Ohio State Football 2010
Buckeyes Dominate in Season Opener
Freshman Drew Basil sent a high end-over-end kick that was fielded by Marshall’s Andre Booker at approximately the nine yard line. Booker turned on the jets and started up the left sideline where he was greeted in the wedge by OSU’s Dorian Bell. Bell smacked the ball carrier causing the ball to jar loose. Nate Oliver outran several Thundering Herd players to the loose football as the 100,000 plus fans in “The Horseshoe” went crazy.
If that opening kickoff is any indication of what the 2010 Ohio State football season will be like, then the Buckeye faithful are going to be very satisfied come January.
That was just the beginning of Pryor’s big night as the junior signal-caller tossed three touchdown passes in route to a 45-7 victory.
While Pryor sparkled through the air connecting on 17-of-25 passes for 247 yards, running back Brandon Saine provided balance to the offensive attack by rushing for 103 yards and two scores.
Not to be outdone by the offense, Ohio State’s defense was just as dominate holding the Thundering Herd to just 199 yards of total offense including a mere 44 yards on the ground.
The Buckeye defense weren’t only stopping Marshall from getting into the end zone, but the Silver Bullets were also getting there themselves.
Late in the first half, the Buckeyes took a 35-7 lead when Brian Rolle, who scored his only other career touchdown in last year's opening-game victory over Navy, snatched a throw from Marshall’s quarterback Brian Anderson and followed a line of blockers into the end zone.
Even though the offense and defense seemed to be hitting on all cylinders, if there was one downfall of the night for the Buckeyes, it had to have been the play of their special teams.Devin Barclay's first point-after kick was blocked but squirted over the crossbar. Then, Marshall’s Booker had a 63-yard kickoff return on some blown lane assignments. However, those weren’t the worst.
The Thundering Herd would get their only points of the game when a 53-yard field goal attempt by long-distance place kicker Drew Basil was blocked by Johnny Jones. On the block, the ball took a fortuitous bounce directly into the arms of Marshall teammate, Ahmed Shakoor who brought it back 39 yards for the score.
At the time, the Marshall score made it a 14-7 game. It was then that Pryor huddled up the offense on the sideline for a stern talk to get them pumped up to go back out onto the field and answer immediately, and that they did.
Pryor connected on a 65-yard touchdown strike on a deep fly down the middle of the field to a streaking Dane Sanzenbacher. It was all smooth sailing from there.
All in all, the Buckeyes looked impressive in their season opener. Marshall wasn’t a good measuring stick, but Ohio State will get their first real test as they host the No. 13 ranked Miami Hurricanes next Saturday in Columbus.
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