Last Time Out: Minnesota

Minnesota hosts Ohio State on Saturday in a Big Ten primetime showdown. Take a look back at the 2009 matchup between the Buckeyes and Golden Gophers in this edition of "Last Time Out..."

One week after having a performance he – and Ohio State fans across the country – would like to forget, sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor bounced back in a big way against visiting Minnesota on Oct. 24, 2009.

Pryor contributed 343 yards of total offense in a 38-7 rout of the Golden Gophers on homecoming. Pryor heard plenty of criticism after looking lost at times in the midst of an upset loss at Purdue seven days earlier, but if any of that bothered him he did not let it show. In fact, he appeared cool and collected when he met with the media the Wednesday before the game.

"I've just been calm all week," he said on Oct. 21. "I feel real calm. When I started relaxing this week, everything came with me, and now I'm just taking what the defense gives me, and eventually it's going to lead to big plays and maybe we can put together some drive sand get this thing exciting again."

Pryor committed four turnovers against the Boilermakers in a stunning 26-18 loss but looked like a different quarterback against Minnesota. He led an offense that piled up 509 yards and crushed the overmatched Golden Gophers. Pryor completed 13 of 25 passes for 239 yards and ran 15 times for 104 more. He threw two deep touchdown passes to fellow sophomore DeVier Posey and had one pass intercepted.

"I thought (Terrelle) did a good job of making decisions today," Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said. "He had an interception and he wishes he had that one back. He feels that was a poor decision. But I thought he made some really good decisions on check-offs and throwing the ball. He wasn't under duress quite as much maybe as he was a week ago, and obviously he can make things happen with his feet. He had 104 yards (rushing), so he had a good ballgame."

The Buckeyes also helped their cause on the ground. Ohio State had a season-high 270 yards rushing, a number that is even more impressive when learning that starting tailback Brandon Saine was sidelined in the second half with a concussion and sophomore Dan Herron was out with an ankle injury. In addition to Pryor's running total, the Buckeyes got a combined 113 yards and two touchdowns from freshmen rushers Jermil Martin and Jordan Hall.

"We think Jordan has done well since he's been here," Tressel said. "and Jermil did a heck of a job."

The Pryor-to-Posey connection led the aerial attack. Posey caught eight passes for a career-high 161 yards and caught TD passes for 62 and 57 yards.

Despite the final score, the first half was anything but pretty for Ohio State. The Buckeyes only managed one score on a 62-yard TD pass from Pryor to Posey. That gave the Buckeyes a 7-0 lead at halftime, but Ohio State went on to score 31 unanswered points after the break. A 15-yard touchdown run by Pryor started the onslaught, and Jordan Hall later increased the lead to 21-0 with an 11-yard touchdown burst. Posey's second touchdown, this time ona 57-yard bomb from Pryor, made it 28-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Martin scored his first OSU touchdown on a 39-yard run in the fourth quarter, and senior kicker Aaron Pettery added a 44-yard field goal to cap the Buckeyes' scoring. Minnesota closed the scoring with 4:15 left in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard touchdown pass from MarQueis Gray to Troy Stoudermire.

Minnesota's offense never got on track. Junior quarterback Adam Weber completed only 10 of 23 passes for 112 yards and two interceptions. He was playing without his No. 1 target, senior receiver Eric Decker, who left the game with a sprained foot in the first quarter. Freshman backup QB MarQueis Gray led the team in rushing with 81 yards on 11 carries and primarily ran out of the wildcat formation.

Junior defensive end Thaddeus Gibson led the defense for Ohio State. He collected a career-best three sacks among his six tackles. He also recovered a fumble. Junior linebacker Ross Homan was the leading tackler with eight stops, while defensive tackle Doug Worthington and linebacker Brian Rolle each had five. Senior co-captains Kurt Coleman and Austin Spitler both had interceptions, and redshirt Zach Domicone recovered a fumble on the second-half kickoff that eventually led to a touchdown.


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