Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Halftime: Ohio State 28, Arkansas 10
By Adam Rittenberg
NEW ORLEANS -- Thoughts at the half from the Louisiana Superdome, where it's all Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Player of the half: Terrelle Pryor. The Ohio State junior quarterback is making the most of his good fortune to play in this game. Once again, Pryor looks like he's made significant strides between the end of the regular season and the bowl game. He has made excellent decisions in the first 30 minutes, completing 13 of 19 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns, and adding 52 yards on the ground. Buckeyes receiver Dane Sanzenbacher and defensive linemen Cameron Heyward and Dexter Larimore merit mentions.
Stat of the half: Arkansas entered the game ranked seventh nationally in third down defense, allowing conversions just 31.95 percent of the time. Ohio State converted 6 of 8 third-down opportunities and scored two of its four touchdowns on third-and-long plays.
Best call: Not one play call per se, but several calls by Jim Tressel to get Ohio State's tight ends more involved in the offense. Jake Stoneburner and Reid Fragel have combined for four receptions and 82 receiving yards. The quick pass to Fragel was a new wrinkle and helped set up a Buckeyes touchdown.