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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Third down efficiency drives Buckeyes

By Adam Rittenberg

NEW ORLEANS -- Arkansas entered the Allstate Sugar Bowl ranked seventh nationally in third down defense, allowing conversions a little less than 32 percent of the time.

But Ohio State is making it look easy against the Hogs.

After converting 3 of 4 third-down opportunities in the first quarter, Ohio State took a 20-7 lead following a 15-yard touchdown pass on third-and-8. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor looks poised on third down, and he's getting plenty of help from star receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, who already has two touchdowns.

Ohio State is mixing things up well on offense and showing a new wrinkle or two, like the quick pass to tight end Reid Fragel to spur a 70-yard scoring drive.

Arkansas' defense looks pretty shaky, so if the Buckeyes can contain the Hogs' offense, they should be in good shape.

Ohio State's D suffered a potentially big loss when star cornerback Chimdi Chekwa went down with an apparent arm/elbow injury.