Three decades ago, Archie Griffin ran for at least 100 yards in 31 straight regular season games. It's an NCAA record that still stands, unlikely to be broken.
No one in Columbus is asking for that kind of production. But with the Buckeyes 0-3 in the Big Ten for just the second time since 1943 -- and with what should be a winnable game against Indiana today -- Ohio State fans are looking for something, anything, out of the running game, which ranks 104th in the nation, is averaging 2.9 yards per carry and has three rushing touchdowns.
Lydell Ross, the Buckeyes' leading rusher, managed zero -- as in, 0! -- yards on 10 carries last week against Iowa. After six games, Ross was on pace to gain 629 yards this year. The last time the Buckeyes' leading rusher gained fewer was in 1987, when Vince Workman managed 470 yards -- and coach Earl Bruce was fired following a 6-4-1 season.
Yesterday, Ross was suspended for today's game, and the university offered no explanation. The good news: Indiana's defense ranks last in the Big Ten, and the last time the Buckeyes' offensive line was under such criticism -- a year ago at this time -- OSU broke out with a 603-yard day against the Hoosiers.