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Saturday, September 12, 2009
Third quarter a one-sided affair

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Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tip of the cap to colleague Pat Forde, who informed me that more than 13 minutes of the third quarter elapsed before either team ran a play on Ohio State's side of the field. USC finally crossed over to Buckeyes territory with a Matt Barkley quarterback sneak on fourth-and-inches.

It's certainly a testament to Ohio State's special teams and defense, which has limited big plays and put a good deal of pressure on Barkley. But it's also troubling for Ohio State that it only scored five points in the quarter. Terrelle Pryor needs to step up in the fourth quarter.