The Rundown: No. 3 Ohio State at Illinois

Remy's picture
November 11, 2013 at 10:44p
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THE RUNNING START

TV: Saturday, Noon (ESPN)

Ohio State leads the series 65-30-4* and is 35-11 against Illinois in Memorial Stadium.
*I include the vacated 2010 victory in Champaign, NCAA be damned.

The Buckeyes last lost at Illinois in 1991.

Since 1992 Ohio State has won 9 straight games at Illinois.

Braxton Miller should become the third Ohio State player to eclipse 7,000 yards of offense in a career. He currently has 6,910 yards.

Ohio State's defense has intercepted a pass in every game this season.

The Buckeyes are averaging 6.5 yards per rushing attempt (Record is 5.7 in 1974).

Know Thy Opponent:
Tim Beckman has not won a B1G Ten game. The Illini are 0-5 in the B1G Ten this season and have lost 19-straight conference games.

If Illinois is going to pull off the upset their 96th ranked rushing game is going to have to make Ohio State's front seven respect it. A tall order considering Ohio State's defense is fourth in the nation against the run.

If the Illini cannot establish a runnnig game it will make it very difficult for Nathan Scheelhaase to stay upright against the likes of Bosa, Washington and Spence. If given time Scheelhaase can hurt the Buckeyes, but if Illinois becomes one dimensional on offense he could spend a lot of time on his back looking at the sky.

Scheelhaase leads the B1G Ten with 2,420 yards passing. He has completed just over 65% of his passes with 15 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Last week Scheelhaase completed 38 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Indiana. Unfortunately fortunately for Scheelhaase his dad won't be on campus to watch the game.

Sophomore running back Josh Ferguson leads Illinois with 485 rushing yards and averages 5.3 yards per carry this season. Senior wide receiver Steve Hull caught two touchdowns and had 224 receiving yards last week.

Illinois' defense is not very good. The Illini are 115th against the run and 89th against the pass. However, senior linebacker Jonathan Brown is a bright spot. Brown has tallied 210 tackles, 41 tackles for loss and 13 sacks for his career. Unfortunately for Illinois they don't have ten more players like Brown on defense. Look for Braxton Miller and the Buckeye offense to treat Illinois like they did Purdue and Penn State. Perhaps Ohio State's biggest challenge will be the wind and weather that Champaign is known to have in November.

Tim Beckman's and the Illini's losing ways should continue Saturday.


                                 

Today's Trivia Questions:
What is the name of the wooden trophy awarded to the winner of this game?

When was the last time Ohio State lost to an unranked Illinois team in Memorial Stadium?                                 

Answers at the bottom of today's article.


                           
(9-0)                                          (3-6)
Buffalo     40-20                           S. Illinois     42-34
SDSU       42-7                            Cincinnati     45-17
at Cal       52-34                          Washington  24-34 
FAMU       76-0                            Bye
Wisc.       31-24                          Miami (OH)   50-14
a NU        40-30                          at Nebraka    19-39        
Bye                                             Bye
Iowa        34-24                          Wisconsin     32-56
PSU         63-14                          Michigan St.  3-42   
at Purdue 56-0                            at PSU          17-24 (OT)
Bye                                             at Indiana      35-52

Total       434-153                        Total  267-312            
Avg         48-17                           Avg    30-35           

The Series:
Ohio State leads 65-30-4
Last Ten: 8-2
Last Ten Away: 9-1
All-Time Away: 35-11
Ohio State has won nine straight games in Champaign. 
The Buckeyes have outscored the Illini 244-99 in those nine games.


2013 Stats
                                                
48.2 (5th)             Points For              29.7 (63rd) 
17.0 (9th)             Points Against        34.7 (104th) 

301.1 (9th)          Rushing Offense      136.4 (96th)
229.8 (66th)           Passing Offense      288.9 (23rd)
530.9 (8th)          Total Offense          425.3 (56th)

88.2 (4th)            Rushing Defense      239.6 (115th)
223.4 (50th)        Pass Defense           243.1 (89th)
311.7 (9th)          Total Defense          482.7 (114th)

                             Offense Misc.    
.542 (5th)            3rd Down Conv.       .492 (21st)
.935 (9th)            Red Zone                .757 (104th)
10.4 (39th)            Punt Return             11.7 (27th)
25.0 (15th)         Kickoff Return           20.7 (78th)        

                            Defense Misc.
.315 (14th)         3rd Down Conv.        .467 (109th)       
.783 (33rd)         Red Zone                 .844 (76th)  
123.2 (50th)       Pass Eff. Def.            162.5 (118th)       
40.0 (15th)         Net Punting              37.0 (68th)         

