#8 Ohio State vs. Army
Saturday, September 16th, 2017, 4:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (104,955), Columbus, Ohio
TV: FOX Sports
Joe Davis (Play-By-Play)
Brady Quinn (Analyst)
Bruce Feldman (Sideline)
Radio: WBNS (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.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In 127 previous seasons of football, Ohio State has never faced Army West Point. That all changes on Saturday when the No. 8 Buckeyes welcome the Black Knights to Ohio Stadium for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff that will be televised on FOX Sports.
Ohio State will be looking to get back on track after a 31-16 setback against Oklahoma last weekend. Army, meanwhile, ran its record to 2-0 with a 21-17 come-from-behind victory at home against Buffalo.
The matchup between the Buckeyes and Black Knights will be one of strength against strength. Army is currently second in FBS averaging 417.5 yards rushing per game. On the other side of the ball, Ohio State is second in the Big Ten and No. 13 nationally, allowing just 60.5 yards rushing per game and has allowed just one rushing touchdown this season.
By contrast, Army has attempted just 10 passes over the first two games of the season, completing two. The Black Knights defeated Fordham on the opening weekend of the season, 64-6, and Buffalo last week, 21-17
- Ohio State’s rush defense has allowed just one touchdown over the first two games of the season and currently ranks second in the Big Ten, giving up just 60.5 yards per contest.
- While the Buckeyes are allowing well under 100 yards rushing/game thus far, Army currently ranks second nationally in rush off ense, averaging 417.5 yards/game.
- Kicker Sean Nuernberger is a perfect five-for-five this year on field goals and has made 112 consecutive extra points.
- Seven of Drue Chrisman’s 10 punts this year have been downed inside the opponents 20 yard line. He’s currently second in the Big Ten with a 45.5 yards-per-punt average.
- QB J.T. Barrett needs 679 yards passing to become Ohio State’s all-time leader in that category.
Setting the Stage: Buckeyes versus Black Knights
- Ohio State and Army are meeting for the first time.
- The Buckeyes have set attendance records the last two times they’ve played in Ohio Stadium. Last November against Michigan, the crowd of 110,045 was an all-time high. Last Saturday against Oklahoma, Ohio State set a record for largest home-opening game attendance: 109,088.
- For the second time in as many games this season, the Buckeye defense opened the game with their “Rushman” package of four defensive linemen: Sam Hubbard, Nick Bosa, Jalyn Holmes and Tyquan Lewis.
- True freshman RB J.K. Dobbins followed up his 181-yard record-setting performance in the opener against Indiana with the first touchdown of his career last Saturday against Oklahoma, a six-yard run in the third quarter that gave Ohio State a 10-3 lead.
- K.J. Hill tied his career high with five receptions for 44 yards.
- Senior MLB Chris Worley tied his career high with 11 tackles and also forced a fumble against the Sooners. He had one TFL on the night, part of a defense that had nine total TFLs.
- At Ohio State, Meyer is 5-1 when coming off a loss with an average margin of victory of 28.8 points per game in those wins.
- Ohio State has been ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press Top 25 poll for 41 consecutive weeks.
- The last time that a Meyer-coached Buckeye team lost a non-conference home game it went on to win 23 consecutive games, including the 2014 College Football Playoff national championship
Army started its season 2-0 with a 21-17 victory over Buffalo last Saturday and has won its first two games of the season in back to back years for the first time since 1979 and 1980.
Against the Bulls, senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw completed his first pass of the 2017 campaign, connecting with Jordan Asberry for an 18-yard reception in the first quarter. Bradshaw and Darnell Woolfolk combined for 46 carries, 238 rushing yards and all three of the Army scores.
After allowing 17 first-half points, the Army defense buckled down and pieced together a solid second half. Over the final 30 minutes of play, Buffalo was only to manufacture 16 total plays on three drives that resulted in just 48 yards.
In its season-opening 64-6 win over Fordham, the Black Knights rushed for over 500 yards and averaged better than 10 yards a carry. They had 10 rushes of 20 yards or more.
Army head coach Jeff Monken is in his fourth season at West Point and helped the Black Knights take a big step forward in 2016, increasing its win total from two to eight, including their first victory over Navy since 2001. Army also won a bowl game for the first time in six seasons. It was the first time since 1984 that Army defeated Navy and won a bowl game in the same season.