Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 Pac-10 bowl record: 2-5

Apparently tired of hearing how much faster and more athletic Oregon is, the Ohio State Buckeyes took out their frustration on the Ducks. The Buckeyes outplayed the Ducks on both sides of the ball to defeat Oregon 26-17 in the Rose Bowl and reclaimed some respect for the Big-10 conference. Ohio State quarterback and game MVP Terrelle Pryor was too much for the Oregon defense as he repeatedly made plays for the Buckeyes when they needed him. The Ducks meanwhile, were completely ineffective on third down, converting a pathetic 2 of 11 (18%). The Oregon defense was equally bad, allowing the Buckeyes to convert 11/21 third down attemps (52%). Even more telling was the time of possession with Ohio State winning that battle, 41:37 to 18:23 which effectively kept the Oregon offense off the field.

The Pac-10, arguably the best conference during the regular season performed miserably in the postseason this year with a 2-5 record in bowl games. In contrast, the Big-10, ridiculed for years for their poor postseason performances in recent years, has improved to 3-2 so far in bowl games. The good news, however, is that the Ducks and the Pac-10 return a ton of players and should be even better next year.

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