Pryor plays with pain for 'must win' game

LOS ANGELES -- Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor revealed Monday that he has a partial tear in the PCL of his left knee, but the injury isn't about to slow him down.

Pryor originally hurt his knee Oct. 31 against New Mexico State but remained on the field for Ohio State's final three games. He doesn't expect to be limited Friday against No. 7 Oregon in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi (ABC, 4:30 p.m. ET).

"It's improved a little bit [since the end of the season], but sometimes I can have trouble making some types of cuts," he said. "It's not really a big deal. It's just a little sore. It's fine. When I'm in the game or at practice, I don't really worry about it, to tell you the truth."

What Pryor does worry about is Oregon, and winning the Rose Bowl.

The game marks the midpoint of his career, one most feel hasn't met the lofty expectations placed upon the nation's No. 1 recruit when he arrived in Columbus. It also marks the final chance for a decorated Buckeyes senior class to win a bowl game after three consecutive setbacks on big stages.

The magnitude of the moment isn't lost on Pryor.

"From our standpoint, for the Buckeyes and the seniors' standpoint, we must win," he said. "It's not a maybe win or something like that. We must win. We have to beat Oregon."

The need is felt throughout the Ohio State program and throughout the Big Ten, which owns a six-game losing streak in BCS games and a six-game slide in the Rose Bowl.

"This is big for the Big Ten, it's big for us because we've lost [three] straight, and that's just ugly and embarrassing," he said. "We just need it as a whole. We need it for coach [Jim] Tressel, we need it for the staff. It's just huge. ... Everyone talks about the Big Ten, everyone talks about the Buckeyes, everyone says the Buckeyes are slow and everyone worries about us.

"The Big Ten, as a whole, we're tired of it."