Joe Germaine threw three scoring passes and Michael

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Joe Germaine threw three scoring passes and Michael Wiley ran for a career-high 151 yards and two touchdowns as No. 1 Ohio State scored early and often to beat the turnover-prone Rockets 49-0 Saturday.

"We wanted to go in and break their hearts early," Ohio State offensive guard Rob Murphy said. "We didn't want these guys to live."

In only its third game against an in-state school in 64 years, Ohio State (2-0) rattled off 21 first-quarter points on drives that took just 4 1/2 minutes.

It was 42-0 by halftime, with Ohio State piling up huge advantages in almost every statistical category. The Buckeyes had a 371-32 edge in yards and 16-1 in first downs.

"I would have scripted it like that," Buckeye coach John Cooper said. "We wanted to jump on them early. The offense came out and made some big plays. It was important for us to score early and take them out of the game."

Toledo quarterback Chris Wallace completed just 3-of-18 passes for 7 yards with three interceptions in the opening half. He finished 13-of-34 for 73 yards with five interceptions.

"We're much better than 49-0. I'm better than five interceptions," said Wallace, who had only nine interceptions in 12 games last year. "I let my team down."

Meanwhile, Ohio State's quarterbacks were the picture of cold efficiency. Germaine was 13-of-21 for 150 yards, Mark Garcia 5-of-11 for 83 yards and a touchdown and freshman Steve Bellisari 3-for-5 for 24 yards _ all without an interception.

Ohio State, which won its 20th straight home opener, is 13-1 against current members of the Mid-American Conference. The only loss was to Akron in 1894.

The Big Ten went into Saturday's four matchups with MAC schools with a record of 79-17-2 against the conference.

"I feel awful. I don't like getting my butt kicked," Toledo coach Gary Pinkel said. "That doesn't happen too much to us. It was pitiful."

The Rockets didn't get their money's worth, even with a $350,000 payday.

In the opening half, Toledo (1-1) ran 34 plays and only 10 gained yardage.

The Rockets advanced a yard on their first three plays before punter Gabe Lindstrom's 62-yard punt was downed at the Ohio State 2.

Five plays later, Wiley, who had 151 yards on 13 carries before watching most of the second half from the sideline, took a pitch around left end and avoided three tackles on a 76-yard touchdown run.

"He has speed to burn and he can hit the home run," Germaine said of Wiley.

After another Lindstrom punt, Ohio State needed three plays before Germaine found flanker Dee Miller alone at the right sideline and he sidestepped one defender on a 37-yard scoring strike.

Two plays later, Wallace's pass was intercepted by Ohio State strong safety Damon Moore, who returned it to the Toledo 18. Germaine hit David Boston on a 5-yard fade pattern to cap the four-play drive that made it 21-0 with more than seven minutes left in the opening quarter.

"They were hitting us where we were weak and it started snowballing from there," Toledo cornerback Jameel Turner said.

After Joe Montgomery opened the second quarter with an 11-yard touchdown run, Ohio State linebacker Na'il Diggs picked off Wallace's pass and returned it 26 yards to the Toledo 6. Sophomore Reggie Germany then caught his first career touchdown pass from Germaine.

Garcia replaced Germaine and on his first play lofted a perfectly thrown 47-yard touchdown pass to Germany on a post pattern to make it 42-0.

Germany had 63 yards on three catches, Boston had five receptions for 55 yards and Miller had 54 yards on four catches.

Wiley capped the scoring on the first series of the second half when he went untouched around right end for a 4-yard touchdown.

"Right now we're clicking," Wiley said.

Wasean Tait gained 59 yards on 14 carries and Dwayne Harris, also a 1,000-yard rusher for Toledo, was held to zero yards on seven carries.

Ahmed Plummer, Tim Cheatwood and Percy King also had interceptions for the Buckeyes.

"They're loaded," Pinkel said.

Asked if he'd play Ohio State again in five years, he said, "Maybe

20."

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