NCF Nation: Ryan Pretorius

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

MADISON, Wis. -- The place is shaking, the game is tied and this one will be decided in the final 15 minutes.

Ohio State players are jumping around with the Wisconsin students.

Pretty cool.

If you like defense, you liked the third quarter. Neither team could get much going on offense, and there are some questions for both sides. Running back Chris "Beanie" Wells had a 54-yard gain on Ohio State's first play of the second half but didn't touch the ball much more.

Wisconsin had some success with reserve running back John Clay in the first half but didn't use him in the third quarter. The Badgers had only 27 total yards in the quarter.

Not good.

The only score came on a Ryan Pretorius field goal after Ohio State stalled inside the Badgers' 10-yard line.

Buckeyes freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor still looks a bit hesitant on some throws, and he doesn't throw the ball away when he needs to. But the freshman has limited mistakes and has the capability of breaking a long run at any time.

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells seems fine as he stands on the sideline. It's the Buckeyes offense that looks a bit gimpy.

After scoring on their first six possessions last week against Youngstown State, the Buckeyes are getting stonewalled by a speedy Ohio defense. Backup running backs Maurice Wells and Daniel "Boom" Herron have done nothing, though the holes have been nonexistent.

According to ESPN Research, Ohio State had 15 rushes for 90 yards and 166 totals yards in first quarter against Youngstown State last week. This week without Chris Wells: 28 total yards, 6 yards rushing.

Even after Ohio State's defense did what it hasn't done enough -- force a turnover -- the offense couldn't capitalize. Defensive end Lawrence Wilson made a great individual play, tipping a Theo Scott pass to himself and then racing to the Bobcats' 24-yard line. But the Buckeyes went nowhere and had to settle for a Ryan Pretorius field goal -- the game's only points so far.

A cheer went up after freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor took over late in the quarter, but he misfired on several passes, nearly getting picked off on a slant route that was thrown too hard.

Ohio State's offensive line needs to play a lot better next week against USC. Quarterback Todd Boeckman already has taken several big hits.

The Buckeyes' defense looks typically solid, and some bad news for Ohio as starting quarterback Theo Scott was carted off the field after the quarter. Junior Boo Jackson, who had an impressive spring, is now in for the Bobcats.