OSU-Bowling Green Game Data

Take a look at the important facts and figures, the depth charts and a breakdown on Saturday's non-conference finale between Ohio State and Bowling Green (noon, ESPN-Plus Local syndication).

OSU-Bowling Green Game Data

* Date, Time: Sat., Sept. 20, 12:10 p.m.

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

* TV: ESPN-Plus local syndication (network includes: New York, YES Network; Cleveland, WUAB; Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla., WRBW; Cincinnati, WKRC; Columbus, WBNS; Dayton, WHIO; Toledo, WTVG; Youngstown, WYTV; Wheeling-Steubenville, WTOV).

* 2002 Records: OSU, 14-0, 8-0 Big Ten (first); Bowling Green, 9-3, 6-2 MAC West (third).

* 2003 Records, Rankings: OSU, 3-0, fifth in AP poll; Bowling Green, 3-0, unranked.

* Coaches: OSU, Jim Tressel (third year at OSU, 24-5; 18th year overall, 159-62-2; vs. BGSU, 1-1); Bowling Green, Gregg Brandon (first year at BGSU, 3-0).

* Series History: OSU leads 2-0.

* Bowling Green Schedule: Aug. 28, Eastern Kentucky, W 63-13; Sept. 6, at Purdue, W 27-26; Sept. 13, Liberty, W 62-3; Sept. 20, at Ohio State; Oct. 4, Central Michigan; Oct. 11, at Western Michigan; Oct. 18, at Eastern Michigan; Oct. 25, Northern Illinois; Nov. 4, at Miami (Ohio); Nov. 15, Kent State; Nov. 22, at Ball State; Nov. 28, Toledo.

* Bowling Green Key Players: QB Josh Harris (48 of 76 passing, 750 yards, 6 TDs, 2 INTs), RB P.J. Pope (41 carries, 261 yards, 4 TDs), CB Keon Newson (26 tackles), DE Rick Mauer (three sacks).

* Bowling Green Fast Facts: Location, Bowling Green, Ohio; Enrollment, 20,276; Nickname, Falcons; Colors, Orange and Brown; Stadium, Doyt Perry Stadium (surface, grass; capacity, 30,599).

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

50 Doug Datish (6-5, 290, R-Fr.)

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.)

Bowling Green Offense

QB 5 Josh Harris (6-3, 238, Sr.)

4 Omar Jacobs (6-4, 222, R-Fr.)

TE 47 Craig Jarrett (6-2, 251, Sr.)

42 Todd DiBacco (6-1, 280, Jr.)

LT 54 Jimmy Williams (6-5, 286, Sr.) or

55 Jonathan Culp (6-6, 285, So.)

LG 58 Rob Warren (6-6, 290, So.)

62 Andrew Hart (6-5, 302, Jr.)

C 79 Scott Mruczkowski (6-4, 315, Jr.)

60 Jesus Yanez (6-3, 307, Sr.)

RG 67 Andy Grubb (6-4, 284, Jr.)

76 Vardan Mkhitarian (6-3, 292, Sr.)

RT 63 Robert Haley (6-4, 300, Sr.)

75 Andy Wenstrup (6-5, 279, Jr.)

Z 8 Cornelius McGrady (6-3, 206, Jr.) or

12 Steve Sanders (6-3, 200, So.)

X 1 Charles Sharon (6-1, 173, So.)

22 Derrick Lett (6-0, 172, So.)

TB 33 P.J. Pope (5-9, 217, So.)

32 B.J. Lane (5-10, 187, So.)

H 21 Cole Magner (6-2, 183, Jr.)

84 Justin Martin (5-10, 175, Fr.)

E 10 James Hawkins (6-1, 220, Jr.)

18 Kenneth Bradley II (5-11, 196, R-Fr. K 38 Shaun Suisham (6-0, 200, Jr.)

Bowling Green Defense

DE 90 Mitchell Crossley (6-3, 250, So.)

59 Rick Mauer (6-3, 247, Sr.)

DT 94 Matt Leininger (6-3, 281, So.)

91 Monty Cooley (6-2, 268, So.)

NG 77 Mike Thaler (6-1, 280, So.)

92 Brad Williams (6-3, 250, R-Fr.)

DE 57 Devon Parks (6-3, 233, Fr.)

69 Brian Gardner (6-4, 240, Jr.)

MLB 3 Jovon Burkes (6-1, 234, Jr.)

49 Ted Piepkow (6-0, 220, So.)

WLB 11 Mitch Hewitt (6-1, 213, Sr.)

56 Jamien Johnson (6-1, 220, So.)

SLB 53 Daniel Sayles (5-11, 213, Jr.)

40 Jeff Runnells (6-3, 210, Sr.)

FS 19 Jason Morton (6-0, 200, Sr.)

9 T.J. Carswell (6-1, 205, Jr.)

SS 30 Michael Malone (5-10, 195, Sr.)

25 Tim Arnold (5-9, 198, So.)

CB 2 Janssen Patton (6-0, 180, Sr.)

27 Jelani Jordan (5-10, 175, So.)

CB 17 Keon Newson (6-0, 184, Jr.)

20 Terrill Mayberry (5-11, 172, So.)

P 46 Nate Fry (5-10, 205, So.)

Breaking It Down

* When Ohio State Has The Ball: Job one for Ohio State this week will be winning the game the surest way. Job two will be to re-establish the running game. Improved health by center Alex Stepanovich and tailback Lydell Ross would be helpful, although Stepanovich‘s ankle could benefit from another week off.

The Buckeyes proved they can be efficient passing the ball with their play in the three overtimes against N.C. State. But BGSU starts three seniors and one junior in the secondary. They boast a combined 73 career starts, so finding open men -- at least early in the game -- could be a challenge. Thusly, everything reverts back to the running game. How did Purdue fare against BG on the ground? The Boilers picked up 95 yards on 28 rushing attempts.

* When Bowling Green Has The Ball: Quarterback Josh Harris is a touchdown machine. Last year, he ran for 20 scores, threw for 19 and even caught two TD passes. OSU's best course of attack will be assigning the front seven to contain him all day long. The 6-3, 238-pound Harris threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns against Purdue. Bowling ball TB P.J. Pope is also an impact player.

A week after dealing with N.C. State's pocket-bound Philip Rivers, Harris will present a new problem -- containment on the edges. I look for A.J. Hawk to introduce himself to Harris early and often in that regard.

* How It Will Go: Ohio State has pretty much dominated its MAC opponents since it began scheduling one a year in 1997. Only Miami (2000) and Akron (2001) have played within two touchdowns of the Buckeyes. This BGSU team may be the best one OSU has faced, however. And the game comes at a weird time -- right after the dramatic win over N.C. State and just before the Big Ten opener with Northwestern.

Ohio State can do one of two things -- take this threat likely (see San Diego State) or take care of business (see Washington). While they continue to sort out the running game, it may take three quarters before OSU succeeds in separating itself from the Falcons. But it will happen. I predict OSU will pull away late for a 38-17 win over BGSU.

-- Steve Helwagen


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