Jody Victor : Top-Ranked Buckeyes come Alive for 37-7 Victory vs. Cincinnati

Jody Victor: Top-ranked Ohio State scored 24 points in the second half to blow open what had been a 13-7 lead at the half en route to a 37-7 win over visiting Cincinnati in front of 105,037 fans Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

Ohio State scored first when Aaron Pettrey kicked a 47-yard field goal with 8:46 to play in the first quarter. After keeping Cincinnati to only one first down on the opening drive of the game, the Buckeyes took over on their own 42-yard line. they used nine plays to move the ball 28 yards in 3 minutes, 32 seconds before Pettrey delivered the longest kick of his young career.

The Buckeyes found their stride in the fourth quarter, scoring 17 points in the final stanza. Ohio State finished with 444 yards, getting 155 of 166 rushing yards from Antonio Pittman, who carried the ball 16 times and scored one touchdown. Heisman Trophy candidate Troy Smith completed 21-of-30 passes for 203 yards and two scores. He was joined by three other quarterbacks – Justin Zwik, Todd Boeckman and Rob Schoenhoft – on the field in the victory. Anthony Gonzalez made five catches for 85 yards. Ted Ginn Jr., also a candidate for the Heisman Trophy, was on the receiving end of both of Smith's TD passes. He finished the game with five catches for 33 yards.

Ohio State's defense also had a big day, intercepting three Cincinnati passes, recording eight sacks for 59 yards and holding Bearcat rushers to -4 yards rushing. James Laurinaitis intercepted his second pass in as many games and finished with nine tackles and one sack. Anderson Russell and Malcolm Jenkins also had interceptions for the Silver Bullet defense.

This week it's Ohio State vs. Penn State at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 pm and will be televised on ABC.

Go Bucks!

Jody Victor