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Ohio State sets or ties 74 records in 2014 National Championship season
By James Vogel
Ohio State's offense tore through the record book in 2014.
Photo by Jim Davidson
 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The fact that Ohio State won the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship this past season is something special in its own right and cemented the Buckeyes and head coach Urban Meyer firmly in the college football history books.

The team’s 42-20 downing of Oregon Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium opened a new era of the sport and came with plenty of records and individual achievements in the process.

Ohio State set or tied a total of 26 team records in the 2014 season, including the NCAA record for wins (14), the Big Ten record for total offensive yards (7,674) and school records for passing yards (3,707) and touchdown passes (42).

Before breaking his ankle in a 42-28 victory against rival Michigan Nov. 29, redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett set or tied 19 records by himself. Those include wins for a first-year starter (11) and offensive yards (3,772).

The offensive marks don’t stop there, though.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott’s 246 yards and four touchdowns against Oregon in the title game were bowl game records, Mike Bennett set a Big Ten Championship Game record with four tackles-for-loss in the team’s 59-0 pasting of Wisconsin and Devin Smith set a school record when he led the country with a 28.2 yards per catch average.

Ohio State set these records largely because it played 15 games in 2014, more games than ever before in a college football season. The grind of such a long season didn’t seem to effect the Buckeyes offensively, however, because it was evident by season’s end there wasn’t a team in the country playing offense better than the Buckeyes.

Below is a list of the records Ohio State either set or tied in 2014. Visit the next page for the long list of individual marks set by Barrett, Elliott, Cardale Jones and others during the team’s run at the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship.

TEAM RECORDS (NCAA)

Wins — 14 (tie with 1895 Penn, 2002 Ohio State, 2009 Boise State, 2009 Alabama, 2010 Auburn and 2013 Florida State)

Games played — 15 (tie with 2014 Oregon)

TEAM RECORDS (BIG TEN)

Consecutive conference wins — 24

First downs, game — 45, against Cincinnati Sept. 27

Total offensive plays, season — 1,099

Total offensive yards, season — 7,674

First downs, season — 386

Turnovers forced, Big Ten title game — 4, against Wisconsin Dec. 6

Interceptions, Big Ten title game — 3, against Wisconsin Dec. 6

TEAM RECORDS (PROGRAM)

Elliott ran all over the Bearcats.
Photo by Dan Harker
 

Wins — 14 (tie with 2002 BCS National Championship team)

Games played, season — 15

Consecutive conference wins — 24

Consecutive games with 50-plus points — 4, wins against Kent State, Cincinnati, Maryland and Rutgers

Consecutive games with 500-or-more yards total offense — 4, wins against Kent State, Cincinnati, Maryland and Rutgers

Passes completed, season — 260

Passing yards, season — 3,707

Passing touchdowns, season — 42

Total offensive plays, season — 1,099

Total offensive yards, season — 7,674

Points scored, season — 672

Touchdowns, season — 90

First downs, season — 386

Total offensive plays, game — 101, against Cincinnati Sept. 27

First downs, game — 45, against Cincinnati Sept. 27

First downs, bowl game — 28, against Oregon Jan. 12

TEAM RECORDS (FBS/POWER FIVE CONFERENCES)

Points allowed, FBS/Power Five championship game — 0, against Wisconsin Dec. 6

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