Jody Victor : OSU Stays Perfect in 44-Point Shutout of Minnesota

Jody Victor: No. 1 Ohio State won their 16th straight game as they claimed a 44-0 victory over Minnesota in front of 105,455 fans Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Antonio Pittman ran 21 times for 116 yards and two scores and added two catches for 47 yards while the Buckeye defense had three interceptions and recorded a shutout for the first time since the 2003 season.

Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith finished the game 14-of-21 for 183 yards and one touchdown and added 43 yards on six rushing attempts and his first rushing touchdown of the season. The defense used interceptions by Antonio Smith, Jamario O'Neal and Malcolm Jenkins and turned back the Golden Gophers twice on fourth down, including a stop at the OSU 15-yard line midway through the fourth quarter that kept the shutout bid alive.

This Saturday the Buckeyes (9-0 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) travel to Champaign, Illinois. Game kickoff is at 3:36 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2.

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Jody Victor : Buckeyes Win 15th Straight Game

Jody Victor: Ohio State quareterback Troy Smith threw four touchdowns, Ted Ginn Jr. threw another and Chris Wells ran for a score as the top-ranked Buckeyes easily got past Indiana for a 44-3 victory in front of 105,267 fans Saturday at Ohio Stadium. By winning for the 15th straight game, Ohio State improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten.

Neither team scored on its opening possession of the game, but Indiana scored first thanks to a pair of key special teams plays. Ohio State finished with a season-high 540 total yards, getting 270 rushing and 270 passing. Antonio Pittman carried the ball 16 times for 105 yards, his fifth 100-yard game of the season. The defense limited Indiana to 165 total yards and allowed only seven yards rushing. It also recovered one fumble and intercepted two second-half passes.

Ohio State plays host to Minnesota this Saturday for homecoming. The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and be televised by ABC.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor : Top-Ranked Buckeyes Hold Off Michigan State

Jody Victor: It was just a matter of time and for a moment time stood still Saturday as Ohio State speedster Ted Ginn Jr. returned a Michigan State punt 60 yards for a touchdown to give the Buckeyes a 17-0 lead. It was Ginn's sixth career touchdown on a punt return, giving the Ohio State junior sole possession of the Big Ten record which he had shared with Iowa's Tim Dwight. He is this week's Big Ten special teams player of the week.

Jim Tressel's Buckeyes are coming off a very convincing 38-7 road win at Michigan State. The victory extended the Buckeyes' current winning streak to 14 straight, the longest in the nation and the fourth longest in school history. During that stretch, Ohio State has reeled off 10 consecutive Big Ten victories and has won its last nine home games.

Ohio State returns home this week to host Indiana in the first game of a two-game home stand for the Buckeyes. Top-ranked and undefeated OSU is 7-0 on the year and 3-0 in Big Ten play. Indiana is 4-3 for all games and sports a 2-1 conference ledger.

Saturday's game is sold out at Ohio Stadium (102,329). Kick off time is 12:02 p.m. EDT and will be televised by ESPNU and broadcast by WBNS Radio (1460 AM and 97.1 FM) over the 73-station Ohio State radio network.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor : No. 1 Buckeyes Claim 35-7 Win over Bowling Green

Jody Victor: Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith threw three touchdown passes, including a 57-yard strike to Ted Ginn Jr. as the No. 1 ranked Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) handed Bowling Green (3-3, 2-1 Mid-America Conference) a 35-7 loss in front of 105,057 fans Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State ran the nation's longest win streak to 13 games with the non-conference victory.

Ginn finished with a career-high 10 receptions for 122 yards and Smith completed 17-of-20 passes for 191 yards without an interception. Smith hit Rory Nicol for a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Ray Small for an 11-yard score in the fourth quarter. Smith's 85 percent completion percentage is the third best by an Ohio State quarterback.

The Buckeyes totaled 387 yards, including 248 through the air. Justin Zwick contributed 57 yards on 4-of-9 passing. Ohio State had 139 yards on the ground, 61 from Antonio Pittman who carried 13 times and scored twice. Pittman has run for a touchdown in 11-consecutive games.

The Buckeye defense finished with one interception and Andre Amos nearly had a second, but the play was overturned after video replay. The unit also got sacks from Gholston and Pitcock. Malcolm Jenkins and James Laurinaitis each had nine tackles to lead Ohio State. Bowling Green had 339 total yards, running for 160 and throwing for 179.

Ohio State resumes Big Ten play next Saturday at Michigan State. ABC Sports will televise the game which kicks off at 3:30 p.m., EDT.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor : No. 1 Buckeyes Return Home to Host Bowling Green

Jody Victor: Led by senior quarterback Troy Smith's career-high four touchdown passes and a spirited defense that came up with four takeaways, No. 1 ranked Ohio State downed No. 13 Iowa, 38-17, Saturday in Iowa City, knocking the Hawkeyes from the unbeaten ranks in front of a highly-partisan Kinnick Stadium crowd of 70,585.

With the win, OSU improved to 5-0 on the year and 2-0 in Big Ten play. It was the Buckeyes third win of the year over a Top 25 team (No. 2 Texas and No. 24 Penn State were the other two) and their second win under the lights on the road and on national TV.

Top-ranked Ohio State closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule Saturday by hosting Mid-America Conference foe Bowling Green. Bowling Green is 3-2 on the year after a 21-9 win at Ohio on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. EDT in Ohio Stadium where a capacity crowd of more than 105,000 will be on hand for just the fourth meeting ever between the teams. The game will be televised in the Big Ten area on ESPN Plus.

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Jody Victor

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