After Notre Dame opened with a 20-yard run by Darius Walker, it was all Ohio State.
Smith and Ginn saw to that. First they hooked up on a 56-yard scoring pass. Then Ginn gave the Buckeyes the lead for good on a dazzling 68-yard reverse. Smith connected with Santonio Holmes on an 85- yard pass that gave the Buckeyes a 21-7 lead at intermission. Had it not been for two fumbles and a blocked field goal, the margin might have been greater. A 60-yard TD run by Antonio Pittman sealed the win.