Saturday, September 25, 2010
Ohio State offense explodes against EMU
By Adam Rittenberg
The Heisman Trophy mix is a little more crowded after Mark Ingram's performance at Arkansas, but Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor made sure he remains among the lead pack.
Pryor accounted for six touchdowns -- four passing, one rushing and one receiving -- in a monster performance as Ohio State's offense pummeled Eastern Michigan 73-20. The Buckeyes eclipsed 70 points for the first time since 1996 against Pittsburgh, and they racked up 645 yards. They'll remain No. 2 in the polls after Alabama rallied past Arkansas.
Senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher continued his strong season by catching all four of Pryor's touchdown tosses. Fellow receiver DeVier Posey gets more attention as a potential NFL prospect, but Sanzenbacher is a very talented player in his own right. Ohio State's primary running backs Dan Herron and Brandon Saine didn't have great games, but redshirt freshman Jaamal Berry racked up 74 rushing yards and a touchdown on only four carries. I've been a Saine/Herron guy for a while, but it might be time to give Berry a closer look.
Ohio State's defense won't be happy about the 20 points it allowed, especially after shutting down Marshall and Ohio. Jim Heacock's crew will need to be a bit sharper as Big Ten play begins and momentum builds toward the Oct. 16 clash at Wisconsin.