COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State will have its Beanie back for Southern California.

Buckeyes tailback Chris "Beanie" Wells has been given the OK to play in the showdown at No. 1 USC on Saturday night.

Wells, who rushed for 1,609 yards and 15 touchdowns a year ago, went down with a foot injury in the second half of the fifth-ranked Buckeyes' opener against Youngstown State and did not suit up when Ohio State struggled to beat Ohio University 26-14 last week.

But coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday that Wells would definitely play against USC.

"You know, Beanie ran well yesterday," Tressel said. "In fact, he ran better than I thought he might."

The next test for the 6-foot-1, 237-pound Wells is how he feels after going through his first workouts in 10 days.

Wells would seem to be a weapon the Buckeyes (2-0) cannot do without against the fearsome Trojans (1-0) in the first meeting between the two old rivals in 18 years.

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