Senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher tied a pair of school records in reaching the end zone on four touchdown passes. Junior Terrelle Pryor, who threw all four of Sanzenbacher's scoring receptions, also tied an OSU mark by having a hand in six Buckeye touchdowns.
Sanzenbacher caught touchdown passes of 31, 9, 7 and 8 yards in the rout and became the first receiver to catch four TD passes in a game since Terry Glenn in 1995 and only the third overall.
"Dane's good," Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel deadpanned after the game. "I don't know what to tell you. He's where he's supposed to be. We don't really go into a game saying, ‘So and so is going to have this.' It's all according to who is open, and some of the things we were doing Dane was the guy that popped open."
Sanzenbacher deflected credit after the game, instead saying he was just this week's offensive benefactor. In a unit that features plenty of weapons, he said the hero could be a different person every game.
"Sometimes you honestly get in the right place at the right time," he said. "It's not like we drew up so many plays for me or any of the other guys. It just happened for me."
Sanzenbacher tied a career single-game high with nine receptions for 108 yards. He and Pryor have shown a good connection on the field this season. Sanzenbacher has been Pryor's top target this season, catching 20 passes for 316 yards and five touchdowns.
"He brings everything," Pryor said of Sanzenbacher. "He's a slick little sneaky little guy. He's a smart route runner. He reminds me a lot of Brian Hartline and (Anthony) Gonzalez. He runs very pure, perfect routes."
Pryor also added his name to Ohio State's record book in the blowout win over the Eagles. He became the first Buckeye to have a hand in six touchdowns in a single game since Tony Curcillo did so against Iowa in 1951. Pryor threw four touchdown passes, ran for another and even caught a TD pass from tailback Jordan Hall in the third quarter.
He finished with 224 yards on 20-of-26 passing with 104 addition yards rushing on seven attempts. Two of Pryor's touchdowns were also of the highlight-reel variety. The first was on his first score. After the OSU defense held the Eagles to a three-and-out, Pryor needed only three plays to lead the Buckeyes 56 yards for the opening score. The touchdown came on a quarterback scramble that went 53 yards. After not finding an open receiver on a third-and-7 play, Pryor broke left and then cut back up the middle of the field and outran some EMU defenders on the way to the end zone.
"I went through all the progressions and no one was there so I was like, ‘I've got to get out of here,' " Pryor said of the play. "Guys were blocking downfield and linemen did a great job. I just came up with a great run."
Pryor's second big play came on his 20-yard touchdown reception on a pass from former high school teammate. Pryor took a shotgun snap and pitched it backwards to Hall. Pryor then raced up the field and was unchecked by the Eagles. Hall then made a nice and easy pass back to Pryor for a score.
It was a play the former Jeannette, Pa., Jayhawks talked about at the team hotel before the game.
"He was my roommate at the hotel and he was like, ‘You can't overthrow this,' " Hall said. "I was like, ‘I've got you.' It worked out. I looked over at the corner and he was already looking toward me."