Ohio State is now getting blown out by Purdue, 35-13, with a couple of minutes to go in the fourth quarter. On Saturday night against Purdue, it all caught up to Ohio State. Instead of the luxury of separation that comes with being undefeated, Ohio State or MI needs to finish as a one-loss Big Ten champ - and even that might not be enough for the Buckeyes if Oklahoma can run the table and wow the selection committee in the Big 12 title game.
Purdue (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten) is a team on a bit of a roll with four straight wins.
"Every time you thought we were going to swing and get back into it, we wouldn't score in the red zone or there was a turnover or we'd give up the big hit", Meyer said. Ohio State also leads the nation with 211 first downs and an average of 30.1 first downs per game. "I think I want that to be the quote, it's comforting knowing we have the best play-caller in the country on our team".
It may not have been a turning point, but the defining moment of the night for Purdue may have come at the end of the first half when Purdue ran a fake field goal play to pick up a first down in the closing moments of the first half. The fate of the Big Ten East could very well come down to the regular season finale between Ohio State and MI this year in Ohio Stadium, and Ohio State will clearly have some work to do if they are going to climb back to being the team to beat in the division they were expected to be. "It just kind of goes to show you what can happen if you put your mind to it, if you have a good group of guys that stick together and do things the right way". It was a gutsy decision by Jeff Brohm, but one that may have been necessary. That was Urban Meyer's second season with the Buckeyes, and Darrell Hazell's first with the Boilermakers. Haskins connected with Terry McLaurin on a 34-yard touchdown pass with four minutes to play for the Buckeyes' other touchdown.
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The second came at the end of a 15-play drive that started at OSU's 2-yard line. The Boilermakers held the Buckeyes without a touchdown in the first half.
Purdue jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 1:10 left in the first quarter on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Blough to Issac Zico. Purdue's offense was on fire, with three standouts making big plays.
Ohio State's Paris Campbell Jr. heads up field as Purduecornerback Simeon Smiley closes in for the tackle at Ross-Ade Stadium on the campus of Purdue University Saturday. (Ohio State also had lost earlier to Oklahoma.) It was the second straight year that the Big Ten champion was left out of the top four and a reminder that there's no guarantee in a system as subjective as the playoff. Clemson moves up to No. 2 in Ohio State's place and is followed by Notre Dame, LSU and MI.
Ohio State's Jeffery Okudah makes the stop on Purdue running back D.J. Knox at Ross-Ade Stadium on the campus of Purdue University Saturday.