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Buckeyes Keep Rose Bowl Hopes Alive



The Ohio State Buckeyes were starring the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in the Rose Bowl dead in the face as they faced a 4 th and 10 to go in the closing minutes of Saturday’s game at Iowa.

It was then that the Buckeyes put the ball in Terrelle Pryor's hands, and their star quarterback used his legs to help them escape with a 20-17 victory, keeping their Rose Bowl hopes intact for another week.

After converting that first down, the Bucks marched the rest of the way as running back Boom Herron rushed for a 1-yard touchdown with 1:47 left.

Pryor ended the night by throwing for 195 yards and a touchdown for the Buckeyes (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten), including that crucial 14-yard run on fourth down to keep the game-winning drive alive.

Just how big was Pryor’s scramble and the win?

Brutus FatheadThe win kept Ohio State tied with Wisconsin and Michigan State atop the Big Ten standings heading into next week's showdown with rival Michigan in the Horseshoe. It also preserved the Buckeyes chances for at least a share of the Big Ten title for a record-tying sixth year in a row.

The win was anything but easy for the Buckeyes as Iowa (7-4, 4-3) went ahead 17-10 early in the fourth quarter on freshman Marcus Coker's 1-yard TD run. But Devin Barclay's 48-yard field goal brought the Buckeyes within 17-13, and Pryor engineered the game-winning 76-yard drive despite DeVier Posey's drop of a sure TD pass.

Perhaps the Posey drop was a blessing in disguise. Had Posey caught the ball, it would have given Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi and their offense plenty of time to march down the field for a game-winning drive of their own. However, the pass was dropped and the Bucks had to fight and claw their way to the end zone which in turn ate up more game clock.

Stanzi had 195 yards passing and a touchdown for the Hawkeyes, who've let up a go-ahead winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of each of their defeats.

The game went to the fourth quarter tied at 10 and it was the Buckeyes who blinked first rallying behind Pryor for its 12th win in 13 tries over the heartbroken Hawkeyes.


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Pryor threw an ill-advised pass over the middle that was tipped, picked off by Shaun Prater and returned to the Ohio State 27-yard line. Coker, in for a struggling Adam Robinson, followed a 26-yard run with a 1-yard score to put the Hawkeyes ahead 17-10 with 11:53 left.

Barclay pulled Ohio State within 17-13 with a 48-yarder with 7:38 left, and the Buckeyes forced the Hawkeyes into a quick three-and-out setting the stage for Pryor’s late game heroics.

Ohio State’s defense once again stepped up big, allowing a formidable Hawkeye rushing attack to a mere 81 yards total on the ground.

Now the Buckeyes sit in a familiar position, facing their rivals from Michigan next Saturday with a trip to Pasadena and the Big Ten Championship on the line.



By Nick Adams
BigTen-fans.com Ohio State Correspondent



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