better job. Now comes Rivers, who may be the best pure passer OSU will face this year. The OSU defense will be put to the test with an array of passes. They must tackle in space or the Pack will put touchdowns on the board.

The $64 dollar question is "How will the OSU offense play?" They will probably need three touchdowns just to keep up with N.C. State's high powered offense. After an abysmal showing last week, I think that unit will bounce back and answer the call. I'm going with Ohio State to pull out an interesting and thrilling 27-24 victory, maybe on a late Mike Nugent field goal.

-- Steve Helwagen


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