Ohio State Makes Push for a Higher Ranking : Nonconference: The No. 11 Buckeyes beat Pitt, 63-28, with hopes of breaking into Top 10.

From Associated Press

Joey Galloway said there is no team in the country that can beat Ohio State. But then, a lot of teams might feel that way after they play Pittsburgh.

Eleventh-ranked Ohio State opened a 35-point lead early in the second quarter Saturday and beat the Panthers, 63-28.

Pitt (1-2), a 63-21 loser to Virginia Tech in its home opener, has been outscored 126-49 in its two home games since Johnny Majors returned as coach after 16 years at Tennessee.

Galloway made two acrobatic touchdown receptions and also scored on a reverse. Butler By'not'e returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and Eddie George scored on his first two carries for the Buckeyes (3-0), who could be headed for the top 10 for the first time in Coach John Cooper's six seasons.

"I feel I can score a touchdown on any play I touch the ball," Galloway said. "We feel it's important to get into the top 10 because Ohio State doesn't get much respect."

Pitt, which has lost 11 of its last 15, had never given up 60 points in consecutive games in its 103-year history. Only twice had the Panthers given up 60 points twice in a season, in 1965 and 1968.

"I've been in this situation before and it's no fun," Majors said. "We worked our way out of it, and, if you stay tuned, we might do it again."

Ohio State outgained Pitt, 200-48, in the first quarter, 503-339 overall.

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