Hoosiers Fall at No. 2 Ohio State
Oct. 11, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A week after leaving a win at Illinois with a strained muscle in his left thigh, Terrelle Pryor threw for a career-best 334 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 2 Ohio State past Indiana 38-10 on Saturday.
The junior's big day gave coach Jim Tressel his 100th victory on the Buckeyes sideline.
Pryor's health had been a major topic of discussion around the Buckeye state all week, particularly since only minimal updates came out of practice from Ohio State's coaches.
Pryor hit on scoring passes covering 22 yards to Dane Sanzenbacher, 60 yards to Brandon Saine and 17 yards to DeVier Posey as the Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) rolled to their 12th consecutive win--and 16th in a row over the Hoosiers (3-2, 0-2).
Indiana came in averaging 40 points and almost 350 passing yards a game, but quarterback Ben Chappell was harassed all day, completing 16 of 26 for 106 yards with two interceptions.
The Buckeyes scored quickly. It took them just four plays after the opening kickoff for Herron to race through a big hole at left tackle for a 39-yard touchdown.
Later in the first quarter, Chappell was picked off by Devon Torrence at the Indiana 33 and three plays after that Pryor hit a wide-open Sanzenbacher for the score.
Then it took just four plays for the Buckeyes to cover 77 yards, the last 60 coming on Pryor's pass to Saine who was covered by Mitchell Evans but easily gathered in the ball and outraced him to the end zone.
Officials ruled that a Chappell pass was tipped by Ross Homan and intercepted by Brian Rolle and it was confirmed by video review. The Buckeyes needed just five plays after the turnover, covering 31 yards, with Pryor hitting Posey in the left corner on the 19-yard TD.
Devin Barclay added a 36-yard field goal as the Buckeyes led 31-0 at the half.
A week after passing 64 times against Michigan, the Hoosiers ran almost as much as they threw it for most of the day. Down 38-0, they finally scored on Mitch Ewald's 36-yard field goal late in the third quarter. Antonio Banks then scored on a 1-yard run--the touchdown ruling was challenged by Tressel--with just over 5 minutes left.
Michigan's Bo Schembechler and Fielding Yost are the only Big Ten coaches to reach 100 wins faster than Tressel. They each did it in 119 games.