#9 Ohio State vs. Nebraska
Saturday, October 14th, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Memorial Stadum (85,458), Lincoln, Nebraska
Gus Johnson (Play-By-Play)
Joel Klatt (Analyst)
Jenny Taft (Sideline)
RADIO: WBNS (97.1 The Fan). The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the action with former Buckeye Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews on the sidelines.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes will play their third road conference night game Saturday as they travel to Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff against Nebraska on FS1. Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft will be describing the action.
The Buckeyes have scored 54 or more points in the last three games while allowing just 35. The team jumped out to an early 14-0 lead on Maryland and never looked back, rolling up a season-high 62 points in front of a homecoming crowd of 107,180. Senior QB J.T. Barrett completed 20 of 31 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Both J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber had 13 carries and each reached the endzone to lead a balanced off ensive attack that produced 584 total yards (303 passing, 281 rushing). The Buckeyes’ defense was stifling, limiting Maryland to just 66 total yards and six first downs. Ohio State registered a season-high six sacks, forced three fumbles and gave up just 16 passing yards.
Saturday’s contest will be the sixth all-time between the Buckeyes and Cornhuskers (Ohio State leads, 4-1). Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten for the 2011 season, the two teams have played three times with the Buckeyes winning each of the last two meetings, most recently last season in Columbus, 62-3. This will be just Ohio State’s second-ever trip to Lincoln. The fi rst came in 2011, a 34-27 come-from-behind win for the Cornhuskers.
Setting the Stage: Buckeyes vs. Cornhuskers
- Ohio State is 25-1 in true road games under head coach Urban Meyer and 21-1 against Big Ten opponents.
- Ohio State’s pass defense has allowed less than 100 yards in four consecutive games.
- The 66 total yards allowed against Maryland was the lowest output against a Big Ten opponent since 1960 (Indiana – 60).
- Ohio State is officially 55-26 in night games (those starting after 5 p.m. local time), including records of 15-5 in Ohio Stadium and 40-21 in road (28-11) or neutral field (12-10) night games. Ohio State has won 16 of its last 19 night games dating to the 2014 season.
- J.T. Barrett ranks in the top 25 nationally in three major statistical categories: pass efficiency (10th, 166.0), passing touchdowns (third, 16) and total offense (21st, 254 yards/game).
- Ohio State’s special teams has yet to allow a punt return this season.
- Urban Meyer-coached Ohio State teams have scored 50 or more points 22 times during his 73-game tenure
- Parris Campbell is third nationally – and tops in the Big Ten – with a 39.0 yards per kick return average.
- Nick Bosa leads the Big Ten with 10.0 TFLs and he is 12th nationally with 1.7 TFLs per game.
Coming off a 38-17 loss at home to Wisconsin last Saturday, Nebraska is 3-3 on the year and 2-1 in the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers own wins over Arkansas State, Rutgers and Illinois with losses to Oregon, Northern Illinois and Wisconsin.
Quarterback Tanner Lee is in his first year starting for Nebraska and is currently ranked fourth in the Big Ten with an average of 234.3 yards per game. He’s thrown 11 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. In the Huskers backfield, Devine Ozigbo leads the way with 336 yards on 67 carries, an average of 81.8 yards/game and 4.9 per carry. Tre Bryant started the season off with a bang, gaining 299 yards on just 51 carries over the first two games of the year but has been sidelined with an injury since September. At the wide receiver position, Stanley Morgan leads all Big Ten receivers with 102.0 yards/game and is third with 30 receptions
The defense has four players who have already registered 30 or more tackles: Aaron Williams (40 tackles, two INT), Chris Weber (30 tackles, four TFL), Dedrick Young (39 tackles, two TFL, one sack) and Luke Giff ord (36 tackles, four TFL, 1.5 sacks).