Saturday Dan”Boom” Herron rushed for a career-high 114 yards and a TD – all in the first half – and Terrelle Pryor recorded 277 yards and accounted for three TDs as the Buckeyes improved to 8-1 and 4-1 in Big Ten play. Pryor completed 18 of 22 passes and also rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown for the Buckeyes, who are trying to ram their way back into the national championship picture.
After a disappointing loss at Wisconsin two weeks ago, the Buckeyes have bounced back to outscore Purdue and Minnesota 101-10, showing they're not ready to give up on making another BCS title game appearance just yet. They got some help earlier in the day when Missouri and Michigan State were both bounced from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Ohio State senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa is one of 10 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's best college defensive back. A native of Clemont, Fla., Chekwa is tied for the Big Ten lead with three interceptions in 2010. He recorded two in the win over No. 12 Miami (FL) back in September when he also broke up two pass attempts and recorded six tackles, including one for a loss. He is coming off one of his best games of the season Saturday at Minnesota where he recorded an interception and had one sack that caused a fumble and led to a John Simon touchdown late in the game. On the season, Chekwa has 28 tackles (22 solo), 4.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, two forced fumbles, three picks and five pass break-ups.
Ohio State has a bye this week and then finishes the season with a home game against Penn State and a road trip to Iowa before the annual showdown with Michigan at the Horseshoe in the finale.
The Ohio State-Penn State football game will kick off at 3:30 pm Eastern Saturday Nov. 13th, the Big Ten Conference announced this week.