Three Stars: Ohio State

Saturday's game seemed to follow a script. Ohio State scored early, the Gophers countered and then the Buckeyes pulled away for another trouncing of an inferior opponent, beating Minnesota by a whopping 42 points. The game produced some exciting plays and three players who had star performances.

The most dominant performance of the night came from one of the most electric players in the country, Terrelle Pryor. Pryor had an amazing game, throwing 22 pass and completed 18 of them for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball five times for 55 yards and touchdown, including a 34-yard scamper on third-and-11 in the first quarter.

As he does to many teams, Pryor hurt the Gophers with his legs and his arm. Even when Minnesota got pressure, Pryor escaped for a gain or quickly found an open receiver. He was accurate on short strikes as well as deep balls downfield. His only mistake was an interception in the second quarter as the Buckeyes were threatening to score. Against Minnesota, Pryor showed why he is considered one of the most dangerous and exciting players in the conference.

The Gophers struggled both offensively and defensively against the superior Buckeye squad. Two of the Gophers' most exciting plays happened because of tight end Tiree Eure. At 6-foot-7, 255 pounds, Eure is a large tight end. Most of the action he has seen this year has been on running plays where he is brought in to block. Prior to Saturday's game Eure only had one reception for one yard. On the Gophers' first drive of the game, Adam Weber found Eure streaking down the seam and hit him for a 32-yard strike to the Ohio State seven-yard line.

The play set up a seven-yard DeLeon Eskridge touchdown run. Another important play by Eure was during the second quarter on a punt return by Jordan Hall of the Buckeyes. Hall looked like he was going to score until Eure bolted across the field and caught Hall at the two-yard line and pushed him out of bounds. The next play, Terrelle Pryor threw an interception in the endzone to Ryan Collado. Eure's hustle and effort kept the score close at 17-7 in the second quarter.

The last star of the game was Ohio State linebacker Brian Rolle. The 5-foot-11, 218 pound senior had a dominate performance against the Gophers. He totaled six tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for a loss, a force fumble and a fumble recovery. On third-and-5, Adam Weber dropped back but was quickly caught by Rolle who knocked the ball loose and proceeded to fall on it.

With the score 38-10, the game was seemingly out of reach but the fumble still stopped the gophers from driving as they were already on Ohio State's side of the 50-yard line. The Gophers struggled offensively due to the play of Rolle and the rest of the Ohio State defense.

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