2011 ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL POSTGAME NOTES 77th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic
January 4, 2011, Louisiana Superdome, 7:30 p.m.  
  • Tonight's game between #6 Ohio State and #8 Arkansas was the first meeting between the two programs, which have each played more than 1,100 games in their storied histories. It also marked the first SEC-Big Ten matchup in the Sugar Bowl since LSU beat Illinois in 2002.  
  • The game also marks the first Sugar Bowl head coaching appearances for both Bobby Petrino of Arkansas and Jim Tressel of Ohio State.
  • Arkansas made its first BCS bowl game appearance and its sixth Sugar Bowl appearance overall. The Razorbacks last appeared in the 1980 Sugar Bowl, losing to Alabama 24-9.    
  • Ohio State made its fourth Sugar Bowl appearance and sixth-straight BCS bowl appearance. The Buckeyes defeated Texas A&M 24-14 in their last appearance in 1999. Tonight's game marks Ohio State's first appearance in the Louisiana Superdome since a 38-24 loss to LSU in the 2008 BCS Championship Game.  
  • Current Southeastern Conference schools have posted a 33-35-1 mark in Sugar Bowl appearances. Current Big Ten schools own a 3-7 all-time mark in Sugar Bowl action.  
  • The Razorbacks own an all-time bowl record of 12-23-3 and are 1-5 in Sugar Bowl appearances. The Buckeyes are 20-22 all-time in bowl games, 2-2 in Sugar Bowl appearances. 
  • The Ohio State victory is the first for a Big Ten team in the Sugar Bowl since the Buckeyes beat Texas A&M 24-14 in 1999.    
  • The Buckeyes scored more points in the first half (28) than they had in any of their other three Sugar Bowl appearances for a full game. Ohio State's previous high for points in a Sugar Bowl was 24 vs. Texas A&M in 1999.
  • Ohio State wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher's offensive fumble recovery for a touchdown in the first quarter was the first fumble recovery for a touchdown in a Sugar Bowl since Georgia defensive end Marcus Howard's end zone recovery against Hawai'i in 2008. It's the fifth fumble recovery for a touchdown in Sugar Bowl history. The others were recorded by Texas in 1948, Air Force in 1971 and Tennessee in 1986.
  • Teams have carried double-digit leads into halftime in each of the last four Sugar Bowls, including Ohio State's 28-10 halftime margin. All four teams, including Georgia in 2008, Utah in 2009 and Florida in 2010, have registered victories.  
  • Ohio State had four plays from scrimmage of 30 yards or more in the first half. Arkansas' longest play of the half was a 25-yard run by Knile Davis.  
  • The Buckeyes outgained the Razorbacks 338 to 234 in the opening half.  
  • The attendance of 73,879 is the highest for a Sugar Bowl since the 74,383 figure for the 2008 Georgia-Hawai'i  game. It's the 33rd  time the attendance has exceeded 70,000 in the Louisiana Superdome and is the 61st  time the Sugar Bowl attendance has reached that benchmark overall.  
  • Arkansas became the first team to record a safety since Ohio State accomplished the feat vs. Florida State in 1998. It was the second safety in a BCS game this year (also Virginia Tech against Stanford) - the last BCS safety had occurred in 2006.
  • Both starting quarterbacks threw for over 200 yards for the first time since Rohan Davey of LSU and Kurt Kittner of Illinois registered 262- and 444-yard efforts in 2002.  
  • Arkansas' Knile Davis recorded the first 100-yard rushing game since Notre Dame's Darius Walker and LSU's Keiland Williams each recorded 100-yard efforts in 2007. Davis' 139 yards ranks 12th all-time in Sugar Bowl history.  
  • The teams combined to tally three field goals of 40-plus yards in a game for the first time since field goals of 41, 45 and 52 yards were made in the Georgia- Hawai'i game in 2008.  
  • Sugar Bowl MVP Terrelle Pryor finished with 115 yards rushing. It was the fourth-best rushing total by a QB in BCS bowl history.  
  • Arkansas wide receiver Joe Adams had nine receptions in the game for 120 yards. The nine receptions tie for seventh-most in Sugar Bowl history while the 120 yards tie for 20th-best in Sugar Bowl history.


OHIO STATE SUGAR BOWL POSTGAME NOTESTEAM NOTES

  • Ohio State played in its sixth consecutive BCS bowl game and its ninth overall – the most among FBS schools behind Oklahoma (8).
  • Ohio State has won its last two BCS bowl games after defeating Oregon in last year’s Rose Bowl. 
  • The Buckeyes are 6-3 in nine BSC bowl games all-time.
  • Ohio State is 20-22 in bowl games all-time.
  • The Buckeyes are 15-5 all-time in Domes.
  • Ohio State is 99-17 since the start of the 2002 season, the third-best record among FBS teams.


