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The Rundown No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech

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September 3, 2015 at 6:38am
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THE RUNNING START
When: Monday (9-7)
Where: Blacksburg, VA, Lane Stadium
TV: 8:00 ESPN

This will be the second time Ohio State and Virginia Tech have played in football. Virginia Tech won 35-21 last year in Columbus and leads the series 1-0. The Buckeyes are 39-17-1 against current members of the ACC

Below you will find some interesting facts about the teams, key offensive player stats, coach information, team stats and team schedules.
 

Ohio State

The Last Time...

  • Ohio State lost an away game was against That Team (34-40) on November 26, 2011. Since then the Buckeyes have won 13 straight in opponents' home stadiums.
  • Ohio State lost the first game of a season was 1999 when the Buckeyes lost to Miami (12-23) in the Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.
  • The Buckeyes started a season in an opponent’s stadium was 1998 against West Virginia.
  • Ohio State lost a season opening game on an opponent’s field was 1893* when the Buckeyes were outscored 16-22 at Oberlin.
  • The Buckeyes lost consecutive games in back-to-back years to an opponent was USC (08/09).

*1894 Ohio State lost to Akron as the away team, but the game was played at the Ohio State Fair.


On The Horizon

  • If the Buckeyes throw a touchdown pass against Virginia Tech it will tie a school record of 24 consecutive games with a TD pass (1994-96).
  • Braxton Miller is eight rushing touchdowns away from becoming the ninth player in D-I with 40 rushing and 40 passing touchdowns.


 

Virginia Tech

Verbage On Virginia Tech

  • This is the second time in three years that Virginia Tech has started the season against the No. 1 team in the country. The Hokies lost to No. 1 Alabama in the first game of the 2013 season.
  • Virginia Tech is 105-23 (.820) in Lane Stadium since 1995.
  • Frank Beamer and the Hokies are 48-3 against non-conference opponents in Lane Stadium since 1996. VT held 42 of the 51 teams to 17 points or less.

 

Today's Trivia Questions:

  1. Ohio State won its first game of its first season. Can you name the first team Ohio State played in football?
     
  2. Since 1890 (125 games) how many home openers has Ohio State lost?
     
  3. Virginia Tech has the seventh-best home winning percentage (.820) since 1995. Can you name the team with the best home winning percentage during that time frame?        

Answers at the bottom of today's article.


VIRGINIA TECH'S INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

PASSING

Michael Brewer
QB Michael Brewer (Sr)


2014 Stats: 262/441 (.594), 2,692 yards, 18 TDs, 15 INTs

Career: 303/499 (.596), 3132 yards, 23 TDs, 15 INTs


 

 

RUSHING

J.C. Coleman
RB J.C. Coleman (Sr)

 

2014 Stats: 533 yards, 5.0 ypc, 3 TDs

Career: 1,279 yards, 6 TDs


 

 

 

RECEIVING

Isiah Ford
WR Isiah Ford (So)

 

2014 Stats: 709 yards, 56 rec., 12.7 ypr, 6 TDs

Career: 709 yards, 56 rec., 12.7 ypr, 6 TDs
 

 

 

 

 

DEFENSE

Kendall Fuller
​CB Kendall Fuller (Jr)

 

2014 Stats: 54 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and 2 interceptions.

Career Stats: 112 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and 8 interceptions.

 

 


 

Brandon Facyson
CB Brandon Facyson (So)

 

2014 Stats: missed season after third game due to broken leg

Career Stats: 33 tackles and 5 interceptions.

 

 

 


 

Dadi Nicolas
DE Dadi Nicolas (Sr)

 

2014 Stats: 18.5 tackles for loss and 9 sacks. Both team highs.

Career Stats: 121 tackles, 29.0 tackles for loss and 15.0 sacks

 

 

OHIO STATE'S INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

PASSING

Barrett
​QB J.T. Barrett  (So)


2014 Stats: 203/314 (.647), 2,834 yards, 34 TDs, 10 INTs

Career: 203/314 (.647), 2,834 yards, 34 TDs, 10 INTs

 

 

 

Cardale Jones
QB Cardale Jones (Jr)

 

2014 Stats: 56/92 (.609), 860 yards, 7 TDs, 2 INTs

Career Stats: 57/94 (.606), 863 yards, 7 TDs, 2 INTs

 

