Sugar Bowl Score: Ohio State Soars Early, Hangs On Late For Win vs. Razorbacks

Jan 5, 2011

When the Sugar Bowl score went final Tuesday night, Buckeye Nation breathed a collective sigh of relief; the wait was finally over.

After years of futility, Ohio State finally bagged its first-ever bowl win over an SEC team, hanging on to knock off the eighth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks 31-26.

Early in the contest, it looked like the Buckeyes wouldn't even break a sweat against the Razorbacks, as they used a 21-0 run spanning almost a quarter and a half of game time to take a commanding 28-7 lead, which shrunk slightly to 28-10 at halftime.

But, in the second half, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett rallied the troops and led the Razorbacks back into the game, cutting the lead to 31-26 with just under nine minutes to play.

In the end, though, the Buckeyes defense proved to be too much for the Razorbacks to overcome, and an interception by defensive lineman Solomon Thomas sealed the victory.



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