A Star Is Born
Terrelle Pryor picked the right place to shine. He also picked the right time. Without his clutch play, Ohio State doesn’t win the Rose Bowl despite a gritty effort from Oregon. Mr. Predictable, Coach Jim Tressel, mixed it up (must have been than Cali air that influenced him) and allowed his sophomore quarterback to throw the ball. And oh did he throw it. His numbers: 23 of 37 for 266 yards and two touchdowns. Nothing fantastic you might say, but for Pryor and the Buckeyes, they opened some holes on the Ducks’ defense. Pryor also ran for 72 yards and performed some stiff arms that surely will put him among the frontrunners for the Heisman next year. Overall, Ohio State rushed for 153 yards and 419 yards overall to only 260 for Oregon’s high-powered offense. And Pryor sparked an offense that converted 11 of 21 third downs (Oregon was two for 11) and controlled the ball for more than 40 minutes. Huge. When it’s speed vs. power, power usually prevails with a 2-to-1 possession edge. The big boys start to wear on the little fellas.