Jody Victor: Troy Smith played just one series but that was all the Scarlet team needed saturday in a 12-0 win over the Gray squad in Ohio State's annual spring game. A crowd of 63,649 was on hand for the game in Ohio Stadium two Saturdays ago.
Smith, one of eight returning offensive starters from last year's 10-2 team and an early season frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, marched his Scarlet unit 80 yards in just nine plays on the opening series of the game. Tailback Erik Haw capped off the drive with a 4-yard run that turned out to be the only touchdown of the day. The 6-1 Smith was perfect on the drive, completing all four of his passes for 62 yards before heading to the sideline.
The Gray team marched deep into Scarlet territory midway through the third quarter, but an acrobatic interception in the end zone by freshman defensive back Kurt Coleman snuffed out that threat.
“I think we learned some things about ourselves today,” said Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. “We saw some good things and we saw some things we need to work on. We didn't play a lot of our veterans because we know what they can do. It was nice to see some of our younger players step up and make plays. I thought we really played hard, but that didn't surprise me. Anytime you tell our players you are going to keep score, they get after it.”