Crunching the Numbers: Ohio State at Indiana

This week we take a look at which statistical categories the Buckeyes and Hoosiers lead the Big Ten, a standout Indiana receiver, the Hoosiers from Ohio and the Buckeye from Indiana and much more.


Indiana leads the Big Ten in kickoff returns (28.3-yard average) and sacks allowed (0.5). Hoosier defensive back Ray Fisher leads the conference in kickoff return average (35.8 yards). Indiana kicker Nick Freeland and Ohio State kicker Aaron Pettrey are tied for the league lead in field goals with nine apiece. Indiana defensive end Greg Middleton is tied for the Big Ten lead in sacks with three.


Indiana receiver Tandon Doss, who wears No. 2, is second in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game (93.0).


Ohio State has won its last three conference road openers after losing three in a row before that.


The Buckeye defense has allowed seven scoring drives in four games, including a one-play, 85-yard drive against Navy and a four-play, 2-yard drive against USC. The Ohio State offense has 21 scoring drives.


The Buckeyes have forced nine turnovers (six interceptions, three fumbles) in four games.


Ohio State has played 10 night conference games on the road under Jim Tressel, posting a 7-3 record in those games.


Ohio State has won 15 consecutive Big Ten road games, two shy of the record 17 set by Michigan. The Buckeyes last lost a conference road game was at Penn State in 2005.


There are 16 Hoosiers from Ohio: Chris Banks (Alliance), Larry Black Jr. (Cincinnati), Ted Bolser (Cincinnati), Javon Cornley (Columbus), Mitchell Evans (West Milton), Ray Fisher (Cleveland), Kyle Kozak (Columbus), Brad Martin (Marion), Pat McShane (Stow), Adam Replogle (Centerville), Tyler Replogle (Centerville), Rodger Saffold (Beford), Pete Saxon (Plain City), Damon Sims (Cincinnati), Jarrod Smith (Fairborn) and Eric Thomas (Cleveland).


There is one Buckeye from Indiana: defensive tackle Dexter Larimore of Merrillville, a junior who wears No. 72.


Indiana gained 467 total yards and scored 33 points against Michigan last week, the most of either total the Hoosiers have ever gained against the Wolverines in one game.


The win last Saturday over Illinois was the 500th of the combined college head coaching careers of Jim Tressel, his brother Dick and their father Lee.


Until the last two weeks, the last time Ohio State posted back-to-back shutouts was 1996 when the Buckeyes blanked Minnesota 45-0 then stopped Illinois 48-0.

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