Nate Oliver of St. Edward with Justin Staples to his immediate right.
Pitcock giving Todd Denlinger some last-minute pointers.
Homecoming Queen and King
The Buckeyes honored Ohio State student Andrew Polakowski, who was tragically killed in a dorm elevator accident, with a sticker of his initials on the back of their helmets.
Opening kickoff goes to Ted Ginn Jr. who returns it 35 yards to the 43.
Ginn rushes for seven yards on a reverse on this play.
A few plays later Antonio Pittman covers the final 10 yards around the left end to give Ohio State an early 7-0 lead.
The defense has a three-and-out on their first series.
Smith connects with Pittman on a screen pass on this play that goes for 30 yards.
However Ohio State has to settle for three points on their second drive of the game when Aaron Pettrey nails this kick from 42 yards to give OSU and 10-0 lead.
More defense. Terry nails E.J. Jones for a two-yard loss on this play.
Pittman gains three yards on this play.
Pittman picks up 17 yards on this second-quarter screen pass out of the backfield from Smith.
Laurinaitis sacks Bryan Cupito for a six-yard loss on this play.
After a Minnesota punt and then a one-play turnover on a fumble by Troy Smith, Ohio State stops Minnesota on this fourt-and-one play to get the ball back again. Jay Richardson and Vernon Gholston combine to make this important stop.
Pittman goes for 7 yards on this play.
Anthony Gonzalez catches this pass from Smith for 11 yards and a first down on this play.
Smith finds Brian Robiskie in the corner of the end zone for this 18-yard score to make it 17-0.
Dominic Jones of Columbus Brookhaven High School returned the ensuing kickoff 18 yards.
Malcolm Jones had one of the three Ohio State interceptions. He returned his particular interception 29 yards to the Minnesota 35 yard line.
Gonzalez catches another 11 yard pass from Smith on this play.
Ray Small had to be helped off the field after getting his bell rung by Dominic Jones.
After a penalty knocked OSU out of scoring range at the end of the half, it was time for Jack Nicklaus to Dot the I.
Nicklaus is led out by the drum major (photo by Steve Helwagen)
Nicklaus stands atop the Script Ohio (photo by Steve Helwagen)
Richardson celebrates with Terry after knocking down a Cupito pass at the line of scrimmage.
And on the very next play Richardson hits Cupito and he throws an errant pass right to...
...Antonio Smith who returned the ball 8 yards to the Minnesota 23
And then Troy Smith got loose as he raced for 21 yards and a touch down...
...to give Ohio State a 24-0 lead...
Laurinaitis was making stops all over the field...
...much to the delight of the Laurinaitis clan.
Jamario O'Neal celebrates his first career interception with Jenkins.
Hartline gets one of his team-leading four catches for a team leading leading 69 yards on this 32-yard pass completion...
Until he's finally brought down by Barber.
On the following play, Pittman runs around the right end for 13 yards and a touchdown to make the score 30-0.
Chris Wells had a productive day carrying the ball with 90 yards on 15 carries.
Wells scores from 3 yards out on this play to make it 37-0.
Pittman and Wells are up to something here after the touchdown.
Lawrence Wilson and Penton get to Cupito and knock the ball away.
Donald Washington has Eric Decker stopped for a 10-yard gain.
Penton and Ross Homan combine to stop Cupito with no gain on fourth-and-one on this play.
Another of Hartline's four catches in the game.
And after Wells got it down close on this play...
...Justin Zwick sneaked in for the score from one yard out to give OSU a 44-0 lead.
Beat Blue - Michigan is next on the home schedule.
Jim Tressel spent a brief moment with Dominic Jones after the game.
Marcus Freeman seems to be playing better and better every week just like the Buckeyes as a team are doing.