Ohio State's Troy Smith looks as cool as a cucumber tonight as Ohio State leads this year's "Game of the Century" 14-7 at the half over Texas. Before getting to that, another sweep through the day in colege football.
Most top 25 teams breezed through the day. Louisville, West Virginia, and Nebraska put up 50 points plus on weak opponents. Auburn and Florida pitched shutouts, while Michigan waited out a lightning delay to rout Central Michigan.
We talked about Notre Dame's rout of Penn State, but the Nittany Lions where not the only top 25 team to lose day. Clemson failed on an extra point to lose to Boston College in double overtime. Iowa was luckier, they beat Syracuse in double overtime.
Florida State survived the days biggest scare, coming back to eat Troy 24-17 after being down most of the day.
Now, back to the game at hand:
This game is pretty much going as scripted. Ohio State looks to be the more poised team, but Texas is using the home field advantage to it's best and qb Colt McCoy has played very well under the circumstances. A late second quarter touchdown pass is the difference so far. Texas did seem to benefit on their drive on a rather suspect helmet to helmet roughing the quarterback call.
Ohio State is winning this game in the air. Smith is 13-20 for 219 so far. They also have five penalties compared to none for the Longhorns. Texas is helping their young quarterback by rushing very well, 115 net yards on 20 carries.
If Troy Smith continues to play well, Ohio State wins. If the crowd continues to give McCoy a boost, Texas has a real chance.
A very good game.
Brian dissects it tomorrow.