(Saturday, September 19th)
Final Score: (11) Ohio State 38, Toledo 0
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Terrelle Pryor threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, leading 11th-ranked Ohio State to a 38-0 rout of Toledo at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Pryor completed 17-of-28 passes for 262 yards with a pair of interceptions and also ran for 110 yards on 12 carries for the Buckeyes (2-1), who bounced back with a strong effort after last week's 18-15 loss to Southern California and did not get caught looking ahead to next week's Big Ten opener against Illinois.
Two of Pryor's scoring tosses went to Dane Sanzenbacher, including a 76-yard play for the first touchdown. Sanzenbacher finished with five catches for a career-high 126 yards.
Aaron Opelt threw for 197 yards on 22-of-45 passing for Toledo (1-2), which was coming off a 54-38 victory over Colorado last week. The Rockets opened their season with a 52-31 loss to Big Ten foe Purdue.
Ohio State outgained Toledo 522-210 overall and held the Rockets to just 13 yards on the ground.
After Toledo went three-and-out to start the game, Ohio State took a 7-0 lead on its third offensive play as Pryor hooked up with Sanzenbacher on a 76-yard catch and run for a touchdown.
Toledo again failed to produce a first down on its next possession and Pryor directed a 12-play, 68-yard march for another touchdown. The sophomore converted a pair of third downs with a two-yard run and a 12-yard pass, then completed the drive with an 18-yard seam pass for a score to Sanzenbacher.
The Rockets finally picked up a first down on their next series, but soon after punted. Pryor was then picked off on a deep pass inside the Toledo 10, but the Buckeyes got the ball back quickly on another three-and-out and took advantage of good position near midfield to increase their lead. Dan Herron capped a 47-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run just 2 1/2 minutes into the second quarter for a 21-0 cushion.
Neither team mustered another threat until the final few minutes of the half, when Ohio State drove inside the Toledo five. The Rockets held and forced a 21-yard field goal attempt that Aaron Pettrey clanged off the left upright.
The Buckeyes got the ball right back and Pettrey nailed a 47-yard try as time expired.
Pryor keyed Ohio State's second possession of the third quarter with a 43-yard run on 3rd-and-8, then added completions of 19 and 15 yards before finishing the 86-yard march with a one-yard touchdown run to make it 31-0.
Toledo finally had a good chance to reach the scoreboard when Pryor's next pass on OSU's ensuing possession was intercepted. The Rockets took over at the Ohio State 37, but went backward and had to punt.
The next Toledo possession reached the Ohio State 27 early in the fourth quarter, but Eric Page fumbled after a reception and Kurt Coleman recovered in the end zone for the Buckeyes, who followed with an 80-yard drive for a touchdown. Pryor hit DeVier Posey for four yards to complete the 11-play series, giving Ohio State a 38-0 lead with 7:10 to play.
Toledo drove to the Ohio State 34, but a sack on third down forced a punt and Opelt was picked off on the next Rockets possession with just over a minute to play to seal the shutout.
Ohio State hasn't lost to an opponent from the state of Ohio since dropping a 7-6 decision to Oberlin in 1921...The Buckeyes improved to 26-1 against members of the Mid-American Conference...The teams had met just once previously, with Ohio State earning a 49-0 win in 1998 in Columbus...Herron has rushed for a touchdown in seven straight games...Ohio State played in Cleveland for the first time since a 34-3 victory over Northwestern in 1991.
09/19 16:03:06 ET