The Oklahoma Sooners and the Ohio State Buckeyes have played each other only twice in the history of their storied programs. The result of the games is a 1-1 series split with the Buckeyes winning the most recent game 24-14 during the 1983 season.
The Sooners and Ohio State also provided one of the most iconic moments in OU football history when Uwe von Schamann kicked the game-winning field goal in 1977. While both games provided classic moments for both programs, the 2016 versions of the respective teams are ready to make their own history.
Offensively, Ohio State is ranked 9th in the country with an average of 313.5 yards per game. They are also 32nd nationally passing with an average of 283 yards per game. J.T. Barrett is the triggerman for the Buckeyes. He’s completing 66% of his passes and has tossed six touchdowns, and one interception, in the first two games of the season. He’s also scored a team-high three rushing touchdowns.
Running back Curtis Samuel leads the team in receiving with 239 yards, and 2 touchdowns, on 14 catches. Dontre Wilson is second on the team with 75 yards on 6 receptions. Samuel is also second on the team in rushing with 162 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Mike Weber is averaging 6.3 yards per carry and has a team-high 228 yards on 36 carries. The Buckeyes are second in the nation in scoring at an average of 63 points per game.
Defensively Ohio State is third in the country in points allowed at an average of 6.5 points per game. The Buckeyes have yet to allow and offensive touchdown in two games. Raekwon McMillan paces the team with 12 tackles and Robert Landers has a team-high three tackles for loss. Safety Malik Hooker has recorded 8 total tackles and has nabbed 3 interceptions.
The Buckeyes have the top defense in the Big 10, allowing opponents just an average of 216 yards per game. As a unit they’ve nabbed seven interceptions and have returned three of those for scores. Opposing quarterbacks are completing just 47.4% of their passes against Ohio State. They are even stronger against the run where they are allowing opponents an average of just 2 yards per carry and 65 yards per game.