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Buckeyes end season with 31-26 thriller over Arkansas; loss streak to SEC in bowls ends

The Buckeyes enter the off-season on a high note for the second year in a row.

They finally knocked the monkey off their backs by beating Southeastern Conference member, Arkansas 31-26 in the Big Easy of New Orleans and the Sugar Bowl. It ended a 33-year drought.

The Buckeyes move to 12-1 to end the season while Arkansas falls to 10-3.

(courtesy of Sugar Bowl via Wikipedia Commons)

The Razorbacks came back from a 28-7 deficit to 31-26. They blocked an Ohio State punt. with 1:08 left, Arkansas was set up to serve OSU another SEC loss, but they had to drive down the field without any timeouts.

But two plays later, with 58 seconds left, defensive end Solomon Thomas, one of the five players facing a 2011 suspension and the only backup player involved, intercepted a Ryan Mallett pass.

There was a crowd of 73,879 at the Louisiana Superdome. The game lasted 3 hours, 41 minutes.

All of the suspended players of NCAA violations played well.


QB Terrelle Pryor was 14 of 25 passing for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Pryor was equally as good on rushing the ball 15 attempts for 115 yards with a 7.7 yards per rush.

OL Mike Adams played well on the offensive line.

TB Daniel Herron rushed 24 times for 87 yards and 3.6 a carry.

WR Devier Posey caught 3 passes for 70 yards and 1 touchdown.

DL Solomon Thomas  had a rare interception of a Ryan Mallett pass with 58 seconds remaining to stop the winning touchdown drive. He dropped back into pass coverage and intercepted the ball at the Ohio State 10-yard line.

Stars of the game would be Cameron Heyward who played with an injured elbow. Terrelle Pryor set a career record for rushing by an OSU quarterback and tied the school record for career touchdown passes.

Ohio State played in its sixth consecutive BCS game and has the most BCS bowl appearances, with nine. The Buckeyes are 6-3 in those games.

The Buckeyes bowl record stands at 20-22 overall. Under Jim Tressel, they are 6-4.

With 115 yards rushing, Terrelle Pryor surpassed Cornelius Greene (2,066) as OSU’s all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks. Pryor now has 2,164 yards.

The Buckeyes said goodbye to 24 seniors after the game. The 2010 senior class won 44 games, which tied the 2009 class for most wins in school history.

Terrelle Pryor also tied Bobby Hoying’s career record for touchdown passes with 57.

The Buckeyes allowed only 94 yards per game rushing.

The Buckeyes allowed seven touchdowns through the air in 12 games and interecepted 18.


QB Ryan Mallett completed 24 of 47 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns.

Arkansas is 0-4 against Big Ten teams in bowl games.

Arkansas is now 12-22-3 in bowl games overall.

The Razorbacks had the 16th-best pass defense in the nation, allowing 182.3 yards per game.

Safety Tramain Thomas leads the defense with 71 tackles and four intereceptions.

QB Ryan Mallett had 30 touchdowns and 11 intereceptions.

compiled from staff & Ohio State news

One last look: Ohio State rallies at Iowa, 20-17

The Ohio State Buckeyes came very close to losing at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

Wide receiver DeVier Posey dropped a third down pass in the end zone that put the Buckeyes Big Ten championship hopes on the ropes.

With 4:02 left in the game, the Buckeyes were trailing the Hawkeyes by a score of 17-13 and it was fourth down and 10 at the 50-yard line. No big deal to QB Terrelle Pryor. The junior took matters into his own hands and on the next play, he ran 14 yards for the first down. Three plays later, Dane Sanzenbacher made a leaping catch, 24 yards down the field at the Iowa 2. Two plays later, Daniel Herron blasted into the end zone for the touchdown that sealed the deal as Ohio State beat Iowa, 20-17.

Dane Sanzenbacher another big catch (file photo)

Terrelle Pryor another big play (file photo)

With the win, Ohio State stayed in the hunt for at least a share of a record-tying sixth straight Big Ten title to match the titles they won in the 1970′s.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor went 18-of-33 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed 15 times for 78 yards.

Pryor needed 78 yards rushing to reach 2,000 for his career, and had exactly 78. He is second to Cornelius Greene (2,066) for quarterback rushing yards at Ohio State.

The Iowa defense held the Buckeyes in check allowing 223 yards and 12 first downs in the first three quarters, but allowed 130 yards and nine first downs in the all-important fourth quarter.

compiled from staff & Ohio State news

OHIO STATE NOTEBOOK: Buckeyes 24 Fighting Illini 13


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The Buckeyes survived two big scares in Saturday’s 24-13 win at Illinois.

The first scare was, winning the game in the Big Ten Conference opener.

But the biggest scare happened in the middle of the third quarter Heisman Trophy candidate Terrelle Pryor missed a big portion of the third quarter after suffering a strained left thigh muscle.

But Pryor returned to but let running Daniel “Boom” Herron run the ball. In the fourth quarter, the Buckeyes turned the ball over to the junior tailback who scored a touchdown with 1:49 remaining to ensure the win. Herron rushed for 51 of his 95 yards in the fourth quarter.

Pryor did pass another milestone. He now has 1,783 career rushing yards, passing up Rex Kern (1,714) for second among Buckeyes quarterbacks. Cornelius Greene (2,066) is the all-time leader.

The Buckeyes maintained the number 2 ranking in the polls despite struggling against the 18-point underdog Illinois Fighting Illini.

The 62,870 fans in attendance probably thought the calendar was wrong saying October when it felt like November. It was 53 degrees, felt like 33, cloudy and breezy.

The big key to the game was nine penalties costs Illinois a possible upset win.

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The Illini lost its eighth consecutive game to Ohio State in Memorial Stadium. It hasn’t won at home against the Buckeyes since 1991.

Illinois had its moments during the game.

The Fighting Illini used the wind at its back and starting position near midfield to take an early lead of 7-0 on its first possession of the game. The key play was a 23-yard pass from receiver Jarred Fayson to quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase that gave Illinois a first down at the 8-yard line.

Scheelhaase ran 3 yards for the touchdown three plays later.

Speaking of Scheelhaase, he showed a lot of poise and confidence for a redshirt freshman quarterback playing in his first Big Ten game against a Top 10 team. He had 121 yards passing and rushing combined.

With Saturday’s win, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is one win away from reaching number 100 in his 10th season at Ohio’s flagship university.

Another game has passed and the Ohio State defense didn’t allow a 100-yard rusher for the 27th game in a row. The last time that occured was when Joe McKnight of USC gained 105 yards on September 13, 2008 in the Coliseum in Los Angeles.

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The defense played well, limiting the Illini to 251 yards and 11 first downs. But they lost DB Tyler Moeller who plays in the “star” spot in the nickel package. But freshman Christian Bryant stepped up and played as if he had been at Ohio State for years.

Any fan who has been to the Land of Lincoln (Illinois) knows that it is very windy and the winds can have high gusts. Case-in-point on Saturday, the wind was blowing at 25 mph and punter Ben Buchanan and placekicker Devin Barclay did quite well in their first experiences with the winds.

Assembly Hall sits across the street from Memorial Stadium (

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Ohio State has had 36 scoring drives in 2010, 26 touchdowns and 10 field goals. The opponents have had nine scoring drives, 6 touchdowns and three field goals.

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