In the playoff game, West Virginia had more rushing yards, won the time of possession battle, equaled Ohio States one turnover, had less penalty yards and even converted three out of four fourth down attempts, yet the Buckeyes cruise to another victory with another 200+ yard, multiple touchdown game from sophomore Chris Beanie Wells. Wells averaged more than 10 yards per carry on 22 carries, including a 77 yard run in the third quarter.
On the ground, West Virginia did not have a bad game against the vaunted OSU defense, as it put up 268 rushing yards. The Mountaineers failed to convert that success into touchdowns however, only reaching the redzone twice in the game.
In addition to Wells' performance, Ohio State added a 72 yard, fourth quarter touchdown connection between junior quarterback Todd Boeckman and sophomore Ray Small that put the game completely out of reach at 27-9. The game between two teams that threw the ball less than 40% of the time during the regular season featured just 28 pass attempts and 240 passing yards.
The top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes will advance to the tournaments final four to play the winner of the #4 Oklahoma vs. #12 Boston College contest for what will be a highly anticipated national semifinal game.
Player of the game: Chris Wells (222 rushing yards, 2 TDs)
Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: Ohio State 67% - West Virginia 33%