Many are laying the entire game on the shoulders of Jacory Harris, that is a knee jerk reaction. There have already been dumb columns written about Harris being overrated, and how horrible of a player he is. Fans and the media are so focused on what have you done for me lately that they do not look at the big picture. No one ever said Jacory Harris was Peyton Manning, he is a good college quarterback and to be honest both he and Pryor did not look like elite quarterbacks on Saturday (outside of Pryor’s running ability).
Harris has come up small in big games, and the reasoning seems to be a combination of a few things. He puts too much of the burden on himself when he needs to rely on the players around him, and Whipple seems to get the urge to call pass play, after pass play when the game is far from decided. 39 passes against a defense like Ohio State is a recipe for disaster and putting too much of the game on Jacory to make plays. Harris scrambled a few times late in the game for decent yardage, which the defense was giving him all game. He needs to step out of his comfort zone, and avoid trying to force plays to happen that are not there.
Perfect example of this effect on the game is when Harris pump faked the slant to Benjamin and saw Travis was obviously confused, instead of Harris firing the ball out of bounds he threw it anyway. It was picked off and led to an Ohio State score, now most of that play is on Benjamin, but if you see something odd with the route why still throw it? Harris needs to evolve as a leader, he stepped up after the game and took all of the blame which is commendable, but he needs to start leading more on the field.