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Friday, January 1, 2010
Ohio State takes to the air and scores

By Adam Rittenberg

PASADENA, Calif. -- Oregon defensive tackle Brandon Bair said this week if the Ducks could force Ohio State to pass, they'd be in good shape.

Turns out, Ohio State was more than willing to air it out on its first possession of the Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi. Jim Tressel called six consecutive pass plays, one of which Terrelle Pryor turned into a 24-yard scramble. The passing set up a big Brandon Saine run, and Pryor ended the 10-play, 74-yard drive by finding Saine for a 13-yard score as Ohio State leads 7-0.

Pryor looks very relaxed out there, and he showed good patience in waiting for Saine to get open along the sideline. Ohio State's offensive line, which played well down the stretch, is giving him time to throw. I still think the Buckeyes should run Pryor a lot in this game, but he's clearly more comfortable throwing the ball today than he was for most of the season.