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STATIC WATCH: Ohio State continues to pile up points in the Horseshoe

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Ohio State has been at or near the top of the nation’s scoring charts for seven consecutive years, and the Buckeyes have been especially prolific at home.

Their 56-14 win over Indiana on Saturday made them the first Big Ten team since the 1903 Michigan Wolverines to score at least 45 points in six consecutive home games in the same season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Buckeyes’ streak began after they scored just 21 against Notre Dame in the opener. Two weeks later, they set a national season high with 77 points against Toledo.

Ohio State is averaging 50.6 points per home game this season and is averaging a Bowl Subdivision 48.4 points per game in 45 games at Ohio Stadium since 2016, according to Sportradar.

Tennessee leads the 2022 season in scoring at home with 55.3 points per game.

THIS GUY CAN PLAY

Central Michigan freshman Burt Emanuel Jr. had his best rushing performance by a quarterback in three years when he rushed for 293 yards against Buffalo in just his second varsity game.

The Chippewas coaching staff wanted to give some playing time to Emanuel, who can play up to four games and still keep his redshirt.

He ran for 24 times and finished with 30 snaps in relief of Daniel Richardson in Wednesday’s 31-27 win. Of his 293 yards, 274 came in the second half, and he scored on runs of 75, 87 and 1 yard.

Emanuel’s rating was the highest by a quarterback since Navy’s Malcolm Perry had 304 yards on 29 carries against Army in 2019.

The only other 200-yard game for the week was Oklahoma’s Eric Gray, who had 211 on 25 carries against West Virginia.

GREAT START, BAD START

Pittsburgh led Virginia 14-0 just 16 seconds into the game after Brennan Armstrong’s first two passes were intercepted and returned for touchdowns.

MJ Devonshire had a pick-6 of 29 yards and Marquise Williams had a 39-yarder. It was the second TDs of the season for each player.

The game was Pitt’s first with two TD interception returns since Sept. 2, 2006, when Darrelle Revis and Clint Session had a pick-6 against Virginia.

It was a difficult day for Armstrong. He was sacked eight times and finished 17 of 33 for 152 yards and a touchdown. Only two FBS quarterbacks have thrown more than Armstrong’s 12 interceptions this season.

THREE FOR ME

Miami’s Kamren Kinchens caught three passes against Georgia Tech, making him the fourth FBS player to have at least three picks in a game. He ran a third down 99 yards for a touchdown, the second-longest pick-6 of the season behind John Torchio’s 100-yarder for Wisconsin against Illinois State on Sept. 3.

THE TIME OF SCIENCE

Louisiana-Monroe backup linebacker Michael Betton had a season-high 15 tackles against Georgia State.

Batan, who had 68 tackles, also had a pass rush, forced a fumble and assisted on a fumble to go with 16. His previous highs were two solo tackles and five total.

Penalty on the fourth

South Alabama went 6-for-6 on fourth down conversions against Texas State. The Jaguars have converted nine straight on fourth down in three games after succeeding in just three of their first 10 opportunities this season.

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