Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Terrelle is Buckeyes top Pryor-ity
After throwing for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for more than 100 yards against Arkansas, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was the MVP of the Buckeyes' BCS bowl game for the second time in as many seasons. In last year's Rose Bowl win over Oregon, Pryor had two touchdown passes and racked up 338 total yards of offense.
Against the Razorbacks, Pryor threw for 221 yards and finished with 115 yards rushing, the fifth time in his career that he's had a 200-100 game. Pryor created a lot of big plays with his legs, scrambling five times for 69 yards (13.8 yards per rush), including a 37-yard scamper that ended with a Dane Sanzenbacher fumble recovery for a touchdown. Coming into the game, Pryor had scrambled 31 times this season for an average gain of 9.3 YPR.
For the second time in as many nights, a BCS game had a safety (by Arkansas in the 4th quarter). Prior to the Orange Bowl, there had not been a safety in a BCS game in five years. It was the first safety in the Sugar Bowl since Ohio State had one against Florida State in 1998.
The Buckeyes held on to win after building a 28-10 halftime lead. It was the most points scored by Ohio State in the first half of its nine BCS appearances. OSU also improved to 6-1 in BCS games when leading at halftime. The Buckeyes lone loss was in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl when they led 6-3 over Texas before losing 24-21.
Ohio State broke its curse against SEC teams in bowl games, getting its first such win after going 0-9 heading into Tuesday’s Allstate Sugar Bowl. Ohio State also has both the most BCS appearances (nine) and now it has the most BCS wins with six. Florida and USC are tied for second, each with five BCS wins (USC had six, but had to vacate its 2005 Orange Bowl win over Oklahoma).