Then, someone woke up Heisman Trophy winning senior quarterback Troy Smith to remind him that this game mattered and that everyone in the nation was tuning to in to watch the historical event. Ohio State answered Troy's unexpected touchdown from junior Omar Hougabook to freshman Andrew Davis with an eight-play 53 yard drive that featured a 17 yard hookup between Smith and his former high school teammate Ted Ginn Jr. and a five-yard touchdown pass to freshman standout running back Chris Wells.
Smith followed that scoring drive with a game-changing possession. Leading 17-7 with just 1:21 remaining in the second quarter, Ohio State, which had just held Troy to a three-and-out, quickly, yet methodically, moved the ball down the field 66 yards in six plays before Smith hit tight end Rory Nicol for the 12 yard score.
The second half was all Buckeyes as the Trojans only crossed midfield briefly at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Ultimately, Smith and the entire OSU offense did not disappoint. For the game, Ohio State outgained Troy 570-230 yards. Smith accounted for 406 of those yards on 35 pass attempts and eight carries to go with five touchdowns and no interceptions. The Buckeyes will move forward to play the winner of the #8 Boise State vs. #9 Auburn contest.
Player of the game: Troy Smith (29-35, 396 yards, 5 TDs)
Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: Ohio State 100% - Troy 0%