Sunday afternoon means a look at the numbers for the Buckeyes coming off their big win against Michigan State. Sure, it is easy to look at yards, points and the usual suspects.

But what fun is that?

We like to look at numbers that may not have been talked about coming out of the game, be it just from the Michigan State game itself or maybe where the season stands after 11 games.

Ohio State is going to have to change the record books after a day from Chris Olave, why this could be the most prolific season in program history, and we are looking back into the 1960s to bring you a stat.

Don’t miss out, we start our By the Numbers, right now.

500: The Buckeyes put up 500 yards of total offense in the first half of the game against Michigan State and that number was actually up to 501 before CJ Stroud took a knee to end the first half after the Buckeyes had gone a perfect 7-for-7 on offensive drives ending with touchdowns.

You don’t have to think too far back to remember former head coach Urban Meyer talking about wanting to be a 250-250 team (rushing/passing yardage) for a game. Sure, the Buckeyes were not evenly split with the majority of that yardage coming via the pass against an overmatched MSU secondary, but if Urban Meyer was talking about 500 yards for a game and the Buckeyes hit that mark in just one half, it is special.

Ryan Day called off the dogs and Ohio State had less than 200 yards for the remaining half of football but is there any doubt that Ohio State could have broken 900 yards in that game, if needed?

The Buckeyes have had three games this season where the final number did not break the 500-yard mark with Minnesota, Penn State and Nebraska all ending in the 400s. Ohio State’s 655 yards on Saturday was a season-high.

559.9: That is Ohio State’s total yardage average for the season, far and away leading the nation. Ohio State has a 30.8 yard per game advantage over No. 2 Pittsburgh and Ohio State holds a 101.4 yard per game average over the next closest Big Ten team, Nebraska who checks in nationally at No. 17 with 458.4 yards per game.

It got us to thinking about where these numbers rank against the last 10 or so teams in Ohio State history.

2020519.4 YPG
2019529.9 YPG
2018535.6 YPG
2017506.0 YPG
2016459.2 YPG
2015434.1 YPG
2014511.6 YPG
2013511.9 YPG
2012423.8 YPG
2011318.2 YPG
2010448.6 YPG

The Buckeyes have been living in the 500 YPG club for the previous four seasons but if the Buckeyes can put up some consistent numbers down the stretch, this 2021 team will easily find itself atop the history book for offensive output.

That should come as no shock with names like CJ Stroud, Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and TreVeyon Henderson leading the way. But just imagine if Ohio State actually had to push well into the second half in a few of these games. 600 YPG anyone?

35: This is the number of career touchdowns for Chris Olave with the Buckeyes. This was reported on by everyone, but we could not do a piece on numbers without mentioning it as well as Olave breaks the record that was once held by David Boston.

The record-breaking catch was Olave’s 12th touchdown of the season and took place on a 43-yard touchdown strike from Stroud.

95: That was the yardage on the day for Master Teague, who led Ohio State in rushing and carried the load for the entire second half as the Buckeyes had put the game in-hand well in advance. Saturday was only the 7th game that Teague had seen action in as he had been unavailable for large stretches of the season.

Teague only has 66 carries on the season and 21 of them came in Saturday’s game. He also becomes the third player to lead the team in rushing for a game with Miyan Williams holding that honor for three games and TreVeyon Henderson leading in seven games.

Rewind to 2019 and Teague rushed for 789 yards on the season and in 2020 Teague had eight touchdowns. He saw a smaller role as the running back room expanded and a youth movement took place but to Teague’s credit, he never complained, he never mailed it in and was rewarded by a chorus of “Teague” chants from the crowd and they let Ryan Day know they wanted to see the running back rewarded after walking on Senior Day with a touchdown.

Those cheers were rewarded with a score from Teague.

11: Ohio State had 11 pass break-ups in the game against Michigan State, a season high. The Buckeyes now have broken into double figures twice with a 10 PBU game against Tulsa and followed up closely by a nine PBU game against Oregon. The Buckeyes now have 57 credited PBUs on the season.

56: Yes, we know everyone knows that Ohio State scored 56 points against Michigan State, but did you know that it was the most points ever scored by the Buckeyes against the Spartans?

You did?

Well, do you know about the old record?

That was in the 1969 game against Michigan State, a game where the Buckeyes handed it the Spartans, 54-21. Rex Kern led Ohio State with a pair of rushing touchdowns on 16 carries for 62 yards. Kern also would throw for three scores and 187 yards. Jim Otis was kept out of the end zone but had 82 yards on 26 carries. Tom Campana had two receiving touchdowns in the win.

Ohio State’s largest margin of victory was set as well with 49 points, breaking the old mark of 45 set in 2017.

199: The Buckeyes have scored 199 points in the second quarter of games through 11 games this season. Just to compare, the Buckeyes have only allowed 209 points, over the course of the entire season.

There are 10 teams nationally that have not scored more than 199 points including a pair from the Big Ten with Northwestern (185) and Illinois (195). Indiana barely ends up on the right side of the line with 200 points on the year.

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