Pryor, Offense Help Tressel to Milestone

By Jason Priestas on October 9, 2010 at 4:36p

On a gorgeous fall Saturday in Columbus, the Indiana Hoosiers were educated on the differences between the Wolverine defense Ben Chappell carved up for 480 yards in Bloomington and the Silver Bullets. Among the differences: tackling in space, a punishing front seven and a secondary that keeps everything in front of them.

With the Terrelle Pryor and the offense clicking, the two units conspired to throttle Bill Lynch's Hoosiers 38-10, handing Jim Tressel his 100th win as the head coach of the Buckeyes.

Pryor threw for 334 yards (with 280 of them coming in the first half), becoming the first Buckeye to top 300 since Troy Smith against Michigan in 2006 and pretty much squashing all of the injury talk that led up to this game.  The air raid started early with the Buckeyes somewhat amusingly showing the pistol formation (we honor our opponents like that) on the game's first play from scrimmage, leading to a 13 yard completion to Brandon Saine on a swing pass.  Pryor connected with Posey on the next two plays, setting up a 2nd-and-7 from the Hoosier 39.  Boom Herron then took a handoff off left tackle to the house, putting OSU up 7-0.

Chappell and the Hoosiers were able to move the chains once on their first possession before being forced to punt.  The Buckeyes were then held to a three-and-out on their 2nd series, which included Pryor just missing an open Dane Sanzenbacher on a post pattern, and were forced to give the ball back to the IU offense (via a nice 49-yard punt out of Ben Buchanan).  On 2nd-and-9, Chappell threw up an arm punt, which was picked off by Devon Torrence on the left sideline. I am not exaggerating at all when I say there was nobody within 10 yards of Torrence and it almost looked like he could have fair caught the ball.

It didn't take long for Pryor and OSU to capitalize on the turnover. After a holding call on first down, Pryor hit Sanzenbacher over the middle for 17 and then followed it up with a 22-yard scoring toss to Sanzenbacher, putting the good guys up 14-0.

The Hoosiers showed some signs of life on their next series, but ultimately two false start penalties did them in again and they were forced to punt once again. J.B. Shugarts, not wanting to get left out on all of the fun, was whistled for a false start on first down before Pryor hit Taurian Washington for 19 and Zach Boren for a short gain (which included the sweet, rare fullback hurdle).  Eventually, the drive stalled and Drew Basil was brought in to attempt a 53-yard field goal, but just like his long attempt against Marshall, it was blocked.  The Hoosiers were held to a three-and-out and the Buckeyes, seemingly making up for the blocked field goal, had a quick answer. On first-and-10 from the OSU 40, Pryor hit Brandon Saine perfectly in stride on a wheel route for a 60-yard touchdown, making it 21-0 just 90 seconds into the 2nd quarter.

The defense again held IU to a three-and-out, but the next Buckeye possession was pretty awful. After getting whistled for an illegal crackback block on first down, and then responding with a 10-yard completion to DeVier Posey, Pryor took two sacks and the Buckeyes were forced to punt.  Two plays later, a Chappell pass was tipped by Ross Homan before being scooped off the turf by Brian Rolle in a pretty spectacular play that survived a challenge from Bill Lynch. Five plays later, Pryor hit Posey for an 18-yarder to make it 28-0, Buckeyes.

Ohio State would add a late field goal, a 36-yarder from Devin Barclay, taking a commanding 31-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The second half would feature an 8-yard touchdown run from Boom out of the wildcat formation and some garbage time points out of the Hoosiers, but the end result was a dominating performance out of the Buckeyes in all three aspects of the game. Pryor finished 24/30 for 334 yards and three touchdowns, with Posey collecting 8 of those passes for 103 yards and a score. Dane chipped in with four catches for 60 yards and his Big Ten-leading seventh receiving touchdown of the season. The defense held Chappell to a meager 106 yards through the air, or about 250 fewer than he had been averaging coming into the matchup.  Indiana running backs accounted for just 69 yards on 29 carries, with much of that coming late, when the game was already out of hand hound.  Further, the offense did a fantastic job of capitalizing on early turnovers.

