PREVIEW: No. 6 Ohio State at Maryland
Nov. 7, 2016

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No. 6 Ohio State vs. Maryland
Saturday, November 12th, 2016, 3:30 p.m. ET
Maryland Stadium (51,802), College Park, MD

TV: ESPN
Beth Mowins (Play-By-Play)
Anthony Becht (Analyst)
Rocky Boiman (Sideline)

Radio: WBNS FM (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. The game can also be heard nationally on Sirius (135) and XM (195) satellite radio and internet channel 957.

FIRST AND 10

  • Curtis Samuel was named the Big Ten co-offensive player of the week after totaling 173 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in less than three quarters against No. 10 Nebraska.
  • Samuel is the only FBS player with at least 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards.
  • J.T. Barrett, who holds the Ohio State career record for touchdowns responsible for (94), needs just two more scores to break the Big Ten record of 95 held by Drew Brees.
  • Ohio State’s defense has given up just 10 touchdowns this season and has allowed just three rushing touchdowns on the season, the fewest in the FBS. They also have scored six defensive TDs on the season, second best in the FBS.
  • Ohio State ranks first in the FBS in pass efficiency defense (88.1), second in red zone defense (.667), third in scoring defense (13.8), fourth in passing yards allowed (166.1) and TO margin (+1.22 per game), fifth in total defense (285.3) and ninth with 14 INTs. Offensively, Ohio State ranks sixth in scoring (44.8) and ninth in rushing (268.6).
  • Ohio State’s tandem of safeties Malik Hooker and Damon Webb each had interception returns for touchdowns against Nebraska to increase the team’s pick-six total to a school record six so far this season.
  • Hooker leads the Big Ten and is tied for second nationally with five interceptions.
  • Malik Hooker’s two interception return touchdowns this season ties him with Neal Colzie (1973) for the most in school history in one season.
  • Mike Weber is seeking to become the third Ohio State freshman to rush for 1,000 yards. Robert Smith (1990) and Maurice Clarett (2002) are the other two. Weber is just 158 yards from 1,000 with 842 yards.
  • Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin is the ninth former Urban Meyer assistant to game plan against Meyer. Meyer is 93-15 in first-time coaching matchups and he is 7-1 coaching against one of his former assistants.

MOST POINTS OVER TOP 10 TEAM
Ohio State is coming off one of its finest offensive performances under Urban Meyer as it rolled to 590 yards and 34 first downs against No. 10 Nebraska on the way to a 62-3 victory. The 62 points were the most for an Ohio state team over a Top 10 team and the 59-point margin of victory was the secondmost nationally over an AP Top 10 team.

Ohio State: Top 10 Points vs. Top 10 Team
62 – 2016 vs. No. 10 Nebraska (62-3)
50 – 1968 vs. No. 4 Michigan (50-14)
49 – 2014 at No. 8 Michigan State (49-37)
44 – 2016* vs. No. 8 Notre Dame (44-28)
42 – 2015 at No. 10 Michigan (42-13)
42 – 2015^ vs. No. 2 Oregon (42-20)
42 – 2015@ vs. No. 1 Alabama (42-35)
42 – 2006 vs. No. 2 Michigan (42-39)
42 – 1969 vs. No. 10 Purdue (42-14)
42 – 1973# vs. No. 1 USC (42-17)
*Fiesta Bowl; #Rose Bowl; @Sugar Bowl
^CFP National Championship

Largest Margins of Victory: Top 10 Matchups
1945: #1 Army defeated #6 Penn by 61 (61-0)
2016: #6 OSU defeated #10 Nebraska by 59 (62-3)
1944: #1 Army defeated #5 ND by 59 (59-0)
1966: #1 Notre Dame defeated #10 USC by 51 (51-0)
Source: ESPN Stats & Info

NICE RUN VS. TOP 10 TEAMS
Ohio State has won six of its last seven games against Top 10 teams beginning with the win over No. 1 Alabama in the 2015 CFP semifinals and including wins over No. 2 Oregon in the 2015 CFP national championship game, No. 10 Michigan and No. 8 Notre Dame last season and No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 10 Nebraska this year.

28 CHAMPIONS VS. NEBRASKA
A bunch of Buckeyes graded as a champion against Nebraska. There were 28, led by players of the week on offense (Curtis Samuel), defense (Malik Hooker and Sam Hubbard) and special teams (Jordan Fuller with three special team tackles).

Champions This Week
Defense (13) – Malik Hooker, Sam Hubbard, Michael Hill, Jalyn Holmes, Dre’Mont Jones, Tyquan Lewis, Jerome Baker, Raekwon McMillan, Chris Worley, Gareon Conley, Marshon Lattimore, Denzel Ward and Damon Webb

Offense (14) – Curtis Samuel, J.T. Barrett, Mike Weber, Terry McLaurin, Parris Campbell, Noah Brown, K.J. Hill, Marcus Baugh, A.J. Alexander, Jamarco Jones, Pat Elflein, Billy Price, Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince

SAMUEL’S 173 YARDS NET POW AWARD
Curtis Samuel totaled 173 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns in less than three quarters to spark the impressive offensive performance by the Buckeyes against Nebraska. Samuel had eight receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard scoring strike in the third quarter. He also rushed five times for another 41 yards. For his efforts, Samuel was named the Big Ten’s co-offensive player of the week this week.

SAMUEL: THE ONLY 500/500 PLAYER
Curtis Samuel is the only player in the nation with at least 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards. The junior has 599 rushing yards to go with a team-best 676 receiving yards. He has 1,270 all-purpose yards for a 141.1 yards per game average which is good for 25th nationally.

BARRETT CLOSING IN ON BREES
Junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, who set the Ohio State career record for touchdowns responsible for (passing and rushing) in the overtime win over Wisconsin, added four more to his career total vs. Nebraska and now has 94 for his career. Barrett needs just two more scores to have the most in the Big Ten Conference. Totals are based on research through the statistical database Stats LLC and the NCAA’s FBS Records book.

MOST TDs RESPONSIBLE FOR - BIG TEN

Name, School Pass Rush Total
Drew Brees, Purdue 81 14 95
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State 66 28 94
Denard Robinson, Michigan 49 42 91
Chad Henne, Michigan 62 28 90
Braxton Miller, Ohio State 52 36 88

MOST TDs RESPONSIBLE FOR (RUSH & PASS)
(active players since 2014)

Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech 103
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State 94
Deshaun Watson, Clemson 92

ANOTHER 300-YARD GAME FOR J.T.
J.T. Barrett threw for 290 yards off a clean 26 of 38 line with four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Cornhuskers. He added 39 rushing yards for a 329 yards of total offense game. It marked his third 300-yard game of the season and his schoolrecord extending 14th of his career. He also has a school-record 24 games with at least 200 yards of total offense.

URBAN & D.J. TIES
Urban Meyer has had Maryland coach D.J. Durkin on two of his staffs for a total of three seasons. Durkin, a Youngstown native and a graduate of Bowling Green State University, was a graduate assistant on Meyer’s Bowling Green staffs in 2001-02. Durkin also coached linebackers and special teams at Florida in 2010.

A LOOK BACK AT SATURDAY'S WIN OVER NEBRASKA

No. 6 Ohio State 62, No. 10 Nebraska 3