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Tressel's gamble backfires as Hogs answer

NEW ORLEANS -- To clear things up, that was an intentional onside kick by Ohio State.

Jim Tressel isn't known as much of a gambler, but he must have seen something in Arkansas' kick return alignment, or he wanted to sustain Ohio State's early momentum. Still, the onside kick comes as a bit of a surprise.

Arkansas took advantage and marched downfield rather easily for a tying touchdown. Ryan Mallett looks to be in top form, so Ohio State's defense needs to ratchet up its play and generate some pressure.

It'll be interesting to see how Ohio State responds to some adversity.