UNDEFEATED OSU SEASONS:  1916 (7-0), 1944 (9-0), 1954 (10-0), 1968 (10-0) and 2002 (14-0)



                                      TERRELLE PRYOR
                             DEVIER POSEY
                   BRANDON SAINE



GAME 1  September 2, 2010 vs Marshall

Saine Saine Pryor
Saine runs for 103 yards on 9 carries                  Pryor 17-25 247 yds 3 TD's
OHIO STATE #2     21     14     7     3        45                       
MARSHALL             7       0     0     0           7

     Ohio State scored 14 points in the first two minutes and never looked back.  OSU led 35-7 at half time and won 45-7 equaling their point high of 45 last year vs New Mexico State.   Ohio State won their 33rd consecutive home opener, the longest current streak in college football.
     Terrelle Pryor had his best passing game of his career completing 17 of 25 passes for 247 yards for 3 TD's and no interceptions.  Pryor rushed for 17 yards in 8 carries.  His lowest rushing yardage last year was 29 yards vs Iowa.
     Brandon Saine led the rushing attack with 103 yards  on 9 carries and  two TD's.   Berry ran for 80 yards on 7 carries and Herron rushed for 44 yards on  7 carries.
      Dane Sanzenbacher gained 113 receiving yards, 19th best in the nation in week 1.
      Pryor's passing efficiency of 190.6 was good for 14th best in the nation in week 1.  Jacory Harris, Miami Fla. was 2nd with PE of  263.60, Matt Barkley 4th at 243.86, Stanzi of Iowa was 20th at  176.24,  Robinson of Michigan was  21st at 172.38,  and Tolzien was the 7th best Big Ten QB and 43rd nationally with a PE of  147.74.   Five of these QB's stats are tracked on my Heisman watch at bottom of OSU stats (Link in green after games scheduled in the left column).
GAME 2  September 11, 2010 vs Miami, Fla

Pryor13ydTDRun Heyward80YdInt
Pryor on 13 yard TD Run.       6'6, 288 pound Heyward returns interception 80 yards.
Posey Herron
Posey catches 62 yard pass                               Herron scores on 4 yard run

OHIO STATE #2   3     23    10     0       36                       
MIAMI                  7     10      0     7       24  

       Ohio State #2 defeated #12th rated Miami 36-24 to win their first of five games scheduled vs top 25 teams this year.  It was an impressive offensive and defensive effort by the Buckeyes.  Only a kickoff and punt return for touchdowns by Miami kept the game from being a blowout.  It was the first time in their 122 year history that OSU had given up a kickoff and punt return for touchdowns in the same game.
       But special teams weren't a complete disaster as Devin Barclay made an OSU record 5 field goals in 6 attempts and OSU returned four kickoffs for an average of 38 yards thanks to two returns for 86 yards by Jamaal Berry that could have been much more if not tackled by his teammate.  Miami returned four kickoffs and average of 31 yards and that would have been more except for two pooch kickoffs by OSU.
       While watching the game I was disappointed in Pryor's inaccuracy on short passes as he only completed 12 of 27 passes.  Then I stepped away from the game and realized Pryor had a solid game.   What is the three most important responsibilities of a QB?:
1- Win - led OSU to an odds beating 12 point win - OSU favored by 9.  Pryor now 21-3 as a starter. 
2-  Protect the ball - Buckeyes haven't had a turnover this year.  Lead turnover battle 7-0!!
3-  Move the offense.  Pryor gained a career high 346 yards, 233 in the air and a career high  113 yards in 20 carries on the ground.  He gained 8.6 yards per pass attempt.  For comparison he averaged 7.1 yards last year and OSU opponents averaged 5.3 yards per attempt.  And they scored 36 points against a highly rated defense.
       Thus, I would have to give Pryor an A in the 3 most important duties of a QB.   In addition he guided the team to a 7:30 minute drive to run out the clock and  almost ever call was predictable (run the back on 1st and 2nd down then run Pryor on 3rd down to pick up the first down).  And Pryor was leading rusher by far and he averaged  5.7 yards a carry.  The remaining  OSU backs averaged  2.3 yards a carry on 29 attempts.  Pryor gained 113 yards and the remaining backs 68 yards in 9 more carries!
       I left the game thinking Pryor had an average performance than thought he had a solid game then after reviewing above stats I think he had a great game!
        Ohio State is 2nd nation with 152 return yards on 5 (4th in nation) interceptions in two games.  Last year OSU led nation with 23 interceptions and were 5th in nation with 293 return yards.
        Seven Big Ten QB's in top 36 of passing efficiency in the nation.  An 8th, Robinson of Michigan at 50, should be 1 but a QB gets no credit for runs.  Robinson leads the nation in rushing with 455 yards.  2nd is 414 and 3rd is 371!!  Dan Parsa, Northwestern leads the nation in passing efficiency at 212.
        Barclay, OSU is 12th in scoring with 27 points (6 field goals and 9 extra points).
        Heyward leads nation in interception return yardage with 80.
        OSU is 21st in points scored, 43rd in passing yardage, 22nd in rushing yardage,  33rd in points allowed, 55th in passing yards allowed, 19th in rushing yards allowed, and 8th in take aways.
         Chekwa was Big Ten and National defensive player of the week with 6 tackles and 2 interceptions.

GAME 3  September 18, 2010 vs Ohio University
PryorTD PoseyVsPosey
Pryor 13 Yd TD run                                            D. Posey catches 5 passes vs brother
Heyward recovers fumble. Also had safety.
OHIO STATE #2            17   17   9   0       43                       
OHIO UNIVERSITY       0    0   0   7         7

      The Ohio State was near perfect for the first 22 minutes of the game as the Bucks rolled to 34-0 lead with one incomplete pass, no turnovers and no penalties.   OSU scored on their first six possessions and the defense forced 3 turnovers  in the first 22 minutes.

       Pryor's 16 straight completions in the first half smashed the previous school record of 12 straight by Jim Karsatos, Craig Krenzel, Mike Tomczak and Bill MrukowskiIt is the 2nd best streak in Big Ten history to Chuck Long's 22 in 1984How ironic that a QB whose main weakness is his inaccuracy sets an accuracy record that no other OSU QB has ever came close to and only one other Big Ten QB has matched!  Pryor finished 22 of 29 for 235 yards, 2 INT and 2 TD's and rushed 8 times for 35 yards and a TD. 
      The offense struggled after the first 22 minutes.  Pryor was 5 for 11 with two interceptions the reminder of the game.  The subs only picked up one first down in the 4th quarter.  The defense had only allowed 62 yards in 3 quarters but the subs allowed 96 more in the 4th quarter.
     OSU had no penalties for the first time since 1988!  And OSU forced 5 more turnovers vs 2 turnovers by the offense.  For the season OSU has 12 take aways and the offense has 2 interceptions and no fumbles.
     After 3 games OSU have outscored opponents 41-14 in 1st quarter, 54-10 in 2nd quarter, 26-0 in 3rd quarter and have been outscored in 4th quarter 14-3.
     Barclay is 8th in nation in scoring with 38 points.  OSU is 11th in nation points allowed at 12.7 per game,  15th in rushing yards allowed  at  80 per game,  tied for 1st with 12 take aways,  15th in scoring at 41.3 points a game, 20th with 461 yards per game, 3rd in penalties at 3 a game, and 6th in turnovers at .7 a game. 
Pryor, is 16th in the nation in total offense, averaging 293.33 yards, and is 23rd in passing efficiency.
     OSU is tied for the lead nationally with Oregon for most trips into the red zone (20). OSU is third in points scored once there with 98 (11 TDs, seven FGs), behind No.1 Stanford's 120 (16 TDs, three FGs) and Texas Christian's 107 (15 TDs, one FG).
     The Big Ten has 6 teams in top 25, SEC 4 in top 15 and Pac 10 has 4 in top 17.
Washington quarterback Jake Locker is supposedly in contention to be the top overall draft pick next year and a Heisman candidate. Well, the latter is out of the picture after Locker's dismal performance against Nebraska. Locker completed just 4 of 20 passes for 71 yards and was intercepted twice in a 56-21 loss.  At least he was consistent, 2 of 10 both halves.  After 3 games his passing efficiency is 27 good for 70th in the nation.  He has run for 100 yards and two TD's in 27 attempts.  Pryor has run for 165 yards and 2 TD's in 36 carries. 
GAME 4  September 25, 2010 vs Eastern Michigan

Pryor stiff arm downs lineman on way to 104 yards rushing, 226 yds passing and in on 6 TD's
 Sanzenbacher catches 1 of his 9 passes, 4 for TD's and 108 yards
Jordan Hall passes and runs for a TD
OHIO STATE  #2                24   14  14  21       73                       
EASTERN MICHIGAN       0   14    6    0       20

