Crunching The Numbers: Ohio State at Purdue

You know there is no shortage of numbers ready to be thrown around when a prolific offense gets set to play host to a tenacious defense. Check out some of the important facts and figures involved with Ohio State's big trip to West Lafayette.


Prior to this Saturday, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 20 Purdue have combined to play a total of zero ranked teams this season.


This will be a clash of strengths, to say the least. Purdue leads the Big Ten in scoring offense, passing offense, total offense, first downs and red zone offense. Ohio State is No. 1 in the conference defending all those categories.


Purdue has started 5-0 two times since 1945. The other occasion was 2004.


Since 1997, four Big Ten teams have a conference winning percentage better than 60: Michigan (81.7), Ohio State (74.4), Wisconsin (63.4) and Purdue (60.5).


Seven points separate the Buckeyes and Boilermakers over their last three meetings in West Lafayette, with Purdue enjoying a 61-54 composite score advantage. The Boilermakers have won two of the three meetings, 31-27 in 2000 and 24-17 in 2004. Ohio State rallied for a 10-6 win in 2002.


There are nine Boilermakers from Ohio: Cornerback Royce Adams (Cleveland Glenville), offensive lineman Dan Barry (Mentor Lake Catholic), quarterback Chris Bennett (Bellbrook), linebacker John Humphrey (Youngstown Liberty), safety Logan Link (West Liberty-Salem), wide receiver Greg Orton (Huber Heights Wayne), offensive lineman Zach Reckman (Cincinnati Indian Hill) wide receiver Derrick Sherman (Cincinnati Withrow) and offensive lineman Zach Smith (Cincinnati Moeller). Adams, Reckman and Orton are starters. Two Buckeyes hail from Indiana: reserve defensive tackle Dexter Larimore (Merrillville) and starting cornerback Donald Washington (Indianapolis Franklin Central).


Ohio State has won 16 Big Ten games in a row, one shy of the school record set from 1954-56 and equaled twice, first from 1967-69 and then from '74-'76.


Devon Lyons, who wears No. 18, is the only current Buckeye with any previous stats against Purdue, offensive, defensive or special teams. He caught one pass for 15 yards in the 2004 contest at Ross-Ade Stadium.


Through five games, Ohio State has allowed 36 points, the lowest total the Buckeyes have given up in a season-opening span of that length since 1975. Three teams in the last 50 years have posted better starts: The 1973 and '64 squads allowed 20 points in their first five games while the 1961 team allowed 31.


Purdue leads the Big Ten in total offense, but the average national ranking of the four Division I-A defenses the Boilermakers have faced is 98.5. Likewise, the Boilers are tops in the Big Ten in scoring but their opponents average ranking in points allowed is 106.3. On the flipside, Ohio State leads the Big Ten in total defense after having faced four Division I-A opponents with an average total offense ranking of 74. In terms of scoring, Buckeye opponents' average ranking is 81.8.


The last time Purdue started a season 6-0 was 1943.


Purdue receiver Dorien Bryant broke Mike Alstott's career school record for all-purpose yards earlier this season and his 5,066 yards rank 14th on the Big Ten's all-time list. Bryant's 193.6 all-purpose yards-per game this season lead the Big Ten.

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