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    Pryor comes up big, 20-17 over Iowa

    Updated: November 21st, 2010
  • CollegeFootballBrekadown.com

    Iowa City-Terrelle Pryor’s short passing was the difference in this game and he deserves a lot of credit. Critics of Pryor, including myself, have seen Pryor struggle with short passes while his long throws are usually spot on accurate. Smart defenses, such as, Iowa, usually defense Ohio State by keeping receivers in front of them forcing Pryor to beat them by throwing short passes. This week it didn’t work as Pryor had more time that can be expected and settled accurately for the 3 to 8 yard passes that kept drives alive.

    This was a classic, low scoring battle of two solid fundamental teams in late November. After a deflected pass was intercepted deep in Ohio State territory, Iowa’s RB Coker punched it in pushing the Iowa lead to 17-10. From that point on, the Buckeyes stymied the Hawkeyes on offense and were given the ball trailing by 17-13 with 4 minutes left when the real drama began. On a third down at midfield, with a hostile crowd yelling, Pryor unleashed a bomb into the end zone that hit WR Posey right in the numbers for six? Oh, no, Posey dropped it. Now it’s fourth and 10. The Buckeyes decided to go for it. While playing their zone defense Iowa left Pryor escape from the right side of the pocket and cut back to the left all the way across the field and run for the first down. The crowd seemed stunned. Ohio State then continued down the field until Pryor hit WR Sanzenbacher on a 25 yard pass that set up the Buckeyes with a first and goal at the 3. RB Herron crossed the goal line on second down and the Buckeyes took the lead for good, 20-17.

    Big Ten Analyst-John Jacobson

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