Pregame Notes: Wisconsin v. Ohio State

The Badgers host the defending national champions at 8 p.m. Saturday

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What: Wisconsin (2-0 Big Ten, 5-1 overall) v. Ohio State (1-0, 5-0)

When: Saturday, Oct. 11, 8:00 p.m. CDT

Site: Camp Randall Stadium (76,634) in Madison, Wis.

Broadcasts: ESPN live TV coverage; 43-city Wisconsin Radio Network, live radio coverage.

 

Wisconsin results to date

Home team in italics (links to UWBadgers.com game stories)

 

Aug. 30—Wisconsin 24, West Virginia 17

Sept. 6—Wisconsin 48, Akron 31

Sept. 13—UNLV 23, Wisconsin 5

Sept. 20—Wisconsin 38, North Carolina 27

Sept. 27—Wisconsin 38, Illinois 20

Oct. 4—Wisconsin 30, Penn State 23

 

Wisconsin cumulative statistics

 

Ohio State results to date

Home team in italics (links to OhioStateBuckeyes.com game stories)

 

Aug. 30—Ohio State 28, Washington 9

Sept. 6—Ohio State 16, San Diego State 13

Sept. 13—Ohio State 44, North Carolina State 38

Sept. 20—Ohio State 24, Bowling Green 17

Sept. 27—Ohio State 20, Northwestern 0

 

Ohio State cumulative statistics

 

Buckeyes versus Wisconsin: The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 50-15-5, but the teams have split the last four contests, with the road team winning all four.

 

Last season: Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel found tight end Ben Hartsock for a fourth quarter touchdown that proved to be the game-winner in a 19-14 Buckeyes victory. Wisconsin tailback Anthony Davis ran for 144 yards on 25 carries, including a 41-yard touchdown run, and receiver Jonathon Orr added 107 yards receiving on four catches. Orr's 42-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter gave Wisconsin a 14-13 lead. In a game of big plays, Ohio State's comeback-capping touchdown was sparked by a 46-yard connection between Krenzel and receiver Michael Jenkins that set up the Buckeyes at the Badgers 39-yard line.

 

USA Today game story

 

UW Badgers game story

 

Badger Nation 2002 coverage

 

Postgame Notes

 

Barry Alvarez Verbatim

 

Badger Nation Stars of the Game

 

2003 pregame notes

 

  • Ohio State has won 19 consecutive games and 10 consecutive Big Ten games.

 

  • Saturday's game will be the Buckeyes first on the road this season.

 

  • Ohio State's 20-0 win over Northwestern in its Big Ten opener was the team's first shutout win since beating Illinois 41-0 in 1998.

 

  • Wisconsin is the only team in the nation with three players who have rushed for four touchdowns. Only the Badgers and Minnesota have three players who have gained 300 yards rushing this season.

Simon Fraser (left) and Darrion Scott
(Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

 

  • In six games this season, Wisconsin's offense is averaging 222.5 yards rushing per game and has scored 14 rushing touchdowns. In five games, Ohio State's defense has allowed a total of 217 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. The Badgers three top tailbacks average 5.5 yards per carry combined. The Buckeyes are yielding 1.5 yards per carry.

 

  • All told, Wisconsin has scored 23 touchdowns this season. The Buckeyes have yielded nine.

 

  • Ohio State's offense though, ranks last in the Big Ten in total yards per game (298.4) and yards per rushing attempt (3.3).

 

  • Wisconsin has held its last four opponents to 78.3 yards per game rushing.

 

  • Ohio State's series edge has been far slimmer in recent seasons. Since 1981 the Buckeyes hold an 11-8-1 edge in games against Wisconsin. Ohio State, though, has not lost in Madison since a 20-16 game in 1992.

 


Jim Leonhard
(Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
  • Wisconsin's Jim Leonhard is third in the Big Ten in punt return average (14.6 yards per attempt) and tied for first with three interceptions.

 

  • The last time Wisconsin started its Big Ten season with two road wins was 1950.

 

  • Five of Wisconsin's next six opponents are ranked in both polls.

 

  • Wisconsin's last win over a top-10 opponent was a 38-31 decision over No. 6 UCLA in the 1999 Rose Bowl.

 

  • During the 19 game winning streak, Ohio State has won 10 games decided by a touchdown or less, including three in overtime.

 

  • Wisconsin defensive tackle Anttaj Hawthorne is second in the Big Ten with 8.5 tackles for loss. Only Iowa's Matt Roth (9.0) has more. Badger defensive end Jonathan Welsh is tied for fifth with seven tackles for loss this season.

 

  • Wisconsin's Lee Evans leads the Big Ten with 86.2 receiving yards per game.

 

  • Badger corner Scott Starks is tied for second in the conference with 10 passes defended.

 

  • Ohio State has tallied the second most sacks in the conference (18) while Wisconsin has yielded the second most (15).

 

  • Ohio State defensive backs coach Melvin Tucker played college football at Wisconsin from 1990-94. 

 

  • The game will be only the sixth night game in Camp Randall history.

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