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Dec. 30, 2004

SAN ANTONIO – Ohio State didn’t miss starting quarterback Troy Smith a bit.

Justin Zwick stepped in for the suspended Smith and threw for 189 yards and a touchdown, and Ted Ginn Jr. and Lydell Ross each scored, leading No. 24 Ohio State to a 33-7 victory over Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday night.

Ted Ginn Jr. caught six passes for 78 yards and rushed for another 51 yards and a touchdown.

Zwick completed 17 of 27 passes for 189 yards, and Ross rushed for 99 yards on 12 carries. Mike Nugent kicked four field goals.

Smith, who led Ohio State to victories in four of its last five games, was suspended by the team last week. University officials said he accepted an unspecified benefit from a team booster in violation of NCAA rules.

The Buckeyes took advantage of two early turnovers by Oklahoma State, and never let the Cowboys get anything going offensively.

T.A. BADGER
Associated Press Writer