NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Terrelle Pryor passed for 277 yards and two
touchdowns and Solomon Thomas made a huge interception with about
58 seconds left, preserving No. 6 Ohio State's 31-26 victory
eighth-ranked Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night.
The Buckeyes (12-1) might want to send a thank-you note to the
NCAA, which allowed Pryor, Thomas and three others to play even
though they will have to serve five-game suspensions next season
for selling memorabilia and getting discounted tattoos.
Four of those Buckeyes made huge plays. DeVier Posey caught a
touchdown pass and Dan Herron ran for a score as Ohio State built a
31-13 lead. Arkansas (10-3) raced back and had a chance for the win
after a blocked punt turned over the ball at the Buckeyes 18 with
But Thomas surprised Ryan Mallett by dropping into coverage from
his defensive end position. Mallett never saw him and Thomas picked
off the pass to seal the win.
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