Scores

Final

Kent State 3

(3-4, 1-2 MAC)

(3) Ohio State 48

(7-0, 3-0 Big Ten)

12:00 PM ET, October 13, 2007

Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

1 2 3 4 T
KENT 0 0 0 33
#3OSU 7 28 10 348

Top Performers

Passing: T. Boeckman (OSU) - 184 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: E. Jarvis (KENT) - 16 CAR, 84 YDS

Receiving: B. Saine (OSU) - 5 REC, 76 YDS

No. 3 Ohio St. remains unbeaten with rout of Kent St.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Big plays, big win, Big Ten.

Brian Hartline returned a punt a school-record 90 yards and Donald Washington brought back an interception 70 yards to lead third-ranked Ohio State past Kent State 48-3 on Saturday.

"When you get returns, like a 90-yard punt return and an interception return for a touchdown, it's going to be hard to have anyone beat you," coach Jim Tressel said.

Stingy Buckeyes
Ohio State

Ohio State has allowed an average of only 7.1 points per game in its last nine regular-season non-conference games. Only two of those opponents scored in double digits.

Year Opp. Result
2007 Kent St. W, 48-3
2007 Washington W,
33-14
2007 Akron W, 20-2
2007 Youngstown St. W, 38-6
2006 Bowling Green W, 35-7
2006 Cincinnati W, 37-7
2006 Texas W, 24-7
2006 Northern Ill. W,
35-12
2005 San Diego St. W, 27-6

Just like the last time they met, Ohio State (7-0) hopes Kent State is a steppingstone to a national championship. The Buckeyes rolled 51-17 in 2002 on the way to a 14-0 record and their first national title since the 1968 season.

The game was little more than a tuneup for the Big Ten stretch drive. The Buckeyes play Michigan State, at Penn State, Wisconsin, Illinois and at Michigan in the final five games, all teams with winning records.

"We had an opportunity to get a lot of guys some playing time, which was a good thing," Tressel said. "But we know full well that what's really critical begins next Saturday."

Ohio State shut down the Mid-American Conference's Golden Flashes (3-4) on defense, moved the ball down the field and made big plays on special teams.

"Nobody is going to score 30 points on this team," Kent State coach Doug Martin said of the Buckeyes. "Anybody that beats them is going to have to win in a close, physical game that comes down to the wire. This team is as good as any I've seen."

The biggest big play was Hartline's return. With the Buckeyes ahead 7-0 two plays into the second quarter, he grabbed a punt at the 10. Kent State's Kirk Belgrade had a clean shot, but slipped and fell as Hartline pivoted and cut to the right sideline. Hartline outran the coverage, with Ohio State defensive linemen Doug Worthington and Vernon Gholston shielding him from tackles as he went the distance untouched.

"I think he outkicked his coverage, so I thought I had some room," he said. "It was off to the races."

The return erased the mark of 87 yards set by Robert Demmel in 1950 against Iowa.

Later in the quarter, Washington stepped in front of a sideline pass from Julian Edelman and scored easily to make it 28-0. It was Washington's first college interception.

"[Edelman] threw the ball exactly where he should," Martin said. "He was just a little late and it was a little behind [flanker Phil Garner]."

The offense had supplied the other two scores to that point, with Todd Boeckman hitting Hartline on a 14-yard strike on Ohio State's first possession and Chris Wells adding a 7-yard run.

Late in the half, the Buckeyes turned another Kent State turnover into points. The Golden Flashes were killing the final seconds off the clock when Eugene Jarvis was hit hard on a run up the middle by Worthington and Shaun Lane fell on the loose ball.

Three plays later, Boeckman passed into the right flat to Maurice Wells, who could have walked in from 15 yards out.

"We made mistakes we can't make playing against a No. 3 team," Kent State nose guard Colin Ferrell said.

Boeckman finished 13-of-16 for 184 yards, two scores and no interceptions. Backup Rob Schoenhoft ran for a 2-yard score and was 7-of-9 passing for 79 yards.

Martin said earlier in the week one of his major concerns was an injury to a key player, which could derail the rest of the season.

He didn't have to worry. Both sides made wholesale replacements early in the third quarter, about the time when many of the 105,051 spectators were heading for the exits.

Jarvis rushed for 84 yards on 16 carries before watching most of the second half. The 5-foot-5, 170-pounder came in fifth in the nation in rushing, averaging 142 yards a game.

"All year we've been able to run the ball," Jarvis said. "We're going to use this game as a springboard."

What was left of the crowd booed loudly when Kent State spoiled the shutout with 2:36 left on Nate Reed's 34-yard field goal. The Buckeyes held Purdue scoreless until 10 seconds remained a week ago in a 23-7 victory.

"For the most part, we had control of the game," Gholston said. "We have so much depth."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KENT
OSU
1st Downs1522
Total Yards223401
Passing62263
Rushing161138
Penalties1-102-20
3rd Down Conversions4-145-10
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers20
Possession30:2029:40

Passing Leaders

Kent StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Edelman4/10494.901
Ohio StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Boeckman13/1618411.520

Rushing Leaders

Kent StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jarvis16845.3015
Flowers9404.4012
Ohio StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Saine9697.7029
Christian4307.5013

Receiving Leaders

Kent StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Garner12525.0025
Tukes22110.5011
Ohio StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Saine57615.2035
Hartline34715.7125

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKENTOSU
TD11:09Brian Hartline 14 Yd Pass From Todd Boeckman (Ryan Pretorius Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 69 yds, 3:51
07
SECOND QUARTERKENTOSU
TD14:33Brian Hartline 90 Yd Punt Return (Ryan Pretorius Kick) 014
TD09:49Chris Wells 7 Yd Run (Ryan Pretorius Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 50 yds, 2:02
021
TD02:47Donald Washington 70 Yd Interception Return (Ryan Pretorius Kick) 028
TD00:23Maurice Wells 15 Yd Pass From Todd Boeckman (Ryan Pretorius Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 36 yds, :42
035
THIRD QUARTERKENTOSU
TD09:38Rob Schoenhoft 2 Yd Run (Ryan Pretorius Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 50 yds, 3:53
042
FG04:25Ryan Pretorius 49 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 21 yds, 3:10
045
FOURTH QUARTERKENTOSU
FG09:42Ryan Pretorius 31 Yd
Drive: 14 plays, 75 yds, 6:25
048
FG02:36Nate Reed 34 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 15 yds, 3:32
348