Friday, January 1, 2010
Rose Bowl halftime: Ohio State 16, Oregon 10
By ESPN.com staff
Ohio State leads 16-10 at the break in a game of momentum shifts.
Turning point: There were three. Ohio State scored the first 10 points and looked physically dominant. Oregon scored the next 10 and looked fast and smart. The Buckeyes scored the final six by taking advantage of Ducks mistakes -- penalties, and a late interception.
Stat of the half: 26. That's the number of plays Oregon ran in the first half. The Ducks average 69 plays per game. Oregon doesn't care about time of possession, but when Ohio State puts together a 19-play, eight minute field goal drive, it means the ball is out of the Ducks offense's hands. They can't score when that happens, you know.
Best player in the half: Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. He hasn't been spectacular, but he has avoided critical mistakes. He has a team-high 31 rushing yards and completed 15 of 24 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown.
What Oregon needs to do: Oregon needs to get third-down stops -- the Buckeyes are 5 of 11 on third down. And Oregon is 0 for 5 by the way. That will get the offense more touches so it can get into a rhythm. The Buckeyes will try to shorten the game, so Oregon can't waste any more opportunities with good field position. It also might help if the Ducks take the opening kickoff and make an immediate statement.