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Short and sweet

October 9, 2010 - Dana Sulonen
Usually a team's strategy is to keep its offense on the field, run out the clock and keep the ball out of the opponents hands.

But when you have Ohio State's offense, trying to protect their injured quarterback -- and a top-ranked defense -- that strategy is the complete opposite.

At the half, Ohio State has had three scoring drives that took under 2 minutes off the clock. The other two didn't crack 2:30.

In the first quarter, Ohio State's first points came from four plays in 1 minute, 57 seconds. Their second touchdown took a whopping 56 seconds and the third score, a 60-yard touchdown to Brandon Saine in the second quarter, took five plays and 1:53.

The longest scoring drive of the game thus far was 2:33 and ended in a Devin Barclay field goal.

The strategy is great because it keeps Terrelle Pryor off the field. Though Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said this week that Pryor was "ready to rock and roll" in regards to his injured leg, Pryor is definitely favoring it. He's not the normal running or scrambling Pryor -- evident by two straight sacks in the second quarter when Pryor made no attempt to dodge the defenders. But that's OK considering he's making it up with 280 yards passing at the half.

But the Buckeye defense is doing its part. The Silver Bullet defense has yielded 68 yards (15 rushing), four first downs and has grabbed two interceptions. That's compared to Ohio State's 320 total yards.

It might not be the most commonly used strategy, but for the Buckeyes, it's working on Saturday.

Score at halftime: 31-0


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