Tempe, AZ - Jan. 2, 2006
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Rod Gilmore Speed. Ohio State just had too much of it for Notre Dame. Troy Smith, Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn Jr. were too much for the Irish to handle. The Buckeyes sprinted to 617 yards of total offense. Smith converted third down after third down to prevent Notre Dame from coming back. Notre Dame's other big problem was protecting QB Brady Quinn.
-- Rod Gilmore

Bowls Individual Leaders
Notre Dame Passing
B. Quinn29/4528600
Notre Dame Rushing
D. Walker1690320
A. Schwapp2402
B. Quinn10-3205
Notre Dame Receiving
M. Stovall9126025
D. Walker737013
J. Samardzija659028
M. Shelton552021
Ohio State Passing
T. Smith19/2834220
Ohio State Rushing
A. Pittman21136160
T. Ginn Jr.273168
T. Smith1366015
Ohio State Receiving
T. Ginn Jr.8167156
S. Holmes5124185
R. Hall222017
A. Pittman26010
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Troy Smith
QB Troy Smith torched Notre Dame for 342 yards and two TDs.
Perfect 10
Troy Smith's performance in Ohio State's 34-20 Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame resembled a breakout showing by another No. 10 last year, and that bodes well for the Buckeyes, writes Pat Forde. Story
It was over when ....

Antonio Pittman raced 60 yards for a touchdown with 1:46 left after the Irish had rallied to within a touchdown of the Buckeyes.

Game ball goes to ...

Troy Smith. The OSU quarterback passed for 2 touchdowns and a career-high 342 yards. Smith also ran for 60 yards and helped the Buckeyes convert 8 of 12 third downs.

Stat of the game...

85. Smith hooked up with Santonio Holmes on an Fiesta Bowl-record 85-yard TD pass.


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