 

 

RUSHING

EzE
​RB Ezekiel Elliott (Jr)

 

2014 Stats: 1,878 yards, 6.9 ypc, 18 TDs

Career Stats: 2,140 yards, 7.1 ypc, 20 TDs

 

 

 

Barrett
QB J.T. Barrett (So)

 

2014 Stats: 938 yards, 5.5 ypc, 11 TDs

Career: 938 yards, 5.5 ypc, 11 TDs

 

 

 

Curtis Samuel
RB Curtis Samuel (So)

 

2014 Stats: 383 yards, 6.6 ypc 6 TDs

Career: 383 yards, 6.6 ypc 6 TDs

 

 

 

RECEIVING

Thomas
WR Michael Thomas (Jr)

 

2014 Stats: 799 yards, 14.8 ypr, 9  TDs

Career: 821 yards, 14.4 ypr, 9 TDs

 

 

 

DEFENSE

Darron Lee
​LB Darron Lee (So)

 

2014 Stats: 80 Tackles, 53 Solo, 16 TFLs, 6.5 Sacks, 2 INTs and 1 Fumble Return TD

Career: 80 Tackles, 53 Solo, 16 TFLs, 6.5 Sacks, 2 INTs and 1 Fumble Return TD

 

 

 

THE RUNOFF

Urban Meyer
Urban Meyer is 13-0 in season opening games.

 

38-3 at Ohio State (4th year)

141-26 overall (14th year)

Meyer is 0-1 against Virginia Tech

Meyer is 50-5 in August and September games

 

 

 

Frank Beamer
Frank Beamer


231-115-2 at Virginia Tech (29th year)

273-138-4 overall (35th year)

Beamer has the most wins of any active coach and has guided the Hokies to 22 straight bowl games.

 

 

Cliff Claven

Cliff Claven's Little Known Facts Corner:

  • 1912 was the last time Ohio State played its first game of a season at a non-ranked non-conference team’s stadium. The Buckeyes defeated Otterbein 55-0 that day.
  • Urban Meyer is 13-0 in season openers.
  • The Buckeyes have won four-straight season opening games on the road.
  • Ohio State has won a nation’s best 13 consecutive games and a nation’s best 13 straight road wins.
  • When Urban Meyer has more than one week to plan for a game his teams are 40-3.
  • Urban Meyer is seven wins away from his fourth 20-game win streak. He was the first to get three 20-game winning streaks and could become the first to get four 20-game winning streaks.
  • Virginia Tech has never defeated a football team ranked No. 1.

 

2014 STATISTICAL COMPARISON
OHIO STATE
     
VIRGINIA TECH
2014 STATS RANK CATEGORY 2014 STATS RANK
44.8 5th Points For 24.1 93rd
22.0 26th Points Against 20.2 14th
    OFFENSE    
264.5 8th Rushing Offense 147.9 86th
247.1 51st Passing Offense 217.4 75th
511.6 9th Total Offense 365.3 96th
    DEFENSE    
141.3 34th Rushing Defense 144.8 39th
201.1 28th Pass Defense 199.0 25th
342.4 19th Total Defense 343.8 21st
    OFF. MISC.    
.520 3rd 3rd Down Conv. .390 77th
.851 48th Red Zone .875 34th
11.3 18th Punt Return 7.0 76th
22.7 29th Kickoff Return 19.5 100th
    DEF. MISC.    
.344 16th 3rd Down Conv. .288 4th
.844 77th Red Zone .714 6th
108.2 13th Pass Eff. Def. 109.2 14th
41.8 5th Net Punting 37.9 55th
  Total: 11 THE EDGE Total: 5  

 

Today's Trivia Answers:

Ohio State won its first game of its first season. Can you name the first team Ohio State played in football?

Answer: The Buckeyes defeated Ohio Wesleyan 20-14 as the away team.

 

Since 1890 (125 games) how many home openers has Ohio State lost?

Answer: 12. The Buckeyes are 109-12-4 (.888) in that time span.

 

Virginia Tech has the seventh-best home winning percentage (.820) since 1995. Can you name the team with the best home winning percentage during that time frame?

Answer: Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 121-16 (.883) at home since 1995.
 

Sources
Virginia Tech
ohiostatebuckeyes.com
stats.ncaa.org
sportsreference.com

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