Buckeyes surge in second half

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

It's amazing to think Minnesota had a chance against Ohio State today.

The Gophers evidently fumbled away that chance on the kickoff to begin the second half, and the Buckeyes, to their credit, haven't looked back. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor has turned in arguably his best half of the season as Ohio State has surged to a comfortable lead.

Pryor finally seems to be taking the initiative as a runner, eclipsing the 100-yard mark rushing. Though Brandon Saine hasn't busted out, bruiser Jermil Martin came up big with a 39-yard touchdown scamper.

As for Ohio State's defense, it turned in another dominating performance against a hapless Gophers offense. Minnesota looks totally lost without wide receiver Eric Decker, who has watched all of the second half from the sidelines on crutches. Adam Weber's season-long struggles have continued, and Minnesota will need to find some way to spark this unit next week against Michigan State.