NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Terrelle Pryor passed for 221 yards and two touchdowns and Solomon Thomas made a huge interception with 58 seconds left, preserving No. 6 Ohio State's 31-26 victory over eighth-ranked Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night.
The Buckeyes (12-1) might want to send a thank-you note to the NCAA, which allowed Pryor, Thomas and three others to play even though they will have to serve five-game suspensions next season for selling memorabilia and getting discounted tattoos.
Four of those Buckeyes made huge plays. DeVier Posey caught a touchdown pass and Dan Herron ran for a score as Ohio State built a 31-13 lead. Arkansas (10-3) raced back and had a chance for the win after a blocked punt turned over the ball at the Buckeyes 18 with 1:09 remaining.
But Thomas surprised Ryan Mallett by dropping into coverage from his defensive end position. Mallett never saw him and Thomas picked off the pass to seal the win.
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