Buckeyes Run Up Over 500 Yards Of Offense, Crush Minnesota 52-10

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Buckeyes Roll Over Minnesota 52-10; OSU Now 8-1

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Terrelle Pryor threw for two scores and rushed for another touchdown, as 10th-ranked Ohio State blew out Minnesota, 52-10, in the Buckeyes' eighth straight victory over the Golden Gophers.

Pryor completed 18-of-22 passes for 222 yards and was picked off once. Dan Herron carried the ball 17 times for a career-high 114 yards with a TD for the Buckeyes (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who have beaten Minnesota in 24 of the last 25 meetings. DeVier Posey caught six passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.

"I think the offense played great," Pryor said. "We needed the good start from an offensive perspective because we have not played very well on the road. We really needed this game to start early."

Adam Weber connected on 9-of-20 passes for 162 yards and was intercepted once for Minnesota (1-8, 0-5), which lost its eighth in a row.

"Obviously Ohio State was the dominating football team tonight," Minnesota interim head coach Jeff Horton said. "They beat us in all three phases of the football game."

Pryor scored on a one-yard run to cap the first drive of the game, but DeLeon Eskridge punched in a seven-yard rush to tie the game. Minnesota moved 74 yards on just four plays during its opening possession.

Pryor hit Brandon Saine with a three-yard TD pass later in the opening quarter and Eric Ellestad missed a 35-yard field goal early in the second for the Golden Gophers.

Devin Barclay's 23-yard field goal extended the lead to 17-7 with 8:24 left in the half. The Buckeyes drove into field goal range thanks to Pryor's 39-yard connection to Dane Sanzenbacher.

Jordan Hall returned a Minnesota punt 70 yards to the two later in the second, but Pryor was picked off on the ensuing play.

Despite OSU's misfortune, the Buckeyes were able to widen the gap to 24-7 on Herron's 10-yard run with 1:43 left in the half.

Pryor's 38-yard TD pass to Posey came with 24 seconds left in the second quarter.

Ellestad split the uprights from 33 yards out early in the third.

Barclay missed from 21 yards away, but OSU capitalized on a blocked punt from Dan Orseske that Zach Domicone recovered in the end zone for a 38-10 lead with 4:10 remaining in the third.

Hall scored on a 16-yard run early in the fourth and OSU came up with a defensive score two plays later. Weber fumbled after being sacked and John Simon rumbled 30 yards with the return to the end zone.

The Buckeyes lead the overall series by a 43-7 count. Minnesota's last victory over Ohio State came back in 2000. The Gophers' last win against OSU in Minneapolis was a 35-31 victory against the 18th-ranked Buckeyes on Nov. 7, 1981, in the next-to-the-last game played at Memorial Stadium...Weber made his 47th consecutive start, the longest such streak in the nation for a signal- caller...Pryor completed 10 consecutive passes in the game, the third time he has completed 10 or more in a row this season. He had 11 against Indiana and a school-record 16 against Eastern Michigan...Pryor threw the 49th and 50th TD passes of his career, tying him with Art Schlichter for fourth on Ohio State's all-time list.

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Buckeyes Score Special Teams TD, Expand Lead To 38-10 After Three

Ohio State had a quiet third quarter offensively, but still added to their cushion in Minnesota when Dan Orseske blocked a Gophers’ punt and Zach Domicone recovered for a touchdown as the Buckeyes increased their lead to 38-10 entering the final period.

In an odd statistical anomaly, OSU has 400 yards after three period — exactly twice as many yards as Minnesota’s 200.

Terrelle Pryor has 221 passing yards to this point, while Dan Herron has rushed for 114.

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Ohio State Turns This One Into A Laugher At Haltime; Buckeyes Lead 31-7

After a tight first quarter wherein Ohio State led only 14-7 after one, a 17-point second quarter has the Buckeyes well on their way to another win as the good guys lead at the intermission 31-7.

Terrelle Pryor has tossed two TD passes and run for another score to compliment a Dan Herron touchdown run for the Buckeyes, who have already run up 316 yards of offense against the Golden Gophers. Pryor has gone 13-15 for 170 yards, and Herron has 104 on the ground in a well-balanced OSU attack.

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Ohio State Jumps Ahead Of Gophers 14-7 After One

A Terrelle Pryor touchdown run early and a Pryor TD pass to Brandon Saine late — sandwiched around a DeLeon Eskridge touchdown run for Minnesota — has Ohio State ahead of the Golden Gophers 14-7 at the end of one quarter tonight in Minneapolis.

OSU is dominating offensively with 10 first downs and 139 yards in the first quarter as the Buckeyes try to take advantage of Michigan State’s loss earlier today in Iowa.

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Buckeyes Five: Five Things To KNow About Ohio State's Game WIth Minnesota

1. Another Road Test. In Ohio State’s previous two road games the team has struggled early, only leading Illinois 14-10 and falling behind Wisconsin 21-3 by halftime. Both of these opponents are better than the Golden Gophers, granted, but Ohio State still must put together a better showing on the road than they have so far this season. Even though the game is an 8:00 primetime event, the atmosphere should be relatively tepid with Minnesota’s struggles this season. The atmosphere at TCF Bank Stadium should not affect the Buckeyes’ performance as it did at Camp Randall two weekends ago.

2. Offensive Style.
The Buckeye structure as a multiple offense is semi-malleable. It is not, like LSU’s, a grab bag of different schemes on a given week, but it does have significant variability between formations and quarterback positioning. Against Wisconsin, Ohio State opened the game using shotgun spread formations, but it was remarkably ineffective against the Badger defense. In the second half, they adjusted by using a downhill running attack out of the Pistol formation along with more under center plays. A week later, against Purdue, Ohio State resembled the latter much more than the former. It is Along the Olentangy’s opinion that the more pro-style offense fits the Buckeyes’ personnel better, and it will be interesting to see if the coaches agree on Saturday.

3. Desperation in Minnesota. As previously noted, Minnesota is not good. They don’t do anything especially well on offense, and their defense struggles with such basic tasks as tackling. But desperation can be a powerful motivator, and if the Golden Gophers are not at the desperation point yet, they never will be. Interim head coach, and offensive coordinator, Jeff Horton is advertising for his next employer, while the players are hoping to salvage the season with an upset over the scourge of the Big Ten, the Ohio State Buckeyes. Minnesota may lack the talent to pull off the upset, but don’t be surprised if you see a number of trick plays and 4th down conversion attempts out of the rodents. They have nothing else to play for at this point.

4. Ohio State’s depth.
Should the game get out of hand, the Buckeyes face an interesting conundrum that is not often presented to collegiate superprograms. After losing another scholarship defensive back to injury (Corey Brown – out for season), the patchwork secondary now has little talented, experienced depth behind the starters. Only career backups (Aaron Gant, Nate Oliver) and inexperienced redshirt freshmen (Dominic Clarke, Jamie Wood) shore up the secondary at key spots. Does Ohio State, with a limited travel roster of 65, substitute freely on the road? Or do they keep the starters in longer than usual because of these limitations?

5. Michigan State-Iowa. This game may not directly affect the Buckeyes’ performance against Minnesota, but it will certainly have massive implications for the Big Ten title race, and thus, the Buckeyes post-season bowl destination. If Iowa upsets the Spartans, Ohio State will then be in a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten standings with the Spartans and Wisconsin. A Michigan State victory will greatly diminish Ohio State’s chances of repeating as Big Ten champion for the 6th straight season. Of course, none of this matters if Ohio State does not take care of business in Minneapolis tomorrow evening.

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