Troy Smith

Troy James Smith (born July 20, 1984) is an American former gridiron football quarterback. He played college football at Ohio State, was recognized as an All-American, and won the Heisman Trophy in 2006. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and also played for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks, and the CFL's Montreal Alouettes. Despite winning the Heisman Trophy, Smith never found success on the professional level, never appearing in more than six games a season during his four year NFL career. He played in the CFL for two seasons following his NFL career before retiring from football in 2014.

Troy Smith
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Smith at the Baltimore Ravens 2008 training camp
No. 10, 13, 1
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:July 20, 1984 (age 34)
Columbus, Ohio
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 174
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT:8–5
Passing yards:1,734
Passer rating:78.5
Player stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics
TDINT:13–9
Passing yards:1,873
Passer rating:72.6

Early years

Smith's mother raised him and two siblings in Columbus, Ohio, then moved to the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland. Smith first brought out an interest in playing football in Cleveland, where he played for the Glenville A's, initially as running back and tight end. Irvin White, his coach, moved Smith to quarterback after a few games and Smith stayed in the position.

In 1993, Smith was placed in foster care with Diane and Irvin White while his mother dealt with personal issues.[1]

High school career

Smith played his first two years at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, but was thrown off the team after elbowing an opponent in the head while playing in a varsity basketball game.[2] He transferred to Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio shortly thereafter.

Smith graduated from Glenville, where he was coached by Ted Ginn, Sr., father of his teammate Ted Ginn, Jr. Smith and Ginn went on to play together at Ohio State. After his junior football season in high school, Smith was invited to participate in the Elite 11 competition, featuring the eleven top ranked high school quarterback prospects in the United States. He earned good praise following his performance, and although it was relatively late in the recruiting process, Ohio State offered Smith a football scholarship. He verbally committed to the Buckeyes, signing his letter of intent on February 6, 2002, the last player for the upcoming season.

Smith threw for 969 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior year. He played alongside current New Orleans Saints wide receiver, Ted Ginn, Jr., while leading Glenville to the state playoffs.

Smith also played three years of basketball and ran track (high jump, long jump and 1,600-meter relay). West Virginia University and Ohio State recruited him. Smith accepted the last scholarship of Ohio State's 2002 football recruiting class.[3]

College career

2006 09 09 Ohio State vs Texas
Ohio State's Troy Smith hands off to Antonio Pittman vs the Texas Longhorns

Smith received an athletic scholarship to attend Ohio State University, where he played for coach Jim Tressel's Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2003 to 2006. As a redshirted freshman for the Buckeyes, Smith played sparingly at running back and kick returner in 2003. Smith played the season opener against Washington as a scatback and returner, and he compiled fourteen yards rushing and 83 return yards. After the game, he came on the NFL scouting radar as an "athlete."

He entered his sophomore season as the backup quarterback to Justin Zwick, but took over as the starter when Zwick was injured halfway through the 2004 season against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Smith won four of the five games he started in 2004, including a victory over the archrival Michigan Wolverines. Smith was suspended for breaking an undisclosed team rule before the Alamo Bowl, with the NCAA extending the suspension to include the first game of the 2005 season after it was revealed that Smith had accepted $500 from a booster.[4][5]

With Smith at quarterback, Ohio State lost only two games in the 2005 regular season, and in only one of those was Smith the starter. The first was to the eventual BCS National Champion Texas Longhorns (which he did not start) and the other was to the Penn State Nittany Lions, co-Big Ten champions. Smith's 2005 stats included 2,282 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. This led to a passer rating of 162.66, the fourth-highest of the season.[6] He rushed for 611 yards and 11 touchdowns on 136 carries. In January 2006, he was named the Offensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl, after leading the Buckeyes to a 34-20 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

In the second week of the 2006 season, Smith and the Buckeyes took revenge for their 2005 loss to Texas. The top ranked Buckeyes won their rematch with the (again) second-ranked Longhorns, 24-7. Smith went 17-27 with 269 yards passing, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. For many fans and analysts, Smith's performance against the Longhorns gave credibility to the preseason Heisman Trophy hype he had received. His passing statistics improved during the 2006 season, completing 67% of his passes for 2,507 yards, with 30 touchdowns and five interceptions. This led to a quarterback rating of 167.87, again fourth in the country.[7]

Smith was one of five finalists for the 2006 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the top senior college quarterback.[8]

Teammates voted Smith the 2006 most valuable player.[9] On 2006-12-07 the Davey O'Brien Foundation awarded Smith the Davey O'Brien Award for best college quarterback.[10] He was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.

