Scores

Final

Marshall 7

(0-1, 0-1 away)

(2) Ohio State 45

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

7:30 PM ET, September 2, 2010

Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 7 0 0 07
#2OSU 21 14 7 345

Top Performers

Passing: T. Pryor (OSU) - 247 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: B. Saine (OSU) - 9 CAR, 103 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Sanzenbacher (OSU) - 3 REC, 113 YDS, 1 TD

Terrelle Pryor, Brandon Saine power No. 2 Buckeyes 

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Moments after brushing aside Marshall 45-7, Ohio State's players could finally say what they've been thinking about for a while.

And there's no question that the Buckeyes have had Miami on their minds and the Sept. 11 showdown against the 13th-ranked Hurricanes.

"It'll be wild to be in that game," wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. "It's a relief that finally we can talk about Miami."

Fast Facts

• Terrelle Pryor completed 17 of 25 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns and Brandon Saine rushed for 103 yards and two TDs on nine carries.

• The Buckeyes won their 55th straight regular-season nonconference home game against an unranked opponent.

• Ohio State has not lost a home opener since 1978 -- Woody Hayes' last season in Columbus.

• Doc Holliday's debut as Thundering Herd coach ended with Marshall's ninth straight loss against a ranked opponent.

• The Buckeyes are 26-2 at home against nonconference opponents under Jim Tressel.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

At about the same time Miami was dispensing with Florida A&M 45-0 on Thursday night, the second-ranked Buckeyes were putting on a show before 105,040 at Ohio Stadium.

Rose Bowl MVP Terrelle Pryor picked up where he left off in Pasadena, Calif., with three touchdown passes, Brandon Saine ran for 103 yards and two scores and Ohio State coasted past the error-prone Thundering Herd on Thursday night.

Next up: The first meeting between Ohio State and Miami since the 2002 national championship game.

The Buckeyes won that one in the Arizona desert, upended the top-ranked Hurricanes 31-24 in double-overtime for Ohio State's first national championship in 34 years.

"It's not 2002," wide receiver DeVier Posey said. "We're wearing the same colors, but now it's our teams and our time."

Against Marshall, Pryor completed 17 of 25 passes for 247 yards and TDs covering 6 and 11 yards to Posey and 65 yards to Sanzenbacher. The last time Ohio State fans saw Pryor playing, he was having the game of his career and leading the Buckeyes to a 26-17 win against Oregon in January.

"Every game is about maturity," said Pryor, whose maturity has frequently been questioned during his two previous years as the Buckeyes signal-caller. "It's 12 weeks in a [season]. Let's see what happens next. I'm excited to play Miami."

Sure the competition wasn't as good Thursday night, but the Heisman Trophy contender was Rose Bowl sharp against the Thundering Herd.

"The reality is we've got a tremendous challenge next weekend," coach Jim Tressel said. "If we're willing to learn a little bit from this weekend and get rested and get healthy, it will be a lot of fun."

The Buckeyes had a lot of fun at the expense of Marshall.

It was a bleak debut for new Marshall coach Doc Holliday, who spent the last two seasons as an assistant at West Virginia. The Thundering Herd fumbled the opening kickoff and were down 14-0 before running their first play in Ohio State territory.

"It's a hell of a way to have your first game, isn't it? Against a team like that?" Holliday said. "They're No. 1 or No. 2 in America, picked by everybody, and they showed it tonight. They have a hell of a player at every position."

Ohio State's defense limited Marshall to 44 yards on the ground and 199 total. Brian Rolle picked off Brian Anderson's pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter.

Anderson, who completed 17 of 28 passes for 135 yards, was harassed most of the night. He had an interception and the Herd also lost two fumbles.

"As good as their front four is, they don't have to bring a lot of people," Anderson said.

Meanwhile, the Buckeyes' offense amassed 529 yards.

The first play was telling for the Thundering Herd.

Andre Booker took the opening kickoff and was hit hard by Dorian Bell and Dominic Clarke. The ball came loose and Nate Oliver recovered at the Marshall 22 for Ohio State.

Four plays later, Posey was open by a mile in the left corner and Pryor hit him for a 4-yard score.

After a punt, the Buckeyes were right back in business.

Pryor hit Posey for a 5-yard gain before Saine raced 40 yards off left tackle, breaking two tackles on the way to the 4. He then took a pitch untouched around right end for another score.

The Buckeyes had run seven plays, taking 2:13, and were up 14-0.

The offense continued to click.

Pryor hooked up with Sanzenbacher on a 65-yard bomb and Saine added a 45-yard scoring run on a quick burst up the middle.

The Buckeyes did have some problems with special teams, but those will get a lot of attention over the next few days.

And so will the Hurricanes.

"It's a big game and if you're not ready to play, they'll hit you right in the mouth," defensive lineman Cameron Heyward said. "But we can't let our emotions get the best of us."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MRSH
OSU
1st Downs1123
Total Yards199529
Passing155249
Rushing44280
Penalties8-607-47
3rd Down Conversions4-144-12
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers30
Possession25:1134:49

Passing Leaders

MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Anderson17/281354.801
Ohio StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pryor17/252479.930

Rushing Leaders

MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ward6325.3018
Sullivan177.000
Ohio StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Saine910311.4245
Berry78011.4030

Receiving Leaders

MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson5387.6012
Dobson33411.3024
Ohio StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanzenbacher311337.7165
Posey44110.3219

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMRSHOSU
TD13:42DeVier Posey 6 Yd Pass From Terrelle Pryor (Devin Barclay Kick) 07
TD10:27Brandon Saine 4 Yd Run (Devin Barclay Kick) 014
TD02:21Ahmed Shakoor 61 Yd Return Of Blocked Field Goal (Tyler Warner Kick) 714
TD01:22Dane Sanzenbacher 65 Yd Pass From Terrelle Pryor (Devin Barclay Kick) 721
SECOND QUARTERMRSHOSU
TD03:49Brandon Saine 45 Yd Run (Devin Barclay Kick) 728
TD02:46Brian Rolle 30 Yd Interception Return (Devin Barclay Kick) 735
THIRD QUARTERMRSHOSU
TD10:17DeVier Posey 11 Yd Pass From Terrelle Pryor (Devin Barclay Kick) 742
FOURTH QUARTERMRSHOSU
FG07:28Devin Barclay 34 Yd 745

Research Notes

Ohio State has 35 points at halftime. Last year, they scored more than 35 points in an entire game just 3 times. The last time they scored 35 points in the first half was October 13, 2007 vs Kent State.

ESPN Stats & Information