Crunching the Numbers: Buckeyes at Penn State

Ohio State and Penn State both lead the Big Ten in their share of categories, as we see in our weekly look at the big numbers involved in the Buckeyes' next game.

In numbers from Big Ten play, Ohio State leads the conference in scoring offense (30.0 points per game), scoring defense (12.0 ppg) and total defense (282.6 yards per game). The Buckeyes are tied with Michigan State in sacks with 18.

Penn State leads the conference in total offense (423.4 yards per game), pass efficiency rating, defensive pass efficiency rating, third-down conversion percentage (49.3), sacks allowed (5) and red zone offense (100 percent).

Ohio State's defense forced 12 three-and-outs last week against New Mexico State. The Buckeyes average 5.7 three-and-outs per game.

Ohio State is fifth all time in major college football victories with 815.

Penn State is sixth all time in major college football victories with 808.

The Buckeyes are plus-8 in turnover margin this year, while Penn State is plus-5. The last time a team won this matchup while losing the turnover battle was 2002, when Ohio State forced three takeaways but gave the ball away four times.

Ohio State's average national recruiting ranking the past five years (2005-09) is 8.2. Penn State's average is 21.0.

Ohio State is No. 15 in the most recent Associated Press writers poll, while Penn State is No. 11. Neither team has beaten a ranked opponent this season.

Penn State has allowed three runs of 20 yards or more this season, with a long of 28 for Brandon Wegher of Iowa. Ohio State has allowed four runs of 20 yards or more, with a long of 29 by USC's Stafon Johnson.

Ohio State has forced 24 turnovers this season, including 15 interceptions.

Ohio State and Penn State will play for the 25th time. The series is even at 12 wins apiece, but Ohio State is 10-6 in Big Ten games. Penn State leads 5-4 in games in Happy Valley.

Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark's passer rating in Big Ten games is 138.0, best in the conference. Terrelle Pryor's is 130.2, better than every other quarterback during Big Ten play.

The game Saturday will be the 300th ever played at Beaver Stadium.

Since Joe Paterno became head coach at Penn State in 1966, there have been 838 coaching changes at Division I-A colleges, including three at Ohio State.

The only time a Jim Tressel Ohio State team has lost in a Big Ten game when winning the turnover battle was a 29-27 setback at Penn State in 2001.

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