Sugar Bowl 2010: From Meltdown to Memorable

David ThurmanCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Solomon Thomas #98 of the Ohio State Buckeyes intercepts a pass as he is tackled by Jarius Wright #4 of the Arkansas Razorbacks to seal the 31-26 victory for the Buckeyes against the Razorbacks in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After arguably the best half of offensive play calling in Tressel's tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes went into full Tresselball mode.
Things got interesting quickly:

  • Boom was tackled in the end zone for a safety (which is up for debate).
  • Boom fumbled a fourth and one, the first in his career.
  • Ben Buchanan was blocked on his punt, giving the Razorbacks the ball on the 18 yard line.
It was on the verge of being one of the biggest meltdowns in sports history, almost as if the Buckeyes had some curse over them when playing SEC schools during bowl season.
Yet a pass rush that forced Mallett into a bad throw, which would be picked off by Solomon Thomas, iced the game 31-26.
While most have us have aged 10 years over the past four hours, we can celebrate finally getting the SEC monkey off our backs.
Go Buckeyes and thank you seniors!