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Published: Saturday, 9/19/2009

Buckeyes shut out Rockets 38-0

BY MATT MARKEY
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

CLEVELAND – Ohio State manhandled Toledo 38-0 in their historic meeting in Browns Stadium on Saturday, rolling up 522 yards of offense while holding the Rockets to just 210 yards.

The Buckeyes (2-1) struck quickly with a long touchdown pass to Toledo native and Central Catholic grad Dane Sanzenbacher, who caught a 76-yarder from quarterback Terrelle Pryor on just Ohio State's third play of the game.

Ohio State led 14-0 just nine minutes into the first quarter when Pryor hit Sanzenbacher with an 18-yard touchdown pass. The Buckeyes continued to stuff the UT offense, and pushed the lead to 21-0 very early in the second quarter with a 47-yard scoring drive that ended when Dan Herron rushed three yards for a touchdown.

After missing a 21-yard field goal try that banged off the left upright with about two minutes left in the half, OSU kicker Aaron Pettrey hit a 47-yarder on the final play of the half to put the Buckeyes up 24-0.

Ohio State stretched its lead to 31-0 in the third quarter with a long scoring drive. Pryor had a 43-yard scramble to get the ball into UT territory, and then went the final two yards for the score. The Buckeyes added a fourth quarter touchdown on a four yard pass from Pryor to DeVier Posey. The Rockets (1-2) had just 13 yards rushing in the game.



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