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EARLY GAME RESULTS: Pryor, Buckeyes Respond With A Dominating Performance

Kristofer Green

Ohio State 38, Minnesota 7

Embattled Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his offense responded to two weeks of growing criticism with a dominating second half performance against a suddenly struggling Minnesota squad.

The Buckeyes wracked up 509 yards of total offense and Pryor accounted for 343 total yards and three touchdowns, including two bombs to receiver DeVier Posey who had 161 and the two touchdowns.

The Gophers again struggled to move the ball on offense with any consistency. Adam Weber threw for 112 yards on only 10 completions and had two interceptions. Weber's day seem to unravel when all-everything receiver Eric Decker left in the first quarter with a foot injury.

Northwestern 29, Indiana 28

The Wildcats, down 28-3 to Indiana with 7:32 remaining in the second quarter, finally showed up to play. Quarterback Mike Kafka directed two long scoring drives in the final 4:07 of the first half to get the Wildcats back in the game.

Then the Northwestern defense completely shut down the Hoosier offense in the second half, while the 'Cats defense added a safety, Kafka tossed another touchdown, and Stefan Demos sealed the comeback with a 19 yard field goal with :21 remaining.

Indiana failed to capitalize on a dominant first 20 minutes and the Hoosier defense could not stop Kafka, who picked them apart with ease on his way to a 312 yard day.

Purdue 24, Illinois 14

The Boilermakers used the momentum from last week's upset win over the Buckeyes and another excellent defensive performance this week to beat a reeling Illinois team who is still searching for their first victory over an FBS opponent.

Purdue backs Ralph Bolden and Jaycen Taylor combined for 149 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Joey Elliott added another 62 yards and a touchdown on the ground as the Boilermakers turned in the first turnover free performance of the season.

The Illini used three quarterbacks who combined for 142 yards and and interception. Ron Zook, seemingly in search of a spark on offense, is instead grasping at straws at this point. Using three quarterbacks is not the way to establish consistency on offense.



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