Made to be Broken

By Joe Beale on August 8, 2013 at 11:30a

In the world of sports, records exist for one reason only: to be broken. Archie Griffin's single-game school rushing record lasted for only 11 years before it was broken by Keith Byars, and his record lasted another 11 before it was broken by Eddie George. So far George's record has stood, but it's only a matter of time before it is broken as well.

Battling the elements and crushing the record books.Eddie George rushed for 314 yards against Illinois.

In a similar fashion, school records currently held by the likes of Art Schlichter, Bobby Hoying, Cris Carter, Pete Johnson, and others will fall in due time. With the accelerated maturity of the offense under Tom Herman's tutelage last season and with more explosive weapons available and more experience among the receivers this season, it is possible that some of them might fall very soon indeed.

Not only that, but the quick tempo of Ohio State's offense means more plays and more possessions for opposing teams, which could lead to a few defensive records being broken at the same time. We've already seen the effect in action, as John Simon tied a school record last season by recording four quarterback sacks in one game against Wisconsin. The likes of Chris Spielman and Mike Sensibaugh might be on alert this season to see some of their records broken.

So which records are most vulnerable? It's obvious that no one is going to break Archie Griffin's record of 31 straight games over 100 yards, and most career records are in no danger at the moment. Here are a few suggestions of what we could see this season from what could be an extraordinary group of Buckeyes.


It seems safe to say that Archie Griffin's career rushing yardage mark of 5589 yards will not be threatened, although Braxton Miller is currently on pace to pass Eddie George's second-place total of 3768 yards. Likewise, George's season mark of 1927 yards will probably not be reachable in the current offense due to the way Herman likes to spread the carries around. 

Don't go to sleep on the single-game mark though. OSU returns four of five starting offensive lineman, and the stable of running backs is loaded with talent. It is conceivable that one player in particular could be having such a great day that Herman will keep going to him repeatedly because the defense isn't stopping him. The most likely candidate at the moment would be Miller, but considering the praise that Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall are currently receiving, they might also be in the mix.

It is tempting to think that there are too many weapons and thus the carries will be distributed too widely for any one player to dominate like George did. But spread offenses have a way of leaving large gaps that speedy players can exploit for big gains. Consider that Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas had 155 yards on only two carries against Wisconsin in the 2012 Rose Bowl, both of which were long touchdown runs. This could happen quickly against a bad defense this season, and the coaches would then do everything they can to get the ball to a player who had that kind of early impact.


After a somewhat shaky start last season, the Buckeye offense got rolling and scored an astounding 14 touchdowns in a two-game span at mid-season. Carlos Hyde had 6 of those scores (five rushing, one receiving). When the offense gets in goal-to-go range, Herman likes to go quickly and the first play is almost always a handoff, and it's usually a score. As a result, Hyde totaled 16 rushing touchdowns last season despite missing some time with an injury. 

Hyde will again miss time this season, and so it will be difficult for him to duplicate the 26 touchdowns that Pete Johnson accumulated in 1975. However, the five touchdown record currently shared by Johnson and Keith Byars is clearly within reach. He was only one short of that against Nebraska, and that kind of performance could be duplicated this season, not only by Hyde but also Rod Smith or any of the other talented runners who might be subbing for Hyde during his suspension.


Finding the end zone often will silence the critics.Carlos Hyde: setting the scoreboard in motion.

Officially, the total offense record for a season fell last year when Braxton Miller racked up 3310 yards to pass Bob Hoying's 3290 yards from 1995. Unofficially, Terrelle Pryor had 3526 yards of total offense in the vacated games of the 2010 season. Miller is almost expected to break the official record again, and he stands a good chance of making a run at the unofficial record as well.

One thing that would help him along in that quest would be to top the single-game record of 412 yards set by Art Schlichter in a 1981 loss to Florida State. Considering the expected improvements in his passing, it would not be surprising to see Miller break not only this record but also Schlichter's career total offense record of 8850 yards. After only two seasons, Miller is already tenth on the all-time list with 5184 yards. 


As I mentioned, the numerous possessions created by a quick tempo offense will also create opportunities for defensive players to rack up big tackle and interception numbers. Curiously, the all-time tackle records have not been seriously threatened in many years. None of the top 11 single-game tackle totals have been matched since 1986, nor has any of the top 12 season totals. I'm assuming this is due to the more liberal substitution policies of the modern age combined with the trend toward spread offenses that spend more time on the edges than in the middle.

Still, against a team like Wisconsin it might be possible to duplicate Tom Cousineau's record of 16 solo tackles or the single-game total tackle record of 29 shared by Cousineau and Chris Spielman. But I don't think there are enough between-the-tackles running teams on the schedule for anyone to threaten Cousineau's 211-tackle season record. Mike Vrabel's season record of 26 tackles-for-loss might be reachable, along with Vern Gholston's season record of 14 sacks.