Special teams even got in on the act, holding Tandon Doss, one of the more dangerous return guys in the nation in check, and Buchanan finished with a 50 yard average on three punts.  The blocked field goal was unfortunate, but kickers often drive the ball lower on the longer attempts, so it's not that unusual. Still, it's something that we'd like to see fixed.


  • Saine saw a lot more activity catching passes out of the backfield today, even starting the game in the slot with Boom at tailback.  He, like Pryor, finished the game without a carry.  Carlos Hyde looked good when he entered the game in the 2nd half, chewing up yards before his fumble inside the IU five yard line. Berry was his electric self and averaged 8.4/carry, exciting the contingent of fans that would like to see more of him.
  • Nine Buckeyes caught passes, including a 2 for 33 performance out of Taurian Washington.  The blocks that plagued most of his career are a thing of the past, we hope. Also, Pryor was one of the receivers that caught a pass, catching one of his own deflected passes in a play I hope I never get to see again.  IU's pass defense is atrocious, but Pryor put some balls right on the money, including a nice string of 11-straight completions in the 2nd quarter. He's developing and getting scarier every day.
  • J.B. Shugarts was out of pads in the second half with what Tressel described as a "foot problem" that's been with him for three years. Andrew Norwell filled in admirably, but I'd imagine we'll see Shugarts next week against the Badgers from the way Tressel described the situation.
  • It was interesting to see Hyde enter the game ahead of Berry, but I'm not trying to read into that too much yet.
  • Indiana finished with eight TFLs and three sacks, both high marks for the season. How?
  • Tressel became the 3rd-fastest coach to 100 wins in Big Ten history, achieving the mark in 121 games. I will not mention the two coaches to get their faster than him, but they coached the Great Satan up north.
  • From the interesting stats department: OSU is 14-0 when Saine scores a touchdown and Boom now has touchdowns in five-straight games.
  • I want the Torrence hit on that screen played at my funeral.  I'm serious, it was beautiful.

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Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Still concerned about the running game, but if Pryor can control defenses with his arm and the pass blocking continues to get better, we wont need a running g game. And how about Saine stepping up as a reciever?

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

TLB's picture

I am with you on this.  But it isn't the backs.  Our line just can't push people around.

Colin's picture

I wonder how long Zach was holding in that hurdle....since the spring game at least

hangonskokie's picture

I fell asleep for 15 minutes. Is Denard Robinson still sweet?

JakeBuckeye's picture

Three picks. Two of them in the red zone, the third one at a critical point where it looked like Michigan could have made a comeback.

hangonskokie's picture

Wow it's hard to believe that everyone at ESPN (with exception of Lou Holtz?) could be proven so fundamentally wrong during a 20-minute period in one afternoon...

JakeBuckeye's picture

Well, Denard didn't throw all of those within 20 minutes. I didn't know that's exactly what you meant, haha. But still...

BuckeyeSki's picture

100 Wins for Tressel and Karma sends him a #1 gift

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

flipbuckeye's picture

Good day for Buckeye football.  A win that featured a competent offense, a loss for the Michigan Nard-dogs, and a certain SEC team relinquishing their #1 seat.

buckeyedude's picture

We're #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



btalbert25's picture

I absolutely think the running game has a lot to do with the backs.  The line isn't getting a great push, but Boom again missed several holes that were openned up for him.  He seems to like to run right into a defender when there is a hole.  Maybe it's just me, but I really think he misses a lot of opennings. 

I would love to see Hyde get more carries.  Everyone is championing Hall and Berry, however I think the size and speed Hyde has makes him the most dangerous of them all.  

741's picture

You are forgiving the red zone fumble, eh?


I remember Eddie George funbling twice inside the 5 vs Illinois early in his career..... look how that turned out. 

JakeBuckeye's picture

Hyde had to go to Fork Union, George had to go to Fork Union...