     The opponent was weak but the offensive stats were awesome in Ohio State's 73-20 romp over winless Eastern Michigan.  OSU scored the most points since 1950 when they beat Iowa 83-21.  Next highest in Tressel era was 58 three years ago.   It was the 2nd highest total ever in Ohio Stadium.  After 4 games OSU has scored 197 points, 3rd most behind the 209 by the 1917 and 1996 teams.  Other hard to believe stats include:
      1-  Pryor had his hand in a record tying 6 scores, 4 passes, one run and one TD reception.  Last 6 TD game by an OSU QB was in 1951 by Tony Curcillo.  Last time an OSU player ran, passed and caught a TD pass in the same game was in 1984 by Keith Byers.  First to do was Jerry Krall in 1949. 
      2- Pryor caught 20 yard TD pass from Jordan Hall.  Pryor caught 2 TD passes from Hall in high school.
      3- Sanzenbacher had a record tying 4 TD receptions.  Two others with 4 TD's, with last one Terry Glenn in 1995.
      4-  12 different receives caught a pass, only Sanzenbacher (9) with more than 3
      5- 3 OSU passers completed 26 of 32 passes for 303 yards and 6 TD's and ran 10 times for 136 yards and 2 TD's.  And Pryor caught 26 yard pass.  Probably most QB yards (439) in a game since Germaine era in the late 90's or maybe Schlichter's in early 80's.
      6- Buckeyes scored on first 7 possessions after scoring on first 6 possessions last week.
      7-   Ohio State had 645 total yards as 4 other Big Ten teams had 530+ yards today with Michigan leading the pack with 720 yards.
      8- OSU didn't win turnover battle for the 1st time in 9 games, third time in 21 games and 5th time in last 29 games!  In the 5 games OSU lost the turnover battle they lost the game 4 times with the game today the only win when tying or losing the turnover battle.  The most yards gained in prior 4 times not winning the turnover battle was 348.  Today it was 645!   However, today was only the 2nd time they lost the turnover battle against a weak team.   The other time was Purdue.   Certainly understand why Tressel stresses turnovers so much!  Also Eastern Michigan was a weak team but took care of the ball  better than 18 of the last 20 opponents and tied the other two with one turnover (USC and Penn State).
      9- OSU scored 10 TD's, all 7 yards or more.
      10- Weak Eastern Michigan averaged 8.3 yards per passing attempt, the most in last 16 games vs OSU.  May have been weak on defense but better than advertised on offense.   208 yards passing and only 1 turnover against a supposedly great Buckeye defense.
     11- Twenty different players had 1+ tackles, 12 had 1+ receptions and 11 had 1+ rushes.
        Saine and Herron combined for 66 yards in 15 carries while Berry & Pryor picked up 178 yards in 11 carries.  Six other backs combined for 100 yards on 14 carries.   Berry is averaging 12 yards per carry this season and has 8 more yards than Saine and 15 fewer  than Herron.
        Scrimmage didn't mean much but I loved the stats - bring on those weak teams!!
        Below is a comparison of Pryor and Troy Smith's Heisman year stats thru 4 games.  Don't mean much as Smith had harder schedule but passing stats amazingly close.  Running stats all Pryor


THRU 4 GAMES: Att Comp Pct Yds TD Int Yds/A P/E

Pryor 2010 107 71 66.4 939 10 2 8.78 157
Troy Smith 2006 103 68 66.0 884 8 2 8.58 162*
* Final Passing Efficiency %

OSU Pts Opp Pts Att Yds Yds/A TD's


233 82 43 269 6.26 3  Pryor
124 32 15 4 0.27 0   Smith


     Big Ten now has 7 of top 16 and 4 of top 7 quarterbacks based on passing efficiency!!  Persa of Northwestern is 1st at 186.3.  Pryor is now 12th at 167.1, 24th in % completions, 9th in yards per attempt at 8.8, and tied for 6th with 10 TD passes (leader has 12), and possibly 1st with total TD's of 14 including  3 rushing and one TD catch.  It should be pointed out that Big Ten QB's have had weak schedules thus far - about to get tougher.  
     Devin Barclay is now 3rd in nation in scoring at 51 points, 3 behind the leader.
      OSU 7th in nation in yards per game (507) with Michigan #1 at 563 yards a game.   OSU 3rd in scoring at 49.3 points a game (Oregon 1st at 57.8), OSU 13th in rushing with 240 per game and 24th in passing yardage per game at 267.   Although a weak schedule thus far it is a dramatic improvement over last season finish (not including bowl game) of 47th in scoring, 71st in yards per game, 106th in passing yards per game and  19th in rushing!!
     OSU now 9th with 7 interceptions and 8th in return yardage after drawing a blank vs Eastern Michigan.
     OSU tied for 86th in sacks with 5, tied for 3rd with 9 field goals, tied for 2nd with 24 extra points, 21st in points allowed at 14.5 per game, 13th in yards allowed per play at 4.2 yards, 5th in rushing yardage allowed per game at 70,  7th in take aways at 3.3 per game, and 26th in passing yardage allowed per game at 169.
     Pryor was named Big Ten offensive player of the week.
     According to the OSU sports information staff, Pryor has turned in four of the school’s all-time five games in which a quarterback has passed for 200 yards or more and run for 100 or more. Saturday also was his fifth game of more than 300 yards total offense, one shy of the six that the almost all-passing Joe Germaine compiled from 1996-98. Pryor also is fifth in school history in career touchdown passes with 40, moving past Greg Frey’s 37 accumulated between 1988-90.  
GAME 5  October 2, 2010 at Illinois

PsryorRuns Pryor Injury
Pryor runs 11 times for 104 yards and throws 2 TD passes.        Pryor injures thigh
Dan Herron runs 24 times for 95 yards    Christian Bryant tackles Illinois QB Nathan                                                                      Scheelhaase for 1 of 5 tackles
OHIO STATE  #2  7      7    0    10         24
ILLINOIS              7      3    0      3         13

     A better than advertised Illini defense and some wind were enough to slow down Ohio State, but not enough  to prevent a victory.   The Buckeyes used Herron to run Illinois into submission in the last 20 minutes of the game and a 24-13 victory.   Pryor suffered a thigh injury in the 3rd quarter after he had already gained  108 yards running in the first half.  After he came back he was 3-4 for 28 yards passing and ran once (QB sneak) as Pryor said after the game:
'There was no way I could do anything but hand the ball off and maybe get a couple passes I was in full stride and all of a sudden I felt and heard something pop and I was like ‘What’s going on?”’ Pryor said. “It was probably the worst pain I had in a while'.  With windy conditions Pryor seldom passed and never threw long.  For the game Pryor was 9 of 16 for 76 yards, two TD's and one interception and ran for 104 yards on 11 carries including 3 sacks for 17 yards in losses.   Pryor had runs of 66 and 35 yards setting up his two touchdowns passes.  Pryor accounted for 150 yards before he was injured and 30 yards after he returned.
       Big question, how healthy will Pryor be next week and following week vs Wisconsin?  Also lost Tyler Moller, probably for several weeks with what is a probable torn chest muscle. 
      The Bucks lost the turnover battle 2-1.  It was the 4th time in the last 2 1/2 seasons that OSU has lost the turnover battle and they lost the other 3 games.
       Herron gained 95 yards on 24 carries including 51 yards in the key 4th quarter and 35 yards in the 3rd quarter.
       Ohio State has rushed for 555 yards in the last two games, the 2nd most in back to back games in the last 2 1/2 seasons.  Last year against Minnesota and New Mexico the Bucks ran for 580 yards.
       Ohio States total yards of 290 was the fewest in 11 games dating back to the Purdue loss last year.
       Pryor is now 6th rated QB in Big Ten in passing efficiency but 14th in nation.  Big Ten QB' rankings are 2-Persa 184 NW, 3- Robinson 180, Mich; 5-Stanzi 177, Iowa; 11- Chappell 167, Ind; 12- Cousins 166, Mich St, 14- Pryor 162 and 17- Tolzien 158, Wisc.   As a bench mark, Troy Smith was 162 in his Heisman year in 2006.
       Robinson of Michigan may be having the best year in college football history.  He is 3rd in nation in passing efficiency and he leads nation with 905 yards rushing.  2nd in rushing has 712 yards!!!!   However, his first decent opponent is this week vs Michigan State.   Pryor is 52nd in nation in rushing with 374 yards and a gaudy 6.9 yards per carry despite 8 sacks (estimated 50 yards in losses).  Robinson has only been sacked one time!!
        Michigan back up, Nate Forcier is 13 for 13 this season with a 196 passing efficiency and their other backup, Freshman Gardner is 7 for 10 with a 174 PE.  Robinson is 180, Pryor 162, Bauserman 125 and Jordan Hall  598.
        Barclay is 3rd in scoring with 57 points and at 10 for 11 is one of the top field goal accuracy kickers..
GAME 6  October 9, 2010 - vs Indiana

PT Saine
Pryor receiving instruction from Tressel          Saine catching 60 yard TD pass from Pryor
Pryor was 24-30 for 334 yards and 3 TD's
Herron Boren
Herron runs for 39 yard TD             Zach Boren hurdles tackler while gaining 15 yards
Homan deflects and Rolle (36) makes interception

INDIANA                    0      0    3    7      10
OHIO STATE #2       14    17    7    0      38

       Terrelle Pryor had a career passing day by the end of the first quarter.  He played a series in the 3rd quarter and when he sat down, OSU was up 38-0.  Pryor finished 24 for 30 for 334 yards (10th best in OSU history) and 3 TD's with no turnovers.   With an obvious gimpy leg Tressel never called a running play for Pryor.  He ended up being sacked 3 times for -19 yards to smash his prior worst running game of +17 yards in the season opener.  His prior best passing game was 266 vs Oregon in the Rose Bowl and he beat that with 280 in the first half.  Pryor completed 16 of his last 18. passes.
With his sixth game of at least 300 yards of total offense , he tied the school record held by Joe Germaine (1996-98). Pryor, also moved into fourth place in total offense at Ohio State with 6,518 yards.
       The first team defense was awesome.  Indiana never got closer than 45 yards to the end zone until they were down 38-0 in the 3rd quarter.  Ben Chappell (11th nationally in passing efficiency and 3rd nationally with 342 yards a game)  passed for 481 yards last week vs Michigan was 16 for 26 for 106 yards and two INT.  
         OSU won their 12th straight game.  OSU held a rusher under 100 yards for the 29th straight game, 2nd longest streak to Alabama's 40.
         Tressel won his 100th game at Ohio State in 121 games of coaching.  It was the 3rd quickest any Big Ten coach won 100 games.  The two fastest were 
Bo Schembechler and Fielding Yost, both of Michigan.
        As predicted in this corner Michigan's powerful offense was slowed down and their defense continued porous at best in a 34-17 loss to Michigan State.  Robinson playing against his first decent defensive team was 17 for 29 for 217 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions.  He ran for 84 yards and 1 TD in 21 carries.     Decent stats except for the 3 INT.   And he has to face four more good defensive teams including Iowa in their next game..
     OSU should be an overwhelming 1st in the AP poll with Alabama losing to South Carolina 35-21 and Oregon failing to cover the spread.    OSU took a hit when Miami (Fla) lost 45-17 to Florida State, but picked up some points when Illinois beat Penn State in Happy Valley 33-13.
     Ohio State schedule appears weaker each week.  It could well be that they will only play one team all season in the top 15 (at Iowa) in the final poll. 
      Pryor moved up to 6th nationally with a 170.5 passing efficiency,  Kellen Moore, Boise St, is first with a rating of  183.3, Stanzi, Iowa,  3rd at 176.8, Persa, NW,  4th at 173,3, Cousins, Mich St, 9th at 167.6, Robinson, Mich, 12th at 164.1 & Tolzien, Wisc, 17th at 160.6.  Pryor is tied for 7th nationally with Matt Barclay, USC, with 15 TD passes, 13th with a 68% completion %, and 13th with 8.8 yards an attempt,   Joe Bauserman is 152nd in PE at 130.8 out of 356 players that have thrown at least one pass.  Ken Guilton, OSU 3rd string QB is 354 out of 356 after throwing an interception yesterday in his only pass attempt of the year.
     OSU is tied for 3rd nationally with 11 interceptions, 4th nationally with 209 interception return yards, 13th with 465 yards of offense a game, 6th at 43.2 points a game, 38th with 261 passing yards per game, 20th at 217 rushing yards per game,  tied for 84th with 8 sacks, Barclay tied for 6th with 65 points, Barclay is 5th in FG% (11 of 12) of players with at least 10 attempts, Barclay is 5th in extra point % (27 of 27), OSU 6th in points allowed per game at 13.5 (Iowa 1st at  10.2 per game),  3rd in nation allowing 236.3 yards per game (Boise St 1st, TCU 2nd and Iowa 4th),  13th allowing 158.3 passing yards per game, and 4th allowing 68 yards rushing per game.
     Pryor has had a hand in 19 of Ohio State’s 32 touchdowns—15 passing, three rushing and one receiving. Only Auburn’s Cameron Newton has been involved in more touchdowns with, 21.  
      Dane Sanzenbacher’s seven touchdown receptions rank fifth nationally.
     The Buckeyes have forced 17 turnovers and are giving up only 12.3 first downs per game. Both are second-best in the nation.
      In six games, Ohio State’s defense has given up only three plays of 30 or more yards, also ranked second nationally.
      Lock of the week next weekend - take Iowa -4 vs Michigan.  Repeat of last week vs Michigan State.
       OSU was # 1 in all 3 polls but was projected to be #5 in the opening BCS ranking next week.
GAME 7  October 16, 2010  at Wisconsin

Gilreath Herron
David Gilreath returns opening kickoff 97 yards             Pryor's errant pitch get past Herron
Homan 51 and Heyward 97 try to tackle John Clay 32
OHIO STATE #1         0      3     7     8            18
WISCONSIN #18       14     7      0    10          31

        The Buckeyes rose to #1 in the polls, but Wisconsin was not impressed and trounced Ohio State 31-18.  Wisconsin returned the opening kickoff  97 yards for a TD, the Buckeyes went 3 and out and Wisconsin easily marched for a TD for a quick 14-0 lead and later 21--0 in the 2nd quarter.   OSU scored the next 17 points thanks to beautiful TD drives the first two possessions of the 3rd quarter and 29 plays while holding Wisconsin to 5 plays in the first 19 minutes of the 2nd half.  For the rest of the game (before and after) OSU offense and Pryor were missing in action.  Wisconsin moved at will most of the game.
         Pryor never looked comfortable and had a poor game.  He was 7-7  during the two TD drives in the 3rd quarter of 77 and 94 yards (10 minute drive ending in the 4th quarter) in the 2nd half for 86 yards, but the rest of the game he was 7-21 for 70 yards!  He ran 18 times for 56 yards.  Pryor usually had plenty of time to pass but couldn't find receivers (or at least couldn't pull trigger much like last year).  Fortunately, Sanzenbacher made 3 acrobatic catches to snag some erratic throws from Pryor.  Pryor did have several nice runs, but lost 38 yards on 3 sacks and an errant pitch for a 12 yard loss.  Other than the 4 losses he gained 94 yards on 14 carries.
        Herron ran well gaining 91 yards on 19 carries and 2 TD's.  But the Badgers got 104 yards and 2 TD's from Clay on 21 carries and 75 yards and a TD on 17 carries from White.  Tolzien was 13-16 for 152 yards.  Neither Pryor or Tolzien had any TD passes and both threw one pick.  Clay was the first 100 yard rusher against OSU since McKnight of USC in 2008.
         Although the game felt one sided the stats were similar.  Wisconsin rushed for 184 yards to 155 for OSU,  OSU out passed Wisc 156-152 and had 22 first downs to Wisc 21.  Both teams had one turnover.  OSU ran 10 more plays and time of possession was even.  OSU had fewer penalty yards after losing that battle for the first time this season last week.  But Wisc had the kickoff for a TD which was the big play of the game and more importantly, 13 more points.
         Wisconsin hadn't defeated a No. 1 since 1981, when the Badgers knocked off Michigan 21-14.  It also broke their 6 game losing streak vs ranked Big Ten opponents.

         This is the first time Ohio State has given up two kickoff returns for touchdowns in the same season, a team spokesman said.
         Pryor dropped from 6th to 18th in passing efficiency at 158.
          In the first BCS poll, OSU was 10th.   The Big Ten is the only conference with 4 of top 15 teams.  SEC has 4 of top 21 teams, Big 12-  4 of top 16 and 6 of top 22 and Pac 10-  3 of top 18.  Boise State, TCU and Utah are only other teams in top 15 not from one of top 4 power conferences. 
GAME 8  October 23, 2010 vs Purdue

Pryor pass behind protection of Boren 65 and Browning 70.
Herron scores TD in 7th straight game
Hines (7) recovers fumbled punt.  Heyward 97, Chekwa 5
PURDUE                          0        0      0     0              0
OHIO STATE #10         14      28      0     7            49

