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Parker will retire from Iowa after bowl game


Norm Parker (courtesy of Iowa athletics)

Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker has indicated that he will be retiring after 13 seasons with the Hawkeyes.

The 70-year-old Parker will step down after the Insight Bowl against Oklahoma on December 30.

Parker is a 1955 graduate of Eastern Michigan University.

No replacement has been named.


Info compiled from Iowa athletics

Number 2 Ohio State blasts Eastern Michigan, 73-20; remains at 2nd in country

Ohio State kicks off to Eastern Michigan (photo by

Terrelle Pryor directs the offense (photo by

Even before the game was ever played on Saturday, Everybody in Columbus, Ohio and across the nation knew that Ohio State was going to beat Eastern Michigan University of the Mid-American Conference by a whopping score. But 73-20! Nobody could’ve come up with that score even if they were playing the college football version of PLAY STATION!

Saturday’s game was a record-breaking and record-tying affair.

Dane Sanzenbacher tied two school records by catching four touchdown passes from Terrelle Pryor. Pryor also ran for a score and caught a touchdown pass in the Buckeyes lopsided win over Eastern Michigan.

The only game where Ohio State has scored more points and that was in 1950 when they humiliated Iowa 83-21.

The 2nd-ranked Buckeyes, now 4-0, played to perfection on Saturday, scoring on their first six possessions of the football against Eastern Michigan who came into the game a whopping 44 1/2-point underdogs. With Saturday’s loss, EMU traveled 3 1/2 hours back to Ypsilanti, Michigan with their 16th loss in a row and wondering if they’ll ever win again.

Dane Sanzenbacher scores one of his 4 TD's against EMU (photo

DeVier Posey runs over tacklers (photo by

Pryor, throwing the ball like everybody was expecting when he arrived at Ohio State, completed 20 of 26 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns. He ran seven times for 104 yards and a touchdown and also caught a 20-yard scoring pass in the third quarter from Jordan Hall, his high school teammate from Jeannette, Pennsylvania. Pryor delighted the crowd with a scoring run of 53 yards.

Pryor found Dane Sanzenbacher for scoring plays covering 31, 9, 7 and 18 yards. The senior wide receiver from Toledo, Ohio had nine receptions for 108 yards.


* The previous times a Buckeye scored a touchdown 3 different ways in a game.

1948 at Illinois: Gerald Krall

-10 yard reception from Pandel Savic

-9 yard pass to Alex Verdova

-5 yard run

1950 vs. Iowa: Vic Janowicz

-11 yard run

-61 yard punt return

-passed for 4 touchdowns of 12, 40, 26, 44 yards

1984 vs. Iowa: Keith Byars

-50 yard run

-14 yard reception from Mike Tomczak

-35 yard pass to Mike Lanese

-7 yard run

2004 vs. Michigan State: Ted Ginn Jr.

-17 yard reverse

-60 yard punt return

-58 yard reception from Troy Smith

OHIO STATE GAME 4 PREVIEW: Eastern Michigan Eagles of the Mid-American Conference


It was not long ago that Eastern Michigan University, located in the west Detroit suburb of Ypsilanti, was nicknamed the Hurons. But after much rumblings by several groups who didn’t much care for Indian tribe names being used as athletic teams mascots and nicknames, Hurons became Eagles.

Ohio State’s fourth opponent this week is from the Mid-American Conference West Division.

The Eagles were an embarrassing 0-12 overall, 0-8 in the MAC. Some people in the media and several former coaches have said that the administration had basically ignored the needs of the program and that is why it has fallen to these lowly depths.

But in came Ron English last season. He is no stranger to EMU, having coached at the University of Michigan which is next door to Ypsilanti in Ann Arbor, just 7 miles away, as the defensive coordinator under Lloyd Carr. After that stint, English spent some time in the same capacity at the University of Louisville.

Coach Tressel turns his attention to Eastern Michigan in Week 4 (WAXX-TV photo)

OSU AD Gene Smith served in same capacity at EMU in the 1980's (OSU photo)

Eastern Michigan is 0-3 in the 2010 season. They lost two close games against Army (31-27) and at Miami (28-21). But last week against a tough offensive juggernaut like Central Michigan, they were blown out 52-14.

Coming into the season, the Eagles returned 44 lettermen and 12 starters.

At tailback, there was alot being expected of tailback Dwayne Priest. If he could stay healthy, he would be a factor. He had played in 34 games the past three years, but nagging injuries have held back his progress. He did produce 633 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009.

So far Priest has held up so far in 2010. He was named the Mid-American Conference’s West Division Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending September 5. The honor marked the first time Priest has collected the weekly accolade after running for a career-best 142 yards on 26 rushes and scoring two touchdowns in the loss to Army on September 4.

Another threat on the Eastern Michigan offensive side of the ball is tight end Ben Thayer. He caught 29 passes a year ago for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns.

This season, he is off to a start that might push him pass those 2009 stats. Thayer has 10 catches for 109 yards, a 10.9 average with 1 touchdown.

One weakness on offensive to most observers was at quarterback where Alex Gillett was very inconsistent while being pressed into action last year because of an injury to the starter. Gillett’s pass completion percentage was below 50%.

After three games this season, Gillett has made some improvement. In three starts, he is 34-of 59 passing with 3 interceptions, 4 touchdowns, 350 yards an efficiency rating of 119.66. He can also rush the ball with 39 carries for 172 yards, a 4.4 average with 1 touchdown while averaging 57.3 yards per game.

During last week’s loss to Central Michigan, both quarterbacks were called upon. Gillett from Green Springs, Ohio-Clyde High School, started the game and completed 12-of-20 passes for 148 yards and 1 touchdown pass while redshirt freshman Devontae Payne of Cleveland, Ohio- South High School, completed 13-of-24 passes for 134 yards.

Not much is expected of the Eagles program, as far as the media is concerned. They were picked to finish sixth in the Mid-American Conference West Division as voted on by 26 members of league’s media contingent at the annual media day held at Ford Field on July 30.

The Eagles received 20 votes in the annual poll with Northern Illinois picked to finish first followed by Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ball State and Eastern Michigan.

The 2010 season is the 35th year that the Eagles have been a part of the Mid-American Conference football race. EMU was admitted into the league in 1971, but a complete league schedule was not available until 1976.

This season also marks the 118th for the Eastern Michigan University football team. The first year of intercollegiate football in Ypsilanti was 1891 when the team had an 0-2 record. EMU fielded a team every year since 1891 with one exception, when the 1944 season was canceled because of World War II.