Sunday, November 28, 2010

Heartstopper Against the Hawkeyes

The mark of any great team is one who can overcome adversity and still reach its ultimate goal. 
If that is truly the case, then The Buckeyes performance on Saturday against Iowa can put them into consideration. 
More penalties, mistakes and dropped passes than anyone can remember but luckily for OSU their attempt at a sixth straight Big Ten title is still intact after a heart stopping, 20 -17, win over the Hawkeyes. 
Back and forth the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes exchanged blows before the game came down to a critical fourth quarter drive. 
The mistakes by OSU mounted on the last drive when Devier Posey dropped a 50 yard touchdown pass on 3rd and 10. 
Just when all hope was lost, Pryor bailed the Buckeyes out from their toughest situation of the season. 
Pryor went back to pass but pulled the ball down and got 14 yards on 4th and 10 to help the Buckeyes stay alive. 
After a long pass down inside the five to Sanzenbacher, the Buckeyes pounded it in and took their final lead of the game. 

"I was going to run the whole time," Pryor said of his big play. "I found running room, had some good blocking. I just cut it up and went and got the first."
All season people have wondered why Pryor seems hesitant to run when he has opportunities. They were happy to find out that with a game on the line, Pryor is more than willing to get the job done with either his arm or his legs. 
"It was huge and gave us that momentum," Tressel said of the play. "I was afraid he was messing around and wasn't going to get the first, but he made it."
The Buckeyes defense sealed the game with a key stop of Stanzi and a sack by senior leader Cameron Hayward. 
"We felt like it was going to be a four-quarter heavyweight bout. Iowa's never going to stop fighting," Tressel said. "Our guys never stop."

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