      The Buckeyes have had some big first halves this season, but nothing close to the near perfect half today.  OSU rolled up an amazing 415 yards and 23 first downs in the first half, scored 28 points in the 2nd quarter as Pryor threw 3 TD passes in a four and a half minutes span.  Meanwhile the defense held Purdue to 47 yards in the first half.  Purdue had 41 yards in penalties in the first half thus had a net of 6 yards.  OSU led 42-0 at the half.  Other big first half leads this season  included 35-7, 34-0, 38-14 and 31-0 scores!  They have scored at least 31 first half points in 5 of 8 games.
        Pryor had another big game completing 16 of 22 for 270 yards and 3 TD's.  Unfortunately 2 of his 6 incompletions were intercepted running his total to 6 for the season.  However, 4 of 6 interceptions were after OSU led by 28-0  or more.   This was the 4th time in 8 games that Pryor completed at least 72% of his passes and 5th time in 8 games with a % of 68% or better.   Pryor played briefly in the 3rd quarter, throwing one pass which was intercepted.  Tressel protected Pryor's quad thus he ended with only 4 carries for -2 yards, his 2nd worst total in his career.
        The running backs ran well with Herron gaining 74 yards on 16 carries and two TD's.  It was the 7th straight game Herron has scored a TD.  Saine added 41 yards on 5 carries as 9 players carried the ball. 
        Posey and Sanzenbacher combined for 8 catches for 170 yards and 2 TD's.  Eleven players caught a pass and 4 caught a TD pass.  Bauserman was 2-2 for 30 yards and a TD in relief of Pryor.  Bauserman is now 14-20 for 152 yards and a TD for the season.  The Buckeyes 7 touchdowns were scored by 6 players none of which were by Pryor or Saine.
        The Buckeye defense was awesome as Purdue never got closer to the goal than 39 yards and didn't reach 100 yards of offense until their last possession.
         Pryor is now 12th in nation and 3rd in Big Ten in passing efficiency (PE) at 162.9.  Big Ten has 6 of top 20 rated QB's.  Pryor is completing 66% of his passes for 28th in nation, averages 8.7 yards per attempt for 18th best and has 18 TD passes for 8th in nation,   Joe Bauserman has a 156.8 PE, good for 23rd in nation if he had enough attempts to qualify.
          Devin Barclay is 9th in scoring with 76 points - 1st has 86 points. 
           Ohio State is 9th in scoring defense at 14 per game, 3rd in yards allowed per game at 239, 5th in rushing yards per game at 85.3, 5th in passing yards allowed per game at 154.8, 10th in forced turnovers at 2.6 per game, 6th in points scored per game at 40.9, 5th in nation  in fewest penalties at 4 per game, 8th in nation in time of possession at 33:56 per game,.  Amazingly, I believe OSU has lost only 3 fumbles all season, none by starters!!
           In the Buckeyes 7 wins, they administered opponents largest loss 4 times and 2nd largest loss 3 times. 
  • Terrelle Pryor surpassed 5,000 career passing yards, becoming the sixth active FBS QB with at least 1,000 yards rushing and 5,000 yards passing. Pryor (5,180 passing yards) also became the ninth Ohio State QB to throw for at least 5,000 yards and passed Jim Karsatos (5,089) for eighth place on Ohio State's all-time list.
  • Terrelle Pryor (6,998 yards of total offense) surpassed Troy Smith (6,888 yards) for third place on Ohio State's all-time total offense list.
  • Ohio State is 23-1 when Terrelle Pryor throws at least one touchdown pass.
  • Ohio State is now 20-2 after a loss under Jim Tressel, who has only lost consecutive games once in his Ohio State career (2004).
  • Ohio State is 91-7 under Jim Tressel when it rushes for at least 125 yards.
  • Ohio State is outscoring the opposition 223-69 in the first half this season. The Buckeyes held a 42-0 lead at the half today, the most points in a first half this season and the most since scoring 45 in 2007 against Northwestern.
  • DeVier Posey has caught at least one pass in 22 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
  • Ohio State recorded a season-high 9.0 TFL (including two sacks). The previous high was 7.0 vs. Indiana.
  • Ohio State held Purdue to an opponent season low 118 yards.
  • Ohio State's defense is averaging 5.4 three-and-outs per game this season (43/8), the second most among FBS teams. They recorded five more Saturday.
  • The shutout was the first for the Buckeyes since blanking New Mexico State (45-0) Oct. 31, 2009.
  • Ohio State has allowed fewer than 21 points 56 times since the start of 2005, the most among FBS teams in that span. Ohio State is 53-3 in those games.
  • Ohio State has won 40 of its last 45 Big Ten conference games.
  • Purdue, which came in leading in rushing and defense against the run in conference play, could do neither. It totaled just 118 yards, netting just 30 on 27 attempts on the ground -- 200 yards less than it was averaging.
  • Ohio State is 459-191-28 (.698) all-time in Big Ten games since 1913, the best winning percentage among Big Ten schools.
  • Ohio State's 49-point margin of victory yesterday was the largest ever in the 53-game series, eclipsing the Buckeyes' 46-0 win in 1977 and Purdue's 41-6 victory in 1967.
GAME 9  October 30, 2010 at Minnesota

Pryor Posey
Pryor Sneaks for TD                                             Posey catches 38 yard TD pass from Pryor
Herron Hall
Herron runs for 114 yards on 17 carries.  75 Adams       Hall returns punt 70 yard to 2 yard line
OHIO STATE #10         14     17     7      14           52
MINNESOTA                  7       0     3        0           10

        The Buckeye offense was in high gear once again and the defense was lights out after Minnesota's opening 4 play 74 yard drive leading to a 52-10 victory.  It was the first time the Gophers were held to less than 17 points.   Special teams were special for one of the few games this year.  They had a 70 yard punt return, a blocked punt for a TD and a 35 yard kickoff return.  They still had trouble when kicking off giving up 38 and 26 yard returns. 
         Pryor had another big game going 18 for 22 for 220 yards, 2 TD's and one interception (an ugly pass to the end zone on a first down play started at the 2 yard line).  His 81% completions was a season best.  He also rushed 55 yards on 5 carries, 4 on scrambles and a QB sneak for a TD.  Dan Herron rushed for 114 yards on 17 carries, all in the first half.   It was Herron's first 100 yard game and he became the 3rd Buckeye this year to rush for 100 yards in a game. 
          The Buckeye defense held Gopher QB Adam Weber to 9 for 20 for 162 yards.  But Weber did have 4 completions for 30 plus yards, most right down the middle of the field.  However,  OSU sacked Weber 5 times and forced an interception and a fumble that was returned for the games final TD.
        The Buckeyes had 325 yards of offense by half time and finished with 507 yards, the 3rd most this season.
         Pryor moved up to 6th nationally in pass efficiency and 2nd in the Big Ten.  Stanzi of Iowa is 2nd.  Big Ten now has 6 of top 23 rated QB's.   Pryor moved up to 13th nationally in % completions at 67.6%, 14th in nation with 8.9 yards per attempt and 9th in nation with 20 TD passes. 
          Robinson, Mich leads the nation with 1287 yards rushing, La Michael James, Oregon is 2nd with 1210 yards and  Cameron Newton, Auburn is 4th with 1122 yards.
           Ohio State is 4th in nation allowing 13.6 points a game, 5th in nation allowing 4.1 yards per play, 2nd allowing 233.8 yards per game, 3rd in nation allowing 83.6 rushing yards a game, 5th allowing 150.2 yards passing a game, 9th in nation in time of possession, 6th in nation scoring  42.6 points a game, 18th gaining 458 total yards a game, 19th in rushing at 211.8 yards per game and 13th in nation at 1.2 turnovers a game.

         Ohio State records that quarterback Terrelle Pryor is approaching:

• Most games with 200 yards total offense: Pryor is tied with Troy Smith at 19.

• Most rushing career yards among quarterbacks: Pryor has 1,873, trailing only Cornelius Greene (2,066).

• Most total yards in a career: Pryor has 7,275, trailing only Art Schlichter (8,850).

• Best passing efficiency in a season: Pryor's is 165.2, putting him ahead of Bob Hoying (163.4 in 1995

      Pryor moved up to 5th in nation in passing efficiency after the Bye week.

      The pass defense rankings fthrough November 6 games are:
TCU 1 - 121.9, OSU 3 - 150.2 yards per game, Miami 5 - 153.1, Penn State 28 - 180, Wisconsin 35 - 195, Oregon 41 - 202, Minnesota 47- 207, Mich St 50- 209, Iowa 52 - 209, Illinois 54 - 210, Purdue 66 - 218, Ohio U 67 - 219, 78 Indiana 225, 85 Marshall 232,  114- Michigan 286.

  GAME 10  November 13, 2010 vs Penn State

     After a game that could have virtually flushed the season, there was a lot of talk about turning points.
     Coach Jim Tressel did everything but use neon arrows to direct attention to a fourth-down stop the Ohio State defense made at the 20-yard line with 1:41 left in the first half, one that kept the Penn State lead at 14-3. 
     The play was huge, but it pales in comparison with what happened in the locker room at halftime, when the ghost of Woody Hayes seemed to have possessed Tressel and given an emotional speech that stunned his players. 
     "Coach Tressel was fired up; that was the most I've ever seen him fired up," senior corner back Devon Torrence said. "Normally, coach Tressel is a calm, passive, relaxed guy. He never yells in practice. But when he came in that locker room, I saw something in him that I've never seen. I didn't even know it was there."

    "(The speech) only lasted two or three minutes," Torrence said. "We just felt it. The championship was on the line right there, and we just felt what was in his heart. It just brought the best out of me." 
     It did. Torrence had what seemed like the turning point in the game when he returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown with 4:29 left in the third quarter. Penn State led 14-10 at the time and had just gotten a 17-yard run for a first down by Silas Redd two plays before Torrence made the play.
     Torrence said the defense came out more aggressive in the second half, in part because Tressel's speech
inspired them.

Herron Sanzenbacher
Herron runs for 190 yards                       Sanzenbacher catches ricochet for 58 Yd TD

PENN STATE                   7       7      0     0            14
OHIO STATE #8              3       0     14   21           38

