Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State Keep Slouching Towards Mediocrity

Terrelle Pryor was supposed to be the second coming of Vince Young in scarlet and gray. Right now, Ohio State fans would probably consider trading him for Vince Shlomi.

Pryor was unimpressive again on Saturday, and this time it cost Ohio State, 26-18 losers at Purdue. Pryor was average through the air (17-of-31 for 221 yards) and miserable on the ground, running 21 times for 34 yards, or 20 times for -14 yards and once on a 35-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. He fumbled twice and threw two interceptions, committing more turnovers by himself than Purdue, which entered the game with the second-most turnovers in FBS, did as a team.

Matt Hinton is calling this the worst loss of the Tressel era, and while that's harsh, it's hard to think up a worse defeat. Worse still is that this team was supposed to have added the type of talent in Pryor that competes for BCS titles, not third place in the Big Ten, but seems completely lost at 5-2, and has squandered the opportunities that come with a home-heavy back-loaded schedule.

Before today, Ohio State fans could wonder when Pryor would awaken and rain down vengeance on the less athletically gifted schlubs of the Big Ten. After a pathetic performance against an overmatched foe, they may be wondering if he ever will.

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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