Photo Gallery - Ohio State vs. Illinois

On a beautiful autumn afternoon in Columbus, Ohio State started slow but finished strong and put the Fighting Illini from Illinois away in a convincing fashion with a 40-2 victory. The day also marked the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Howard "Hopalong" Cassady winning the Heisman Trophy. Troy Smith, Ted Ginn and Antonio Pittman led the way for the Buckeyes on offense while A.J. Hawk, Mike Kudla and Donte Whitner put on a show for the defense. Here's how the day looked in pictures.

Photo Gallery - Ohio State vs. Illinois

Troy Smith

Ted Ginn

Antonio Pittman and Erik Haw

A.J. Hawk

Mike Kudla

Donte Whitner

Rob Sims

Quinn Pitcock (left) and Joel Penton

Bobby Carpenter and Malcolm Jenkins

Lawrence Wilson

Roy Hall and Santonio Holmes

Mike D'Andrea

Jamario O'Neal

Junior Ben Martin of La Salle High School was at the game.

The Columbus Bluejackets were doing some cross-marketing outside of St. John Arena.

The OSU cheerleaders and the OSU band got the afternoon off to a great start inside Ohio Stadium.

Alex Boone was getting ready to make another start.

Tim Brasic was destined from the outset for a long and difficult day against the Buckeye defense. He went 18 of 24 through the air or 92 yards and was sacked 5 times.

Hawk (background) was credited with this early sack that pinned Illinois back to the 1 yard line.

Hawk led the Buckeye defense with 10 tackles.

Troy Smith was 13 of 21 on the day for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Ted Ginn took the center's snap from Shot-Ginn formation for the first time since the Alamo Bowl and ran for 8 yards on this play.

Pierre Thomas gained 5 yards on this play but only rushed for 28 total yards on 9 carries in all.

Hawk was credited with another sack of Brasic on this play.

Kirk Barton was back at right tackle at different times during the game.

Smith ran 7 times in the game for 55 yards.

Smith distributed the ball to five different receivers in his 13 completions.

He found Anthony Gonzalez on this play for 15 yards down to the 5 yard line to help set up a 29-yard Josh Huston field goal for a 3-0 first quarter lead.

Bobby Carpenter was credited with just 1 tackle in the game.

Quinn Pitcock turned in a 5 tackle performance which included 1 sack.

Donte Whitner had 8 tackles, 2 for a loss, and a pass break up.

The Buckeye offense pounded the Illinois defense for 526 yards of total offense of which 202 came on the ground and 324 via the airways.

Antonio Pittman just missed the 100-yard mark by rushing for 96 yards on 22 carries with 2 TDs.

Pittman was stopped by Brit Miller, #44, on this play. Miller led everyone in the game with 11 tackles.

Pittman's helmet was knocked off on the play.

Smith takes off on this play and gains 17 yards...

...down to the 14 where a defensive holding penalty advanced it to the 7 yard line.

Pittman got one yard on one of the ensuing three plays.

But the offense couldn't punch it in again and had to settle for a second Huston field goal...

...this one from 22 yards away.

Rashard Mendenhall had 4 carries for 12 yards.

Kudla was in hot pursuit of Brasic all game.

Santonio Holmes races down the 1eft sideline after a catch for 41 yards and a touchdown to give OSU a 13-0 lead just before halftime.

The Buckeye defense held the Illini to 64 yards of total offense in the first half.

At halftime, Howard "Hopalong" Cassady was honored on the 50th anniversary of him winning the Heisman Trophy.

Athletic Director Gene Smith presented a trophy to Cassady to mark the event.

Two of the all-time Buckeye greats.

Ginn starts the second half off with a bang...

...returning the kickoff back 65 yards.

Pittman takes this screen pass down to the 4 yard line where, three plays later, Smith hits Holmes with a TD pass from three yards out. The mishandled snap resulted in Illinois returning the conversion all the way for 2 points giving OSU a 19-2 lead.

On the next drive, Ginn gains 6 yards on this catch.

And then Pittman covers the final 16 yards of the drive after leveling a would-be Illinois tackler to get into the endzone to give OSU a 26-2 lead.

Ginn gets 7 more yards on this pass play.

Three plays later, Smith would connect with Ginn for 73 yards and a touchdown to make it 33-2.

Pittman scored later from 8 yards out on the ground to put the Buckeyes on top by the final 40-2 margin.

Justin Zwick came into the game and completed 3 of 4 passes for 26 yards.

Erik Haw had 4 carries for 14 yards.

Heather Mitts

Antonio Pittman

Anthony Gonzalez

A.J. Hawk

Marcus Green

Donte Whitner

Quinn Pitcock

Mike Kudla

Bobby Carpenter

Bonus picture - Ted Ginn

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