Total: 14             THE EDGE                Total: 2 

2013 Individual Stats

PASSING

QB Nathan Scheelhaase (Sr): 199/305 (.652), 2,420 yards, 15 TDs, 8 INTs
                                                                      
Last Game: 38/57 (.667), 450 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Career: 687/1,106 (.621), 7,716 yards, 49 TDs, 32 INTs

RUSHING

RB Josh Ferguson (So): 485 yards, 5.3 ypc,  4 TDs

Last Game: 90 yards, 5.6 ypc, TD

Career: 849 yards, 4.7 ypc, 4 TDs

RECEIVING

WR Steve Hull (Sr): 564 yards, 20.1 ypr,  3 TD

Last Game: 224 yards, 24.9 ypr, 2 TDs   

Career: 564 yards, 20.1 ypr, 3 TDs

DEFENSE

LB Jonathan Brown (Sr): 65.5 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 3 pass break-ups, INT                             

Last Game: 6 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 0.5 sack, 1 pass break-up, INT                                                             

Career: 210 tackles, 41 tackle for loss, 13 sacks, 3 INTs and 1 INT TD                              

2013 Individual Stats

PASSING

QB Braxton Miller (Jr): 108/149 (.725), 1,316 yards, 15 TDs, 3 INTs

Last Game: 19/23 (.826), 233 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT

Career: 341/560 (.609), 4,514 yards, 43 TDs, 13 INTs

RUSHING

RB Carlos Hyde (Jr): 701 yards, 7.3 ypc, 7 TDs

Last Game: 111 yards, 13.9 ypc      

Career: 2,378 yards, 5.8 ypc, 29 TDs

RECEIVING

TE Jeff Heuerman (Jr): 255 yards, 12.8 ypr, 2 TDs

Last Game: 116 yards, 23.2 ypr, TD        

Career: 374 yards, ypr, 3 TDs

DEFENSE

Doran Grant (Jr): 33.5 tackles, 7 pass break-ups,  3 INTs, 1 INT TD                                                        

Last Game: 1 tackle, 1 INT, 1 INT TD                                      

Career: 55 tackles, 1 sack, 8 pass break-ups, 4 INTs, 1 INT TD                                                                          

THE RUNOFF

Urban Meyer
21-0 at Ohio State, 125-23 overall.

Since 2003, Meyer is 30-3 in November.                                                     
                                                          

Tim Beckman 
5-16 at Illinois, 21-16 overall and 0-3 against Ohio State.

How many points did Ohio State score against us?


2013 Freshmen Legs:


For the season Dontre "Uh-Oh" Wilson* has gained 676 all-purpose yards and 2 touchdowns. Here is the breakdown of those 600 yards: 193 yards rushing (8.4 ypc), 183 yards receiving (10.2 ypr) and 300 yards on 11 kickoff returns (27.3 ypr).
Against Penn State Wilson had 12 yards rushing (12.0 ypc), 35 yards receiving (17.5 ypr) and 49 yards on one kickoff return.

*I started calling Dontre Wilson "Uh-Oh" because I imagine opposing defensive players saying "Uh-Oh" when Wilson comes on the field.

Ezekiel Elliot gained 37 yards on five carries, 23 yards on his first 3 receptions of the season and a receiving touchdown against Purdue. For the season EzE has averaged 8.8 ypc, has gained 255 rushing yards 2 rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown.

Scarlet Streaks:

If Ohio State defeats Illinois the Buckeyes will tie a program record with 22 consecutive wins.

Ohio State's defense has not allowed an opposing player to rush for 100 yards. Penn State's Belton came the closest with 98 yards.

Time for a return? Ohio State had a punt return for a touchdown called back by penalty against Purdue. That means the Buckeyes have not returned a kickoff or punt return for a touchdown this season. Ohio State has had at least one return in 10 straight years.

Cliff Claven's Little Known Fact Corner:


If Ohio State gets 4 more TD passes it will break the school record 33 set in 1995.

Basil is perfect this season 52/52 on PATs and 7/7 on FGs.

.615 of Johnston's punts are downed inside the 20 (2nd best in nation).

.269 of Johnson's punts are downed inside the 10 (3rd best in nation).

Carlos Hyde is one of only two players to not have a negative rushing attempt this season.   

The Purdue game was the first time Ohio State scored at least 40 points in back-to-back first halves since 1996.

Ohio State's defense has intercepted a pass in every game this season.

Ohio State's six sacks against Purdue was a season high.

