A recent thread discussed the need to rush the ball effectively, particularly this year with Forcier at QB. One poster said we had had a sub-par rushing attack since 2003. Other posters, citing Mike Hart and yards per game since 2003, argued that we have had a relatively good rushing game. I commented that yards per attempt was a better gauge of rushing effectiveness and said by that standard we were not that strong, and signed off. It then occurred to me (belatedly) that I should probably provide some evidence of that and make sure my initial reaction wasn't full of shit. So here goes. I compared yards per attempt for us vs. yards per attempt for OSU since 2004. I think it validates that comparatively, we have been "ok", but not at the level we would want.
Here are our last few years rushing yards per carry, per mgoblue stats:
Here are Ohio State's, per their site:
That is a significant difference in rushing effectiveness over time. I'm sure there are tons of other stats out there, but this seems at minimum, a stat that needs addressing.