Crunching the Numbers: PSU at Ohio State

We compare the Ohio State defense's ability to score as opposed to that of the Penn State defense in Columbus, look at the teams' rankings in several statistical categories, count night games at Ohio Stadium and much more in this week's Crunching the Numbers from


Penn State leads the Big Ten in rushing offense (234.6 yards per game), scoring offense (45.4 points), pass efficiency defense (93.4), total defense (263.3 yards), kickoff returns (29.5) and pass defense (159.4 yards).

Individually, Nittany Lion Derrick Williams leads the Big Ten in kickoff returning (32.2 yards per return) and Aaron Maybin leads the Big Ten in sacks (10) and tackles for loss (14.5).

Ohio State leads the Big Ten in rushing defense (97.1) and punt returns (13.1). Ray Small leads the Big Ten in punt returning (14.0 yards per return).


Both starting quarterbacks enter the game having thrown two interceptions this season, although Penn State's Daryll Clark has thrown twice as many (180) passes as Terrelle Pryor, who did not start the first three games of the season. More synergy: Each quarterback posted his highest passing yardage total against Wisconsin. Clark threw for 244 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Badgers while Pryor threw for 144 yards and an interception. He also ran for the game-winning touchdown.


Ohio State is fourth in the nation in turnover margin (plus-12). Penn State is 21st (plus-7).


Since joining the Big Ten, Penn State's offense has scored five touchdowns in seven games at Ohio Stadium. The Ohio State defense has six touchdowns in those contests, including three in the last two games, when the Penn State offense has not reached the end zone.


Penn State head coach Joe Paterno has seven wins and 12 losses all time against Ohio State.


Saturday night will mark the eighth night game in Ohio Stadium history. Ohio State won its first six prime-time games in the Horseshoe before falling to eventual national champion Texas 25-22 in 2005. Penn State is 16-7 on the road at night, including a win over Wisconsin earlier this season.


Undefeated Penn State has won every game this season by at least 14 points.


Seventeen players will be on the opposite sideline from his home-state's land grant university. Nine Buckeyes are from Pennsylvania: redshirt freshman offensive lineman Evan Blankenship (Monaca Center Area), senior offensive linemen D.R. Ebner (Hershey), Kyle Mitchum (Erie McDowell) and Jon Skinner (Mt. Carmel Area), senior tight end Rory Nicol (Beaver Area), freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor (Jeannette), junior wide receiver Ryan Schuck (Selinsgrove Area) and freshman linebacker Andrew Sweat (Washington Trinity).

Eight Nittany Lions are from Ohio: freshman running back Brandon Beachum (Youngstown Cardinal Mooney), freshman defensive linemen Mikel Berry (Upper Arlington), senor offensive tackle Gerald Cadogan (Portsmouth), junior quarterback Daryll Clark (Youngstown Ursuline), redshirt freshman linebacker Andrew Dailey (Massillon Washington), senior safety Tony Davis (Warren Howland), freshman offensive lineman Andrew Radakovich (Steubenville) and freshman linebacker Michael Zordich (Youngstown Cardinal Mooney).


Ohio State's average margin of victory in Ohio Stadium over Penn State since the Nittany Lions joined the league is 21 points.


Ohio State and Penn State have met 23 previous times on the gridiron. Thanks to a two-game winning streak, Ohio State owns a 12-11 advantage in the all-time series. The teams have met 15 times as members of the Big Ten, with Ohio State holding a 10-5 advantage.


Ohio State has won 26 Big Ten games in the past three seasons, more than any other school. Penn State is second in wins in that span with 20.


The combined winning percentage of Penn State's Division I-A opponents is 36.7 (18-31). Ohio State's opponents, including the 5-1 USC team that beat the Buckeyes in September, have a winning percentage of 58.3 (28-20).


The win over Michigan State last Saturday was Jim Tressel's 80th as head coach of the Buckeyes, making him the first coach in Big Ten history to win 80 games in his first eight seasons as a coach in the league. Three coaches reached 80 wins during their ninth season in the league: Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr of Michigan and Joe Paterno at Penn State.

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