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.