     The 38-14 win was really two games.  In the first half, Penn State dominated and led 14-3.   In the 2nd half OSU completely dominated Penn State winning by a 35-0 score.   In the first half, walk-on Matt McGloin completed 13 of 18 passes including 9 in a row for 141 yards and two TD's.  In the 2nd half two QB's combined for 2 for 15 for 18 yards and two interceptions that were returned for 64 yards and two TD's.   Penn State gained 212 yards in the first half and 60 yards in the 2nd half.  OSU 64 yards on two interceptions was 4 yards more than Penn State gained in the 2nd half!  OSU out gained Penn State 306 yards to 60 in the 2nd half.
      Going into the game Penn State had 0 TD passes and threw 14 interceptions in their last 8 games in Columbus!  Penn State won in 2008 13-6, but in the other 7 games scored 6-10 points.  In the first half today, Penn State had two TD passes and 14 points!  OSU now has 6 interception returns for TD's in last 7 games vs Penn State.
       In the 2nd half, after holding Penn State on their initial possession, OSU had their longest drive of the year of 98 yards to make the score 14-10.  Then came 3 huge plays to turn the game into a route.  First a nice interception and 34 yard TD run by Devon Torrance.  2nd a 58 yard pass to Posey who went up with two defenders and the ball bounced to Sanzenbacher for a TD.  3rd a nice interception and 30 yard return for a TD by Travis Howard.  Most of the 2nd half saw OSU running the ball at will, mostly by Herron who finished with 190 yards on 21 carries with 121 yards coming in the 2nd half.  Pryor and Saine finished with a combined 95 yards as OSU rushed for 314 yards, the second most of the season and one 40 yard run by Pryor was negated by penalty.
      Pryor only threw 13 passes, completing 8 for 139 yards, two TD's and one interception.
The comeback from an 11-point deficit was the biggest in coach Jim Tressel's 10 years in Columbus. The Buckeyes improved to 9-1, 5-1 in the Big Ten, and ran their November record to 27-4 under Tressel.
      Pryor remained 5th in the nation but his passing efficiency improved to 166.4, just behind 3rd place Stanzi of Iowa at 167.2  Big Ten now has 3 of top 9 and 5 of top 20 QB's in the nation.
       Herron moved up to 44th in nation with 824 yards.  James, Oregon is 1st at 1422 followed by Robinson, Mich at 1417.
       OSU is 5th in scoring defense at 13.6 points a game, 4th in rushing defense at 86.5 yards a  game  (Iowa is 5th at 86.8), 6th in pass defense at 151.1 yards per game (Miami now 3rd), 2nd in total yards allowed per game at 237.7 (Iowa is highest ranked opponent at 16th for 307 yards a game), and 6th in take aways per game at 2.6.
     On offense OSU is 19th at 455.5 yards per game (Michigan highest ranked opponent at 7th at 521 yards per game), 6th in scoring at 41.6 a game (Wisconsin 8th at 40.2), 13th rushing at 222 yards a game, and 42nd passing at 257 yards a game.   OSU is tied for 1st with 17 interceptions and 5th in interception return yards with 247.
. In the five games in which OSU was tied or behind, from that point the Buckeyes have gone on to outscore the opposition 145-30, including 35-0 vs Penn State and 45-3 at Minnesota after being tied 7-7.

GAME 11  November 20, 2010 at Iowa
Pryor bails out OSU on 14 yard run on 4th and 10
Herron runs for TD in 10 straight games
Rolle makes of his 10 tackles on Adam
Robinson #32

 OHIO STATE #8              0       3     7    10            20      
 IOWA #21                        7      0      3     7            17

     Ohio State beat Iowa 20-17 in a must game when little seemed to go right for the Bucks.  OSU lost the turnover battle 2-0, lost yards penalized 73-25, the referees calls seemed like home cooking, the receivers dropped 6 passes negating about 170 yards of offense and they were down 17-10 in the 4th quarter.   An 11 play 30 yard drive led to Barclay's 48 yard field goal to cut the deficit to 17-13.  On the ensuing possession a 4th and 10 conversion with about 3 minutes left and the season on the line saved the day.   Posey dropped a 50 yard picture perfect pass wide open in the end zone on 3rd and 10 and down 17-13.  One play later Pryor pulled one out of his playground experience to save the season.  He ran right while supposedly looking for receivers, than reversed his field and found a path to a 14 yard run and a first down. 
"I don't know how many guys in the conference or the country could have made that play," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said
Later a 24 yard pass to Sanzenbacher to the two yard line that was reviewed and finally a break (completion) setting up Herron's 1 yard TD run, (the 10th straight game he has scored a TD) and finish a game winning  12 play 76 yard drive.  On the ensuring possession, Heyward sacked Stanzi for an 11 yard loss and Iowa was faced with 4th and 21.  Iowa's 18 yard pass play left them 3 yards short and OSU ran out the clock for a 20-17 win.  Stanzi was 2 for 7 in the 4th quarter while Pryor drove OSU to 9 first downs and 130 yards in the 4th quarter.
       Pryor didn't have a good stat game (18-33 for 195 yards, 1 TD, 2 interceptions) but came up with the big plays when needed on two 4th quarter drives netting 10 points.  Pryor also ran 78 yards on 15 plays.  Of course if the 6 drops would have been completed he would have had a huge day (about 24-33 for 365 yards and 2 TD's and 2 interceptions).   The two interceptions were both ricochets.  He had a receiver open deep but under threw (got caught up in the wind) and two defensive backs went up to knock down the ball and it ricochet to a 3rd Iowa defender, not much different than OSU's ricochet play for a Sanzenbacher TD last week.  The 2nd interception was tipped by one defender and another defender caught.  But that was typical of the game where the ball didn't bounce OSU's way very often making the win even more remarkable.
       Stanzi was hot early moving easily down field for a TD to take a 7-0 lead on an 87 yard drive.  He was 8 of 9 early for about 70 yards.  OSU was down 7-3 at the half as the defense contained the Iowa offense after the first TD to 10 points and 189 yards.  The stats of the two teams stayed close most of the game until OSU last TD drive gave OSU the stat edge.  OSU won total yards 353-276 and rushing yards 158-81 while each passed for 195 yards and Iowa won turnover battle 2-0.  Amazingly, this was only the 2nd time in last 24 games (last 2 seasons) that OSU lost the turnover battle although they tied in turnovers 4 times in that stretch.  In the other game they lost the turnover battle they lost the game to Purdue.  OSU is 16-1 in last 17 games.
       The stat of the season is fumbles.  The OSU starters have not lost a fumble all season and they have rushed 438 time and passed 297 times and completed 196 passes.  Now some of those plays were by subs and they lost 2 fumbles.  But the starters probably ran 700 plays and have never lost a fumble - now that is unbelievable!!!  Of course, much of that credit goes to Pryor whose huge hands and great ball handling skills have paid off big time.  I can recall even in the championship years OSU would fumble the exchange from center once every other game.
       Pryor dropped to 4th in Big Ten and 14th in nation in passing efficiency with a 158.6 rating.  Stanzi, Iowa is 6th at 163.2; Tolzien, Wisc 7- 163.2; Persa, NW 13th at 159, and Robinson 16th at 158.2; and Cousins, Mich St 21- at 152.6.  Six Big Ten quarterbacks in the top 21 in the nation.
        OSU now 5th in nation in scoring defense at 13.9 a game (Iowa 6th at 15.0), 3rd in total yards a game at 241 a game, 3rd in rushing defense allowing 86 yards a game, and 5th in passing yards allowed a game at 155 yards per game.  Mich is 111th in pass defense at 264 a game, 92nd in rushing yards at 281 a game and 99th in points allowed per game at 33.6.  Denard Robinson, Michigan leads the nation in rushing.  He became the first player in history to pass and run for 1500 yards in one season.

GAME 12  November 2, 2010 vs Michigan
Hall has 85 Kickoff return for TD - 1st of year for OSU
Snnzenbacher catches 3 balls for 71 yards and a TD





Points per game allowed 13.3 22.8

  Rank in nation

3 42

Total Yards per game
250.3 339.8

  Rank in nation

2 33

Passing yards per game 156.3 182.3

  Rank in nation

4 16

Rushing yards per game 94 157.4

  Rank in nation

4 68


Points per game scored 39.42 37.33

  Rank in nation

11 16

Total Yards per game
448.83 489.25

  Rank in nation

18 10

Passing yards per game 229.17 338.42

  Rank in nation

55 3

Rushing yards per game 219.6 150.83

  Rank in nation

14 65


6 8


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196 298 2551 65.77 8.56
MALLETT, ARKANSAS 242 364 3592 66.48 9.87




PRYOR, OSU 25 11 158 120 639 5.33 4

MICHIGAN                       0      7     0     0              7
OHIO STATE #8                0    24     13    0             37

