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Smith sparks Ohio State to easy win over Bowling Green

Oct 7, 2006 - 10:41 PM COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Troy Smith certainly did not hinder his Heisman Trophy candidacy against Bowling Green.

Smith had as many touchdown passes - three - as incompletions to lead top-ranked Ohio State to a 35-7 non-conference victory over the Falcons.

Smith completed 17-of-20 passes for 191 yards and Antonio Pittman rushed for a pair of scores for the Buckeyes (6-0), who extended the nation's longest winning streak to 13 games.

"I thought we did some good things, but everything from this point on is Big Ten football and it's what it's about," said Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel, whose team visits reeling Michigan State next week. "And our guys have a goal of being very, very good, so I think today was worthwhile, but not wonderful."

Ohio State opened the scoring on a three-yard TD toss from Smith to tight end Rory Nicol just under four minutes into the contest.

After Kurt Coleman blocked a 50-yard field-goal attempt by Bowling Green's Sean Ellis, Smith gained 34 yards on a 3rd-and-26 rush, setting up an eight-yard TD run by Pittman for a 14-0 lead with 3:51 to go in the opening period.

"It felt all right running like that," Smith said. "I haven't run like that in a long time, and I had a lot of guys joking with me when I got to the sideline, but stepping up and trying to make a play and keeping the drive going, that's what playing football here is all about, regardless if it's 3rd-and-extra long or 3rd-and-short.

"Anytime you get a chance to make a play for your team to keep us in it so that we can get touchdowns after touchdowns, that's our focus."

Pittman added another eight-yard run early in the second quarter, and the score remained 21-0 until Falcons quarterback Anthony Turner's 12-yard TD pass to Corey Partridge with 6:21 left in the third.

Smith put the game out of reach with TD strikes of 11 yards to Ray Small and 57 yards to childhood friend Ted Ginn Jr. in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. Ginn finished with 10 catches for 122 yards.

"I am very proud of my guys," Falcons coach Gregg Brandon said. "They stood in there toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the nation. We just lost too many little battles but they are a very physical football team and hopefully this game will help us down the road."

Turner went 16-of-24 for 179 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Bowling Green (3-3), which slipped to 0-4 all-time against its intrastate foe.

"If we don't give up the big plays and shoot ourselves in the foot, the sky's the limit for this team," Turner said.

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