On this date in Ohio State football: Sept. 9, 2006
Taking a look back at a game Ohio State played on this date:
Ohio State 24, Texas 7
Setup: Early in the 2005 season, Texas and its Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback went on the road to play a top-five team and came away with a big win that helped propel the Longhorns to a national championship. A year after Vince Young led Texas to a 25-22 victory at Ohio State, the No. 1 Buckeyes and Heisman-hopeful QB Troy Smith visited No. 2 Texas for the first time.
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Stars: Smith took the bull by the horns, so to speak, completing 17 of 26 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez had the TD catches, and Gonzo set a career high with eight receptions for 142 yards. On defense, linebacker James Laurinaitis had 13 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception of Texas QB Colt McCoy.
Turning point: There were a few, namely Laurinaitis' forced fumble at the OSU 1 in the first quarter and his pick on the first play of the second half to set up a field goal. In between, Ohio State employed the two-minute drill to perfection after Texas had tied the score 7-7 late in the second quarter. Smith then drove the Buckeyes 66 yards in five plays, hitting Ginn on a 29-yard scoring pass with 16 seconds left.
Impact: Dismantling the Longhorns did wonders for the Buckeyes, who kept a stranglehold on No. 1 by allowing more than 10 points only once over the next nine weeks and whose margin of victory was a healthy 29.7 points in that span. Those figures were challenged by another 1-2 matchup against Michigan, then disintegrated against an Urban Meyer-coached team in Glendale, Arizona.
Quotable: "We didn't commit any turnovers, and that's big on the road. I feel like I played well, but the guys around me did their jobs really well. All I had to do was throw the ball." -- Smith