Everything Goes Well Except Chris Wells' Injury As Ohio State Rolls in Opener

Emily ThompsonCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2008

It was the day Ohio State fans have been waiting for since November, the opener against Youngstown State Saturday, and fans got everything they asked for in a 43-0 victory—almost everything, at least.

When Ohio State's opening drive came down to a 4th-and-1, coach Jim Tressel decided to go for it, and what a good idea that was. On the very next play, Chris Wells broke away for a 43-yard touchdown.

Todd Boeckman got the Buckeyes into the red zone on the next offense drive, and Ryan Pretorius put points on the board by kicking a 28-yard field goal.

In the third offensive series, Buckeye nation saw the first of Terrelle Pryor. On his first play, Pryor rifled a quick pass to Lamar Thomas in the right flat. He drove the Buckeyes down to the Youngstown State 5-yard line, and was then sacked for an eight-yard loss by Jaimie Frasure. Pretorius again was called upon, and made a 31-yard field goal.

The next offense drive Ohio State saw a third quarterback in Joe Bauserman. Bauserman also led the Bucks into the red zone only to be stopped yet again. Petorius trotted back out onto the field to make a 27-yard kick, making it 16-0.

Boeckman came back onto the field on the next series to be seemingly stopped, but good old Petorius saved them. He came on and kicked a 51-yard field goal effortlessly.

In the last Buckeye drive before the half, Boeckman hooked up with Brian Robiskie for a 31-yard touchdown pass.

Youngstown was virtually helpless offensively as its only first down before halftime came via penalty. Ohio State led by a 26-0 margin at the break.

The third quarter brought silence to the Ohio Stadium. On a 1st-and-goal at the YSU 2-yard line, Todd Boeckman handed off to Chris Wells, who immediately slammed to the ground, dropping the ball and grabbing his foot. Medical personnel immediately ran to Wells' side. He was then carried off the field and attended to behind the Ohio State bench. A hushed Ohio Stadium then witnessed Wells being carted into the locker room.

Back on the field Youngstown State had recovered the Wells' "fumble." The defense stepped step, and stopped them in their tracks.

Still waiting for word on Wells, Pryor came back onto the field. Pryor reignited the atmosphere at Ohio Stadium as he rushed for an 18-yard score.

Later in the game, backup kicker Aaron Pettrey kicked a 54-yard field goal, the fourth-longest at Ohio Stadium. Boeckman also hooked up with DeVier Posey for a 25-yard touchdown.

The final score was 43-0.

The Buckeye defense held Youngstown State to 74 total yards and minus-12 rushing yards. Marcus Freeman and Tyler Moeller led the defense with six tackles apiece. James Laurinaitis had five. Seven different players made a tackle for a loss.

On the offensive side, Boeckman was 14-of-19 for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Pryor was 4-of-6 for 35 yards, and rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown. Despite the injury, Wells led the running backs with 111 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Leading the wide receivers, DeVier Posey made four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown, and Brian Robiskie had three catches for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Altogether, the Buckeyes gained 495 yards and 24 first downs.

At the end of the game, Tressel gave Buckeye nation the most positive note of the day saying of Well's injury, "X-rays were negative."