In three games against Michigan, Smith has a total of 1,151 yards of total offense, two rushing touchdowns, and seven passing touchdowns. The Buckeyes won all three games, making Smith the first Ohio State quarterback since Tippy Dye (1934–1936) to quarterback in three victories over Michigan, and the first to win three straight games against Michigan as a starter.[11]

Smith's college football career came to an end on January 8, 2007, when he and the Ohio State Buckeyes were beaten by the Florida Gators in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game, 41-14. Smith completed just four of 14 passes for 35 yards along with an interception, a fumble, and was sacked five times.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication.

In 2010, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN listed Smith as the "Big Ten player of the decade."[12]

Heisman Trophy

Smith won the 2006 Heisman Memorial Trophy on December 9, 2006.[13] He beat out sophomore RB Darren McFadden (2nd) from Arkansas and senior QB Brady Quinn (3rd), from Notre Dame.

In winning the 2006 Heisman Trophy, Smith took 91.6% of the first place votes, a record that still stands. His tally of 2,540 votes was the third largest behind that of the then-2005 Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush of the University of Southern California (2,541 votes) and 1968 Heisman winner O.J. Simpson who also played for USC (2,853 votes). His margin of victory (1,662 votes) was also the second largest in the history of the award, eclipsed only by O.J. Simpson who won by 1,750 votes.

Troy Smith joined Les Horvath (1944), Vic Janowicz (1950), Howard "Hopalong" Cassady (1955), Archie Griffin (1974 and 1975), and Eddie George (1995) as Ohio State Heisman winners.

Career statistics

Passing statistics

Year Games Attempts Completions Comp % Yards TDs Interception QB Rating
2002 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 8 122 68 55.7% 896 8 3 134.15
2005 11 237 149 62.9% 2,282 16 4 162.66
2006 13 311 203 65.3% 2,542 30 6 161.91
Career 44 670 420 62.7% 5,720 54 13 159.72

Rushing statistics

Year Games Rushes Yards Average Touchdowns
2002 2 0 0 0 0
2003 11 3 14 4.7 0
2004 9 82 339 4.1 2
2005 11 136 611 4.5 11
2006 13 62 228 3.8 1
Career 45 283 1,197 4.2 14

Total offensive statistics

Year Games Plays Yards Average Touchdowns
2002 2 0 0 0 0
2003 11 3 14 4.7 0
2004 9 204 1,235 6.0 10
2005 11 373 2,893 7.6 27
2006 13 359 2,740 7.6 31
Career 45 939 7,992 7.33 68

College awards

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Troy Smith Ravens
Smith during 2008 training camp

As a graduating senior, Smith entered professional football in the 2007 NFL Draft. Despite winning the Heisman Trophy, Smith saw his draft stock drop considerably after the 41-14 loss to Florida in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game. At 5'11", his height (considered smaller than ideal) was cited as a liability.[14] Smith was quoted by the media urging his hometown team, the Cleveland Browns, to select him in the NFL Draft. Fans also set up a website urging the Browns to take Smith. However, the Browns drafted Brady Quinn 22nd overall in the 2007 NFL Draft reducing the chances of Smith going to Cleveland.[15][16]

On Day 2, Smith was finally drafted at the end of the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens. He signed a three-year contract with the Ravens on July 24, 2007.[17] On August 27, 2007 Drew Olson was released by the Baltimore Ravens elevating Smith to the third-string quarterback position. Smith was named second-string quarterback for the Ravens on November 13, 2007, backing up new starter Kyle Boller after a shoulder injury to starter Steve McNair. Ravens head coach Brian Billick maintained that Smith could be used in the future. "That's going to be a fun challenge for Troy, because now he's been around enough", Billick said. "The focus and attention that he brings to [preparing] is heightened."[18]

