Tim Spencer, making his first start at tailback, rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns as 11th-ranked Ohio State defeated Atlanta Coast Conference opponent Duke in Columbus, Ohio.
Watching with the crowd of 86,266 was former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes. It was the first game Hayes has attended since being fired in December 1978 after hitting Clemson's Charlie Bauman in the closing moments of the Gator Bowl.
Spencer, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior, started at fullback a year ago. He ran 82 yards for a touchdown on Ohio State's first play from scrimmage and also had scoring runs of 10 and two yards.
Ohio State's other two touchdowns came on a four-yard run by quarterback Art Schlichter and a 16-yard pass from Schlichter to sophomore split end Thad Jemison. Schlichter accounted for 227 total yards and moved into second place on the Big Ten's all-time total yardage list, ahead of Michigan's Rick Leach.
Duke stayed even with Ohio State in the first half, scoring with one second left in the second period on a 13-yard pass from quarterback Ben Bennett to split end Cedric Jones. But Duke missed a chance to tie when Scott McKenney's extra point attempt went wide and Ohio State led, 14-13.