Ohio State Buckeyes quiet Camp Randall 20-17

Ohio State Buckeyes quiet Camp Randall 20-17
Terrelle Pryor Wisconsin 2008

Ohio State Buckeyes quiet Camp Randall 20-17

In what was a defensive battle between two Big 10 heavy weights on Saturday night in Camp Randall, Ohio State came out on top with great running by junior tailback Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells and a great final drive by freshman phenomenon Terrelle Pryor.

The Buckeyes didn’t seem to get tight going into the fourth quarter of a very competitive game as senior cornerback Malcolm Jenkins out-jumped the fans during the Wisconsin Jump Around and then intercepted Allan Evridge in the final minute to kill what could have been a Badger winning drive.

By Steve Patterson

Hard Hitting Defensive Battle

            The action was fast and the level of hitting was tremendous as a number of players were injured early on and neither team was able to put up impressive offensive numbers during the battle. Daniel Boom Herron sustained what appeared to be a concussion in the first quarter after a 3 yard run up the middle. And wide receiver Dane Sanzenbaucher was injured in the 2nd quarter after catching a 23 yard pass and being hit by three Wisconsin Badgers simultaneously. Both Ohio State players were helped off the field after being examined by medical personnel for some time.           

Beanie Wells is a Beast

            Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells didn’t run like a man with one bad foot although reports after the game tell of a player that is constantly bothered by a foot injury that occurred during Ohio State’s season opener. He has worn a more protective boot on his right foot since returning to action last weekend against Minnesota.

            Wells ran for a total of 168 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown. On the first drive of the game, he finished off a quick drive with a 33 yard dash through a large whole in the line and stiff armed Wisconsin safety Shane Carter the final 6 yards of the run to the end-zone. Wells got the Buckeyes rolling again in the 2nd half with a 54 yard run from scrimmage which led to a Buckeye field goal to tie the game at 10.

Pryor Finishes

            Always take the quarterback on the option. That’s is supposed to be a defensive rule that is never broken but with Chris Wells in the backfield along side Terrelle Pryor and the ball on the Wisconsin 11 with 2:03 left in the game, a confused Badger defense ran right to Wells and left Pryor free to run the ball in for a score that put Ohio State ahead to win the game.

            The final drive began with 6:26 minutes on the clock on Ohio State’s 20. Pryor orchestrated a great drive that combined Wells running with receptions by Brian Hartline and Ray Small. Hartline’s receptions of 19 yards and 27 yards were critical to the drive with the first keeping the drive alive on a third down with six yards to go. A couple fumbles on the drive were enough to scare any Buckeye fan, but Pryor fell on the first and Brian Robiskie recovered the second in the middle of the field after Hartline had his 27 yard reception poked out from behind.

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