Smith got his first regular season playing time in the fourth quarter of the home game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 9, 2007, completing three of five pass attempts and scrambling six yards for his first NFL touchdown in the 44-20 loss. After his relative success against the Colts, many Baltimore Ravens fans were calling for Smith to replace Kyle Boller as the Ravens' starting quarterback. On December 16, 2007 Smith came in for an injured Kyle Boller in the game against the Miami Dolphins. Smith led the Ravens down the field for a field goal that forced overtime. The Ravens lost 22-16 in overtime, after a missed 44-yard field goal. On December 20, 2007, Kyle Boller officially was considered the backup due to injury for the Week 16 game, giving Troy Smith his first professional start against the Seattle Seahawks. He completed fewer than 50% of his passes and fumbled twice in this game. The Ravens lost 27-6, scoring a touchdown with about four minutes to play and the game out of reach.[19] In Week 17, the Ravens beat the Steelers with Troy Smith starting again. He went 16-of-27 for 171 yards and one touchdown, with no interceptions and no fumbles lost. This was the Ravens first win since Week 6, ending a 9-game losing streak with a bye at Week 8.

Smith finished his rookie season by totaling 506 total yards and three touchdowns in four games. He had 452 yards and two touchdowns passing and rushed for 54 yards and one touchdown.

Smith was scheduled to start in the third preseason game of the 2008 season, but became ill with a rare disease called Lemierre's syndrome.[20] Due to Smith's illness, rookie Joe Flacco was named to the Ravens' starting quarterback position. Early in the season Smith re-emerged in the offense as part of their two-quarterback offense, and was utilized for short-yardage runs. This offense featured Smith lining up at the wide receiver spot as well as under center. Smith appeared in only six of the Ravens' 19 games and had a total of 4 passing attempts for 82 yards in the 2008 season.[21]

For the 2009 season, Flacco was named the starting quarterback for the second consecutive year, while Smith was active for only four of sixteen games. Smith completed five of nine passes for 24 yards with one interception during the season. In addition, he also rushed eight times for thirty-one yards, including his career-long fifteen-yard touchdown run.[21]

Smith re-signed with the Ravens for one-year worth $1.101 million. Smith received the low 5th round tender as a restricted free agent. However, no team was willing to part ways with the pick so Smith was not signed. After signing Marc Bulger as the team's backup to Joe Flacco, the Ravens released Smith on September 4.

San Francisco 49ers

Troy Smith (cropped)
Smith with the 49ers.

On September 6, 2010, Smith signed with the San Francisco 49ers, in a move that reunited him with former high school and college teammate, Ted Ginn Jr.[22]

On October 27, Smith was announced as the starter of the 49ers' game against the Denver Broncos. He became the first black quarterback to start for San Francisco.[23] During this game, Smith ran for one touchdown and threw another in a 24–16 49ers win. Smith struggled early on, passing for just 37 yards in the first half; however he excelled in the second half by going 8 for 10 for 159 yards, and leading the Niners to three fourth-quarter touchdown drives.[24] Smith was named the Sports Illustrated NFL Offensive Player of the week for his performance.

Smith was again given the start for the 49ers next game against the Rams. He led the 49ers to an overtime victory by out-dueling Rams rookie Sam Bradford in a matchup of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks. He threw for 356 yards, one touchdown and ran for 12 yards without being intercepted.[25]

Smith's two straight wins as a starter earned him the starting job for the next three weeks, before he was replaced by the previous starting quarterback Alex Smith. During that time span, Smith went 3–2 for a San Francisco 49ers team that finished the season 6–10 overall.

Despite Smith's success as their starting quarterback, San Francisco chose not to re-sign Smith after he became a free agent. This was mostly because new head coach Jim Harbaugh was expected to seek different options (though he eventually did choose to go with Alex Smith).[26]

Omaha Nighthawks

Smith was signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League on September 2, 2011.[27] An injury to fellow Heisman Trophy-winner Eric Crouch in the season opener, opened the door for Smith to become the starter,[28] though the Nighthawks decided to go with Jeremiah Masoli who had been with the team longer.