     After a scoreless first quarter OSU poured on 24 points in the 2nd quarter to take a 24-7 half time lead and coast to a 37-7 win.  Michigan moved up and down the field the first half but a Robinson fumble at the OSU 9 and penalties and dropped passes at key moments left Michigan with 7 points despite 268 yards of offense in the first half.  Robinson was injured late in the first half and only played a couple of plays in the 2nd half and Michigan only generated 83 yards of offense in the 2nd half.  Robinson still had 101 yards on the ground in 15 first half carries.  The key play in the game was Jordan Hall's 85 yard kickoff for a touchdown just after Michigan scored a TD to cut the lead to 10-7.
      Herron was held to 7 yards in 7 carries before breaking off an 89 yard run matching the longest run from scrimmage by an OSU player.  It should have been 98 yards but a holding call negated the last 9 yards of the run.  Herron ran 32 yards on his next carry and finished with 175 yards on 21 carries.  Pryor was the offense in the first half going 15 for 21 for 196 yards with two TD's and a late interception.  Pryor also had 29 of  OSU 33 rushing yards in the first half.
     Michigan's 351 yards was one yard short of the most OSU gave up in a game (to Miami) this season.  But only one opponent scored less than the 7 points Michigan scored.  Michigan had scored less than 27 points once before this season, 17 vs Michigan State.  Michigan had 182 yards rushing but only 15 of those in the 2nd half.
      OSU and Pryor have taken heat for inconsistent play this year but the end results were great.  A few stats.
      Pryor is now 30-4 as a starter and 17-1 in last 18 games with only 2 games closer than 7 points (both vs Iowa).
      OSU has won or shared in 6 straight Big Ten titles tying their streak in 1972-7.  Michigan won 9 straight from 1900-9. 
      OSU has won 7 straight over Michigan and Tressel is 9-1 vs Michigan.  In last 3 years Rodriguez has been Michigan coach OSU has outscored Michigan 100-24.   Two most lopsided games in series since 1968 were in 2008 and 2010, the two years Rodriguez has brought his team to Columbus.  Pryor has been QB last three games. 
        OSU led nation with fewest lost fumbles.  OSU lost 2 fumbles all season, both by reserves in mop up action.  Big Ten had 4 of top 6 teams in nation in fewest lost fumbles.
       Barclay was 7th in nation in scoring with 115 points.
        OSU 3rd in nation in scoring defense allowing 13-3 points a game, 4th in passing yards allowed a game at 156.3 and 6th in rushing yards allowed a game at 94 yards. 
        OSU 9th in scoring offense in nation at 39.4 points a game, 14th in nation in rushing at 220 yards, and 20th in total yards a game at 449 yards. 
       OSU was 7th in interceptions at 18 and 7th in interception return yards at 311 yards.
       OSU is the first Big Ten team to win 10 games in six straight seasons.
       Passing efficiency records:  1- Moore, Boise St 188, 2- Newton, Auburn 185.6, 3- Mallett, Ark 170.5, 4- Tolzien, Wisc 169.8,  11- Stanzi, Iowa 160.5, 12- Persa, NW 159, 13- Pryor 158, 19- Cousins, Mich St 153.5 and 20- Robinson 152.9.  Six of top 20 in nation are Big Ten QB.  Keep in mind  that  pass efficiency doesn't take  rushing yards into account or lost fumbles.  Pryor never lost a fumble all year and 3 times against Michigan made a one handed grab of an errant hike with those big paws.  Pryor ran for 639 yards and 4 TD's.  Tolzien ran for -24 yards and no TD's and Stanzi ran for -12 yards and one TD.  If run yards and lost fumbles were factored in to QB rating I suspect Pryor would have been top rated QB in Big Ten and in top 5 nationally.
        Tressel  record last six years (overall then Big Ten) 2005 10-2 7-1, 2006 12-1 8-0, 2007 11-2 7-1, 2008 10-3 7-1, 2009 11-2 7-1 and 2010 11-1 7-1.  Total six year record 65-11 and 43-5!  Amazing.
        For the 2nd year in a row the Buckeyes have highest total ranking of mens football and basketball team.  Now 6th in football and 2nd in basketball this year per AP.  Michigan State is only other team close at 7th in football and 6th in basketball.  And OSU Women basketball team are 6th in nation meaning all 3 teams are in top 6.  Mich State girls are 25th giving them all 3 teams in top 25.  Connecticut is close with football team 29th and girls 1st and men about 7th.  Great time to be a Buckeye fan. 

GAME 13  JANUARY 4, 2011 VS #8 ARKANSAS (10-2)

Pryor Pryor
Pryor running for 37 yards  on way to 336 total yards including 115 yards on 15 carries

zFumbleRecovery SaneTD
Sanzenbacher Recovers Pryor fumble in end zone for TD and catches 15 yard TD pass
Posey grabs 43 yard TD pass and catches pass
for 27th straight game, longest streak in Big Ten
Herron scores 9 yard TD for 12 straight game with a TD

Camron Heyward caused havoc all night for Mallett leading to 4 sacks on Mallett by OSU
Solomon Thomas tackled after game saving interception with 58 seconds remaining on 10 yard line
John Simon is 54 and Christian Bryant is #2


2010     12-1    Wisconsin 31-18
2009     11-2    USC 18-15, Purdue 28-16
2008     10-3    USC 35-3, Penn State 13-6 and Texas 24-2 (Fiesta Bowl)
2007     11-2    Illinois 28-21 and LSU 38-24 (National Championship game)
2006     12-1    Florida 41-14 (National Championship game)
2005     10-2    Texas 25-22 and Penn State 17-10



2010-11      16-0    THUS FAR
2009-10      27-8
2008-9        22-11
2007-8        24-13
2006-7        35-4      LOST IN NCAA FINALS TO FLORIDA
2005-6        26-6

TOTAL    150-42


OHIO STATE   14   14   3   0        31
ARKANSAS       7     3  11  5        26

    Ohio State looked awesome in the first half taking a 28-10 lead at half time.  But Arkansas rallied in the 2nd half while OSU was stopped cold and were on the 18 yard line until Solomon Thomas intercepted Mallet's 47th pass of the game on the 10 yard line with 58 seconds remaining to preserve an exciting 31-26 Sugar Bowl victory.
     Terrelle Pryor put together his best half of his career in the first half as he completed 13 of 19 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for around 72 yards.  The Buckeyes had 338 total yards by halftime.  But Pryor only completed 1 of 6 passes in the 2nd half for 18 yards.   Meanwhile the defensive line had their best game of the season led by Heyward who harassed Mallet all game resulting in a 24 for 47 for 277 yards, 2 TD's and one INT.  But Mallet was victimized by his receivers dropping 6 balls.  You could have given MVP award to Cam Heyward, but Pryor won the award as he did last year vs Oregon.  Both years Pryor was going against a QB that had better passing statistics coming into the game, but Pryor had the better game each year.   He only completed one of 6 passes in the 2nd half for 18 yards but picked up key 3rd down yardage on runs several times in the second half to help run down the clock.
      All 5 players suspended for the first 5 games next year for
selling memorabilia and/or accepting discounted rates for tattoos
had big games.  Pryor, Dan Herron (87 yards on 24 carries and a TD), Mike Adams, DeVier Posey (3 receptions for 70 yards and a great TD catch) and Solomon Thomas made the biggest play of the game with the interception.  Thomas, the only non starter of the 5, was playing because a host of Buckeyes went down with injuries during the game.   OSU lost their best defensive back, Chekwa, in the first quarter who watched the remainder of the game in street clothes with a cast on his wrist.
      Arkansas ran 31 times for 125 yards and passed 47 times for 277 yards for a total of 402 yards.
OSU ran 45 times for 225 yards and passed 25 times for 221 yards for a total of 446 yards.  Arkansas rushing stats included losses of 38 yards on 4 sacks of Mallett. 
The Buckeyes scored 28 points in the first half, more than in any of their other three Sugar Bowl appearances for the whole game.
     Pryor set the career record for rushing yardage by a quarterback by finishing the game at 2164 to Cornelius Greene's 2066.  He also tied Bobby Hoying career TD passes with 57.  His 336 total yards was 2nd best of the season.  He had 346 yards vs Miami.
     Dan Herron scored a TD for the 12th straight game and end the season with 1153 yards.  He also fumbled for the first time in the last two seasons.  The Buckeyes finished the year by losing only 2 fumbles all season, none by a starter or 2nd team player.
     Another key to winning game was making 8 of 16 3rd down attempts vs 5 of 16 for Arkansas.
    Ohio State won a record 6 BCS bowl game in a record 9 tries.  USC and Florida have won 5 BCS bowl games.   Oklahoma has been in 8 BCS bowl games.
     Big Ten was 0-5 on New Years day but 3-0 in other bowl games.   Thus 3-5 overall.  But they were underdogs in 7 of 8 games and finished 5-3 vs the Odds. 
     Ohio State beat the Odds 10 times and tied once and lost twice (Illinois and Wisconsin games)druring the 2010 season.  Last season the Bucks were 9-3 vs the odds.
     Pryor was MVP of the bowl game for the 2nd year in a row.  Only other OSU player that I recall doing this was Craig Krensel in 31-24 win over Miami in overtime to win national championship in Jan 2003 than the following year with a 35-28 win over Kansas State in Fiesta Bowl.

     Tressel quote: "One of the categories that Terrelle did a great job winning in the quarterback battle this particular game [was] the sacks," Tressel said. "We had zero sacks, and [the Arkansas defense] lived on minus-yard plays. To have no sacks against the Razorbacks, it's huge." The game was an example why Tressel will lean toward a dual-threat quarterback rather than a pocket passer for the rest of his coaching career. 

      While OSU was beating Arkansas by 5 points after being ahead by 21 points, the basketball team also won by 5 points over Iowa after being ahead by 13 points.  Sullinger, #1 power forward in his high school class led Ohio State.   Pryor, #1 prospect in high school class was MVP in the Sugar Bowl win vs Arkansas.  Pryor was also a highly ranked basketball player in high school.  In final regular season basketball game in senior year, Pryor's team won 82-68.  Pryor scored 39 points, grabbed 24 rebounds, had 10 blocked shots and 6 assists!  

• Ohio State played in its sixth consecutive BCS bowl game and its ninth overall – the most among FBS schools behind Oklahoma (8).
• Ohio State has won its last two BCS bowl games after defeating Oregon in last year’s Rose Bowl. 
• The Buckeyes are 6-3 in nine BSC bowl games all-time.
• Ohio State is 20-22 in bowl games all-time.
• The Buckeyes are 15-5 all-time in Domes.
• Ohio State is 99-17 since the start of the 2002 season, the third-best record among FBS teams.

• Ohio State is 6-4 in bowl games and 5-3 in BCS bowls under Tressel.
• Tressel is 106-22 in his 10th year at Ohio State and 241-79-2 overall. He is the second-winningest active FBS coach behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno (401).
• Ohio State is 96-7 under Tressel when it rushes for at least 125 yards.
• Ohio State has now won at least 12 games in three different seasons under Tressel, going 14-0 in 2002 and 12-1 in both 2006 and 2010.
• Tressel is now 37-15 against ranked teams at Ohio State and 10-8 against the Top 10 (AP and Coaches).
• The Buckeyes are 92-6 when winning/tied at the half and 99-6 when winning/tied going into the fourth quarter under Tressel.

