(Saturday, August 30th)
Final Score: (2) Ohio State 43, Youngstown State 0
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Beanie Wells ran for 111 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with an injury to his right foot, as second-ranked Ohio State rolled to a 43-0 victory over Youngstown State in the season-opener at the Horseshoe.
Wells scored on a 43-yard run to cap the game's first series, but he appeared to lose his footing on a carry near the goal line in the third quarter. He had to be helped off the field and carted into the locker room before returning to the sideline in a walking boot.
"From what I gather, it [the injury] is more of a foot thing," said Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. "X-rays were negative."
Todd Boeckman completed 14-of-19 passes for 187 yards with a pair of touchdowns for the Buckeyes (1-0), who are coming off a second consecutive loss in the national championship game. Ohio State has won 30 straight season openers at Ohio Stadium.
Prized freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor also saw his first collegiate action for Ohio State and threw for 35 yards on 4-of-6 passing while also rushing for 52 yards on nine attempts with a score.
Youngstown State (0-1), ranked 12th in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) managed just 74 yards of total offense, including minus-11 on the ground. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, racked up 251 yards rushing and 495 of total offense.
"It was a good day for us," Tressel remarked. "The issue wasn't YSU, but what Ohio State needs to do to get better."
Ohio State took the opening kickoff and marched 62 yards on just six plays for a touchdown. The Buckeyes faced 4th-and-1 from the Youngstown State 43, but Wells found a huge hole up the middle and raced untouched to the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
Ryan Pretorius kicked a 28-yard field goal to end Ohio State's second series, then tacked on a 31-yard kick with eight seconds left in the first quarter to make it 13-0.
The drive for the second field goal was directed by Pryor, who completed his first collegiate pass -- a nine-yard toss to Lamaar Thomas. He also picked up 16 yards on a pair of carries before consecutive sacks inside the 10-yard line led to the field goal try.
Youngstown State failed to produce a first down on either of its first two possessions, then fumbled the ball away on the first play of the second quarter to give Ohio State excellent field position at the Penguins 34.
Wells quickly broke free for 25 yards on the first play after the turnover, but the drive stalled from there and Pretorius came on for a 26-yard field goal to increase the lead to 16-0.
The Penguins picked up their lone first down on the ensuing series, thanks to a pass interference penalty, but they quickly punted it away and the Buckeyes again answered with a field goal as Pretorius connected from 50 yards to make it a 19-point margin.
Ray Small returned the next YSU punt 45 yards to the Penguins 30 and, this time, Ohio State cashed in with a touchdown as Boeckman found Brian Robiskie with a 31-yard scoring toss for a 26-0 cushion with 1:16 to play in the half.
The Buckeyes totally dominated the opening 30 minutes, outgaining the Penguins 273-28.
Ohio State took its first possession of the second half and drove to the YSU two-yard line. Wells, though, was hurt when he appeared to slip on the turf as he was taking a handoff. He also fumbled and the Penguins recovered.
Boeckman threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to DeVier Posey on Ohio State's next series for a 33-0 lead at the end of the third quarter. Pryor then completed a 68-yard drive in the fourth quarter with an 18-yard scoring run and Aaron Pettrey kicked a 54-yard field goal for the final margin with just over five minutes remaining.
Ohio State notched the 799th victory in school history and is one victory shy of becoming the fifth school to reach 800 wins, joining Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas and Nebraska...Eleven different Buckeyes caught a pass...The Buckeyes haven't lost to an Ohio school since falling to Oberlin 1921 and will face Ohio University next weekend...These teams met for the first time last season, with Ohio State cruising to a 38-6 victory...The Buckeyes earned a season- opening shutout for the first time since a 10-0 win over Miami-Florida in 1977...Wells, who carried 13 times, notched the 10th 100-yard game of his career...
08/30 17:12:59 ET