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Date: Wednesday, December 29, 2004
With its second-string quarterback running the show, the Ohio State Buckeyes made winning look easy in the 2004 MasterCard Alamo Bowl. Sophomore quarterback Justin Zwick, who replaced suspended Troy Smith, threw for 189 yards and a touchdown in the one-sided matchup.
True freshman wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. put on an offensive show, catching six passes for 78 yards including a 42-yard pickup on a screen pass from Zwick. Ginn also rushed for another 51 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
Mike Nugent, the senior kicker who received the Lou Groza award, made his own contribution in the win. Nugent kicked four field goals and became the all-time leading scorer for Ohio State.
Senior running back Lydell Ross ended his Ohio State career on a high note, rushing 12 times for 99 yards and a touchdown.
The Buckeyes defense caused the Oklahoma State offense to punt seven times. Cowboys running back Vernand Morency, one of the nation's top rushers in 2004, was held to 24 yards on eight carries. Oklahoma State's lone score came halfway through the fourth quarter on a four-yard run by fullback Shawn Willis.
For the Cowboys, quarterback Donovan Woods completed 15 of 34 passes for 137 yards with an interception and rushed for another 80 yards.
Ginn earned the MasterCard Alamo Bowl Offensive Player of the Game honors as the Buckeyes stormed past the Oklahoma State 33-7. Defensive Player of the Game honors went to the Buckeyes' Simon Fraser, a senior defensive end from Upper Arlington, Ohio. Oklahoma State's Woods took home the Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award.
The 2004 MasterCard Alamo Bowl drew a standing room only crowd of 65,265, the fourth sellout in bowl history and first sellout featuring two out-of-state teams. The bowl's 4.25 television rating was the third highest of the 21 ESPN televised bowl games and the fourth highest of the 134 games shown on ESPN and ESPN2 all of last season. The 2004 MasterCard Alamo Bowl also ranked as the #12 watched bowl game in ESPN history giving the Alamo Bowl six of their Top 15!
Over the last 10 years, the MasterCard Alamo Bowl now has the second highest average television rating (4.46) and the third highest average attendance (59,943 or 92 percent of capacity) of the 21 ESPN bowl games.