Head coach: Jim Tressel (9th year)
Record: 11-2 (7-1 Big Ten)
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl Champions
Spring Game – April 25
Gray 23, Scarlet 3
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) was 13 of 18 for 191 yards and two touchdowns passing in leading the Gray team past the Scarlet, 23-3, in Ohio State’s annual spring game. Wide receiver DeVier Posey (No. 8) added 46 yards on five catches for the Scarlet squad, whose only score came with seven minutes remaining in the contest.
Navy – Sept. 5
#6 Buckeyes 31, Midshipmen 27
Linebacker Brian Rolle (No. 36) stepped in front of a potential game-tying two-point conversion in the closing minutes and it returned it for two points the other way, helping Ohio State hold off Navy, 31-27. The Midshipmen scored twice in four minutes to cut a 29-14 deficit to a pair with just over two minutes left.
USC – Sept. 12
#3 Trojans 18, #8 Buckeyes 15
Ohio State led for most of the second half, but USC freshman quarterback Matt Barkley led a 14-play, 86-yard drive to give the Trojans an 18-15 win over the Buckeyes. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor made some plays for Ohio State, throwing for 177 yards and rushing for 36, but a number of drives ended with Aaron Pettrey (No. 20) field goals.
Toledo (in Cleveland, Ohio) – Sept. 19
#11 Buckeyes 38, Rockets 0
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) threw for a career-high 262 yards and ran for 110 yards to help Ohio State beat Toledo, 38-0, at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The sophomore also set career bests in completions and attempts (17 for 28) and tossed touchdown passes of 76 yards and 18 yards on the first two possessions against the Rockets.
Illinois – Sept. 26
#13 Buckeyes 30, Fighting Illini 0
Safety Jermale Hines (No. 7) picked off Juice Williams deep in Ohio State territory to help the Buckeyes collect their second-consecutive shutout for the first time in 13 years with a 30-0 win over Illinois. The last time Ohio State accomplished such a feat was in 1996, when it knocked off Minnesota, 45-0, and Illinois, 48-0.
at Indiana – Oct. 3
#9 Buckeyes 33, Hoosiers 14
Wide receiver Duron Carter (No. 9), son of former Buckeye great Cris Carter, caught the only touchdown pass of his Ohio State career in a 33-14 win over Indiana. Carter was declared academically ineligible and transferred to Coffeyville Community College (Kansas) following the season. He also attended Alabama and Florida Atlantic, but did not play in a game at either school.
Wisconsin – Oct. 10
#9 Buckeyes 31, Badgers 13
Receiver Ray Small (No. 82) brought back a kick return 96 yards for a touchdown to lead Ohio State past Wisconsin, 31-13. The Badgers outgained the Buckeyes by nearly 200 yards, but Small’s score and interception returns for touchdowns by safeties Kurt Coleman and Jermale Hines made the difference in the game.
at Purdue – Oct. 17
Boilermakers 26, #7 Buckeyes 18
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) was limited to 34 yards on 21 carries as Ohio State failed to tie the Big Ten record of 17-straight conference road wins with a 26-18 loss to Purdue. It was the Buckeyes’ first to an unranked team since 2007, when Illinois shocked the top-ranked Buckeyes at home.
Minnesota – Oct. 24
#18 Buckeyes 38, Golden Gophers 7
Wide receiver DeVier Posey (No. 8) hauled in eight catches for 161 yards, including touchdown receptions of 57 and 62 yards, as Ohio State rebounded from a loss to top Minnesota, 38-7, on a chilly night in the Twin Cities. In both cases, a defensive gaffe by the Golden Gophers left Posey unguarded in the secondary.
New Mexico State – Oct. 31
#17 Buckeyes 45, Aggies 0
The Ohio State defense held New Mexico State to just 62 yards and two first downs in recording it third shutout, 45-0, of the season. Linebacker Brian Rolle (No. 36) recovered a fumbled snap in the end zone to score for the Buckeyes, who were allowing only a nation-leading 10.7 points per game.
at Penn State – Nov. 7
#15 Buckeyes 24, #11 Nittany Lions 7
In his first game back in his home state, quarterback Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) led Ohio State to a relatively easy 24-7 win over Penn State. A native of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, the former highly touted high school prospect finished 8 for 17 passing for 125 yards, and rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
Iowa – Nov. 14
#10 Buckeyes 27, #15 Hawkeyes 24 (OT)
Twenty-six-year-old kicker Devin Barclay (No. 23) kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime to give Ohio State a 27-24 victory over Iowa in a de facto Big Ten Championship Game. The Buckeyes hadn’t been to the Rose Bowl since the 1996 team finished No. 2 in the nation, scoring in the final minute to beat Arizona State, 20-17.
at Michigan – Nov. 21
#9 Buckeyes 21, Wolverines 10
Wearing Nike Pro Combat uniforms that paid homage to the 1954 national championship team, quarterback Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) and Ohio State beat Michigan, 21-10. Pryor was a modest 9 of 17 for 67 yards throwing, but a perfectly lofted touchdown pass to running back Daniel “Boom” Herron put the game out of reach for the Buckeyes, who sported a helmet decal with a pink Buckeye Leaf in memory of Stefanie Spielman, wife of former linebacker Chris Spielman, who lost her fight with breast cancer.
Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi vs Oregon – Jan. 1
#8 Buckeyes 26, #7 Ducks 17
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) passed for a career-high 266 yards and two touchdowns, including a 17-yard score to receiver DeVier Posey with just over seven minutes to play, ending Ohio State’s three-game BCS skid with a 26-17 win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes’ much-maligned offense kept the high-scoring Ducks off the field and held the ball for a Rose Bowl-record 41:37 time of possession.