Ginn Sets Career-High With 10 Receptions

Ted Ginn is making a habit out of scoring long touchdowns. Ginn hauled in a 57-yard TD in Ohio State's 35-7 win over Bowling Green on Saturday, and now has 14 career touchdowns of 56 yards or longer. We caught up with Ginn after the game to get his thoughts on BGSU, facing double-teams each week and the game next week at Michigan State.

Junior wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. had a career-high 10 receptions for 122 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown, in Ohio State's 35-7 win over visiting Bowling Green on Saturday.

Ginn's previous career-best came at Michigan last year when he hauled in nine catches (for 89 yards). Ginn now has 21 career touchdowns (including returns) and 14 of them have been 56 yards or longer.

Ginn's touchdown against Bowling Green came on a simple fly pattern. The defensive back appeared to have good coverage, but Ginn kicked it into another gear and caught Troy Smith's bomb in stride.

"It was just a play," Ginn said. "They called the play in the huddle and we ran it and executed."

Ginn is a confident player and always feels like he can get open, no matter the coverage.

"I mean, yeah," he said. "I always feel like that. If you don't feel like that you can't be a receiver. I feel like that every time I line up, I don't care if I'm blocking."

Ginn felt the Buckeyes could have used the deep ball all game against the Falcons if they wanted to.

"Probably so," he said. "It was open. That was just the time and the place."

Smith also commented on the 57-yard TD strike, and was surprised that BGSU didn't have a safety deep.

"If I was a DB, I would stay deeper than the deepest," Smith said. "If you stay deep, you at least have a chance to try and tackle (Ginn) because he'll run past you at the blink of an eye. The play call was just that: try and hit a deep strike. Try and get something generated. The guys up front did a great job with protection because a route like that takes a while to develop. I just tried my best to get the ball out there to him because he's so talented and gifted with so much speed, you want to try and hit him in stride so he doesn't have to stop and give the DB a chance to break on the ball."

Sophomore tight end Rory Nicol, who had his first career touchdown reception on Saturday, thinks the world of Ginn as a player and person.

"Ted is a special player," Nicol said. "And the thing I love about Teddy is he's so unselfish. People said he had a bad game last week against Iowa, but I don't think he had a bad game. Like you said, he's the focal point for every defense. It's tough for him. The thing that he does is keep fighting. No matter what, he keeps fighting. And today, 10 catches for 122 yards, that's a pretty good day. He's a kid that makes a difference on this team and plays hard."

Each team that plays the Buckeyes tries to take Ginn out of the game. He faces a wide variety of double teams each week. Of course Ginn would rather be single-covered, but he knows teams respect him too much and double-teams are a reality.

"It's not that I like it, but I have to go with it," Ginn said. "It's what I've got to do. I've gotten used to it. I know I might only get five balls and that I have to make those five balls the best in the world and make the play."

But does he ever get frustrated with all the double teams?

"I mean, yeah," he said. "How would you like it if somebody double teamed you all night? But you can't let anybody know; you've just got to take it in stride. You've just got to hope you get the ball."

Ginn caught a lot of short passes against BGSU. The Buckeyes really tried to establish the wide receiver screens and quick hits. And those short passes helped open up the deep passing game.

"Oh, for sure," Ginn said. "If you keep hitting this quick, this quick, and then you hit something off this, it always opens up the deep passing game, just like the running game."

But Ginn says he doesn't care if he's catching quick passes, or going deep. He just likes to see the ball come his way.

"Well, I just want to catch every ball that is thrown to me," he said. "I don't care if it's low, high, I just want to make my quarterback look good. That's what I'm doing right now."

Ginn also had one punt return for 21 yards against BGSU. Most teams have been kicking and punting away from Ginn this year, but Bowling Green took it to another level. However, the one time the Falcons gave him an opportunity, Ginn showed them why they shouldn't have.

Ginn admits it's frustrating when a team punts away from him most of the day. The Falcons had some very short punts due to shanks.

"I don't think I did nothing this year for a team to kick away from me," Ginn said. "I could see it if I had three or four punt returns to the house. I haven't done anything. I don't like it, but it's a part of the game.

"It's been hard. I got one punt return today. Now I've got to get some kickoff returns."

Ginn is not satisfied with where OSU's offense is at this point of the season.

"We've still got a lot to work on," he said. "We might look good with what we did today, but we've still got a lot to work on. We've still got a lot of things to tune up."

Ginn's eyes light up when he sees a defensive back playing too far off the line of scrimmage. He knows he's going to get a good release and have a chance to do damage.

"Yeah, I saw them playing off," Ginn said. "And it's one of those things where I am going to get it or Gonzo (Anthony Gonzalez) is going to get it."

Ginn says he and Smith have a signal when they think they can exploit a particular defensive back, or a particular coverage.

"I mean, yeah," Ginn said. "I know what he's thinking. I know when he looks at me. It's nothing I am going to tell right now; you've got to keep it a secret." (We'll just have to wait for Brent Musberger to tell us.)

But there were no pre-snap signals between Smith and Ginn on the long TD pass against Bowling Green.

"No, it was a called play," Ginn said.

Now the Buckeyes can turn their attention to Michigan State, a team that was looking good three weeks ago, but have suffered three consecutive losses (Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan).

Ginn had his de-facto coming-out-party against the Spartans in 2004 in East Lansing with three touchdowns – one on a punt return, one on a reverse and one on a pass.

"They didn't know about me. They didn't know about me," Ginn said. "Now they know about me and they are probably going to double me. They are going to play hard and play fast."

Ginn knows that MSU has been struggling of late, but he doesn't think it matters.

"Well, Michigan State is always going to play hard, regardless, They've got a tough D and a very tough O. They are going to come to play. Everybody comes to play against us, whether we're number one or not. It's going to be hard to play up there."

East Lansing will be a hostile environment, but the Buckeyes have already passed road tests against Texas and Iowa with flying colors this year. Ginn thinks those games helped prepare OSU for MSU.

"I mean, yeah," he said. "We played at Texas where it was very loud and Iowa was real, real loud, almost like a condemned area. And we're going to go up to Michigan State and we know how loud that stadium is. They are going to pack ‘em in. Our fans, their fans, we've just got to come out and execute, no turnovers and have fun."


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