Crunching The Numbers: OSU vs. Ohio

This week's edition we look at a potential milestone for Todd Boeckman and his team, the opponent's record against ranked teams, some shared alma maters, the series history and more.

Punts by Ohio State so far this season.

A pair of former Ohio State football players will go into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend: lineman Jeff Uhlenhake and quarterback Bobby Hoying.

Three players listed as starters on the Bobcat depth chart will be returning to their home region Saturday. Cornerback Idris Lawrence is from Columbus while receiver Taylor Price and defensive end Kris Luchsinger are from the Columbus suburbs of Hilliard and Dublin, respectively.

Ohio State and Ohio have met five previous times in football, although just once in the past century. The Buckeyes beat the Bobcats 40-16 in 1999, 100 years after the first meeting between the two schools. Ohio State won 41-0 in 1899, 20-0 in 1900, 17-0 in 1901 and 17-0 in 1902.

Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman needs nine passing yards to pass Stanley Jackson and move into the top 10 in school history in that category for a career. Boeckman enters the day with 2,652 yards passing. He'll have a ways to go to catch No. 9 Craig Krenzel, however, who amassed 4,493 yards in his career.

Eleven different Buckeyes caught passes in the season-opening win over Youngstown State last weekend.

Ohio is 0-13 all-time in games against ranked opponents.

Fifteen different high schools will have at least one alumnus on each sideline Saturday. That includes 13 Ohio high schools and two in Pennsylvania.

In a stat that can be important for a team looking to pull an upset, Ohio has 19 non-offensive touchdowns since the start of the 2004 season. That includes Donte Harden's 100-yard kickoff return last week against Wyoming and four non-offensive scores last season.

With a victory, Ohio State will become the fifth Division I-A football program to amass as many as 800 wins, following Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas and Nebraska. Penn State enters the weekend eight behind at 791.

The one and only time Ohio State has lost to a team that is currently a member of the Mid-American Conference came in 1894, a 12-6 loss to Akron Sept. 15, 1894, at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

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