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Stat Superlatives: Ohio State and Michigan State

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December 4, 2020 at 6:15am
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Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas is one of two Ohio State receivers to haul in a 79-yard pass against MSU.

Five Fun Facts

  1. Ohio State has only one game of 300 passing yards against the Spartans. 
  2. Beanie Wells ran for a series high 221 yards in 2007.
  3. The Buckeyes have shut Sparty out four times. 
  4. Michigan State has never kept Ohio State from scoring...for an entire game (thank you, Meek).
  5. In 1993, Joey Galloway had a series high 186 yards receiving and 3 TDs.

FUN FACT
Kirk Gibson, yes the Kirk Gibson who hit the famous World Series homerun for the Dodgers in 1988, was an All-American wide receiver for the Spartans.

Even more impressive than hitting a World Series changing home run off of Dennis Eckersley? Gibson has Michigan State's longest reception ever against Ohio State. It was an 82-yard TD in 1976...Ohio State won 49-21.

The majority of the information below is based on games played in this series between 1953 and 2019. 

The stats. Nothing but the stats. 
OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE TEAM STATS RUSHING
OHIO STATE STAT CATEGORY MICHIGAN STATE
463 (1973) MOST YARDS 387 (1965)
75 (1973) MOST ATTEMPTS 73 (1972)
10.2 (1981) BEST YPC 6.0 (1965)
6 (1976) MOST TOUCHDOWNS 3 (2014, 1965)
82 (2017) LONGEST RUN 88 (1974)
17 (1965) LEAST ATTEMPTS 17 (2003)
-22 (1965) LEAST YARDS 5 (2003)
-1.3 (1965) WORST YPC 0.3 (2003)
0 (8 TIMES, 2011) LEAST TOUCHDOWNS 0 (24 TIMES, 2019)

 

OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE TEAM STATS PASSING
OHIO STATE STAT CATEGORY MICHIGAN STATE
300 (2014) MOST YARDS 373 (2003)
24 (2018) MOST COMPLETIONS 36 (2003)
39 (2018) MOST ATTEMPTS 56 (2003)
.818 (1967) BEST PERCENTAGE .738 (1993)
4 (1969) MOST TOUCHDOWNS 3 (2013, 1976)
79 (2014, 1987) LONGEST PASS 82 (1976)
3 (1966, 1971) MOST INTERCEPTIONS 3 (5 TIMES, 2004)
10 (1971) LEAST YARDS 6 (1973)
1 (1976) LEAST COMPLETIONS 1 (1973, 1971)
2 (1976) LEAST ATTEMPTS 2 (1973)
.133 (1971) WORST PERCENTAGE .143 (1971)
0 (9 TIMES, 2000) LEAST TOUCHDOWNS 0 (18 TIMES, 2018)
0 (17 TIMES, 2018) LEAST INTERCEPTIONS 0 (12 TIMES, 2015)

 

 

OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE TEAM STATS TOTAL OFFENSE
OHIO STATE STAT CATEGORY MICHIGAN STATE
568 (2014) MOST YARDS 538 (1965)
93 (1969) MOST PLAYS 87 (2005)
9.4 (2005) BEST YARDS PER PLAY 6.8 (2014)
79 (1999) LEAST YARDS 94 (1973)
41 (2005) LEAST PLAYS 47 (1973)
1.8 (1999) WORST YARDS PER PLAY 2.0 (1973)

 

 

OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE TEAM STATS SCORING (1951-2019)
OHIO STATE STAT CATEGORY MICHIGAN STATE
54 (1969) MOST POINTS 37 (2014)
27 (1969) 1ST QUARTER 14 (2014)
28 (1985) 2ND QUARTER 17 (1999)
14 (2013) 3RD QUARTER 14 (2007)
21 (1982) 4TH QUARTER 20 (1965)
     
7 (4 TIMES, 2011) LEAST POINTS 0 (4 TIMES, 1979)
0 (11 TIMES, 2018) 1ST QUARTER 0 (23 TIMES, 2019)
0 (11 TIMES, 2012) 2ND QUARTER 0 (17 TIMES, 2012)
0 (16 TIMES, 2019) 3RD QUARTER 0 (25 TIMES, 2019)
0 (16 TIMES, 2017) 4TH QUARTER 0 (18 TIMES, 2018)

*Between 1958-2019, 17 shutouts all-time.

OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE INDIVIDUAL RUSHING
OHIO STATE STAT CATEGORY MICHIGAN STATE
221 BEANIE WELLS (2007) MOST YARDS 179 HYLAND HICKSON (1988)
40 KEITH BYARS (1984) MOST ATTEMPTS 37 HYLAND HICKSON (1988)
18.2 FERGUSON(1959) BEST YPC (MIN. 5 ATT) 10.2 LEVI JACKSON (1974)
3 ELIA (1973) MOST TOUCHDOWNS 3 JEREMY LANGSFORD (2014)
82 MIKE WEBER (2017) LONGEST RUN 88 LEVI JACKSON (1974)
-5.8 DONALD UNVERFERTH WORST YPC (MIN. 5 ATT) -5.7 BILL BURKE (1999)

 

OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE INDIVIDUAL PASSING
OHIO STATE STAT CATEGORY MICHIGAN STATE
300 J.T. BARRETT (2014) MOST YARDS 360 JIM MILLER (1993)
24 DWAYNE HASKINS (2018) MOST COMPLETIONS 35 JEFF SMOKER (2003)
39 DWAYNE HASKINS (2018) MOST ATTEMPTS 55 JEFF SMOKER (2003)
.818 WILLIAM LONG (1967) BEST PERCENTAGE (MIN. 10 ATT) .786 BRIAN HOYER (2006) 
3 J.T. BARRETT (2014) /// 4 OTHERS MOST TOUCHDOWNS 3 CONNOR COOK (2013)
3 WILLIAM LONG (1966) MOST INTERCEPTIONS 3 DAMON DOWDELL (2004) /// 3 OTHERS
31 CORNELIUS GREEN (1973) LEAST YARDS (MIN. 10 ATT) 27 BRIAN HOYER (2008)
3 CORNELIUS GREEN (1974) LEAST COMPLETIONS (MIN. 10 ATT) 3 TOM YEWCIC (1953)
.273 CORNELIUS GREEN (1974) WORST PERCENTAGE (MIN. 10 ATT) .286 BRYAN CLARK (1979)

 

OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE INDIVIDUAL RECEIVING
OHIO STATE STAT CATEGORY MICHIGAN STATE
186 JOEY GALLOWAY (1993) MOST YARDS 154 BJ CUNNINGHAM (2011)
12 PHILLY BROWN (2012) MOST CATCHES 9 BJ CUNNIGHAM (2011), AGIM SHABAJ (2003)
36.7 HOUSTON (1959) BEST YPC (MIN. 3 REC) 45.0 FRANK FOREMAN (1969)
3 JOEY GALLOWAY (1993) MOST TOUCHDOWNS 2 MILL COLEMAN (1992) /// 2 OTHERS
79 MICHAEL THOMAS (2014), EVERETT ROSS (1987) LONGEST CATCH 82 KIRK GIBSON (1976)
3.0 NICK VANNETT (2015) WORST YPC (MIN. 3 REC) 1.3 TERRY LOVE (2004)

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