Ohio State Lets Game Slip Away To USC

gary wertmanCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2009

Ohio State had a golden opportunity to defeat USC but came up short 18-15. With Pete Carroll starting a freshman quaterback in Matt Barkley, the Trojans were still too much for the Buckeyes. USC was as conservative as I've ever seen them under  Pete Carroll but Ohio State had very little to offer on offense.

Trailing 15-10, USC started at their own four yard line. Barkley drove the Trojans 96 yards for the go ahead touchdown on a two yard run by Stefon Johnson. Barkley then passed to Joe McKnight for the two point conversion giving the Trojans an 18-15 lead with just over a minute to go.

I thought Ohio State's defense played well except for the end of the 1st half and the end of the game. The Buckeyes have lost six straight games to teams ranked in the top five. Not a good streak to be on.

I thought Terrelle Pryor's decision making left a lot to be desired, again. Pryor was 11-25 for 176 yards with an interception. Pryor's gift wrapped interception on the teams 1st drive led to the Trogans 1st touchdown.

I have to wonder why Tressel refused to run Pryor on a QB sneak with the Buckeyes needed only a yard, opting instead to hand the ball off to Boone Herron 3 straight times before settling for a FG. Sometimes you have to play to win instead of always playing not to lose.