Urban Meyer has a plan to win. And the plan works!
Aug. 2, 2012
Note: This is the third in a series of news releases full of facts, notes, quotes, anecdotes and just general good stuff to get folks up-to-speed with Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has made it clear that the goal of fall camp, which opens Friday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, is to get his Buckeye team ready to win games, starting with the season opener Sept. 1 vs. Miami.
Go beat someone out and win a position Meyer has essentially said to those wondering about starting roles or spots on the two-deep chart. Fall camp is not about the two-deep; it's about preparing to win games, and Meyer has a plan to win that has guided him through 10 seasons as a coach. Judging by the numbers - a career record of 104-23 and two national championships - his plan to win works.
One of only two active collegiate coaches with multiple BCS national championships and one of only 13 coaches in the last 50 years to win multiple national championships, Meyer's plan includes four tenets: play great defense; score in the red zone; dominate turnovers; and win the kicking game. His teams have succeeded in each of those competencies.
Play Great Defense
Fewest Rushing Yards Per Game Allowed (2005-2010)
Meyer's teams have also had national Top 10 defensive statistics 16 times, including five times in the Top 10 in total defense.
Score in the Red Zone
From the 2007 season through the 2010 season, Meyer's Florida Gators had the best touchdown percentage in the red zone in the SEC: 66 percent (265 chances; 175 touchdowns). His teams score touchdowns...a lot. Four times they have led a conference in scoring and five times they ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
Besides committing so few turnovers, a big reason for Meyer teams' impressive turnover ratio is interceptions: his teams have ranked second in the nation with 116 interceptions between 2005-10.
Turnovers Committed (2005-10)
Most Passes Intercepted (2005-10)
Win the Kicking Game
Two more impressive statistics (and special thanks to the University of Florida sports information department for these) contribute to Meyer teams winning the kicking game: his six Florida teams blocked a total of 32 kicks (21 punts, eight field goals and three extra points), never failing to block multiple punts in a season and blocking multiple field goals in five of six seasons; and Florida led the nation over Meyer's tenure by allowing just 361 cumulative punt return yards.
Two cool stats: Florida was 16-0 in games its special teams blocked a punt. And the Gators did not allow a punt return yard in 25 of Meyer's last 33 games.
Fewest Punt Return Yards Allowed (2005-10)
Big Wins and Winning Big
Since 1945, only the legendary Bud Wilkinson has reached 100 wins faster than Meyer, who won his 100th game in his 118th game as coach on Sept. 25, 2010. All-time, he is sixth-fastest to reach 100 wins.
Fastest to 100 Wins
Meyer was chosen by two - Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News - as the Coach of the Decade (2000-09) and he has earned three national Coach of the Year honors (by The Sporting News in 2003 and the Eddie Robinson and Home Depot Coach of the Year honors in 2004).
Meyer's teams have ruled rivalry games and dominated within the conference. His rivalry game record is 21-3 as Bowling Green was 1-1 vs. Toledo, Utah was 2-0 vs. both BYU and Utah State, and Florida was 16-2 vs. Tennessee (6-0), Georgia (5-1) and Florida State (5-1).
Bowling Green, Utah and Florida were a combined 60-18 in conference games with four conference championships. Meyer's teams are 7-1 in bowl games, including 4-0 in BCS bowl games. His teams are 19-7 vs. the national Top 25, including 11-4 vs. Top 10 teams, 7-3 vs. Top 5 teams and 2-2 vs. the No. 1 team in the nation.
More Winning Numbers
So as one can see, it's crystal clear by the numbers: Coach Urban Meyer's teams have a plan to win. And the plan works.