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Oct. 22, 2005

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Troy Smith ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, Ohio State had 240 yards rushing and another strong defensive effort led the 14th-ranked Buckeyes to their most lopsided victory of the season, 41-10 over Indiana on Saturday.

For the Buckeyes (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten), there was one major change: They won a conference road game for only the second time in seven games dating to November 2003 – albeit in a friendly environment that appeared to have more Buckeyes fans than Hoosiers supporters.

Indiana (4-3, 1-3) lost its 13th straight in the series and still hasn’t beaten the Buckeyes at home since 1988.

But Ohio State didn’t need creativity to win this one.

It took a page out of Woody Hayes’ playbook, running right at the Hoosiers.

Antonio Pittman was the setup man, running 26 times for 133 yards, while Smith finished the job. Smith carried 12 times for 55 yards, scored on runs of 1 and 23 yards and completed 14-of-23 for 226 yards, including a 23-yard TD pass to Santonio Holmes.

Ohio State’s swarming defense was more impressive.

Indiana gained only 42 yards rushing, nearly half coming in the final minutes, and finished with 137 total yards. Blake Powers, who entered the game with a single-season school record 20 TD passes, was 13-of-29 for 72 yards and failed to throw a touchdown for the first time all year.

Even receiver James Hardy, the Hoosiers’ big-play threat, couldn’t get going. He had two catches for 27 yards although he appeared to be hobbled by a leg injury.

Ohio State still was far from perfect, though.

While it converted an Indiana fumble and a short punt into first-half touchdowns, the Buckeyes also blew several chances to take control. Smith was intercepted at the goal line, and a personal foul penalty nullified Ted Ginn Jr.’s 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

The Hoosiers problems were more costly. Twice, Indiana started drives inside the Ohio State 40 and failed to score points. Its only touchdown came when linebacker John Pannozzo ripped the ball away from Ginn in the third quarter and scored on a 57-yard return.

Ohio State matched that two possessions later when Brandon Mitchell intercepted Powers’ underthrown ball and ran it back 57 yards to make it 31-10.

Indiana’s problems started when punt returner Troy Grosfield botched a catch at the Indiana 35 and Antonio Smith recovered for the Buckeyes. Three plays later, Troy Smith connected with Holmes for a 7-0 lead.

After Joe Kleinsmith hit a 39-yard field goal, Troy Smith ran 1 yard and Josh Huston hit a 23-yard field goal to make it 17-3 at the half.

Ohio State delivered the knockout after Pannozzo’s touchdown return. Troy Smith ran 23 yards for a score, then came the interception return and Ginn scored on a 62-yard punt return.