COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Acclaimed freshman Terrelle Pryor tossed
four touchdown passes to lead No. 13 Ohio State to a 28-10
victory over Troy on Saturday.
In the wake of an ugly 35-3 defeat at top-ranked Southern
California, Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel had said that the nation's
top quarterback recruit last spring and fifth-year senior Todd
Boeckman would split the job 50-50 against the Trojans (2-1).
But Pryor started and played all but two snaps until the game
was decided - and a less-than-capacity crowd loudly booed Boeckman
when he threw a first-half incompletion on one of those.
"Pryor really makes them different totally," Trojans coach Larry Blakeney said.
Still, the Buckeyes struggled for much of the day, even with Pryor's big day and with Dan Herron rushing for 94 yards on 20 carries in relief of the injured Chris Wells. The Buckeyes also gave substantial playing time to several young offensive linemen.
"Going into the fourth quarter, we had them right where we wanted them," Troy safety Tavares Williams said. "I think they knew it too. It just didn't work out how we planned it."
Ohio State's first nine possessions ended with two Pryor TD passes, six punts and an interception on Pryor's heave to end the half.
Troy got a touchdown in the second quarter when Jamie Hampton connected with Jerrel Jernigan on a 45-yard score. It was a 14-10 Buckeyes lead at the half.
The offense couldn't add to the lead until Troy started losing the field-position battle in the final quarter.
"My comfort level is about 7 or 8 out of 10 right now," Pryor said. "You saw some bad (thrown) balls along with the four touchdowns I threw. I have so much to learn."
Boeckman, one of four team captains, showed up for postgame interviews.
Asked if it was a difficult day for him, he said: "I'm happy for Terrelle. He had a great day. He did some great things out there. He's getting better every time he's out there and he made some great plays. I'm excited for this team and for him."