Ohio State Finally Overcomes SEC, Beating Arkansas 31-26 In Wild Sugar Bowl

With their victory in the Louisiana Superdome, the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes have snapped a nine-game losing streak against SEC competition in the postseason.

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2011 Sugar Bowl Final Score: Ohio State 31, Arkansas 26

The 2011 Sugar Bowl, a lurching game played largely in fits and starts, ends with a round of hot-potato worthy of a tipsy church picnic.

The Buckeyes are in clock-eating mode even for the Buckeyes, but unlike most Jim Tressel units they don't seem to be very good at going slow. A six-rush-one-pass drive with just under nine minutes remaining in the game ends with another Daniel Herron vapors episode, this one a fumble that Arkansas recovers, then immediately squanders with a holding call and a three-and-out. The Buckeyes can't eat all the turf afforded them, and punt the ball away with 1:15 remaining in the game.

Or attempt to. The kick is blocked by wee freshman wide receiver Julian Horton, and the Hogs set up at the Buckeyes' 18-yard line. On second down, Solomon Thomas, the only Ohio State player supposed to be serving a suspension for this game that the rest of the country might have trouble identifying on sight, intercepts Ryan Mallett. The streak is snapped, and the Buckeyes move to 1-9 against SEC competition in the postseason. Final score from the Louisiana Superdome: Ohio State 31, Arkansas 26.

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2011 Sugar Bowl, Ohio State Vs. Arkansas: Daniel Herron Safety Sets Stage For One-Possession Ballgame

Arkansas has just scored, but the momentum in the second half of the 2011 Sugar Bowl is still swinging Hogs-ward.

An Ohio State University punt opens the fourth quarter of play, and Arkansas' next possession goes next to nowhere. They pin the Buckeyes at their own 4-yard line, however, and on the first play from scrimmage Terrelle Pryor hands off to Daniel Herron. He's shoved back into his own endzone by Anthony Leon, then brought to the ground by Rudell Crim for an Arkansas safety. Ohio State leads, 31-23. The heavily partisan, largely Arkansan crowd is on its feet, and even though the Hogs' next series ends in a 47-yard Zach Hocker field goal, the damage is done and we're in a one-possession game. With 9:01 remaining in the fourth quarter, Ohio State leads, 31-26.

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2011 Sugar Bowl, Ohio State Vs. Arkansas: Ryan Mallett, D.J. Williams Make It A 10-Point Game

Arkansas is showing some signs of life here in the third quarter of the 2011 Sugar Bowl, but they sure take their sweet (sorry) time getting around to it.

Jordan Hall runs the second-half opening kickoff back 33 yards for the Buckeyes, and Terrelle Pryor rips off a 17-yard gain on first down, but on the next three plays the Buckeyes are held to a total of three yards, and the Hogs get the ball at their own 19-yard line.

A four-minute drive stalls outside the red zone, and Zach Hocker manages a 46-yard field goal. Never one to go through a Sugar Bowl without diligently attempting to fritter away any advantages, the Buckeyes go three-and-out. And so do the Hogs. And Devin Barclay is sent out for a 46-yard field goal. And just when things are getting really, really sleepy, Arkansas puts together a three-minute, seven-play touchdown drive that ends with a 22-yard scoring pass from Ryan Mallett to Jarius Wright, and a stretching two-point conversion by internet favorite D.J. Williams. The Buckeyes are driving as time runs out on the third quarter, with Ohio State leading Arkansas, 31-21.

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2011 Sugar Bowl, Ohio State Vs. Arkansas: Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey Widen Buckeyes' Halftime Lead

A Sugar Bowl that began looking like a shootout is beginning to take the shape of a blowout as the first half draws to a close. Following Dane Sanzenbacher's improbable touchdown, an answering Arkansas drive is cut short by a 10-yard penalty, Knile Davis being caught in the backfield by unfriendly tacklers, and an incomplete pass from Ryan Mallett on third down. Devin Barclay graciously misses a 50-yard field goal on the Buckeyes' next possession, but two sacks in a row on Mallett send the Arkansas o-line off with their heads hanging and Ohio State back on for a scoring drive.

