COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State defensive squad prevailed over the offense in the jersey scrimmage Saturday at Ohio Stadium, 52-44. With the victory, the defense will retain the scarlet practice jerseys until spring practice begins early in 2010.

Approximately 500 family members, media representatives and some special guests of the Athletics Department were on hand on a most glorious day in the stadium. The team arrived at the stadium about 10:30 a.m. and the two-hour scrimmage began at approximately 11 a.m.

There were just two touchdowns scored during the scrimmage. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor connected with tight end Jake Ballard on a four-yard touchdown pass about 75 minutes into the session, bringing the Gray team to within 42-34. Two series later, and after Aaron Pettrey drilled a 43-yard field goal to bring the Gray even closer at 42-37, Rocco Pentello carried the ball 33 yards into the end zone for a 44-42 lead. The defense stiffened from that point, though, and was able to collect eight more points on the remaining series to retain hold of the coveted scarlet jerseys.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and selected members of the senior class spoke to the media following the scrimmage. Click on the above audio links to hear from the coach and players.