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Buckeyes regain momentum before half

10/2/2010

Terrelle Pryor to Dane Sanzenbacher.

The connection has boosted Ohio State's offense throughout the first four games, and the two hooked up again for a huge play just before halftime at Illinois. Pryor continues to be Ohio State's only viable rushing threat -- paging Brandon Saine or Dan Herron? -- and he found a wide open Sanzenbacher for the senior's league-leading sixth touchdown catch of the year. The Buckeyes lead the Illini 14-10 at the break.

Pryor has completed only six of his first 12 passes with an ugly interception that led to an Illinois score, but I don't think the Illini can catch him today. He already has 92 rushing yards, including bursts of 66 yards and 35 yards.

Illinois is winning the time of possession battle, which will be huge going forward. Ron Zook's team also must continue to limit turnovers. But I expect the Buckeyes to pull away in the third quarter.