Ohio State got off to a slow start with just a field goal in the first quarter. Then, someone woke up sophomore running back Chris Wells and the Buckeyes offense. OSU capped off a six-play drive, all rushes, with a 12-yard TD scamper by junior Maurice Wells. They tacked on two more touchdowns, a one yard rush by Chris Wells and a ten yard reception by junior wide receiver Brian Robiskie from junior quarterback Todd Boeckman, to go into the break up 23-0.
Ohio State coasted from there, allowing a touchdown, but then scored three more, including a six yard run from walk-on freshman K.C. Christian. Florida Atlantics lone score came on a 41 yard connection between sophomore QB Rusty Smith and 1,000 yard receiver Cortez Gent.
For the game, Ohio State outgained FAU 525-173 yards, the biggest discrepancy in December Madness history. Chris Beanie Wells accounted for 243 of those yards on 35 carries to go with three touchdowns in the easy victory. The Buckeyes will move forward to play the winner of the #8 West Virginia vs. #9 Hawaii contest, a game that will surely provide a much greater test than this (or when they played Akron, or Kent State, or Youngstown State, or even Northwestern).
Player of the game: Chris Wells (243 rushing yards, 3 TDs)
Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: Ohio State 100% - Florida Atlantic 0%