It doesn't take long. A six-play, all-Terrelle Pryor scoring drive culminates in a 43-yard touchdown catch by DeVier Posey. Zach Hocker does manage a last-second field goal to close the half, but the gap, it is gulfy. Ohio State leads Arkansas, 28-10.

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2011 Sugar Bowl, Ohio State Vs. Arkansas: Terrelle Pryor & Dane Sanzenbacher Produce Another Improbable Buckeyes Touchdown

We're forced to wait a few minutes for the next burst of action in the 2011 Sugar Bowl, but the delay is well worth the reward, for those of you who enjoy impossible acrobatics.

Following Daniel Herron's touchdown jog, a rare sack on Ryan Mallett stymies an answering Razorbacks drive, but the Arkansas defense holds steadfast against a Buckeyes three-and-out. As the first quarter draws to a close, the Hogs churn out another futile possession.

The 12:36 mark, for those of you DVRing this, is where you'll  want to start paying attention, because that's when Terrelle Pryor wings a 42-yard rocket lob to Reid Fragel to move the Buckeyes halfway into Arkansas territory. (Haha, Arkansas territory! How quaint!)  A minute and a half of boring short-yardage plays follow, and then Pryor sidearms a 15-yard pass into the endzone, where it's caught by Dane Sanzenbacher despite the receiver having to carry an Arkansas defender piggyback at the same time. The play is reviewed, as is apparently the rule for all touchdowns this evening, stands, and with 10:30 remaining in the second quarter, Ohio State leads Arkansas, 21-7.

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2011 Sugar Bowl, Ohio State Vs. Arkansas: Terrelle Pryor Passes Big, But Daniel Herron's Legs Get The Score

It seems that no one is determined to play very much in the way of defense in the 2011 Sugar Bowl, which of course is just the way we viewers like it. Just over two minutes will elapse between the Arkansas tying touchdown and Ohio State's score to regain the lead.

Some short gains will be made on the ground, but it's Terrelle Pryor's arm that's converting downs this evening. Daniel Herron runs for one yard on first down; two plays later, Pryor hits the magnificently-named Jake Stoneburner for a 13-yard gain. Pryor himself gains three yards with his feet on the next first down, and connects with Dane Sanzenbacher for 31 yards on second. Herron reels off an 11-yard run on the next first down, and he'll get the ensuing score as well -- a nine-yard touchdown run right up the middle. With 7:31 remaining in the first quarter, Ohio State leads Arkansas, 14-7.

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2011 Sugar Bowl, Ohio State Vs. Arkansas: Terrelle Pryor Accidentally Hands Buckeyes An Early Lead; Ryan Mallett Counters

The 2011 Sugar Bowl is underway in the Louisiana Superdome, and right away it seems Ohio State has shown up to play to a degree unseen in their previous trips here. Ent-quarterback Ryan Mallett and his potent Arkansas offense are held to a three-and-out on their first possession; the Buckeyes set up at their own 26-yard line, and less than three minutes later, all hell breaks loose.

Let's see if we can follow what happens here: It's third-and-9 at the Arkansas 37. Terrelle Pryor gets chased from the pocket, scrambles right, is tackled just short of the endzone, and loses the ball. Two Arkansas players fall on it just inside the endzone, but the ball skitters away, and on it lands Ohio State receiver Dane Sanzenbacher for the first score of the evening. With 11:41 remaining in the first quarter, Ohio State leads Arkansas, 7-0.

Not to be outdone for flair, cuddly Razorbacks TE D.J. Williams catches a 35-yard pass and motors to the endzone, performing a daring barrel-roll over a would-be tackler on the way. This turns out to render the play a would-be touchdown, as Williams is ruled down when his wrist brushes the turf. No matter, at least for the scoreboard: Mallett hits Joe Adams for a 17-yard touchdown, and with 9:56 remaining in the first quarter, we're all tied up in New Orleans, 7-7.

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