JIM TRESSEL

  • Ohio State is 6-4 in bowl games and 5-3 in BCS bowls under Tressel.
  • Tressel is 106-22 in his 10th year at Ohio State and 241-79-2 overall. He is the second-winningest active FBS coach behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno (401).
  • Ohio State is 96-7 under Tressel when it rushes for at least 125 yards.
  • Ohio State has now won at least 12 games in three different seasons under Tressel, going 14-0 in 2002 and 12-1 in both 2006 and 2010.
  • Tressel is now 37-15 against ranked teams at Ohio State and 10-8 against the Top 10 (AP and Coaches).
  • The Buckeyes are 92-6 when winning/tied at the half and 99-6 when winning/tied going into the fourth quarter under Tressel.


OFFENSIVE NOTES

  • Junior Terrelle Pryor was named Sugar Bowl MVP.
  • With 115 yards rushing, Terrelle Pryor became Ohio State's all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks in only three seasons, breaking Cornelius Greene's 35-year-old record of 2,066 set from 1972-75. Pryor now has 2,164 yards, good for fourth on the Big Ten's all-time list.
  • Terrelle Pryor is now 31-4 as Ohio State's starting quarterback, tying Greene (31-3-1) for the second-most wins among Ohio State quarterbacks (Art Schlichter 36-11-1).
  • Terrelle Pryor set a school record with his seventh career game with 300+ yards of total offense (221 passing, 115 rushing). Pryor now holds five of the six games in Ohio State history where a QB has rushed for 100+ and passed for 200+ in the same game.
  • Terrelle Pryor improved on his school-record with his 22nd game with at least 200 yards of total offense.
  • Terrelle Pryor has 674 yards of total offense in his last two bowl games after recording 338 last year in the Rose Bowl win vs. Oregon.
  • Ohio State is 28-1 when Terrelle Pryor throws at least one touchdown pass.
  • Dan Herron has now scored at least one touchdown in 12 consecutive games. He finished with 87 yards on 24 carries and one TD.
  • Ohio State is 20-3 when Dan Herron scores a rushing TD in his career.
  • DeVier Posey has caught at least one pass in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten. Posey finished with three catches for 70 yards, including a 43-yard TD catch.
  • Dane Sanzenbacher has now caught at least one pass in 19 consecutive games. He finished with three catches for 59 yards and a TD. Ohio State is 36-5 when Dane Sanzenbacher records at least one catch.
  • Sophomore Reid Fragel hauled in a career-long 42-yard reception in the second quarter, setting up Ohio State's third touchdown.
  • Ohio State rushed for 225 yards, marking the seventh game this season that the Buckeyes went over 200 yards on the ground.

DEFENSIVE NOTES
  • Solomon Thomas recorded his first career interception with 58 seconds remaining in the game to seal the win for the Buckeyes.
  • Dexter Larimore recorded a career-high 2.0 sacks for 17 yards.
  • Cameron Heyward recorded 3.0 TFL, tying his career high.
  • Ross Homan led the Buckeyes with 9.0 tackles.
  • Ohio State recorded 4.0 sacks, 9.0 TFL overall, three fumbles, six pass breakups and five QB hurries.

SPECIAL TEAMS
  • Senior Devin Barclay kicked a career-long 46-yard field goal in the third quarter to give Ohio State a 31-13 lead.

 

ARKANSAS SUGAR BOWL POSTGAME NOTESTEAM NOTES
  • The Razorbacks broke UA's single-season first downs record with 291, bettering the previous record of 273 recorded in 2003 and 2007.
  • Arkansas was 2-of-3 (.666) in the Critical Zone (inside the 20-yard line) in the first half. Ryan Mallett connected with Joe Adams for a 17-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, and Zach Hocker made a 20-yard field goal to end the second quarter. Arkansas finished the season 44-for-49 (.898) inside the Critical Zone this season.
  • Arkansas' first touchdown drive took 1 minute and 58 seconds, marking the 26th time this season the Razorbacks have recorded a touchdown drive of less than two minutes. Arkansas has 62 touchdown drives of two minutes or less under head coach Bobby Petrino.
  • The Razorbacks recorded their third safety of the season with Jake Bequette stopping OSU running back Dan Herron in the end zone with 11:52 remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • Arkansas blocked a punt for the first time since last season's Liberty Bowl when Colton Miles-Nash blocked an OSU punt with 1:15 remaining in the fourth quarter.
 
INDIVIDUAL NOTES
  • Ryan Mallett broke Arkansas' single-season passing yards record, eclipsing the previous record of 3,624 he set in 2009. The record-breaking yards came on a 17-yard touchdown pass to Joe Adams in the first quarter. Mallett finished the season with 3,869 passing yards.
  • Ryan Mallett broke Arkansas' single-season total offense record, eclipsing the previous record of 3,595 he set in 2009. Mallett finished the season with 3,795 yards of total offense.
  • Ryan Mallett moved into second on Arkansas' all-time career completions chart with 491, passing Casey Dick (473) and Barry Lunney Jr. (476).
  • Knile Davis rushed for 139 yards, his sixth 100-yard rushing game this season. His six 100-yard rushing games this season tie him for fourth on Arkansas' single-season list.
  • Jerry Franklin finished the season with 100 tackles to lead Arkansas in tackles for the third straight season, becoming the second Razorback since 1960 to lead the team in tackles three straight seasons.
  • Coach Bobby Petrino is the first coach in NCAA history to lead two schools to their first BCS game.
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