In a game that was never remotely close, the Buckeyes handed the Eagles of EMU a 73-20 loss that displayed plenty of offensive flash, and a couple defensive question marks. Terrelle Pryor was the star of the day with 6 total touchdowns including 4 passing touchdowns to Dane Sanzenbacher (9 rec 108 yards), a 53 yard rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown thrown by former High School teammate Jordan Hall. The Buckeyes put the majority of their effort in the passing game and it paid off as they hit 13 different receivers for 303 total yards in the game.
The 73 points scored in the game were the most in the Jim Tressel era, topping the 58 points scored on Northwestern on September 22nd, 2007. The previous time OSU had scored more than 70 points in a game were the first two games in 1996, 70 points against Rice, and 72 against Pittsburgh. This game also saw the most points scored by OSU since October 28th 1950, when the Bucks scored 83 on a 3-5-1 Iowa team.
The Buckeye offense was near unstoppable in the game today. The Buckeyes wracked up 645 total yards of offense with 342 rushing yards to go with their 303 passing yards. The only turnover the Bucks gave up was a fumble late in the game when walk-on Tight End Ricky Crawford dropped a pass from Joe Bauserman after bobbling the reception. The Buckeyes managed to have 11 players run the football for positive yardage, including Terrelle Pryor’s game leading 104 on 7 attempts. The longest run of the day went to Jaamal Berry with a 67 yard touchdown scamper late in the game giving him 74 total yards for the day. Dan Herron appeared to be the primary running back during the game – unsurprising with Saine’s injury from practice – collecting 12 carries for 55 yards and an early touchdown.
The Ohio Bobcats rolled into Columbus today to take on the Buckeyes and hopefully challenge them the same way that they did back in 2008. The Buckeyes weren’t having any of it as they raced out to a 43-0 lead before giving up a late touchdown in trash time to end the game with the 43-7 victory. Terrelle Pryor had another solid game with 22 receptions on 29 attempts for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns, though he threw his first 2 interceptions of the year.
The Ohio offense started out very poorly. After a short running play up the middle, Bates tossed a quick passing play to the left side of the field. Devon Torrence made a fantastic play on the ball by batting it into the air for Tyler Moeller to come down with. The interception gave the Buckeye offense fantastic field position. Unfortunately, after picking up a great game on their first play with a pass to Jake Stoneburner, the Buckeyes squandered their chance and was forced to kick a field goal in the red zone.
The Buckeye defense continued to be aggressive. With the Bobcats pinned close to their endzone due to a block in the back penalty on the return, the Silver Bullets made the most of the situation by not allowing Ohio any room to move the ball. On the ensuing possession the Bucks found plenty of room to move the ball. As usual, the offense promptly moved the ball into the redzone with confidence and authority. What was unusual was that Pryor found Saine over the middle for the Touchdown. It was exactly the kind of pass that Pryor needed in order to build confidence in his arm in scoring position.