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Buckeyes answer behind Pryor, Herron

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Terrelle Pryor's 56-yard completion to Dane Sanzenbacher was undoubtedly the key play on Ohio State's scoring drive, but the Buckeyes set up the strike by establishing the run game.

Dan Herron will be a factor in this game, and Ohio State's much-maligned offensive line stepped up on the series to create gaps for the sophomore. The line needs to follow up with more solid play, but this was a good start. Meanwhile, the middle of USC's defense looks open for Pryor, and you'd expect he'll continue to look for Sanzenbacher and DeVier Posey in that area.

USC safety Taylor Mays already has like 40 tackles -- he's pretty darn good -- but the Trojans look a bit vulnerable on defense.