Terrelle Pryor has mild quad strain

Updated: October 2, 2010, 5:18 PM ET
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Terrelle Pryor returned from a leg injury that briefly knocked him from the game, then led No. 2 Ohio State on two drives that sealed a come-from-behind, 24-13 win over Illinois on Saturday.

Pryor injured his left leg while scrambling in the third quarter. He appeared to fall without serious contact and was helped from the field by Buckeye staff, but walked on his own to the locker room. He ran back onto the sideline a few minutes later, but said after the game that he was still in pain when he returned.

The team said Pryor has a mild left quadriceps strain.

"The worst thing was when I came back and the guys thought I was all right and they were saying, 'Come on Terrelle, lead us," Pryor said. "There was no way I could do anything but hand the ball off and maybe get a couple passes."

Pryor said after the game that he isn't sure how bad the injury is, but he expects to play next week against Indiana. Coach Jim Tressel said he also didn't know yet how serious his junior quarterback was hurt.

"I was in full stride and all of a sudden I felt and heard something pop and I was like 'What's going on?" Pryor said. "It was probably the worst pain I had in a while."

Pryor was replaced by junior Joe Bauserman with Ohio State leading 14-10. He promptly threw an interception to Illinois safety Trulon Henry, though the Buckeyes' defense stopped the Illini.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this story.