by CFP Staff
January 5, 2011
Arkansas recovered a blocked punt at the Ohio State 18-yard line with 1:09 left in the game, but the Buckeyes intercepted a pass two plays later to preserve a 31-26 Sugar Bowl win.
The Hogs trailed 31-13 late into the third quarter before staging their rally and would have taken the lead had any of the five Arkansas players that surrounded the football picked simply picked it up and ran into the endzone. Instead, the Buckeyes intercepted Ryan Mallett two plays later to secure the win.
It was Ohio State's first bowl win in history over an SEC team after losing the first 9 such meetings, dating back to the 1977 season.
Terrelle Pryor threw for 221 yards and 2 TD's, and added 115 yards on the ground to lead Ohio State.
Mallett threw for 277 yards and 2 TD's and the one untimely interception.
Ohio State improved its all-time bowl record to 20-22 while Arkansas fell to 12-23-3.
The Buckeyes have appeared in 6 consecutive BCS bowl games, and 8 overall, since the Jim Tressell era began in Columbus in 2001. The Buckeyes are 5-3 in those games. Ohio State has qualified for 9 BCS games in the 13-year history of the system. Oklahoma ranks second with 8 BCS bids.