Jody Victor®: Ohio State vs. Purdue

Jody Victor: This week's game Ohio State (6-3, 3-2) plays Purdue (4-5, 2-3) in West Lafayette, Indiana. Kickoff is Noon ET in Ross-Ade Stadium. In the meantime, here's some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu  and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

The Broadcasts
Television: BTN will televise the game with Tom Hart and Derek Rackley in the booth and Lisa Byington on the sidelines.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Luke Fickell pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game can also be heard on Sirius satellite radio channel 137 and XM channel 192.

First and 10

  • The Buckeyes are 15-1 in November games since the start of the 2005 season and 8-0 on the road that month (not including 2010).
  • Braxton Miller set an Ohio State record for the longest rush by a QB with his 81-yard TD run against the Hoosiers.
  • Three different Buckeyes (Herron, Miller, Hyde) rushed for at least 100 yards in the win over Indiana last Saturday.
  • Senior RB Dan “Boom” Herron has carried 70 times for 415 yards (138.3 ypg and 5.9 ypc) and 2 TDs in three games this season.
  • The Buckeyes are 21-1 in Herron's career when he rushes for at least 55 yards.
  • Herron is the 11th Buckeye to rush for 2,600 yards.
  • Junior DL John Simon has 10.0 TFL in the past four games and 5.0 sacks in his last three.
  • Sophomore kicker Drew Basil has connected on 12 consecutive field goal attempts.
  • Punter Ben Buckanan ranks second nationally with 11 punts inside the 10.
  • Head coach Luke Fickell picked up his second consecutive victory over a ranked opponent with the 33-29 win vs. No. 15 Wisconsin Oct. 29.

The Pursuit Continues at Purdue
Ohio State continues its pursuit of first place in the Leaders Division of the Big Ten Conference with a noon game this Saturday against Purdue University. The Buckeyes have won three consecutive Leaders Division games to improve to 3-2 in the Big Ten and 6-3 overall. Purdue dropped a 62-17 game on the road at Wisconsin Saturday and enters the game with a 2-3 division record and a 4-5 mark overall.

Series Record
The Buckeyes and Boilermakers have met 52 times previously on the football field, with Ohio State holding a 37-13-2 advantage in the series, a total that does not reflect the result of the 2010 game vacated by Ohio State. Ohio State leads 24-5-2 in all games played at Columbus and 12-7 in all games at Purdue. The Boilermakers have defeated the Buckeyes in three of the last five meetings at Purdue. Included in that stretch of games was the 26-18 Boilermaker win in 2009.

November Dominance
The Buckeyes are 15-1 in November games since 2005, suffering a 28-21 loss at home to Illinois Nov. 10, 2007. And even more impressive is the fact Ohio State is 8-0 in November road games during that streak. The Buckeyes boast an all-time record of 288-132-19 in November games, 181-78-11 in November home games and 107-54-8 on the road that month. (Note: the 2010 season was vacated by The Ohio State University).

Around the Big Ten
There are some terrific matchups around the Big Ten this weekend: Legends Division leader Michigan State (4-1 Big Ten; 7-2 overall) travels to Iowa (3-2; 6-3); Michigan (3-2; 7-2) is at Illinois (2-3; 6-3); Nebraska (3-2; 7-2) travels to Penn State (5-0; 8-1); Wisconsin (3-2; 7-2) is at Minnesota (1-4; 2-7) and Northwestern (2-4; 4-5) hosts Rice in a non-conference affair. Indiana (0-6; 1-9) is off this week.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor