Game 3 Notes vs. Cal

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 3.

608 – Let’s face it, this game was all about offense. The Buckeyes racked up a 608 yards in total offense. Cal’s defense did not put up much of a resistence as the Buckeyes moved the football at will – Impressive showing both running and throwing. The Buckeye offense was clicking on all cylinders yesterday. I am sure there are plenty of people out there trashing the defense today. I did see @SYRmotsag threaten to turn off Twitter a couple of times. I am not one who is going to trash the defense. I think credit should be given to Cal’s offense. They are going to score a lot points this year. Their QB made some great plays, especially for a freshman. The Bears tallied 503 yards in total offense of their own.

11:42 – The Buckeyes dominated the 3rd quarter. The game was 21-0 after 6 minutes. Again, credit to Cal for not completely giving up at that point. Cal outscored Ohio State 20-10 the remainder of the first half. It was important for the Buckeye’s to re-establish their dominance in the 3rd quater and they did just that. The Buckeye offense possessed the ball for 11:42, scoring 3 TD’s.

49.7 – Devin Smith again demonstrated that he is the best deep threat at wide receiver. With Devin the quality of receptions definitely trumps the quantity, but he sure makes them count. Devin caught threee passes in the game which resulted in 149 yards and 2 TD’s – a 49.7 average per reception! That is crazy! His big play ability is a huge threat to opposing defenses. Speaking of big play ability…

11.8 / 16.0 – I featured Dontre Wilson last week, but his role in the offense continues to expand and he continues to impress. He is worthy of recognition this week too. Dontre average 11.8 yards/rush and 16 yards/reception against Cal.

An Abundance – Does anyone have a figure for this? So “an abundance” is not exactly a stat, but the Buckeye faithful turned out in droves for this game. There was plenty of Scarlet and Gray in the crowd!

pre-tbdbitl-eqCourtesy Eamon Queeny, Dispatch

Images like this one make me proud to be a part of Buckeye Nation! O-H! For Ol’ times sake Carmen Ohio by Cie Grant. Video quality not great, but Buckeye pride in full effect!

Any other key stats against Cal?


  1. After watching the rest of the BIG play, smelling some Johnny “CUP-CAKE” ahead for the Bucks. This team may not be able to handle an SEC schedule yet but it’s fun watching this team progress. QB controversy? That’s even better.

  2. We haven’t seen offensive numbers like that in forever. 600 yards is awesome, but how balanced the numbers are is even better!

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