I didn't get to watch today's Ohio State game (or today's Michigan game, for that matter), but I was going through the game summaries, and I saw that Terelle Pryor had six touchdowns. Since Ohio State ended up winning by 53 points, it didn't seem right to me, so I looked at the play by play. Pryor racked up all those yards and touchdowns because he was in the game until almost the fourth quarter! Ohio State had a drive start with 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and were up 45-20. It's only 25 points, but c'mon, it's Eastern. I think this was a surprisingly unsportsmanlike move by Tressel, who seems to be a pretty stand up guy normally. On that drive, they scored a touchdown on what must have been some sort of trick play, because it was a pass from Jordan Hall to Pryor. He came out of the game after that, up 52-20.
I tried to think of reasons Tressel would run up the score in such a way. I first thought that was Woody coaching again, and he threw EMU in with M because they're close. He didn't, however, go for 2. On a more serious note, maybe he saw Pryor falling behind Denard in stats and acclaim, so he wanted to give him a big day so people would start talking about him again? I don't know, but running up the score on a bad MAC team doesn't really sit right with me. I would be disappointed if Rodriguez did something similar.
Last week, Rodriguez said he would have taken Denard out if we had the ball with an 18 point lead in the second half, but UMass kept scoring (thanks defense) so he left him in. Today, there were like 2 passes in the 4th quarter--almost all runs by Cox, Fitz and Gardner. Rodriguez wasn't trying to score 73 points like Oregon or OSU.