Buckeyes Hold On in Sugar Bowl
The NCAA’s decision to allow quarterback Terrelle Pryor and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas to play in the Sugar Bowl proved to be vital to Ohio State’s fortunes, as both players helped the Buckeyes beat Arkansas 31-26 last night. Pryor threw two touchdown passes and Thomas got what proved to be the game-clinching intercepation. Thomas picked off Razorbacks quarterback Ryan Mallett with 58 seconds left in regulation after a blocked punt had given Arkansas possession at the Ohio State 18-yard line. Pryor and Thomas were among five Buckeyes who played despite being suspended by the NCAA last month for selling jerseys and other memorabilia items. All will be allowed to serve their five-game suspensions to start next season. Pryor took the Sugar Bowl MVP after completing 14-of-25 passes for 221 yards along with 115 yards rushing. It was a big win for the Buckeyes (12-1), who had never won a bowl game against an SEC team in nine previous tries. For Arkansas (10-3), Mallett connected on 24-of-47 tosses with two touchdowns and Knile Davis had 139 yards on 26 carries. The Razorbacks were making their debut in a BCS bowl.