Taking a look back at a game Ohio State played on this date:

Ohio State 34, West Virginia 17

Setup: The Buckeyes, No. 1 in the national polls for the first time since 1980, played in Morgantown, West Virginia, for the first time, in a nationally televised game against the No. 11 Mountaineers.

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Stars: Quarterback Joe Germaine completed 18 of 32 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns. David Boston had seven catches for 129 yards and Dee Miller six for 110. Michael Wiley rushed for 140 yards on 17 carries.

Turning point: Germaine hit Boston for a 39-yard scoring pass at the 8:46 mark of the third quarter to complete a 96-yard drive, pushing Ohio State's lead to 27-10 and all but extinguishing West Virginia's upset hopes.

Key stat: West Virginia tailback Amos Zereoue, an early-season Heisman Trophy candidate, rushed for 77 yards on 20 carries, but he had just minus-3 yards on seven attempts in the second half.

Impact: The Buckeyes solidified their hold on the No. 1 ranking — Florida State had been lobbying hard that it should hold the top spot — and began a dominating march that lasted until early November.

Quotable: "When we went out for warm-ups, that crowd was as hostile as I've ever seen. But once we got out there and started playing our game, it seemed like it got pretty quiet." — Ohio State linebacker Jerry Rudzinski

rstein@dispatch.com