Ohio State D-line answering the call

NEW ORLEANS -- As Ohio State's secondary thins out, the Buckeyes' defensive line continues to step up.

Injuries in the secondary are nothing new for Ohio State, which has had more than its share this season. The Allstate Sugar Bowl has claimed several more contributors, including first-team All-Big Ten cornerback Chimdi Chekwa.

But Ohio State is surviving against Arkansas by generating consistent pressure on star quarterback Ryan Mallett. Buckeyes defensive lineman Cameron Heyward has been everywhere, turning in quite possibly the best performance of his career in his final collegiate game. Senior defensive tackle Dexter Larimore also has done a great job, and three of Ohio State's four starting linemen have sacked Mallett.

This might not be the stingiest performance from Ohio State's defensive front, but they're making plays.

And they must keep stepping up as the Ohio State offense has gone to sleep in the second half, generating only 50 yards.