Hammer vs. Nail. Train vs. Car. Fly swatter vs. Mosquito. Ohio State vs. Rutgers.
The Big Ten’s most lopsided annual matchup returns this weekend in New Jersey as the Buckeyes visit Rutgers.
While this year’s game figures to be significantly more competitive than previous editions, there are still some remarkable stats to know about this series.
Rutgers has not allowed a single point in the fourth quarter of games this season.
Rutgers has only two wins in school history against teams ranked as high as Ohio State currently is in the Associated Press poll (No. 11). Both came under Greg Schiano during his first stint as the Knights’ head coach.
Rutgers beat No. 3 Louisville, 28-25 in 2006, in a game you may remember for kicker Jeremy Ito pointing at the SkyCam after kicking the game-winning field goal.
One year later, the 2007 Scarlet Knights knocked off No. 2 USF, 30-27. Those are the only wins in school history against teams ranked better than 15th.
Rutgers is one of just four programs that Ohio State has faced at least seven times without a loss. The Buckeyes are 7-0 against the Scarlet Knights and Case Western. They are 8-0 against Washington State and Cincinnati.
Oregon was the team Ohio State had faced the most times without a loss (9) before the Ducks won at Ohio Stadium this season.
If you’re wondering why Maryland isn’t on that list, it’s because the Buckeyes have only faced them six times. The 2020 game between those teams was canceled due to COVID.
The Buckeyes’ defensive tackles recorded eight sacks against Akron last week. Haskell Garrett had three, Tyleik Williams had two, and Jerron Cage, Ty Hamilton, and Antwuan Jackson all had one each.
OSU defensive tackles only recorded seven sacks in the entire 2020 season.
Rutgers ranks 7th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 13.5 points per game. They allowed a season-high 20 points to Michigan last weekend, after giving up 14 (Temple), 7 (Syracuse), and 13 (Delaware in the first three weeks of the season.
Ohio State freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson is tied for second in the nation with six plays from scrimmage of 30 yards or more this season.
Henderson has 439 yards on 46 carries, good for an average of 9.5 yards per carry.
In each of the previous seven matchups, Ohio State has had at least 42 points on the board before Rutgers cracked double digits.
In 2014, Ohio State held a 49-7 lead midway through the third quarter. The 2015-2018 games ended 49-7, 58-0, 56-0, and 52-3. In 2019, the Buckeyes were up 49-7 until the Scarlet Knights scored with a minute left in the third quarter. Last year, Ohio State held a 42-9 lead after three quarters.
Plenty of people have questioned whether Rutgers is really a good cultural fit in the Big Ten. But you can’t question their dedication to one of the conference’s favorite pastimes.
RU is currently averaging a net of 48.3 yards per punt, best in the nation.
TreVeyon Henderson’s single-game Ohio State freshman rushing record.
“But wait,” you might say, “I thought he had 277 yards in that game!”
Henderson was accidentally credited with a 7-yard run early in the game that was actually Master Teague. So Henderson still owns the record, it’s just a slightly smaller number.
The first-ever meeting between the Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights happened in 2014, and it was the high-water mark for the Rutgers offense in the series. In that game, Desmond Peoples rushed for 84 yards, Gary Nova passed for 192, and Leontae Carroo had 100 yards receiving. All three of those are the most ever recorded by an RU player against the Buckeyes.