October 24, 2006

Ohio State-Indiana report card

In one of our weekly features, Bill Kurelic breaks down the Ohio State-Indiana game, grading the Buckeyes' play by position.

A = Head of the class. Superior performance
B = Winning effort
C = Solid if not spectacular performance
D = Not up to par. Big improvement needed
F = Complete failure

Quarterback and running backs
Troy Smith was his usual outstanding self, and even better than in some weeks. Smith completed 15 of 23 passes for 220 yards with no interceptions and four touchdowns. He also averaged over nine yards per carry on his four attempts. For his work Smith was named Big Ten offensive player of the week. It was good to see Antonio Pittman go over the 100 yard rushing mark and Chris Wells and Maurice Wells each gained over 60 yards. It's hard to find any fault with this group for their efforts against the Hoosiers.

Grade: A

Wide receivers and tight ends
Eight receivers found their way into the receiving stats this week and Ray Small didn't play. As usual Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez led the way with five and four receptions respectively. And how about Rory Nicol? The big guy scored on both of his receptions, and with Jake Ballard grabbing a pass, the OSU tight ends were responsible for three receptions which was great to see. And that was none other than Ginn completing a pass as well. The more things Michigan has to worry about the better.

Grade: A

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