Hyde fumbles in the red zone against a team that starts with the letter I, George fumbles in the red zone against a team that starts with the letter I...

buckeyedude's picture

Damn, sounds like Deja Vu'!



osujake9's picture

I loved seeing our D show up vs. the pass. Made a few people look pretty dumb on their predictions(M man).

TLB's picture

M-man is still living in his fantasy world and truely believes that Robinson actually knows how to tie his shoes.

Mr. Islay's picture

i shall mark this day as one of the holiest of holies in hate.

bama - tears so yummy and sweet from losing to sakerlina

michigan - tears so yummy and sweet from the deflating loss to lil brother

psu - tears so yummy and sweet from a zookering

this a week after florida was throttled. its like christmas each week in college football right now! great times we are living in.


*sees 'sconi on schedule next week. says six prayers*

hangonskokie's picture

Illinois looked good today. last week's game might have done more than we thought to prepare the team for Madison. That said... I've been to Champagne, and Champage is no Madison. 

Should be a fun one. 



tampa buckeye's picture

Your right it won't be nearly as windy in Madison.  Crowd won't be a factor after the first couple drives.

Bucksfan's picture

This battle for the backfield is over in my mind.  If it were up to me, the depth chart would look like this: 1) Hyde, 2) Hyde, 3) Hyde, 4) Herron, 5) Berry, 6) Hall, 7) Saine

Playing Herron and Saine before these younger guys, especially Hyde, DESPITE his fumble, is like Starting Mo Hall and Lydell Ross with Maurice Clarett riding pine.

Colin's picture

Now I don't understand the praise for Hall. He get's 1 carry while Hyde gets the majority of the second team snaps? I thought Hall was the guy...

Dean's picture

Why all the Hyde love on the boards all of a sudden? I mean, he looks pretty good, but that wasn't just a fumble, it was a fumble that REALLY shouldn't have happened (and I'm talking about the hit, not the field position).  Not to mention that Berry has put up the most impressive numbers so far.

blazers34's picture

aaaand Miami looks absolutely terrible

741's picture

WTF Les Miles.

Colin's picture

at least they beat those damn gators

tampa buckeye's picture

What happens if Michigan state runs the table?  All big ten national championship game? What if the Ducks, Bucks, Sparty and Sooners all run the table?  Boise st will more than likely.  I hope it plays out like that and we get a playoff next year.

btalbert25's picture

Until people stop watching college football because of the system they have in place, it likely won't change.  College football is more popular now, than it has ever been and a huge reason why is the BCS. 


There is a new Sheriff in Town the # 1 Buckeyes it's been a while since we have said that

Matt's picture

New USA TODAY Coaches Poll: 1 Ohio St received 49 first-place votes, 2 .Oregon got 6, 3. Boise got 1, 4. Neb got 2, 5. TCU got 1

Powers's picture

i dont think its time for him to start or anything, but Hyde looked really good

as for the fumble... anyone remember beanie wells had some fumbling problems his freshman year too?

Ultrabuckeyehomer's picture

Part of me beleives we are the best team in the country, but part of me doesn't.  We really look good for the most part, but not solid in all respects. However, I look at the other teams that could make a claim for the top spot and say, "well, they are not that great, either."  A lot of mediocrity at the top of the major conferences this year, and a total lack of dominat teams like we have normally seen of late (with 2007 being the exception) This year is a great chance to win the whole damn thing, even with the flaws we have. 

This is not one of the best Bucks teams we've seen, but maybe its still the best this year.  



RBuck's picture

Flicking back and forth watching Ala-SC and scUM and MSU, I noticed that Saban and Dick Rod seemed to be constantly berating their players coming off the field. Just made me happy that tOSU has a class act in Tress. Tress uses those times after a bad series as a teaching moment; those other a-holes use it as an ass chewing moment. Should be some good recruiting video there.

Long live the southend.

btalbert25's picture

Watching Rich Rod on the sideline, he actually looks like he may go Bobby Knight on his players.  I would not be shocked if before his career is over a player says he was chocked or punched by DickRod lol.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Atleast Saban has won something. What has DickRod ever won? Dude is a certifiable douche nozzle.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama