12:00 PM ET, October 23, 2004
Ohio Stadium, COLUMBUS, OH
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Troy Smith threw two touchdown passes in his first start and Tony Pittman ran for 144 yards to lead Ohio State to a 30-7 win over Indiana on Saturday, ending the Buckeyes' three-game losing skid.
Ohio State (4-3, 1-3) avoided its first 0-4 record in the Big Ten since 1922.
With starting tailback Lydell Ross serving a one-game suspension, Pittman carried 20 times and had a 28-yard touchdown late in the game. The Buckeyes had 282 rushing yards, almost as many as they had in their four previous games (287).
Ohio State had 443 total yards, more than in its last two games combined.
Indiana (2-5, 0-4) lost its fifth game in a row overall and 12th straight to Ohio State.
Smith, who didn't play in three of the last four games, completed 12 of 24 passes for 161 yards without an interception and ran for 58 yards on 11 carries. He had been stuck on the bench behind fellow sophomore Justin Zwick, who struggled all season before sustaining a slightly separated shoulder at Iowa.
The Buckeyes had scored two touchdowns on their last 29 possessions before scoring the first four times they got the ball against Indiana.
Six plays after taking the opening kickoff, Smith threw a pass into the right flat that cornerback Buster Larkins could have intercepted. Instead, the ball tipped off his hands and bounced to Ted Ginn Jr., a former high school teammate of Smith's in Cleveland. Ginn broke four tackles in a zigzagging sprint to the end zone to complete a 59-yard play.
On the play before the touchdown, Pittman fumbled the ball away to the Hoosiers. After consulting with Big Ten video review officials in the press box, officials ruled Pittman was down before the ball popped loose and returned possession to the Buckeyes.
After a punt by Indiana, which managed just 242 yards, Smith led an 85-yard drive that included runs of 28 and 11 yards by Pittman. On third and goal from the Indiana 5, Smith hit Santonio Holmes in the corner of the end zone to make it 14-0.
Mike Nugent kicked field goals of 29 and 52 yards on the next two Ohio State possessions and later added a 35-yard field goal.
Indiana drew as close as 14-7 on Matt LoVecchio's keeper late in the first quarter. LoVecchio hit on 14 of 25 passes for 156 yards with one interception.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-14||6-14|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||1-1|
|TD||13:06||TED GINN JR. 59 YD PASS FROM TROY SMITH (MIKE NUGENT KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||6:02||SANTONIO HOLMES 5 YD PASS FROM TROY SMITH (MIKE NUGENT KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 85 yards.
|TD||1:24||MATT LOVECCHIO 1 YD RUN (BRYAN ROBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||11:08||MIKE NUGENT 29 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 64 yards.
|FG||7:42||MIKE NUGENT 52 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 16 yards.
|FG||1:45||MIKE NUGENT 35 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 44 yards.
|TD||4:52||ANTONIO PITTMAN 28 YD RUN (MIKE NUGENT KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 28 yards.