50 Stats for Saturday: Ohio

There’s a lot of information of there these days, especially in the digital era. It can be tough to sort through the stories, columns, and past box scores to discover what’s relevant and what’s not. Onward State wants to expedite that process for you. Today, we debut a new weekly column for the college football season. “50 Stats for Saturday” will attempt to give some tidbits ahead of each week’s matchup that your typical game preview would not.

Without further ado, here are your 50 stats for this weekend’s matchup vs. Ohio:

1. On Saturday, someone not named Joe Paterno will patrol the sideline as head coach in a Nittany Lions season opener for the first time since 1965.
2. Gas was $0.31 a gallon in 1965 and Lyndon Johnson was President.
3. Bill O’Brien wasn’t even alive yet.
4. Beaver Stadium’s capacity was was 46,284 in 1965.
5. Penn State ran the ball 515 times last year.
6. The men responsible for 433 (84%) of those carries have transferred, graduated, or have been kicked off the team.
7. Silas Redd carried the ball 244 times in 2011.
8. Stephon Green, Curtis Dukes, and Brandon Beachum totaled 136 carries last year.
9. Rob Bolden ran the ball (if you want to call it that) 29 times.
10. Bill Belton had 13 carries in 2011.
11. Bill Belton will may very well double his career carries in the first half.
12. The last Penn State victory against a MAC opponent was (September 24, 2011 vs Eastern Michigan) September 19, 1992 vs. Eastern Michigan.
13. Penn State had zero defensive touchdowns last year.
14. Ohio lost to 3-9 Buffalo last Fall.
15. Last year’s starters at WR were Derek Moye, Justin Brown, and Devon Smith.
16. Moye, Brown, and Smith combined for 100 receptions.
17. Moye graduated, Brown transferred to Oklahoma, and Smith was kicked off the team.
18. Allen Robinson, Shawney Kersey, and Alex Kenney are slated to start at WR vs. Ohio.
19. Robinson, Kersey, and Kenney have nine career receptions collectively.
20. There are 11 Wide Receivers listed on the Penn State depth chart.
21. 7 of them have never caught a pass in a Penn State uniform.
22. Matt McGloin has more career receptions than 64% of Penn State’s wide receivers.
23. Ohio has never come remotely close to defeating Penn State.
24. In the five-game series, Penn State’s average margin of victory vs. Ohio is 25.6 points.
25. This isn’t your grandfather’s Ohio Bobcats football team.
26. Ohio averaged over 30 points a game last year.
27. Ohio starting QB Tyler Tettleton amassed almost 3,000 yards last year and accumulated 38 touchdowns, 10 of which were rushing.
28. He was the first Ohio QB to throw for 3,000 yards in a season.
29. Tyler Tettleton threw for more yards and touchdowns last year than Matt McGloin did in his entire career.
30. Ohio’s two leading receivers were responsible for over 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns.
31. Those two receivers have graduated.
32. The last time Penn State won a game, Matt McGloin was in 3rd grade.
33. Sam Ficken has converted one field goal in his college career, a 43 yarder against Eastern Michigan.
34. Sam Ficken is Robbie Hummel’s (Ex-Purdue basketball star) cousin.
35. This is Sam Ficken’s recruiting picture from Rivals.com
36. Rob Gronkowski hauled in 90 balls for the Patriots last season
37. Penn State tight ends have totalled 94 receptions over the past FOUR SEASONS.
38. Current Green Bay Packer Andrew Quarless had almost half of those 94 in 2009.
39. Penn State returns six starters for the 2012 season.
40. Ohio returns eight starters… on Defense (six more on offense).
41. Three of those starters are from Altoona, Pa.
42. The four new men leading the secondary for Penn State are Stephon Morris, Adrian Amos, Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, and Malcolm Willis.
43. They have 11 starts among them.
44. Michael Mauti, Gerald Hodges and Glenn Carson have been on the field for 2889 snaps over the course of their careers.
45. Michael Mauti only saw 182 plays before suffering a season-ending ACL tear in 2011.
46. Michael Mauti is mad.
47. The last time Ohio head coach Frank Solich visited Beaver Stadium is when he was head coach at Nebraska in 2002.
48. #25 Penn State defeated #7 Nebraska 40-7.
49. 110,753 attended that game, the largest Beaver Stadium crowd in history.
50. No matter how you look at it, history will be made again on Saturday.

Bonus: The Ohio Bobcat tackles Brutus and starts punching him in the face before a game in 2010.

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