Ohio State looked every bit the pre-season No. 2 as they opened the season Saturday with a 43-0 rout of Youngstown State.
Todd Boeckman completed 14-of-19 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. The first a deep pass to Brian Robiskie who made a circus catch in the endzone and the second to true freshman DeVier Posey who scored on his first ever reception.
It didn't take long for freshman phenom Terrelle Pryor to get his first look at quarterback for the Buckeyes. The crowd roared as Pryor entered the game on the third drive. Pryor went 4-for-4 on his first full drive as a Buckeye leading the Buckeyes to the 5 yard line, before settling for a field goal.
On his second drive, Pryor lead the team down the field and scampered into the endzone on a 18-yard carry. Overall Pryor was 4-for-6 for 35 yards passing and he rushed for 52 yards on nine carries.
Chris "Beanie" Wells rushed for 111 yards on 13 carries for the Buckeyes before injuring his right foot in the third quarter. Once on the sidelines Beanie Wells was surrounded by trainers and players all wondering what would happen with their star running back.
Wells was carted off the field as a stunned Buckeye crowd of 105,011 sat holding their collective breath.
Wells later returned to the Buckeye sidelines wearing a walking boot on his foot. Jim Tressel said after the game that he expects that Beanie will be fine and the x-rays were negative. The cause of the injury was not disclosed.
*Update: According to the Columbus Dispatch, the injury to Chris "Beanie" Wells is not serious. Kicker Ryan Pretorius said he saw Wells in the training room before he left. "I spoke to Beanie, and he said it was just his big toe, and he said he's going to be fine," Pretorius said.
The nation's No. 1 defense from last season was again dominant holding the Penguins to only five first downs, 74 total yards, and -11 yards rushing.
The outcome was never in doubt as Youngstown State failed to cross into Ohio State territory the entire game.
Ohio State welcomes Ohio University next week to Ohio Stadium.