Week 1 Game Notes vs. Buffalo

osuHelmetWelcome to the weekly installment where we look at the game from a statistical perspective. Feel free to add your thoughts. What stats impressed you? Any stats concern you? Here are 5 stats that stood out to me in week 1.

261 – The amount of total rushing yards led by Jordan Hall’s 159. Jordan ran for 2 touchdowns of 49 and 37 yards. Huge game for Jordan.

7 of 12 – Ohio State’s conversion rate on third down, very efficient. Braxton was poised in the pocket. The development of Braxton as a passer is noticeable. He is waiting the extra second and getting through a couple more progressions before he takes off.

12.5 – the average kick-off return yards for Buffalo. The special teams was solid. Buffalo consistently was backed up inside the 20 after Buckeye kickoffs.

1 – the number of sacks by the Ohio State defense. As I wrote in the linebacker preview, one thing that concerned me this year is the ability of the front four to get pressure on the opposing QB. This number will have to improve as the season progresses.

45/23 – the ratio of rushing to passing attempts. I realize this number is dependent on the ebb and flow of the game, but I would have liked to see this ratio less than 2 to 1. The total number of plays is lower than I expected as well. I will be interested to see how this ratio fluctuates as the season continues.

What is on your mind? Any other key stats?


  1. Interesting about the efficiency on 3rd downs. That is a great %.

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