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The Rundown: Wisconsin at No. 3 Ohio State

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September 21, 2022 at 8:00am
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THE PERTINENT INFO

When: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
TV: 7:44 // ABC
Announcers: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe

This will be the 85th time Ohio State and Wisconsin (2–1) have faced each other in football. The Buckeyes hold a 61–18–5 advantage in the all-time series and are 31–7–3 when playing the Badgers in Columbus. 

Paul Chryst's team is coming off of a 66-7 beating of New Mexico State.

Ohio State

THE LAST TIME...

  • Ohio State played Wisconsin, the Buckeyes beat the Badgers, 34-21, in the 2019 Big Ten Championship game.
  • This game was played in Columbus, the Scarlet and Gray won, 38-7. The game was played in rain-soaked Ohio Stadium in 2019.
  • The Buckeyes lost the fourth game of the season was the 33-27 loss to Northwestern at Evanston in 2004.
  • Ohio State played on September 24th was 2011. The team defeated Colorado, 37-17, Columbus.

ON THE HORIZON

  • Saturday will be the first time in program history for Ohio State to have back-to-back home night games.
  • TreVeyon Henderson needs 55 yards to reach 1,500 career rushing yards.
  • C.J. Stroud (5,376) needs 21 passing yards to pass Dwayne Haskins (5,396) for 10th* and 193 yards to go past Mike Tomczak (5,569) for 9th* on Ohio State's career passing list.
  • Ohio State has scored at least 20 points in 64 straight games. 
  • With a win, the Buckeyes will have 613** victories when playing at home.

*Officially ninth and eighth because Terrelle Pryor's 6,177 yards are not recognized.
**NCAA sanctions be damned.

LET'S GO STREAKING

  • The Buckeyes have won eight straight games against Wisconsin.
  • Ohio State has defeated the Badgers five consecutive times in Columbus.
  • C.J. Stroud has attempted at least 22 passes in all of his starts (15).
  • Today's game will be the 18th consecutive time for the scarlet and gray to play the fourth game of the season in Ohio Stadium.

OHIO STATE IN GAME 4

With an 80–42–10 all-time record, the Buckeyes have won 64.4 percent of their fourth games.

Ohio State is 57–25–8 when playing the fourth game of the season at home, a winning percentage of 67.8.

The Buckeyes have won 17 consecutive times in the fourth game of the year. 

DIGGING DEEPER

The last loss for Ohio State in the fourth game of the year was to Northwestern. The Wildcats won in overtime, 33-27, in Evanston

The Buckeyes are 46–10–3 in game 4 against unranked opponents and 20–5–3 as the home team since 1936. 

Ranked Ohio State teams are 27–3–1 when facing an unranked opponent in Ohio Stadium in the fourth game of the season.

Home Sweet Home

For only the second time in program history, the Buckeyes will start a season with five consecutive home games played in Ohio Stadium. The only other time Ohio State opened with five straight home games in the Horseshoe was 2003.

Note, the Buckeyes had five consecutive home games at Ohio Field to start the 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908 and 1910 seasons.

​TODAY'S TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  1. Noah Ruggles' 11 extra points last week tied the program record for PATs in a game. Can you name the two other Buckeye kickers that hold this record?
  2. When was the last time Ohio State lost the fourth game of the season at home? Hint: The loss was to No. 13 Illinois.
  3. What year was the last time the scarlet and gray faced Wisconsin in Ohio Stadium as the fourth game of the season?

Answers are at the bottom of today's article.

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CLIFF CLAVEN'S LITTLE-KNOWN FACTS CORNER

