Sept. 1, 2016
LAST TIME VS. BOWLING GREEN: OCT. 7, 2006
Troy Smith tossed three touchdown passes – including a 57-yard strike to Ted Ginn — to lead No. 1 Ohio State to a 35-7 victory over Bowling Green.
The Buckeyes tacked on two touchdowns in the final quarter to turn a surprisingly close 21-7 game into a 28-point win.
Smith’s touchdowns covered 3 yards to Rory Nichol and 11 to Ray Small in addition to the long one to Ginn. His 85-percent completion rate was the third best ever for an Ohio State quarterback.
Antonio Pittman carried 13 times for 61 yards, scoring on two 8-yard runs.
Early in the fourth quarter, Ginn got a rare chance to return a punt — the Falcons punted out of bounds rather than give up a big return — and brought it back 21 yards to the Ohio State 43. On the next play, Smith dropped back in the pocket and fired to Ginn, who had streaked past defender Antonio Smith to catch the ball at the 7, racing in the rest of the way untouched.
Smith’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Nichol got the scoring started. The Falcons took over and drove to a first down at the Ohio State 34. But the Falcons’ 50-yard field-goal attempt by Sean Ellis’ was blocked by Kurt Coleman.
The Buckeyes made the most of that turnover by slicing through the Falcons. On third-and-26 at the Bowling Green 42, Smith dropped the snap out of the shotgun formation, then picked it up and had to avoid a tackler at left end. Smith cut across the grain, racing to the right corner for a 34-yard gain. On the next play, Pittman skirted left end for the first of his first score.
Bowling Green turned it over again on its next possession, with lineman Vernon Gholston grabbing a tipped pass at the Falcons 21. Three plays later, Pittman sidestepped a tackler at the goal line to make it 21-0.
The Falcons put together an impressive drive to start the second half, moving 85 yards in 15 plays on a mix of Anthony Turner’s passes and Chris Bullock’s runs. Anthony Turner completed 16-of-24 passes for 179 yards with one interception. He hooked up with Corey Partridge for a 7-yard TD in the third quarter.