football. John Simon was right there to cradle it and the Buckeyes were golden at the Eagle 32. A reverse to Dane Sanzenbacher set up a third-and-2, but “Boom” Herron was dropped for a loss of 2. Devin Barclay nailed a 42-yard field goal to up the count to 17-0, OSU.
The “Silver Bullets” did their thing, getting EMU off the field in three plays. The offense had 65 yards to navigate, and took the leisurely road this time. “Boom” Herron carried the mail for the most part, hauling in a 12-yard pass in the midst of picking up 29 yards on 6 carries, the last 7 of which he accumulated on an upright trip into the endzone. The score came with 30 seconds left in the first quarter, making it 24-0 and greatly disappointing those who had 7 and 0 in the office pool.
Having apparently gotten used to their intimidating surroundings, EMU cracked the scoreboard on their first series in the second quarter. An interference flag on Devon Torrence aided the cause, but Alex Gillett got the passing game cranked up. Tight end Ben Thayer had consecutive catches of 14 and 20, and Gillett shook off a sack to come right back and find Donald Scott for 19 yards to the Buckeye 2. Dwayne Priest got that pair to make it 24-7, Scarlet and Gray.
The hosts answered right away. Terrelle Pryor went 4 for 4 on the drive as he continued to operate in hurry-up mode. 3 of those 4 tosses went to Sanzenbacher, including the final 9 to up the count to 31-7. Javonti Green lost two yards on two carries on the subsequent march, so coach Ron English decided to try and throw the ball to him instead, and it fell incomplete. OSU took over 57 yards from home and needed less than 2 minutes to do it. Jordan Hall ignited the march with a 9-yard pop, Pryor escaped from the pocket for 20, and then capped it off with a 7-yard TD strike to Sanzenbacher to widen the margin to 38-7.
Alex Gillett wasn’t about to back down. He and Kinsman Thomas got together on a 41-yard pass play on the Eagles’ next possession, followed two plays later by an 11-yard Gillett scramble. From the Buckeye 13, a Gillett pass was tipped and nearly picked off by Tyler Moeller. Given a reprieve, Gillett worked the slant to Thomas for a touchdown, reducing the deficit to 38-14 as the first half wound down.
The halftime break did nothing to cool off the Ohio State offense. Terrelle Pryor converted two third-downs by scrambling and then dialed up Dane Sanzenbacher for the fourth time in the game for the score, this time from 8 yards out to provide a 45-14 advantage. Dane’s four scoring receptions tied the school record, set by Bob Grimes back in 1952 and equaled by Terry Glenn at Pittsburgh in 1995.
EMU punched it in for the second straight drive, led once again by the arm of Alex Gillett. He and Kinsman Thomas hooked up for 11 and then Gillett once again found his big tight end Ben Thayer for a huge chunk of 26. After a Dwayne Priest run, it was Gillett to Donald Scott for 32 yards and another touchdown. Yes, the Eagles were buried in a quick 24-0 hole at the game’s outset, but from that point to this they had played the hosts even, except for a missed PAT after Scott’s scoring catch.
The teams traded 3-and-outs, with Ben Buchanan finally getting on the field for his first- and what would end up being his only- punt of the day. When his offensive mates got the ball back, they set up shop at their own 34. Each of the next five plays gained a first down, with the cherry on the sundae coming from a pair of high school teammates. Jordan Hall took a pitch to the right, but then pulled up and fired back across field to a so-alone-he-was-lonesome Terrelle Pryor. The 20-yard option toss made it 52-20 and was the second TD reception of Pryor’s career to go with the one from the Fiesta Bowl with Texas two years ago.
Heading to the final period, Joe Bauserman came on to get a few snaps, and with prime field position at the “Buckeye” 50-yard line, JB went to the back pages of the playbook and cooked up a pass to fullback Zach Boren for 22. Five plays later, Joe bookended the drive with a dumpoff to tailback Jordan Hall, who scooted 18 yards to the endzone, swelling the lead to 59-20 and setting a high water mark for points for a Jim Tressel-coached Buckeye team. The previous high had been a 58-point outburst against Northwestern in 2007.
Later in the fourth, the Bucks were faced with their worst starting field position of the day, backed to their own 6. Two pops by Jamaal Berry gained 7 and a little breathing room before Joe Bauserman moved the chains by shuffling for a dozen. Spencer Smith got in on the act with an 8-yard catch, setting up an ideal second-and-short. Jamaal Berry burrowed over the right side, cut outside and tightroped the west sideline all the way to the endzone, a picture 67-yard run that swelled the lead to 66-20.
The last of the boatload of points came courtesy of backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who danced through the middle for a 15-yard touchdown to complete a drive highlighted by strong running from tailback Carlos Hyde.
Ohio State will lean into Big Ten action next Saturday as they hit the road for the first time this season. The conference lid-lifter in Champaign will kickoff at high noon Eastern on the Big Ten Network. Eastern Michigan returns home to face the Bobcats of Ohio U.
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Game’s 1st score 11 run by Vic Janowicz 53 run by Terrelle Pryor TD passes Four by Janowicz Four by Pryor Other TD’s 61 punt return by Janowicz 20 pass reception by Pryor That year’s Heisman winner Janowicz ?