Rundown: No. 3 Ohio State at Cal

Remy's picture
September 12, 2013 at 11:42p


TV: Saturday, 7:00 (FOX)

I am using this game as a measuring stick for Ohio State's defense.
I am curious to see if the Buckeyes' defense can stop Brendan Bigelow. Last year Bigelow rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 4 carries. That's only 40 yards per carry. Hopefully the Silver Bullets come out firing and hold Bigelow to under 100 yards rushing.

Stopping Bigelow is important in this game, but stopping the "Bear Raid" offense could be a challenge for the secondary. Cal's freshman quarterback, Jared Goff, leads the nation with 930 passing yards.

However, Goff has already thrown 3 interceptions this season. If the defensive front six can put pressure on Goff, I see Roby and company getting three interceptions Saturday night.

Ohio State has not fared very well when Fox has aired the game. The Buckeyes are 0-3* when Fox broadcasts the game; '07 Florida (14-41), '08 LSU (24-38) and '09 Texas (21-24).

However, Ohio State has won six straight games against Cal and has scored 35 points in the last three contests against the Golden Bears.

Today's Trivia Questions:

How many points has Ohio State's defense allowed in the first and fourth quarters in 2013?

Including Saturday's game against Cal, how many non-conference road games has Ohio State played in the 2000s?

Answers at the bottom of the article.

Below you will find some interesting stats, history and information about this series.

*My faded memory could be wrong. If wrong, please let me know what Ohio State's record on Fox is.

(2-0)                                                       (1-1)                                                                                          
Last Game: Defeated SDSU 42-7                Last Game: Defeated Portland State 37-30

The Series:
Ohio State leads 6-1 and has won the last six:

N  1-1-21     Ohio State 0   Cal 28 (Rose Bowl)
N  1-2-50     Ohio State 17  Cal 14 (Rose Bowl)
A  10-3-53   Ohio State 33  Cal 19
H  10-2-54   Ohio State 21  Cal 13
H  10-2-71   Ohio State 35  Cal 3
A  10-7-72   Ohio State 35  Cal 18
H  9-15-12   Ohio State 35  Cal 28

Total: Ohio State 176 Cal 123
Avg:  Ohio State 25  Cal 18

At Cal Total: Ohio State 68 Cal 37
At Cal Avg:  Ohio State 34 Cal 19


2013 (Stats Per Game)


41.0 (30th)           Points For              33.5 (55th)
13.5 (25th)           Points Against        37.0 (104th)

262.0 (27th)         Rushing Offense     110.0 (98th)
190.5 (86th)           Passing Offense      472.5 (1st)
452.5 (48th)           Total Offense         582.5 (9th)

68.5 (9th)             Rushing Defense     227.0 (109th)
107.6 (36th)         Pass Eff. Defense    141.7 (87th)
269.0 (18th)         Total Defense         530.5 (116th)

                             Offense Misc.   
.500 (44th)            3rd Down Conv.      .488 (34th)
1.00 (1st)             Red Zone              1.00 (1st) 
10.8 (35th)           Punt Return           3.8 (86th)
26.5 (24th)           Kickoff Return        20.8 (64th)

                            Defense Misc.
.200 (9th)            3rd Down Conv.     .393 (70th)                
41.8 (20th)            Net Punting           41.9 (18th)

Total: 10               The Edge             Total: 5




QB Jared Goff (Fr): 72/115 (.630), 935 yards, 4 TDs, 3 INTs

Last Game: 33/51 (.650), 485 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT

Career: 72/115 (.630), 935 yards, 4 TDs, 3 INTs


RB Brendan Bigelow (Jr): 136 yards, 4.1 ypc, 0 TD

Last Game: 75 yards, 4.2 ypc, 0 TD

Career: 592 yards, 7.1 ypc, 3 TDs


WR Bryce Treggs (So): 266 yards, 12.7 ypr, 0 TD

Last Game: 121 yards, 15.1 ypr, 0 TD

Career: 482 yards, 11.5 ypr, 1 TD


LB Jalen Jefferson (So): 9.5 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack

Last Game: 2.5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack

Career:  38 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks



Will this play keep Braxton on the sidelines?

QB Braxton Miller (Jr): 17/24 (.710), 208 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT

Last Game: 2/2 (1.00) 30 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT

Career: 250/435 (.575), 3,406 yards, 30 TDs, 11 INTs


RB Jordan Hall (Sr): 234 yards, 6.9 ypc, 3 TDs

Last Game: 75 yards, 5.8 ypc, 1 TD

Career: 1,266 yards, 4.9 ypc, 9 TDs


WR Corey Brown (Sr): 98 yards, 12.3 ypr, 2 TDs

Last Game: 73 yards, 12.2 ypr, 2 TDs

Career: 1,052 yards, 12.0 ypr, 7 TDs


DL Michael Bennet (Jr): 3.5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 0.5 sack, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery

Last Game: 2 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sack, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery

Career: 27 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery

Gifs came from here.


Urban Meyer is 14-0 at Ohio State and 118-23 (.834) overall.

Meyer is 37-13 (.740) in away games.

Coach Meyer is 94-13 (.879) against non-ranked opponents.

Urban leading the charge.