Smith's first UFL start came in Omaha's final game of the season, a 25-19 loss to the Sacramento Mountain Lions in the consolation round of the postseason. In the game, Smith completed 17-of-33 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, including an 81-yard touchdown pass to Chad Lucas.[29]

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Smith on January 20, 2012. He was released by the team on June 25, 2012.

Montreal Alouettes

On August 14, 2013, Smith signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.[30] Smith recorded his first win with the Alouettes in his first start on October 20, 2013 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by a score of 36-5. Smith started the last three regular season games of the season, posting a 2-1 record, leading head coach Jim Popp to name him the starter for the playoffs. Smith finished his first year in the CFL with a completion percentage of 52.6%, 884 passing yards, nine touchdowns, and five interceptions, in six games played. However, against the same Tiger-Cats in Guelph, Ontario, the Alouettes lost 19-16 in overtime. Following the 2013 CFL season, Smith was re-signed to a three-year contract, which keeps him with the Alouettes through the 2016 season.[31] Smith started the first six games of the 2014 season, winning only once. Due to his poor play and the team's underperformance, Smith was unconditionally released from his contract by the Alouettes on October 16, 2014[32]

Statistics

Year Team G GS Passing Rushing Fumbles
Att Comp Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD Fumb
2007 BAL 4 2 76 40 52.6% 452 2 0 79.5 12 54 4.5 14 1 3
2008 BAL 6 0 4 3 75.0% 82 1 0 156.2 9 24 2.7 8 0 0
2009 BAL 4 0 9 5 55.6% 24 0 1 21.3 8 31 3.9 15 1 0
2010 SF 6 6 145 73 50.3% 1,176 5 4 77.8 23 121 5.3 16 1 6
2013 MTL 12 3 114 60 52.6% 884 9 5 86.3 16 40 2.5 9 2 3
2014 MTL 7 6 173 83 47.9% 989 4 4 64 7 56 8.0 21 0 2
NFL totals 20 8 234 121 51.7% 1,734 8 5 78.5 52 230 4.4 16 3 9
CFL totals 19 9 287 143 49.8% 1,873 13 9 72.8 23 96 4.2 21 2 5

NFL awards

Personal life

Smith, himself a father of two children, has advocated for passage of the FIT Kids Act. The act would require school districts to report on students' physical activity and to give health and nutritional information to children.[33]

Smith was arrested October 20, 2017 for driving while intoxicated in Ohio.[34]

See also

References

  1. ^ Forde, Pat (December 7, 2006). "Smith, mom to share heartwarming moment of triumph". ESPN. Retrieved August 7, 2007.
  2. ^ Curtis, Bryan. "Troy Smith's Mostly Charmed Life at Ohio State". New York Times. August 20, 2006
  3. ^ Ralph, Russo (December 10, 2006). "Heisman win is emotional for Troy Smith". Associated Press.
  4. ^ Miller, Rusty (December 6, 2006). "Smith Had Difficult Road to Ohio State". Associated Press. Retrieved August 7, 2007.
  5. ^ "Ohio State investigates quarterback for possible rules violation". CBS SportsLine.com wire reports. July 20, 2005. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
  6. ^ "2005 NCAA Division I-A Passing Leaders". ESPN. Retrieved December 11, 2006.
  7. ^ "2006 NCAA Division I-A Passing Leaders". ESPN. Retrieved December 11, 2006.
  8. ^ "Smith One of Five Finalist for 2006 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award" (Press release). Ohio State University Department of Athletics. November 2, 2006. Retrieved December 11, 2006.
  9. ^ "Smith Named Buckeyes' Most Valuable Player" (Press release). Ohio State University Department of Athletics. November 3, 2006.
  10. ^ "OHIO STATE'S TROY SMITH WINS 2006 DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD" (Press release). Davey O’Brien Foundation. December 7, 2006. Archived from the original on February 17, 2007. Retrieved December 11, 2006.
  11. ^ Gordon, Ken; May, Tim; Mitchell, Shawn (November 19, 2006). "Dye, 91, watches Smith equal his trifecta over UM". OSU Notebook. Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved November 19, 2006.
  12. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (January 19, 2010). "Big Ten players of the decade". ESPN. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
  13. ^ "Rise of Troy: Buckeyes QB wins Heisman Trophy". Associated Press. December 12, 2006. Retrieved August 7, 2007.
  14. ^ Smith will likely play waiting game
  15. ^ NFL.com
  16. ^ Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith pushing Browns hard to draft him
  17. ^ "Ravens sign Troy Smith, two others". The Sports Network. July 24, 2007. Retrieved August 7, 2007.
  18. ^ "Ravens switch quarterbacks". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  19. ^ "Baltimore Ravens vs. Seattle Seahawks". Sports.espn.go.com. December 23, 2007. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  20. ^ "Smith's illness rare". RotoTimes. Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. Retrieved September 7, 2008.
  21. ^ a b "Troy Smith Pro Career at Baltimoreravens.com". Baltimoreravens.com. Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2010.
  22. ^ "49ers Sign QB Troy Smith". 49ers.com. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  23. ^ Blogland, Article In (October 28, 2010). "Troy Smith: 49ers' First-Ever Black Starting QB". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  24. ^ "Watch Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers [10/31/2010". NFL.com. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  25. ^ "Watch St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers [11/14/2010". NFL.com. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  26. ^ [1]
  27. ^ Pivovar, Steven (September 2, 2011). "Former OSU star vows to work for Nighthawks QB job". Omaha World-Herald. Archived from the original on August 25, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  28. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 30, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  29. ^ "Mountain Lions Finish Season with Win – OurSports Central – Independent and Minor League Sports News". OurSports Central. October 22, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  30. ^ "Alouettes sign former Heisman winner Troy Smith". MontrealAlouettes.com. August 14, 2013. Archived from the original on October 1, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  31. ^ ALOUETTES RE-SIGN QB'S SMITH, MARSH TO THREE-YEAR CONTRACTS
  32. ^ Troy Smith, The Canadian Press. "Alouettes release opening day starting QB Smith – Article – TSN". Tsn.ca. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  33. ^ NFL Players Promoted Increased Physical Education ESPN, March 19, 2009
  34. ^ Former Ohio State QB Troy Smith charged with driving while intoxicated The Columbus Dispatch, October 21, 2017

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2004 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 2004 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University during the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head football coach was Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes played their home games at Ohio Stadium. The team finished the season with a record of 8–4 and a Big Ten Conference record of 4–4.

2005 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 2005 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented The Ohio State University in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head football coach was Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes played their home games in Ohio Stadium. The team finished the season with a win-loss record of 10–2, and a Big Ten Conference record of 7–1. They tied for the Big Ten championship with Penn State.

In 2005, A. J. Hawk was the sixth Ohio State player to receive the Lombardi Award. He was also voted OSU's season MVP for this year and was All-American. All year, Troy Smith and Justin Zwick competed for the spot of starting quarterback.

Early in the season, they played their first ever meeting against the Texas Longhorns of The University of Texas, which they lost, 25–22.To conclude the season, they made an appearance in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl and defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 34–20. They finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation.

2005 Texas vs. Ohio State football game

The 2005 Texas vs. Ohio State football game, played September 10, 2005, was the first-ever meeting between The University of Texas at Austin and The Ohio State University in a college football game. The two teams came into the game ranked No. 2 and No. 4, respectively. It was the second game of the 2005 season for both teams. Schools have become increasingly conservative in scheduling non-conference opponents of a high caliber, so a meeting of two top-five teams in the country was unusual this early in the season. For either team, winning the game would boost their chances of ultimately playing in the BCS National Championship Game while the loser likely faced the end of their national championship hopes.

According to observers such as USA Today, the game between the Texas Longhorns and Ohio State Buckeyes was one of the most-anticipated games of the 2005 season. Due to the high level of anticipation, ESPN chose the game for the location of its weekly College GameDay broadcast.The 2005 Texas Longhorns football team (variously "Texas" or "UT" or the "Horns") was coached by head football coach Mack Brown and led on the field by quarterback Vince Young. The 2005 Ohio State Buckeyes football team (variously "Ohio State" or "OSU" or the "Bucks") was coached by Jim Tressel. Justin Zwick and Troy Smith shared time as quarterback due to disciplinary measures enforced against Smith. The game was a back-and-forth affair which was ultimately won by Texas, 25–22. The game's attendance was 105,565, which set the then all-time attendance record for Ohio Stadium. The game was televised nationally on ABC and drew 9.9 million viewers.ESPN and College Football Rivals, were among the observers who named the game one of the best football games of the season. Texas' win kept them near the front of the national championship picture. They ultimately finished the season unbeaten, snaring the Big 12 Conference and NCAA championships. Ohio State finished the season with ten wins and two losses and ranked No. 4 in the nation.

2006 Big Ten Conference football season

The 2006 Big Ten Conference football season was the 111th season for the Big Ten Conference. The season began on Thursday, August 31, 2012 when Northwestern played Miami (Ohio) and Minnesota played Kent State. The season concluded on January 8, 2007 when Big Ten champion Ohio State lost in the BCS National Championship Game to the Florida Gators.

2006 Fiesta Bowl

The 2006 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, played on January 2, 2006, was the 35th edition of the Fiesta Bowl, sponsored by Frito-Lay through its Tostitos tortilla chip brand. The game featured the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Ohio State Buckeyes, and resulted in a 34–20 Ohio State win.

Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith became the frontrunner of the 2006 Heisman race, after he completed 19 of his 28 passes for 342 yards, including 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Notre Dame's Brady Quinn completed 29 out of his 45 passes for 286 yards.

Notre Dame got the 1st score of the game, with a 20 yard touchdown run by Darius Walker. Then Ohio State responded on a 6 play 86 yard drive capped off with a 56 yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn, Jr. In the second quarter, off a wide-receiver reverse, Ginn rushed 68 yards to the left side for a touchdown. Then with just over 2 minutes to go in the half, Troy Smith found Santonio Holmes for an 85 yard touchdown pass, and Ohio State led 21–7 at half-time.

In the second half, Notre Dame scored on Darius Walker's second rushing touchdown of the game, to make the score 21-13 in favor of Ohio State. Notre Dame's defense forced two Ohio State field goals to make the score 27–13. With five minutes left to go in the game, Darius Walker got his third rushing touchdown of the game, bringing the Irish within 27–20. On third and five, with Ohio State using up the clock, the Buckeyes scored on a 60-yard touchdown run by Antonio Pittman to clinch the victory.

2006 Michigan vs. Ohio State football game

The 2006 Michigan vs. Ohio State game was a regular-season college football game between the unbeaten Michigan Wolverines (ranked No. 2 in the nation) and the unbeaten Ohio State Buckeyes (ranked No. 1 in the nation) on November 18, 2006, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Called the "Game of the Century," this was the first time in the historic rivalry that the teams entered the matchup ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation. In an offensive shootout, Ohio State won 42–39.

Michigan and Ohio State first faced each other in 1897, and have met annually since 1918. Considered by many the greatest rivalry in sports, the rivalry had to that point been the "de facto" Big Ten Conference championship game on 22 occasions, with the game affecting the determination of the championship an additional 27 times. Ohio State entered the 2006 season ranked No. 1, while Michigan was ranked No. 14 in the AP preseason poll. With both teams winning all of their regular season games prior to their matchup, Ohio State remained No. 1 in all major polls, while Michigan moved up to No. 2 in the polls.

Both Michigan and Ohio State scored on their first offensive possessions, while the Buckeyes would eventually go up 21–7 midway through the second quarter. The Buckeyes' took a 28–14 lead into halftime, with the Wolverines closing the gap in the third quarter, scoring on a Mike Hart touchdown run and a Garrett Rivas field goal. Ohio State would extend their lead again following an Antonio Pittman touchdown run, though Michigan would bring the game within four points on another Hart touchdown run. A Troy Smith pass to Brian Robiskie would extend the Buckeyes' lead to 42–31. A late touchdown and two-point conversion would not be enough for Michigan, as the Buckeyes' would go on to win the game 42–39.

Following the game, Ohio State claimed the Big Ten championship outright for the first time since 1984 and also claiming a berth in the BCS National Championship Game, while the Wolverines would accept a berth in the Rose Bowl. Smith became the seventh Ohio State player to win the Heisman Trophy, while multiple players on both teams were recognized with conference and national awards. Michigan was defeated 32–18 by the USC Trojans in the Rose Bowl, while Ohio State was defeated 41–14 by the Florida Gators in the national championship game.

2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season

The 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the highest level of college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The regular season began on August 31, 2006 and ended on December 2, 2006. The postseason concluded on January 8, 2007 with the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona, where the #2 Florida Gators defeated the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes by a score of 41–14 to win the national title.The Boise State Broncos were the year's only undefeated team in both levels of Division I football after defeating Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.

2006 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 2006 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head coach was Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes played their home games in Ohio Stadium. The team finished the season with a win-loss record of 12 and 1, having been defeated by Florida in its final game, the BCS Championship game, and ended the year ranked second.

Ernie Smith (tackle)

Ernest Frederick Smith (November 26, 1909 – April 25, 1985) was an American football tackle under coach Howard Jones at the University of Southern California (USC). He also handled the placekicking and kickoff duties for the men of Troy. Smith was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He played prominent roles in the Trojan Rose Bowl triumphs over Tulane University as a junior and against University of Pittsburgh as a senior. While in college, he was a member of the Spirit of Troy as a trombone player.

He played professionally from 1935 to 1939 for the Green Bay Packers.

He was assistant football coach at Southern California two years, was a Major in the United States Air Force between 1940 and 1945, and became an insurance underwriter. He worked with the Boy Scouts, was on the Rose Bowl Committee, an officer of the Southern California Symphony, and president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Football Foundation.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970.

Joe Troy Smith

Joseph Troy Smith (born December 17, 1977) is a former American professional basketball player. He played as a point guard-shooting guard.

List of Baltimore Ravens starting quarterbacks

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List of Montreal Alouettes starting quarterbacks

The following is an incomplete list of starting quarterbacks for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League that have started a regular season game for the team. This list does not include preseason nor postseason appearances. They are listed in order of most starts with any tiebreaker being the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Alouettes.

Nevermind It's an Interview

Nevermind It's an Interview is the only officially released interview CD of American grunge band Nirvana. It was only a promotional release and was never commercially available. Released in limited-edition form worldwide in 1992 by Geffen Records, written, produced and engineered at WFNX Boston by Kurt St. Thomas and Troy Smith (authors of Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects[1], St. Martin's Press, 2004). The original interview sessions were recorded by St. Thomas the night of Nirvana's first appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live in 1992. It contains over an hour of audio interview with live and studio recordings. Copies of the CD are rare and have become collectors items. However, the entire CD was included at the end of the iTunes version of With the Lights Out, Nirvana's posthumous box set. It is listed as:

"Nevermind It's an Interview, Pt.1"

"Nevermind It's an Interview, Pt.2"

"Nevermind It's an Interview, Pt.3"All songs are incomplete unless otherwise noted. The live versions of "Drain You" and "School" were released on some versions of the "Come as You Are" single. The back cover reads: "Kurt St Thomas, Music director of WFNX, Boston, speaks with Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl about life in Nirvana, circa 1992."

Ohio State Buckeyes football statistical leaders

The Ohio State Buckeyes football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Ohio State Buckeyes football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Buckeyes represent the Ohio State University in the NCAA's Big Ten Conference.

Although Ohio State began competing in intercollegiate football in 1890, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1944. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1944, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

The NCAA only began counting bowl games toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Buckeyes have played in 13 bowl games since then, giving many recent players an additional game to accumulate statistics. However, Ohio State's official record books included bowl games in single-season and career statistics long before the NCAA made it official policy.

The Big Ten instituted a championship game starting in 2011, allowing the top team in each division to play another game each season. The Buckeyes played in this game in 2013 and 2014 and 2017.

Since head coach Urban Meyer arrived in 2012, the Buckeyes have run a spread option offense. 2013 saw the most offensive yards in school history, and the 2014 team passed that mark. The emphasis on dual-threat quarterbacks has led to Braxton Miller and JT Barrett entering the leaderboards.These lists are updated through Ohio State's game against Michigan on November 24, 2018. The Ohio State Media Guide does not include 2010 statistics for Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, and DeVier Posey due to NCAA sanctions. They are fully included in these lists, however.

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