2011 Sugar Bowl: Last-Minute Preview of Ohio State vs. Arkansas
The Sugar Bowl has seen some of college football's most talented and productive players, and that will be the case today as well, when NFL prospects Terrelle Pryor, Ryan Mallett and DeVier Posey step on the field at the Superdome in New Orleans.
The following Heisman winners have participated in the historic Sugar Bowl over the years: Tim Tebow (Florida, 2010), Chris Weinke (Florida State, 2000), Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1995 and 1997) and Bo Jackson (Auburn, 1984).
In what is guaranteed to be a thrilling game, the 11-1 Ohio State Buckeyes will be taking on the 10-2 Arkansas Razorbacks with the Sugar Bowl trophy on the line.
The following slides exhibit a last-minute preview of the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
Introduction to the Mastermind of Each Team
Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel
Overall Head Coaching Record: 240-79-2
10 Seasons with the Buckeyes: 105-22
Bowl Record: 5-4
Highest AP Ranking While Head Coach: First (in 2002)
Accomplishments: National Championship in 2002, Four National Division I-AA National Championships with Youngstown State, and seven Big Ten titles.
Arkansas Head Coach Bobby Petrino
Overall Head Coaching Record: 64-23
Three Seasons with the Razorbacks: 23-14
Bowl Record: 3-2
Highest AP Ranking While Head Coach: Fifth (in 2006)
Accomplishments: One C-USA title and One Big East Title
Details Of 2011 Sugar Bowl
The Sugar Bowl ranks as one of the most successful amateur athletic achievements in the history of American sports. As of 2006 the payout to each school was $17,000,000. In last year's Sugar Bowl Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators convincingly defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats by a score of 51-24.
Date and Time
January 4, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. EST
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.
January 1, 1935
* Information gathered from allstatesugarbowl.org
The Quarterback Duel
No. 2 Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State Buckeyes
Passing: 196-of-298, 2,551 yards, 25 TDs, 11 INTs, 65.8 CMP% and a 157.98 QB Rating
Rushing: 120 attempts for 639 yards and four TDs
The 6'6'' junior from Jeannette, Pennsylvania has had a tremendous season leading his team to an impressive 11-1 record. He proved to be a versatile weapon this season, not only showcasing an outstanding arm but also running with effectiveness.
No. 15 Ryan Mallett, Arkansas Razorbacks
Passing: 242-of-364, 3,592 yards, 30 TDs, 11 INTs, 66.5 CMP% and a 170.53 QB Rating
Ryan Mallett had a terrific junior season, recording the third highest QB rating in the nation. The last three games Mallett has recorded a total of 11 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Who Has The Better Kicker?
When a football game is on the line in the final seconds, it is heartbreaking when the team you're rooting for loses the contest because of a missed field goal or extra point.
With two accurate kickers, a crucial field goal could be the deciding factor.
Ohio State Kicker Devin Barclay
19-of-22 FGM-FGA (86.4 PCT); 58-of-58 XPM-XPA; 115 Total Points
Arkansas Kicker Zach Hocker
13-of-16 FGM-FGA (81.3 PCT); 55-of-55 XPM-XPA; 94 Total Points
Who Has The More Explosive Running Game?
No. 7 Knile Davis, Arkansas Razorbacks
Rushing: 178 attempts for 1,183 yards and 13 TDs
Receiving: 16 receptions for 128 yards and one TD
No. 29 Broderick Green, Arkansas Razorbacks
Rushing: 104 attempts for 365 yards and three TDs
Receiving: Six receptions for 42 yards
No. 1 Dan Herron, Ohio State Buckeyes
Rushing: 192 attempts for 1,068 yards and 15 TDs
Receiving: 18 receptions for 180 yards
No. 3 Brandon Saine, Ohio State Buckeyes
Rushing: 66 attempts for 312 yards and two TDs
Receiving: 22 receptions for 195 yards and five TDs
No. 2 Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State Buckeyes
120 rushing attempts for 639 yards and four TDs
Ohio State has the edge going into this battle, with the 14th overall ranked rushing offense in the nation, averaging a total of 219.7 YPG.
Both Teams Are Solid Against Ranked Opponents
Arkansas' Record Against Ranked Teams
Ranked Teams Faced
Loss vs. No. 1 Alabama 24-20
Loss @ No. 7 Auburn 65-43
Win @ No. 19 South Carolina 41-20
Win @ No. 21 Mississippi State 38-31 2OT
Win vs. No. 5 LSU 31-23
Ohio State's Record Against Ranked Teams
Ranked Teams Faced
Win vs. No. 12 Miami (FL) 36-24
Loss @ No. 18 Wisconsin 31-18
Win @ No. 20 Iowa 20-17
The Playmakers at Wide Receiver
No. 12 Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State Buckeyes
52 receptions for 889 yards and 10 TDs; four rushing attempts for 14 yards
Dane Sanzenbacher is ranked 15th overall throughout Division I college football in receiving touchdowns.
No. 8 DeVier Posey, Ohio State Buckeyes
50 receptions for 778 yards and six TDs
Posey finished the season with some momentum, scoring three touchdowns in his last five games.
No. 4 Jarius Wright, Arkansas Razorbacks
38 receptions for 718 yards and four TDs; one rushing attempt for nine yards
Wright proved to be Ryan Mallet's favorite target this season, being the leading receiver for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
No. 3 Joe Adams, Arkansas Razorbacks
41 receptions for 693 yards and five TDs; six rushing attempts for 32 yards
Overall Performances Leading Up to The Sugar Bowl This Season
Ohio State Buckeyes
2010 Record: 11-1 (7-1 in Big Ten)
Key Wins: 36-24 vs. No. 12 Miami Hurricanes, 20-17 @ No. 20 Iowa
Ohio State only lost one game this entire season, and it was to the No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers, shattering the Buckeyes' dreams of a national championship. Since then, they've defeated their opponents by an average margin of 29.5 PPG.
The Buckeyes are third overall in the entire nation in points against, only giving up an average of 13.3 PPG.
2010 Record: 10-2 (6-2 in SEC)
Key Wins: 41-20 @ No. 19 South Carolina, 38-31 2OT @ No. 21 Mississippi State, 31-23 vs. No. 5 LSU
Arkansas' only two losses this season were to the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (24-20) and the No. 7 Auburn Tigers (65-43).
Led by a very talented quarterback, Ryan Mallett, the Arkansas Razorbacks are ranked third overall in passing offense throughout the nation, putting up an average of 338.4 yards per game.
Predicted Outcome: Ohio State Buckeyes 30 - Arkansas Razorbacks 27
Both teams have excellent defenses, but I have a feeling that this will be a fairly high scoring game. Expect Ryan Mallet and Terrelle Pryor to go out in style, both having memorable performances in a very close game that will be decided in the final minutes.