Wednesday, January 5, 2011

OHIO STATE FOOTBALL ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL POSTGAME NOTES

Buckeye fans go wild after Ohio State topped Arkansas 31-26 in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)

Below are the Ohio State post-game notes from Tuesday's 31-26 Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas ... 

No. 6 Ohio State (12-1) 31, vs. No. 8 Arkansas (10-3) 26

Louisiana Superdome — New Orleans, La.

Jan. 4, 2011

Attendance: 73,879

TEAM NOTES

* Ohio State played in its sixth consecutive BCS bowl game and its ninth overall — the most among FBS schools behind Oklahoma (8). 

* Ohio State has won its last two BCS bowl games after defeating Oregon in last year's Rose Bowl.  

* The Buckeyes are 6-3 in nine BCS bowl games all-time. 

* Ohio State is 20-22 in bowl games all-time. 

* The Buckeyes are 15-5 all-time in Domes. 

* Ohio State is 99-17 since the start of the 2002 season, the third-best record among FBS teams. 

JIM TRESSEL

* Ohio State is 6-4 in bowl games and 5-3 in BCS bowls under Tressel.

* Tressel is 106-22 in his 10th year at Ohio State and 241-79-2 overall. He is the second-winningest active FBS coach behind Penn State's Joe Paterno (401).

* Ohio State is 96-7 under Tressel when it rushes for at least 125 yards.

* Ohio State has now won at least 12 games in three different seasons under Tressel, going 14-0 in 2002 and 12-1 in both 2006 and 2010. 

* Tressel is now 37-15 against ranked teams at Ohio State and 10-8 against the Top 10 (AP and Coaches). 

* The Buckeyes are 92-6 when winning/tied at the half and 99-6 when winning/tied going into the fourth quarter under Tressel. 

OFFENSIVE NOTES

* Junior Terrelle Pryor was named Sugar Bowl MVP. 

* With 115 yards rushing, Terrelle Pryor became Ohio State's all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks in only three seasons, breaking Cornelius Greene's 35-year-old record of 2,066 set from 1972-75. Pryor now has 2,164 yards, good for fourth on the Big Ten's all-time list. 

* Terrelle Pryor is now 31-4 as Ohio State's starting quarterback, tying Greene (31-3-1) for the second-most wins among Ohio State quarterbacks (Art Schlichter 36-11-1).

* Terrelle Pryor set a school record with his seventh career game with 300+ yards of total offense (221 passing, 115 rushing). Pryor now holds five of the six games in Ohio State history where a QB has rushed for 100+ and passed for 200+ in the same game. 

* Terrelle Pryor improved on his school-record with his 22nd game with at least 200 yards of total offense.

* Terrelle Pryor has 674 yards of total offense in his last two bowl games after recording 338 last year in the Rose Bowl win vs. Oregon. 

* Ohio State is 28-1 when Terrelle Pryor throws at least one touchdown pass.

* Dan Herron has now scored at least one touchdown in 12 consecutive games. He finished with 87 yards on 24 carries and one TD. 

* Ohio State is 20-3 when Dan Herron scores a rushing TD in his career.

* DeVier Posey has caught at least one pass in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten. Posey finished with three catches for 70 yards, including a 43-yard TD catch. 

* Dane Sanzenbacher has now caught at least one pass in 19 consecutive games. He finished with three catches for 59 yards and a TD. Ohio State is 36-5 when Dane Sanzenbacher records at least one catch.

* Sophomore Reid Fragel hauled in a career-long 42-yard reception in the second quarter, setting up Ohio State's third touchdown. 

* Ohio State rushed for 225 yards, marking the seventh game this season that the Buckeyes went over 200 yards on the ground. 

DEFENSIVE NOTES

* Solomon Thomas recorded his first career interception with 58 seconds remaining in the game to seal the win for the Buckeyes. 

* Dexter Larimore recorded a career-high 2.0 sacks for 17 yards. 

* Cameron Heyward recorded 3.0 TFL, tying his career high. 

* Ross Homan led the Buckeyes with 9.0 tackles. 

* Ohio State recorded 4.0 sacks, 9.0 TFL overall, three fumbles, six pass breakups and five QB hurries.

SPECIAL TEAMS

* Senior Devin Barclay kicked a career-long 46-yard field goal in the third quarter to give Ohio State a 31-13 lead.