Sonny Dykes is 1-1 at Cal. Dykes has a 23-16 (.590) overall coaching record.

Will Dykes be smiling after the game?

Ohio State versus current members of the PAC 12:
The Buckeyes are 57-26-2.

13 of the 26 losses are to USC.

UCLA is 4-4-1 against Ohio State.

The Buckeyes are 7-3 in the last ten contests against PAC 12 teams.

2013 Ohio State Defense:
Has only allowed one rush for over ten yards.

Forced SDSU to have six of its 13 drives to end in three and out.

2013 Ohio State Offense:
44 of this season's 82 points have been scored in the first quarter.

65 or 82 points scored in first half.

Braxton Miller (2,068) is 13 rushing yards short of Cornelius Green's quarterback rushing record (2,080).

Jordan Hall has gained 3,030 all-purpose yards.

2013 Freshmen Legs:
Dontre Wilson rushed for 51 yards, 10.2 ypc and a touchdown against SDSU.

Wilson and Ezekiel Elliot combined for 86 yards, 7.8 ypc and a touchdown against SDSU.

Today's Trivia Questions:

How many points has Ohio State's defense allowed in the first and fourth quarters in 2013?

Answer: Zero.

Including Saturday's game against Cal, how many non-conference road games has Ohio State played in the 2000s?

Answer: Eight. Ohio State is 4-3, but the Buckeyes have lost the last two non-conference road games by 50 points (9-59).

2013 @ Cal
2011 @ Miaimi 6-24
2008 @ USC   3-35
2007 @ Washington  33-14
2006 @ Texas  24-7
2004 @ N.C. State  22-14
2001 @ UCLA  6-13
2000 @ Arizona  27-17

Total: 121-124
Avg: 17-18


rock flag and eagle's picture

At the very beginning of the side by side comparison, you have cal listed as (2-0)
They are 1-1. They lost to Northwestern.

Remy's picture

Thank you.  Switched sides because Ohio State is visiting and forgot to change Cal's/Ohio State's record.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

I am confident the Bucks will come out of this game with a win.  Most of us are.  I believe that Bigelow will be is a matter of pride in that area.  Nobody gets to "run over the Silver Bullets" in successive seasons.  Some are not so sure. 
Prepare to believe.
The defense may bend some here, but I see a fairly quick ratchet job that begins to put the screws to the Cal offense.  One hundred plays will not be run by Cal. 
No truly elite defense will allow that. 
Given that they are purposefully trying to hit a high number of plays, they [may] average higher than any other opponent this year, but it will be a significant  drop-off from the last two weeks of production from them.  I am guessing an over/under at around 52 plays (I know, call me crazy at halving the Cal production!).
My reasoning is that the Ohio State offense will be more inclined to score while also eating up some clock to minimize Cal's opportunities, and the defense will continue to force three and outs or six and outs.  Hopefully the sustained drives that Cal does muster will result in field goals rather than touchdowns, which will put pressure on a young quarterback to make mistakes late into the game...which I believe he does to the tune of two or three interceptions and a fumble or so.
This perfect Buckeye storm will bring the Cal averages for the year a big way.
What do you guys think?

Not a Cereal Downvoter.  But I will downvote the Serial Trolls who lurk under our bridge.

njclebuckeye5's picture

I think you're right on Southern. If i could upvote I'd send one your way. I think our dime package will let our experienced secondary shine and our pass rushers create havoc. If our linebackers can step up and keep Cal's running game in check, I think the Bears will be in for a long day. 

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!


Ross said it yesterday and I agree, there won't be many sacks. However that does not mean we can't still pressure Goff and get our hands in his face and bat some passes down.
We lose to a true freshman QB making only his 3rd college start something is horribly, horribly wrong. They're going to cause us some problems and probably score more points on us than what we would like but no way in hell are they more talented and stronger than we are. We just need to keep our composure and RUN THEM THE HELL OVER. That is all.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Ohio State drops further in the polls if they don't win by 4 TDs.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Cover the tailback, who ever it might be and make Braxton or Guiton run.

ChicagoBuckeye33's picture

Goff has been a spectacular freshman QB thus far against mediocre defensive competition.  There is no way that doesn't change this Saturday.  I see him still throwing for a solid 260 yards, but that will come with a TD to INT ratio of 1/4 or something in that range.  We will play press coverage with our corners, taking away quick slants and screens.  Our defensive secondary is too fast to get burned on the deep ball.  Also, Cal's O-line hasn't faced a front 7 even remotely close to as talented as the Buckeye's yet.  We are young, but oh so fast.
Cal has the 116th ranked defense.  After seeing Northwestern run all over the Bears, I see us gaining 300 yards on the ground:
90 for Braxton (or 70 for Guiton if he plays) and 1 TD
110 for Hall and 1 TD
85 for Rod Smith and 1 TD
30 for Wilson
I could also see an easy 200 yards through the air for the Buckeyes no matter who plays QB, with both Philly catching 2 TD passes and Devin Smith 1.
Cal will score a passing and rushing touchdown, but Bigelow will be held to 15 carries, 50 yards and a TD.  
Buckeys 45 Bears 17

pjtobin's picture

This was awesome. Thank you very much for doing this. It's crazy to think Braxton needs less than 20 yds to break Green's record. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad.