Photo Gallery : Ohio State Vs. NIU

Ted Ginn Jr.

Even the threat of rain couldn't damper the National Championship spirits of Ohio State fans in Ohio Stadium while watching their beloved Buckeyes put on a first-quarter clinic en route to a 35-12 victory to begin their much-anticipated campaign in 2006. Here's how some of the day, in around the Horseshoe, looked in pictures.

Photo Gallery : Ohio State vs. Northern Illinois

Michael Wiley was one of the former Ohio State players at the prior to the game.

Ted Ginn Jr.

Troy Smith

Chris Wells

Coach Jim Bollman and Alex Boone

Antonio Pittman

Anthony Gonzalez

Malcolm Jenkins

Brian Hartline

Jamario O'Neal

Ray Small

Vernon Gholston

Jay Richardson

Quinn Pitcock

Robert Rose

Larry Grant

John Kerr

James Laurinaitis

Marcus Freeman

Ross Homan

Curtis Terry

Garrett Wolfe

Ginn looks into the stands prior to kickoff.

The Buckeye defense forces a punt on their first series.

Ginn on the first punt return for 22 yards.

Troy Smith going down the field to Brian Hartline on the first offensive play of the game for Ohio State.

That was Hartline's only catch of the day good for 32 yards.

Pittman off left tackle for 6 yards on the ensuing play.

Pittman for 10 more yards.

Troy Smith loses a yard on this carry.

But then Smith fires this pass to Ginn...

...for a five-yard touchdown... give the Buckeyes an early 7-0 lead.

David Patterson forces an incomplete pass on this play.

On the first play after the punt, Smith hits Ginn on this play...

...who takes it in for the score and a 14-0 lead.

Maurice Hall is an Assistant to the Athletic Director.

Homan stops Wolfe in his tracks on this play.

The future at linebacker, as well as the present, looks to be in great hands.

Gholston gets to Phil Horvath for a 5-yard sack on this play.

Smith finds Gonzalez over the middle...

...for a 15-yard touchdown.

Aaron Pettrey was busy in the first quarter kicking his third PAT on this play.

Grant returns the ball 49 yards after intercepting a Horvath pass.

Maurice Wells takes this Smith pass quickly down the field for a 30-yard gain.

Chris Wells gains 2 yards on his first carry as a Buckeye to end the first quarter. Ohio State led 21-0.

And on the first play of the second quarter Wells crashed into the end zone from 8 yards out...

...for his first collegiate touchdown.

Ryan Pretorius missed on this 51-yard field goal attempt to end the consecutive scoring drive streak. Ohio State scored on each of their first four possessions to open the season.

Wolfe ran for 171 yards on 26 carries in the game.

Pittman rushed for 111 yards on 19 carries.

Wells ran for 50 yards on 10 carries.

Brian Robiskie caught 3 passes for 32 yards.

Joe Germaine and the 1996 team was recognized on the field at halftime on the 10th anniversary of their Rose Bowl winning season.

Troy Smith's sister, left, and mother, right, along with his nephew below were all caught up in the Hang On Sloopy music at halftime.

Antonio Smith traps Horvath in the backfield for a three-yard loss on this play.

More Chris Wells...


More Pittman

And Pittman finally gets into the endzone at the start of the fourth period for Ohio State's final points on this one-yard run to give the Buckeyes a 35-6 lead at the time.

Ohio State's Big Three all played big against the Huskies. Ginn caught 4 passes for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns...Smith completed 18 of his 25 passes for 297 yards with three TD tosses...and Gonzalez caught 4 passes for 53 yards and a TD.

And Small had 3 catches for 19 yards in his collegiate debut.

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