Ginn, Smith Comment on Painful Loss

Glendale, Arizona-- Ted Ginn began the national championship game as well as he ever could have hoped to with a 93-yard kick return for a score, but after being injured on the play it quickly ruined his night and left Heisman quarterback Troy Smith without his main weapon. Smith and Ginn commented on the defeat at the hands of the Florida Gators.

Star Ohio State receiver Ted Ginn, Jr's, performance against the Florida Gators in Monday night's 41-14 loss in the BCS National Championship Game began and ended abruptly.  Ginn fielded the opening kickoff and raced 93 yards to the end zone giving the Buckeyes a 7-0 lead, their last of the game.

 "I told my guys I was going to take it to the house," Ginn claimed

 Following the play, Ginn injured his left foot while celebrating with teammates.  In the locker room after the game, the junior said medical personnel called the injury a sprain, but he will know more after returning to Columbus. 

 After realizing he wasn't going to be able to play the rest of the night, Ginn tried to help his team anyway he could.

 "I just couldn't push off," Ginn said.  "I tried to do my thing on the sideline by trying to keep the guys into it.  I just tried to be a leader.  I tried to relate to the coaches and the players what was open.  It just hurts."

 Without Ginn in the game, OSU was only able to put up another seven points the rest of the contest.  In fact, the Buckeyes totaled just 82 yards on only 37 plays.  Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Troy Smith connected on just 4-of-14 passes for 35 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.  Smith's rushing stats were even worse.  He carried the ball 10 times for 29 yards in losses, giving him a total offensive output of six yards for the game.

 Smith, who remained positive after the game, took more than his share of responsibility for the loss.

 "My seniors, I want to apologize to them because I wasn't able to send them out on the right note," Smith said.  "I think I could have played better."

 While not taking anything away from the Gators, Smith noted that he and the rest of the team played its worst game of the season at the most inopportune time.

 "I have to say it's a lack of execution on my part as a quarterback," said Smith.  "Simply because I am the one guy out there who pretty much can control everything.  I didn't do a good enough job of controlling what was going on."

 "Florida did do some great things defensively, but nothing we couldn't handle.  I have to take all the blame in the world for that."

 Never one to make excuses, Smith begrudgingly admitted that the loss of his former Glenville High School teammate, Ted Ginn, took its toll on the offense.

 "It was very noticeable, but even at that we were getting a lot of positive publicity during the year about how deep we were with different guys," the Heisman Trophy winner said.  "So that's not an excuse.  I've never been a believer in things like that can take us out of a game."

 Smith believes when one player goes down, Ohio State has enough talent that someone else should have been able to fill Ginn's shoes.

 "When we're on the sideline, he gives us a boost and a lift," Smith said.  "Not having him in spirits definitely took a little bit away from the team.  But we can't harp on that simply because we have great guys coming up in the ranks."

 Sitting in the OSU locker room after the game with his crutches next to him, Ginn insisted he has not yet made a decision on whether he will return to Columbus for his senior season.  He did not give a firm date for when he will make that decision, saying he wants to return home to discuss the decision with his family.





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