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  • 1.......this is the first time for Ohio State to play back-to-back night games in the Shoe.
  • 2.......The Buckeyes played Wisconsin twice in the 2019 season.
  • 3.......Ohio State receivers eclipsed 100 receiving yards last week.
  • 4.......number of times C.J. Stroud did not throw for 300+ yards in a game as a starter.
  • 7.......straight drives ending in a touchdown to start the game against Toledo.
  • 8.......straight victories for Ohio State in the series against Wisconsin
  • 9.......starters not returning to the Buckeyes this season.
  • 11.....extra points made by Noah Ruggles against Toledo.
  • 14.....times Ohio State has scored 50+ points since 2019.
  • 15.....divisional titles won between the Buckeyes (10) and Badgers (5) since 2011.
  • 15.....straight games C.J. Stroud has thrown at least one touchdown pass.
  • 16.....number of returning starters for Ohio State.
  • 17.....number of letter winners lost from last season.
  • 18.....times Ohio State has finished a season with at least 11 wins.
  • 19.....touchdowns for TreVeyon Henderson last year, an Ohio State freshman record.
  • 20.....times Ohio State has finished a season with at least 11 wins, including the 2010 season.
  • 21.....home night games* won by the Buckeyes.
  • 22.....times Ohio State has hosted GameDay.
  • 23.....consecutive season-opening victories for Ohio State.
  • 25.....conference wins under Ryan Day.
  • 26.....the Buckeyes' average margin of victory against B1G opponents with Day as head coach.
  • 27.....bowl wins for Ohio State*.
  • 29.....games of 500+ yards of total offense with Day as head coach. 
  • 30.....Ohio State scored at least 30 points in 11 of last year's 13 games.
  • 35.....straight seasons ranked in the AP preseason Top 25. 
  • 37.....wins against ranked opponents.
  • 38.....GameDay wins for the Buckeyes.
  • 40.....The Buckeyes scored 40+ points 10 times last season.
  • 47.....returning letter winners for Ohio State.
  • 54.....times Ohio State has played when GameDay has been on site.
  • 55.....career touchdown passes for CJ Stroud.
  • 66.....home victories for Ohio State since 2012.
  • 73.....night games* won by the Buckeyes.
  • 90.....Consensus All-Americans to play for the Buckeyes.
  • 99.....homecoming games for Ohio State.
  • 100...the number of tackles Ronnie Hickman recorded last season.
  • 101...this is the 101st season the scarlet and gray have played in Ohio Stadium.
  • 142...consecutive PATs for Noah Ruggles.
  • 133....number of years for Buckeye football.
  • 153...the number of years The Ohio State University has been in the education business.
  • 203...times a Buckeye player has gone for 100+ receiving yards.
  • 218...number of passing touchdowns since 2017 (Ryan Day's arrival).
  • 369...Stroud averaged over 369 passing yards per game last year, an OSU record.
  • 464...official victories for the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium.
  • 469...Ohio Stadium victories for the Buckeyes when including the 2010 season.
  • 532...number of Big Ten wins for Ohio State (we know it's actually 539).
  • 945...number of official wins for the program (we know it's actually 957).
  • 953...times Ohio State has been ranked in the AP poll, the most for any school.

*NCAA sanctions be damned.

2022 Statistical Comparison
Ohio State Buckeyes   Wisconsin
OFFENSE
47.7 10th POINTS FOR 39.3 32nd
207.0 35th RUSHING OFFENSE 218.3 26th
358.3 7th PASSING OFFENSE 260.3 47th
565.3 1st TOTAL OFFENSE 478.7 31st
.622 3rd 3rd DOWNS .467 41st
1.000 1st RED ZONE .867 60th
DEFENSE
14.3 24th POINTS ALLOWED 8.0 8th
84.3 24th RUSH DEFENSE 76.0 13th
194.3 42nd PASS DEFENSE 170.0 19th
121.2 59th PASS EFFICIENCY DEFENSE 91.6 12th
278.7 21st TOTAL DEFENSE 246.0 11th
.261 21st 3rd DOWNS .243 13th
.833 68th RED ZONE .500 2nd
SPECIAL TEAMS
8.2 62nd PUNT RETURN 0.6 122nd
21.0 56th KICKOFF RETURN 34.0 6th
43.7 10th NET PUNTING 43.3 16th
MISCELLANEOUS
+0.3 47th TURNOVER MARGIN +1.3 18th
5.7 42nd PENALTIES 6.7 75th
8 EDGE 10

TODAY'S TRIVIA ANSWERS

Noah Ruggles' 11 extra points last week tied the program record for PATs in a game. Can you name the two other Buckeye kickers that hold this record?

Answer: Tyler Durbin made 11 against Bowling Green in 2016 and Sean Nuerneberger was successful on 11 straight against Oregon State in 2018.

When was the last time Ohio State lost the fourth game of the season at home? Hint: The loss was to No. 13 Illinois.

Answer: 1990. John Mackovic coached the Illini to a 31-20 victory.

What year was the last time the scarlet and gray faced Wisconsin in Ohio Stadium as the fourth game of the season?

Answer: In the fourth game of the 1992 season, Barry Alvarez and unranked Wisconsin, defeated No. 12 Ohio State 20-16 in the Shoe. 

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