Head coach: Jim Tressel (10th year)
Record: 13-1 (7-1 Big Ten)*
Big Ten C0-Champions*
Allstate Sugar Bowl Champions*
Spring Game – April 24
Gray 17, Scarlet 14
Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton (No. 13) threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to receiver Taurian Washington to lead the Gray team past the Scarlet, 17-14. Starter Terrelle Pryor played only the first quarter for the losing team, but completed 8 of 12 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Both teams sported practice jerseys with pink numbers, which were auctioned after the game to benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.
Marshall – Sept. 2
#2 Buckeyes 45, Thundering Herd 7*
In Ohio State’s first Thursday night regular season home game since 1997 — a season-opening 24-10 win over Wyoming — the Buckeyes sprinted past Marshall, 45-7. Running back Brandon Saine (No. 3) rushed for 103 yards and two scores. The Buckeyes donned a helmet decal in memory of two-time All-American Jack Tatum (1968-70), who passed away in July.
Miami (FL) – Sept. 11
#2 Buckeyes 36, #12 Hurricanes 24*
Ohio State picked off Miami quarterback Jacory Harris four times to win a rematch of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, 36-24. Defensive end Cameron Heyward (No. 97) intercepted Harris in the end zone and rumbled 80 yards the other way to set up the Buckeyes for a score, which was much needed after they surrendered a touchdown on a punt and kickoff return in the same game for the first time in school history.
Ohio – Sept. 18
#2 Buckeyes 43, Bobcats 7*
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) completed a school-record 16-consecutive passes in leading the Buckeyes past the Ohio Bobcats, 43-7. The previous mark of 12-consecutive completions was set by Jim Karsatos in a 12-7 loss to Wisconsin in 1985.
Eastern Michigan – Sept. 25
#2 Buckeyes 73, Eagles 20*
Wide received Dane Sanzenbacher (No. 12) tied two school records by catching four touchdown passes from quarterback Terrelle Pryor as Ohio State destroyed Eastern Michigan, 73-20. Not since an 83-21 beatdown of Iowa in 1950 had the Buckeyes scored as much as they did against the Eagles.
at Illinois – Oct. 2
#2 Buckeyes 24, Fighting Illini 13*
After returning from a leg injury that briefly knocked him from the game, quarterback Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) led Ohio State on two drives that sealed a come-from-behind, 24-13, win over Illinois. One prolonged drive chewed up nearly eight minutes of the third and fourth quarters, and was capped off with a Daniel “Boom” Herron touchdown to reach the final score.
Indiana – Oct. 9
#2 Buckeyes 38, Hoosiers 10*
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns as Ohio State breezed past Indiana, 38-10. In knocking off the Hoosiers, Jim Tressel earned his 100th win in 121 tries as head coach of the Buckeyes, becoming the third-fastest among Big Ten coaches to do so.
at Wisconsin – Oct. 16
#18 Badgers 31, #1 Buckeyes 18
Running back Daniel “Boom” Herron (No. 1) finished two long scoring drives in the second half to cut Wisconsin’s late lead to three, but a 12-yard touchdown by his counterpart, John Clay, helped the Badgers upset the top-ranked Buckeyes, 31-18. Wisconsin hadn’t defeated a No. 1 since 1981, when it knocked off Michigan, 21-14.
Purdue – Oct. 23
#11 Buckeyes 49, Boilermakers 0*
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor threw for three scores in the first half — including a 56-yarder to wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher (No. 12) — before the offense gave way to the subs as Ohio State steamrolled Purdue, 49-0. The Buckeyes outgained the Boilermakers 415-47 in the first two quarters and led by 42 at the half in their eight-consecutive home win in the series.
at Minnesota – Oct. 30
#10 Buckeyes 52, Golden Gophers 10*
Wide receiver DeVier Posey (No. 8) had six catches for 115 yards and a touchdown as Ohio State racked up 507 total yards in a 52-10 win over Minnesota. The Buckeyes scored in all three phases of the game, including a 30-yard interception return by defensive tackle John Simon and a 70-yard punt return by running back Jordan Hall.
Penn State – Nov. 13
#8 Buckeyes 38, Nittany Lions 14*
Cornerback Devon Torrence tipped and snagged an interception and returned it 34 yards for the go-ahead touchdown as Ohio State rallied from a 14-3 halftime deficit to knock off Penn State, 38-14. Corner Travis Howard added another interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, making it the sixth time in the last seven meetings with the Nittany Lions the Buckeyes added a defensive score.
at Iowa – Nov. 20
#8 Buckeyes 20, #21 Hawkeyes 17*
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) used his legs to help Ohio State escape from Iowa with their Rose Bowl hopes still intact. Pryor — who threw for 195 yards and a touchdown — tucked the ball on 4th-and-10 and ran for a first down, and running back Daniel “Boom” Herron scored from one yard out to give the Buckeyes a 20-17 win over the Hawkeyes.
Michigan – Nov. 27
#8 Buckeyes 37, Wolverines 7*
Donning Pro Combat uniforms as a tribute to the 1942 national championship squad, quarterback Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) and Ohio State handed Michigan its second-most lopsided loss in the series since 1968; the 37-7 was only eclipsed by the 42-7 win in 2008. The Buckeyes, who wore a helmet decal representing the Bronze Star that former team most valuable player Charles Csuri earned at the Battle of the Bulge, were flagged twice in the game for forming an “O” with their gloved hands while celebrating after touchdowns.
Sugar Bowl vs Arkansas – Jan. 4
#6 Buckeyes 31, #8 Razorbacks 26*
In his final game in the Scarlet and Gray, quarterback Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) led Ohio State to its first postseason win against a Southeastern Conference School, 31-26, against Arkansas in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The win was ultimately vacated, however, as Pryor and four other juniors were busted for selling memorabilia for discounted tattoos; he entered the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft during the offseason, while the others were handed five-game suspensions. It was also Jim Tressel’s final game on the sideline, as he resigned amidst the scandal.
*Vacated due to NCAA violations