• Junior Terrelle Pryor was named Sugar Bowl MVP.
• With 115 yards rushing, Terrelle Pryor became Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks in only three seasons, breaking Cornelius Greene’s 35-year-old record of 2,066 set from 1972-75. Pryor now has 2,164 yards, good for fourth on the Big Ten’s all-time list.
Terrelle Pryor is now 31-4 as Ohio State's starting quarterback, tying Greene (31-3-1) for the second-most wins among Ohio State quarterbacks (Art Schlichter 36-11-1).
Terrelle Pryor set a school record with his seventh career game with 300+ yards of total offense (221 passing, 115 rushing). Pryor now holds five of the six games in Ohio State history where a QB has rushed for 100+ and passed for 200+ in the same game.
Terrelle Pryor improved on his school-record with his 22nd game with at least 200 yards of total offense.
Terrelle Pryor has 674 yards of total offense in his last two bowl games after recording 338 last year in the Rose Bowl win vs. Oregon.
• Ohio State is 28-1 when Terrelle Pryor throws at least one touchdown pass.
Dan Herron has now scored at least one touchdown in 12 consecutive games. He finished with 87 yards on 24 carries and one TD.
• Ohio State is 20-3 when Dan Herron scores a rushing TD in his career.
DeVier Posey has caught at least one pass in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten. Posey finished with three catches for 70 yards, including a 43-yard TD catch.
Dane Sanzenbacher has now caught at least one pass in 19 consecutive games. He finished with three catches for 59 yards and a TD.  Ohio State is 36-5 when Dane Sanzenbacher records at least one catch.
• Sophomore Reid Fragel hauled in a career-long 42-yard reception in the second quarter, setting up Ohio State’s third touchdown.
• Ohio State rushed for 225 yards, marking the seventh game this season that the Buckeyes went over 200 yards on the ground.

Solomon Thomas recorded his first career interception with 58 seconds remaining in the game to seal the win for the Buckeyes.
Dexter Larimore recorded a career-high 2.0 sacks for 17 yards.
Cameron Heyward recorded 3.0 TFL, tying his career high.
Ross Homan led the Buckeyes with 9.0 tackles.
• Ohio State recorded 4.0 sacks, 9.0 TFL overall, three fumbles, six pass breakups and five QB hurries.

• Senior Devin Barclay kicked a career-long 46-yard field goal in the third quarter to give Ohio State a 31-13 lead.





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194 266          72.9 2459          9.24 16 13 6
Persa, NW
222 302          73.5 2581          8.55 15 34 4
Pryor, OSU
210 323          65.0 2772          8.58 27 19 11
Stqnzi, Iowa
221 345          64.1 3004          8.71 25 19 6
Cousins, MS
226 338          66.9 2825          8.36 20 20 10
Robinson, Mich
182 291          62.5 2570          8.83 18 11 10


Newton, Aub
185 280          66.1 2854        10.19 30 7 23
Troy Smith 1996 203 311          65.3 2542          8.17 30 ? 11


  ------------  RUSHING----------- Pass
FUMBLES Rushing 

ATT YDS TD'S Efficiency RANK LOST Rank
Tolzien, Wisc 30 -40 0 165.9 6 2+

Persa, NW Unknown

159 9 Unkown

Pryor, OSU 135 754 4 157.9 10 0 93
Stqnzi, Iowa 40 -4 1 157.6 12 Unkown

Cousins, MS Unknown

150.7 18 Unkown

Robinson, Mich 245 1640 14 149.9 20 4+ 2


Newton, Aub 264 1473 20 182 2 Unkown 12
Troy Smith 1996 61 167 1 162 Unkown Unkown Heisman Year

Note:  Went back to individual games and found fumbles for some QB's but most I didn't research.  2+
means I found 2 lost fumbles but there may have been others during the year

  1. 2010 Big Ten All-Bowl team OSU PLAYERS ONLY



The Team Numbers

National: 19th in total offense, 13th in passing touchdowns, 14th in rushing touchdowns, 11th in points per game

Big Ten: 2nd in total offense, 2nd in yards per game, 2nd in points per game ,4th in total rushing, 3rd in yards per rush, 4th in rushing touchdowns, 1st in passing touchdowns, 2nd in quarterback rating, 3rd in yards per reception, 1st in touchdown receptions

The Individual Numbers

Terrelle Pryor:

National: 10th in quarterback rating, 20th in completion percentage, 17th in passing touchdowns with 27.

Big Ten: 3rd in quarterback rating, 4th in completion percentage, 4th in passing yards, 1st in passing touchdowns with 27, 1st in points responsible for with 15.08/game

Dan Herron: 13th nationally (3rd in Big Ten) with 16 rushing touchdowns, 4th in Big Ten in rushing with 1,155 yards

Dane Sanzenbacher: 16th (1st in Big Ten) with 11 receiving touchdowns, 2nd in the Big Ten with 948 receiving yards

DeVier Posey: 8th in the Big Ten with seven receiving touchdowns, 6th in the Big Ten with 848 receiving yards

Jake Stoneburner: 21 catches, 222 yards, two touchdowns. He missed three games with an ankle injury

The Word

The Buckeye offense generally has an archaic stigma attached to it. Whether that is true or not, one cannot argue with this group’s tremendous numbers. They only failed to score more than 31 points in a game three times, one of which was the Illinois game when Pryor missed time due an injury.

Pryor himself upped his passing touchdowns to 27 from 18, his passing yardage from 2,094 to 2,772 and increased his completion percentage from 57 percent to 65 percent. While he still has major footwork and occasional decision-making issues, by all means he took a big step forward in 2010.

Herron had himself a career year. His three-year rushing totals have gone from 439 to 600 to 1,155 in 2010. He became the featured back in the offense week four against Eastern Michigan and took off, rushing for 80 or more yards in seven of the last nine games, including 193 yards against Penn State and 182 against Michigan.

Dane Sanzenbacher had fantastic finish to his OSU career. He posted career-highs in every major receiving category and had a number of heads-up plays, including catching a deflected pass for a touchdown in the Penn State game and recovering Pryor’s fumble for a score on OSU's first drive in the Sugar Bowl.

The Grade: A-

The OSU offense was very, very good in 2010. This was due in part to some weak defenses in the Big Ten and the growth of key components on offensive coordinator Jim Bollman’s unit. The only real blemish, albeit somewhat of a major one, was their poor performances in three of the road games including a putrid first half against Wisconsin. That half probably cost the Buckeyes a shot at the national title.


The Team Numbers

Kicking: 8th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage.

Punting: 9th in the Big Ten in average yards per punt and 9th in the conference in total punts, but was first in return yards allowed.

Kick Returns: 4th nationally and 1st in the Big Ten in yards per return and had one touchdown, but gave up two return touchdowns.

Punt Returns: 3rd in the Big Ten in yards per return and had one touchdown, but gave up one touchdown.

The Word

Another banner year for the “Silver Bullets,” as they were among the leaders, both nationally and in the Big Ten, in virtually every defensive statistic. Cam Heyward may not have had the year that he wanted numbers-wise, but he finished strong with a dominating performance in the Sugar Bowl. He was tornado thrashing around, under and through the Razorback offensive line. But, the defense as a whole struggled to corral the quarterback, finish with only 23 sacks after netting 30 in 2009, 28 in 2008 and 43 in 2007.

Brian Rolle and Ross Homan again posted solid seasons as they were the two leading tacklers on the team. Andrew Sweat also emerged in 2010, and his performance in the Wisconsin game should be a sign of things to come.

The Buckeyes fought major injuries in the secondary to post great numbers but leaving the casual observer wanting more. Season-ending injuries early in the year to C.J. Barnett and Tyler Moeller followed by Christian Bryant’s foot infection left the secondary depleted. Throw in Chimdi Chekwa’s broken wrist in the Sugar Bowl, and it’s plain to see the team was really testing its depth throughout the season. That made for questionable pass coverage against the better teams OSU played.

 The Grade: A

This unit reloads every year with four and five-star recruits ready to step in. 2010 was no different and 2011 will be more of the same. Heyward, Larimore, Rolle, Homan, and Chekwa will be missed and their contributions are irreplaceable, but the next line of “Silver Bullets” will be ready.


The Team Numbers

Kicking: 8th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage.

Punting: 9th in the Big Ten in average yards per punt and 9th in the conference in total punts, but was first in return yards allowed.

Kick Returns: 4th nationally and 1st in the Big Ten in yards per return and had one touchdown, but gave up two return touchdowns.

Punt Returns: 3rd in the Big Ten in yards per return and had one touchdown, but gave up one touchdown.

The Individual Numbers

Devin Barclay was 20 of 24 and 62 of 62 for a team-leading 122 points. He tied for 2nd in the Big ten in field goals made.

Ben Buchanan punted 44 times for a 41-yard average with 15 punts landing inside the 20 and five punts of 50 yards or more. He had one punt blocked.

Jordan Hall was 16th in the nation and 2nd in the Big Ten with a 28 yard per return average on kickoffs and had a touchdown against Michigan.

Jordan Hall was 29th nationally and 2nd in the Big Ten in yards per punt return.

The Word

It was a tumultuous year for Jim Tressel’s favorite part of the game. OSU had a kick blocked and returned for a touchdown against Marshall, gave up two return touchdowns against Miami, had a punt blocked that almost cost OSU the Sugar Bowl and surrendered a game-opening kickoff return touchdown at Wisconsin that cost them a shot at the national title.

Part of the blame can be attributed to injuries. The Buckeye defense was depleted at times during the season, forcing backups onto the field on defense and third-stringers into special teams’ duty. Running back Brandon Saine was even enlisted into the coverage units.

Then again, Jordan Hall and Devin Barclay were big bright spots. Hall didn’t make any mistakes in his returns and was a guarantee to get positive yardage. Tressel will make this unit’s struggles a point of emphasis going into 2011.

The Grade: C+

Not all was bad and not all was good either. But there’s no escaping this unit’s major blunders.


Class Rankings

Scout.com: No. 2

ESPN.com: No. 6

Rivals.com: No. 7

The Word

Obviously the crown jewel of the class is Braxton Miller, the five-star quarterback out of Dayton. He’ll have the keys to the OSU offense in 2012. OSU netted a few steals away from other schools with commits such as defensive back Doran Grant and linebackers Ryan Shazier and Conner Crowell.

Miller is an ultra athletic, dual-threat quarterback who runs a 4.47 40. He has pocket presence -- throwing a mix of check-downs and deep routes -- and the awareness to know when to tuck it and run. The local press likened him to former Heisman winner Troy Smith. Understandably, his hype is enormous.

His statistics further fuel that buzz. He tormented defenses for 2,172 passing yards, 921 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns this season and was named Ohio's Offensive Player of the Year. His outstanding performance keyed the Warriors' 11-4 season and Division I state title berth. In Columbus' BCS-or-bust culture, he'll be expected to emulate that success immediately.

Miller accumulated these stats agains the biggest schools in the State of Ohio.  Pryor's stats in high school were:
Passed for 1889 yards and 23 TD's Senior Year -  Went 16-0 and won Pa AA Title
   He was 85 for 124 passing averaging 15.2 yards per pass attempt
   Rushed for 1899 yards and 33 TD's Senior Year averaging 13.4 yards a carry
Thus Miller outpassed Pryor in high school 2172 to 1889 and Pryor  rushed for 1899 yards to 921 for MIller.  However, Pryor's stats were vs smaller schools in Pennslvania.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/specials/highschool-potw/01/11/hspotw.14/index.html#ixzz1AtGqhhpv

It’s a well-rounded class that address needs at defensive line (Steve Miller, Michael Bennett, Chase Farris and Ken Hayes) and safety (Ron Tanner and Jeremy Cash). Tressel also acquired a good crop of pass-catchers in receivers Devin Smith and Evan Tanner and tight end Nick Vannett.

The Grade: A-

The 2011 class is deep and talented with a few guys that could make an impact as freshmen. Braxton Miller is in the running to start the first five games before Pryor comes back from suspension. Shazier and Steve Miller could be stalwarts on special teams. Bennett could be a John Simon-type in the rotation along the defensive line.




Comparison of  how Pryor (last years Rose Bowl) and Newton did vs Oregon and comparsion of how both Ausburn and OSU did vs Oregon in the right column.

     QB stats remarkable close to last year.  Auburn wins 22-19.  OSU wins 26-17 vs Oregon in last years Rose Bowl

Pryor was 23-37 for 266 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT.  Pryor rushed 20 times for 72 yards
Newton was 20-34 for 265 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT  He rushed 22 times for 66 yards

      Both Newton and Pryor running stats vs Oregon would look better if you stripped out the sacks.  In my web site article I had Pryor with 5 sacks for - 20 yards.  That would leave him 15 carries for 92 yards or 6 yards a carry.  Newton was sacked also, I will guess 4 times for -20 yards which would leave him at 18 (stats this morning had Newton for 22 carries - my originial stats didn't include last run before winning field goal) times for 86 yards or 5 yards per carry.

      Saine and Herron ran 28 times against Oregon for 87 yards or 3 yards a carry.

      Auburn two backs ran 28 times for 190 yards or 7 yards a carry
      Auburn won stat battle vs Oregon and looked like the stronger team to me - should have won by more than 3 points.  Auburn had 254 yards rusing and 265 yards passing for 519 yards.  Oregon had 75 yards rushing on 32 attempts and 374 yards passing on 27 of 41 for 449 total yards.  Auburn won first downs 28-23.  Auburn ran 85 plays to 73 for Oregon.  Turnover battle was 2-2.

      OSU had 153 yards rushing and 266 passing for 419 yards against Oregon in last years Rose Bowl.

      Against OSU, Oregon had 179 yards rushing and 81 yards passing on 9 of 20 for a total of 260 yards.  OSU won first downs 28-12 and ran 74 plays to 53 for Oregon.   OSU had 1 turnover, Oregon 2. 

       In comparison, Auburn offense gained 100 more yards then OSU all in rushing.  On defense OSU held Oregon to 189 yards less of total offense mainly because OSU allowed Oregon to run 53 plays while Auburn allowed 73 plays thanks mainly to a better OSU defense and more ball controlled offense than Auburn.

       Although QB's were pretty much even (except for Newton fumble)  in stats, OSU overall stats were significantly better than Auburn. 

       Ironically, I thought the pass that Newton shortarmed to the endzone gained Auburn 2 points and several minutes off the clock.  After the incomplete pass Auburn got a safety than took the kickoff and got a TD.  Similar to Pryor's fumble vs Arkansas that Sanzenbacher recovered in the end zone for 7 points.  If he doesn't fumble there is a 40-50% chance they will end with a field goal or maybe 5% chance they don't score.  Both QB's had negatives turned into positives.  But Newton fumble almost cost them the game.  Like Pryor he doesn't secure ball properly.  Terrible play by Newton when running out the clock.

      Newton and Pryor are similar.  Newton is better passer as he led nation in passing effiency and bigger.  Pryor is faster than Newton and takes better care of ball (no lost fumbles this season) and has better tattoos! 

Unfortunately, the tatoos won't help draft status.  


Tressel  & OSU Coaches pictures

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                                                      TERRELLE PRYOR HIGH SCHOOL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
   Pryor is 6'6 and 223 pounds and ran a sub 4.4 40 yard dash in high school- GPA 3.4
  Pryor's football teams were 45-7 in football and 98-18 in basketball in high school
  Passed for 1889 yards and 23 TD's Senior Year -  Went 16-0 and won Pa AA Title
   He was 85 for 124 passing averaging 15.2 yards per pass attempt
   Rushed for 1899 yards and 33 TD's Senior Year averaging 13.4 yards a carry
   Scored 2285 points in basketball Senior Year and lost in AA Title game in OT.  Pryor scored 23 points and had 8 rebounds in 75-71 loss in finals. 
    In final regular season basketball game in senior year, Pryor's team won 82-68.  Pryor scored 39 points, grabbed 24 rebounds, had 10 blocked shots and 6 assists!
   Won football State finals 49-21.  Pryor rushed for 209 yards and 3 TD's, completed 3 of 4 passes for 83 yards and caught a 28 yard TD pass
   First player to rush and pass for 4,000 career yards in Pa. High School football
   Two time Pennsylvania High School football player of the yeaarr
   MVP of US Army All American Bowl in summer of 2008






32: years since OSU lost an opening game in Ohio Stadium (19-0 to Penn State in 1978)

106,033: people in the biggest crowd in stadium history (OSU vs. the University of Southern California, 2009)

66,000: seating capacity when the stadium opened in 1922 (when critics scoffed that it would never fill up)

71,138: attendance at the first game (OSU vs. Ohio Wesleyan University)

40,310,913: combined attendance of the 518 home games since the stadium opened


750: ushers who volunteer at home games

475: Red Coats - the paid helpers who take tickets, work in the club-seating areas and assist in the press box, among other duties

5: estimated years that an applicant seeking to become an usher waits before being chosen

10: rookie ushers for the 2010 season

1953: year that the longest-serving usher began


$560: cost of a 2010 season ticket in most of Ohio Stadium

$3,300: cost of a season ticket between the 35-yard lines in the club-seating section (available only to a member of the Buckeye Club at the $2,500-a-year donation level)

$12,000: highest price yet requested for a ticket to a 2010 Ohio State game on StubHub, the ticket-reselling website (for a seat in AA Deck at the University of Michigan game)


18,000: average gallons of beverages sold at stadium concession stands on a game day

120,000: pounds of ice consumed

1,000: pounds of popcorn seed used

4: miles that the stadium hot dogs and sausages served on a game day (a combined 42,240) would stretch if laid end to end

1,500: people working in food service, on average, during a game


192: musicians in the OSU marching band (10 cornets, 44 trumpets, 18 fluegelhorns, 24 Fhorns, 24 slide trombones, 24 baritone horns, 24 sousaphones, 12 snare drums, four bass drums, four pairs of cymbals and four sets of tenor drums)

400: musicians who tried out for 225 positions (192 band members, plus 33 alternates) in 2010

$4,000 to $5,000: estimated cost of putting on a halftime show in the stadium

3.59: average grade-point average of band members in the fall of 2009 (the football-team average: 2.85)

22.5: inches that a band member is supposed to cover with each step