Interceptions is an intriguing possibility. With all the scoring expected from OSU, opposing teams will be trailing a lot and will take to the air as a result. Could it be possible that someone will reach double-digits in interceptions? Mike Sensibaugh and Craig Cassady currently share the season record of 9 while Sensibaugh holds the career record of 22. The latter record seems unassailable but the former one could be within reach this season.


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Hovenaut's picture

Good look at the potential the program now has.

I think Brax passes Schlicter in career passing yards and total offense, would also like to see him go for the single season passing touchdown record (30, set by Troy in 2006).

The sack records are what I'm interested in on defense....either Spence or Washington could make a run at Gholston's single season mark. They both could threaten Vrabel's career total of 36, time will tell.

FROMTHE18's picture

Spence is apparently a monster pass rusher so I think he would be the favorite to surpass both sack records u have mentioned...but Washington could too. If those two live up to their potential they are both going to set some records here.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

The interceptions records are probably pretty safe. Despite the huge increase in the amount of passing in recent decades, the rate of interceptions continues to slide as the number of quarterbacks who enter college with sophisticated passing knowledge gets larger all the time. The fact that Sensibaugh even has the records now speaks volumes--how many other single-season records still exist from the era of the 9-game schedule?
If Miller isn't hurt, the total offense record ought to be very vulnerable.

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yrro's picture

I'd also argue that sacks are probably safe, and most teams are in a quick passing game and won't hold onto the ball long enough to get sacked. The games you tend to rack up sacks in are bad drop back passing teams.

Joe Beale's picture

But the current record was set only 6 years ago. Jarvis Jones of Georgia had 14.5 sacks last year, so why can't one of our guys get the same?

German Buckeye's picture

Just love that pic of Eddie - I would not want to be in front of that to tackle. 

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

that's what EVERY pic of Eddie looks like...
just awesome.

zbd's picture

The only record I want to see is going 2 straight seasons undefeated.

stittracer99's picture

If this happens it will break the record of most consecutive wins (currently 22). Call me crazy, but I think we have a great chance of breaking that one.

gravey's picture

Little worried that Shazier could rack up huge tackling numbers this season...that's good and bad.

buckskin's picture

What's your perspective on bad?

Fugelere's picture

I think he means if that happens it could be because the other LBs/DLs are not contributing. 

buckskin's picture

Probably, I was reading that as all linebackers having lots of tackles, he probably meant just Shazier.

bhsiba99's picture

what is the single game rushing record?

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Mirror Lake Jump's picture

That's a lot of running.

Joe Beale's picture

Look at the caption under Eddie's picture, assuming you can stop staring at those guns.

buckeyedude's picture

Rod Smith could learn a thing or two from Eddie.



SaltyD0gg's picture

I was under the impression that tackles used to be counted differently than they are today (i.e. shared tackles were counted as full tackles), which is why the number used to be so much higher. I might be crazy, but I thought I remembered this discussion once before. Can anyone confirm?

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BierStube's picture

What is the record for the most consecutive games without a punt?  We have a good shot at that one!

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cinserious's picture

During the Urban Meyer era, I don't think any individual rushing records fall, with no one central guy getting all the carries. However with a spread-to-run based offfense many guys coming out of the backfield means team rushing records could be threatened. However I can see receiving records and passing records getting broken as we recruit more dynamic receivers and, you know Braxton Miller.

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Idaho Helga's picture

Archie's Heisman 2x record is certainly safe for the next two years.  And I don't care what the NCAA does or doesn't do to Johnny Goofball.  He won't get the votes.

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

I'm looking forward to the team setting the single season wins record... 14 !

RBuck's picture

Already happened in the 2002 season.

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BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

which means the 2013 team would have the record as well.

BoBo16's picture

I'm making the statement now! Braxton will have over 4600 yards this year! Also have >40 touchdowns!!

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Mi.Buckeye's picture

Braxton could destroy the all time yards record if he stays all four years and healthy.

buckeyepastor's picture

Shazier could challenge for total tackles (if the DTs are solid enough to keep the opposing line off of him).  
I think in terms of total yards single game and season, the offense could set a record, especially total rushing.  
I think that given the nature of our offense, and how it is predicated on "reads," even if Hyde or another RB had a hot hand on a given week, I don't think it would work.  In Cooper's system, running plays specifically called Eddie George's number.    In Meyer's offense, it's not usually decided in the huddle exactly who is breaking the line of scrimmage with the ball in their arms.     

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ih8rolltyde's picture

Chris Spielman was such a beast

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okiebuck's picture

I remember that cold rainy game against the Illini that day. My brother and I stayed till the very end and made our way down to where the players go up the tunnel to the locker room and got a high five by Eddie as he came off; one of the best performances I've ever seen. I think that record is safe for a while.  

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Some great records out there.  We could see a few fall!  The Bucks got some big timeplayers  ready to go!!
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pjtobin's picture

My favorite record was the Randy Travis one that had digging up bones on it. I was a youngin but still remember every song from it like 27 yrs later. 

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Dougger's picture

Vern!! what a large human

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