Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.
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Two minutes into the second quarter, the Gophers trailed 14-7 but had a first down on Ohio State's 21-yard line and a confidence borne of their surprising big-play ability against the Buckeyes' defense.
That was to be the high point of the night.
Ohio State sacked Adam Weber on the next play, the drive died without a point when Eric Ellestad's dead-duck of a field goal try struck the left upright, and the Buckeyes scored 17 points in the quarter to take a 31-7 halftime lead.
It was a humbling halftime for Minnesota, which gained more than 30 yard on three of its first six plays. The Gophers never had another big gainer like that, while 10th-ranked Ohio State showed off the offensive ability that makes it a favorite once again to claim a share of its sixth straight Big Ten title.
Adam Weber is 6-of-12 in the first half for 122 yards, and DeLeon Eskridge has 53 rushing yards. But Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor is 12-of-14 for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while tailback Dan Herron already has 114 yards on 17 carries.
Eskridge scored Minnesota's only touchdown on a 7-yard run on Minnesota's first possession, tying the game at 7-7. But Ohio State has scored on five of its six first-half possessions, the only exception caused by an interception in the end zone by Ryan Collado.
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