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.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more live scoring updates, and follow along with Razorbacks and Buckeyes fans in our game discussion threads.

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