Big Ten: Nick Sheridan Terrelle Pryor
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Michigan's defense came to play. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, so did Chris "Beanie" Wells.
For the first 10 minutes, Michigan totally shut down Wells, quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the Ohio State offense. The Wolverines registered an interception, three tackles for loss and sacks by Brandon Graham and Brandon Harrison. But with absolutely no help from the offense or the special teams, Michigan could only hold on for so long.
Eventually, Beanie broke through with a scintillating 59-yard touchdown run. This guy is clutch in November, and he'll likely continue to wear down Michigan's defense.
The Wolverines offense is horrendous. No other word can describe it. Quarterback Nick Sheridan can't get anything going, and a change seems imminent. Michigan finished the quarter with no first downs and minus-1 total yards. After a Stevie Brown interception set them up in the Ohio State red zone, the Wolverines went six yards backwards before missing a field goal. There won't be many more chances to seize momentum in this game.
Pryor looks shaky so far, but it probably won't matter. After completing his first pass, he threw the interception and three more incompletions.
Ohio State junior wide receiver/punt returner Ray Small is back in action after a two-game suspension for repeated team rules violations.
The teams had a little dustup at midfield before exiting pregame warmups. No penalties were assessed.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State