Crunching The Numbers: OSU-Minnesota

We've got rankings, night game records, a touch of history or two and more in this week's installment of Crunching The Numbers.


Ohio State leads the Big Ten in total defense, pass defense, scoring defense, pass efficiency defense, net punting and pass efficiency.


Only two current members of the Big Ten have failed to win at least a share of a Big Ten title since 1990: Minnesota and Indiana. The Golden Gophers and Hoosiers shared the 1967 conference crown and neither has won a share of it since.


Despite 162 passing attempts, Minnesota has allowed just three sacks in four games. That is one less than Ohio State in 108.


Ohio State has played 10 regular season road night games in its history and posted a 7-3 record. The Buckeyes won their first five, winning at Syracuse in 1992, at West Virginia in 1998, at Arizona in 2000, at Minnesota in 2001 and at Northwestern in 2002. They then lost three in a row: at Wisconsin in 2003, at Northwestern in 2004 and at Penn State in 2005. The Buckeyes halted that losing streak by beating Texas and then Iowa on the road under the lights last season.


Minnesota's roster includes 11 Ohioans: Dominic Alford (Cleveland), William Brody (Garfield Heights), D.J. Burris (Kenton), Mike Chambers (Cuyahoga Falls), Ryan Collado (Cincinnati), Jason Giannini (Canton), Blake Haudan (Toledo), Justin Kucek (Canfield), Mike Maciejowski (Columbus), Justin Valentine (Columbus) and Ernie Wheelwright (Columbus). James Laurinaitis is the only Buckeye from Minnesota.


The Buckeyes have 14 wins and four losses in regular season night games (regardless of site) and have won their last two after dropping four in a row.


Minnesota has 18 Big Ten championships, a total topped only by Ohio State (31) and Michigan (42). Only two of those Golden Gopher titles have come since the end of World War II.


Ohio State's winning percentage against Minnesota in Minneapolis is 82.6 (19-4). The losses occurred in 1922, '31, '66 and '81.


Brian Robiskie leads the Big Ten with 107.3 yards receiving per game.


Minnesota is 119th – also known as last – in the nation in pass defense and turnover margin. The Golden Gophers have 16 giveaways, evenly split with eight fumbles and eight interceptions. Ohio State, by the way, is even in turnover ratio with eight takeaways and eight giveaways.


Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman's pass efficiency rating through four games is 172.06, the best in the Big Ten and No. 10 nationally.


Finally, given the matchup between Boeckman and the porous Gopher secondary, a number fans might want to keep in mind is .909. OSU record for completion percentage (minimum 10 pass attempts) in a single game is .909, set by Bill Mrukowski against UCLA in 1961. He was 10-11.

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