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Ohio State national championship superlatives

Ohio State did what most in Big Ten country were happy to see happen, finally end the Big Ten’s national championship drought. For most of the other 13 fanbases it also means going right back to hating on the Buckeyes now that the job is done.

However, on Monday night the Buckeyes did some incredible things and thanks to the Buckeyes athletic communications department they were well documented.

Here is a look at all the greatness that occurred on the field in the Ohio State national championship winning performance:

·         Ohio State extends the nation’s longest winning streak to 13 games with the victory.

·         The 14 wins by the Buckeyes ties a school and NCAA record for the most victories in a season.

·         The 42 points scored by the Buckeyes gives Ohio State a total of (672) on the season, breaking the previous record of 637 set last season.

·         Ohio State is now 9-0 all-time vs. Oregon.

·         Head coach Urban Meyer is 3-0 in his career in national championship games and 17-5 all-time in neutral site games.

·         Meyer is now 40-3 in his career with more than a week to prepare for a game.

·         Meyer is now 14-5 in his career against Top 10 teams and 10-3 vs. the Top 5.

·         The Buckeyes are now 17-6 all-time indoors and 46-23 all-time in night games (games starting after 5 p.m. local time).

·         Ohio State is now 38-3 (.926) overall under Meyer, the second-highest winning percentage among FBS teams since the start of 2012.

·         With a career-high 246 yards rushing, RB Ezekiel Elliott moved into second place on Ohio State’s all-time single-season rushing list with 1,878 yards. He passes Archie Griffin (1,695 in 1974) and Keith Byars (1,764 in 1984). His 246 yards also ties him for third on Ohio State’s single-game list.

·         Elliott’s 4 rushing TDs also marks an Ohio State bowl/postseason record, breaking the previous record of 3 held by Raymont Harris.

·         In his last three games, Elliott has rushed for 696 yards with 8 TDs.

·         Per ESPN Stats and Info: Elliott’s 246 yards sets a championship game (BCS and CFP) record for rushing yards, breaking Vince Young’s record of 200 yards vs. USC in the 2006 BCS championship game. Elliott also broke his own record for rushing yards in an Ohio State bowl/postseason game.

·         Elliott has now rushed for 200+ yards in the last three postseason games, an Ohio State record for consecutive 200+ yard rushing games.

·         Elliott scored on a 33-yard scamper in the first quarter, his fifth TD run of at least 30 yards this season.

·         Elliott rushed for 63 yards and a TD in the opening quarter, giving him 277 yards and 2 TDs in the opening quarters of the past three games – all vs. Top 15 teams in Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.

·         TE Nick Vannett caught his fifth TD of the season and the sixth of his career in the first quarter, a 1-yard pass from Cardale Jones.

·         Ohio State’s 97-yard scoring drive was the second-longest TD drive of the season (98 vs. Kent State).

·         Per ESPN Stats and Info: Ohio State is now 91-1 when leading by 14+ points in the past 10 seasons.

·         Ohio State held Oregon to nearly 100 yards below its season average. Oregon had 465 and came in averaging 552.9. Ohio State also held Oregon to 132 yards rushing, more than 100 yards fewer than its season average of 241.9 entering the game.

·         Ohio State converted on 11 of 18 3rd/4th down conversions while holding Oregon to 2 of 14.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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