The Purdue game was the first time Ohio State scored at least 40 points in back-to-back first halves since 1996. I was at both the Rice and Pittsburgh games that season when the Buckeyes scored 42 and 52 poits in the first half of both of those games.

171-38, the margin Ohio State is outscoring teams in the first quarter.

Today's Trivia Questions:
What is the name of the wooden trophy awarded to the winner of this game?

Answer: Illibuck. 1925 was the first time the Illibuck trophy was awarded between the junior honary societies Bucket and Dipper (Ohio State) and Atius-Sachem (Illinois). The original trophy was a live turtle. The turtle died in 1927 and was replaced by numerous wooden trophies. Ohio State is 61-23-2 when the Illibuck trophy is in play.

 

When was the last time Ohio State lost to an unranked Illinois team in Memorial Stadium?        

Answer: 1985, Ohio State lost 28-31.

Next articles:
The Series History: Tomorrow or Wednesday evening
The Ohio State Effect: Sunday or Monday evening
Gif came from here.

Comments

Kaceybrown's picture

Buck's offense shouldn't have to much trouble in this one. I hope the defense will continue their upward trend that became evident in the 2nd half of the Iowa game. GO BUCKS!!!

rcdunn1010's picture

Great write up! I have the bucks winning 56-10.

Remy's picture

Thanks. I hope your prediction comes true.

"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

Remy's picture

The Purdue game was the first time Ohio State scored at least 40 points in back-to-back first halves since 1996.

I was at both the Rice and Pittsburgh games that season when the Buckeyes scored 42 and 52 points in the first half of both of those games.

Terry Glenn's punt return with only seven blockers.
The start of Mark May's butt-hurt toward Ohio State...and I was there to witness it. What a great day.

"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

Seth4Bucks's picture

Pretty sure that was Boston on the return for the TD. Glenn wasn't even on the team anymore.

Remy's picture

You're right it is David Boston (it says so on the video).
I was looking at Terry Glenn's record setting stats against Pitt in 1995 when I was posting this video. Wet noodle for me.

"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

MN Buckeye's picture

As always, great Rundown and solid research, Remy.
IL can certainly put up points, as they air it out a LOT. Scheelehaase is a pretty good QB, but I think our D line has developed to the point where we can pressure anyone right now, and IL offense is good but not a juggernaut. I am guessing 41-0.

NashBuckeye's picture

Great information! Finally get to start talking about an Ohio State Football game instead of just rooting for other teams to lose. I really hate bye weeks.
Is it Saturday yet?
 
GO BUCKS!

Doc's picture

Thanks for these Remy.  I too was in the stadium for both of those beat downs.  Glorious times in the Shoe.

"Say my name."

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Great info, Remy. But the upvote is for the Cliff Claven reference!

Doc's picture

I hope that becomes a permanent fixture in these rundowns.

"Say my name."

Remy's picture

It has been written, it shall be done.

"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

Doc's picture

Great!  Thanks Remy, you rock!
I can not wait for Saturday.  This will be my first Buckeye game with the new TV and sound system.

"Say my name."

Hovenaut's picture

Another fine entry Remy - pretty much standard mid-week reading during the season. 
I have it 49-3, see some stellar defensive play from the good guys accompanied by a rushing clinic. I think the Illini are even more deflated after the losses to PSU and Indiana. 

Remy's picture

Hovenaut, I agree about Illinois being deflated.
Indiana is the team I'm concerned about. The Hoosiers' ability to score makes me nervous.

"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

americanpilot1's picture

If you've never been to Champaign it is a wind tunnel.  The weather forecast, over 48 hrs,  has a warm front coming in.  It is in the thirties now but will warm to the mid fifties by gametime on Saturday.  I live in IL so I know what that means.  The passing game will be limited in that stadium and having the wind at your back or in your face will affect play calling and strategy.
I was just listening to the talking heads and they said TOSU would have to blow out IL to make an impression.  Weather will affect the balance of running vs passing and will limit our ability to use all our weapons.  Thank God for a great running attack and El Guapo.  The thing about it is Tim B knows they will need to run and will totally stack the box on a windy rainy day.  Will make it difficult to get the blowout we need.

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body!!! USMC

Remy's picture

AmericanPilot1,
That forecast is not good. It seems like every time Ohio State plays in Memorial Stadium the wind has more of an impact on the game than the Illini.
Oh well, I guess it wouldn't be the same if the wind wasn't blowing.
On the plus side the wind was blowing pretty hard in West Lafayette and Braxton Miller had a pretty good first half.

"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