OHIO STATE VS TCU - FRIDAY JANUARY 8 - @ PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - SITE OF THE ROSE BOWL
Ohio State ended TCU's dream season with a 23-10 win at the Rose Bowl on Friday evening. The Buckeyes used the big play to attack the Horned Frog defense. DeVier Posey hauled in a 74-yard pass from Terrelle Pryor to open the scoring, and Jordan Hall broke off a 33-yard touchdown run after TCU had drawn within 13-10 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Buckeyes to victory. Hall's touchdown run came on a two-play 77-yard drive that featured a 44-yard burst from Daniel Herron. For the most part the TCU defense shut down Ohio State. The Bucks finished with 329 yards of offense but nearly half of it was on those three plays. On the remainder of the plays Ohio State averaged just over three yards per play and was a putrid 1-of-16 on third downs. However, the Buckeye defense continued to show that it is a force to be reckoned with. Ohio State limited TCU to 15 first downs and kept them out of the endzone on all but one occasion. It was a 2 yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to Evan Frosch that gave the Purple hope with 11:18 left in the contest. However, Ohio State put the game away midway throught the quarter when Hall and Herron broke off their runs on back to back plays. The Buckeyes will now face top-seeded Alabama in New Orleans next weekend.