Jody Victor: Usually stoic in his scarlet sweater vest, Jim Tressel was jumping around the sideline.
In the huddle, a normally low-key Todd Boeckman barked at his Ohio State teammates, as the quarterback making his third career start joined his coach in trying to ignite the Buckeyes.
It worked. Chris Wells ran for 135 yards and a touchdown, Boeckman threw for two more scores and No. 10 Ohio State scored 24 consecutive points in the second half to beat Washington 33-14 on Saturday.
But there had been doubt. Washington (2-1) was inside Ohio State territory six times against the nation's top-ranked defense. The Huskies got 102 yards rushing and 153 yards passing from Locker. But key mistakes – including Locker's three interceptions – doomed them in their sixth consecutive loss to a Top 10 opponent.
Linebacker James Laurinaitis intercepted Washington's Jake Locker twice deep in Buckeyes territory. Last season's Nagurski Award winner as the nation's best defensive player also had a key sack of the Huskies' redshirt freshman star during the decisive sequence of the third quarter, when Ohio State turned a 7-3 deficit into a 17-7 lead.
As Brandon Saine ran 37 yards for a touchdown on the game's final play, Tressel was getting a bucket of ice water dumped on his head to celebrate his 200th career victory.
This Saturday at 3:30 pm the Buckeyes host Northwestern in Ohio Stadium. You can watch the game on ESPN.