Purdue (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten) is a team on a bit of a roll with four straight wins. That's almost a full eight points more than it was scoring per game last season, and this week Purdue will face an Ohio State defense that has shown a few cracks.
Mistake-prone Ohio State (7-1, 4-1) had its 12-game winning streak snapped, fell out of the Big Ten East lead behind rival MI and must fight away its way back into playoff position. And defensively it was susceptible to big plays.
For most of the season, the No. 2 Buckeyes have relied on the passing game to overcome their many flaws.
Nebraska rushed for 383 yards and totaled 659. On the next play, Blough hit Moore for a 9-yard touchdown and it was 14-3 at halftime. The touchdown drive came immediately after Ohio State missed a field goal that could have cut Purdue's lead to 7-6. All of those numbers except the touchdowns were Ohio State records. But by the time Purdue was finished that had faded into the background.
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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he was "very surprised" at how the game went. "There's some serious shortcomings right now we gotta get fixed". We have good players and good coaches. In case you missed his comments, we've got them in the above Tweet link thanks to our friends at Letterman Row. "I think we had opportunities to get right back in it. Down the stretch we have to get a run game".
"We came in with an aggressive plan, an aggressive approach", Jeff Brohm said. "We just didn't want them to score touchdowns".
"It was a fantastic performance by our football team".
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Ohio State was in the red zone five times against three-loss Purdue and came away with two field goals, and the Buckeyes' defense has allowed 35 plays of 25-plus yards this season - already five more than all of past year.
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Purdue ended the early futility with a 15-yard, 98-yard touchdown drive.
Ohio State's setback means the Buckeyes are now looking up in the Big Ten East standings for the first time this season. Quarterback David Blough tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Zico in the corner of the end zone to make it 7-0.
Mistake-prone Ohio State (7-1, 4-1) had its 12-game winning streak snapped, fell out of the Big Ten East lead behind rival MI and now must fight away its way back into playoff position. Haskins connected with Terry McLaurin on a 34-yard touchdown pass with four minutes to play for the Buckeyes' other touchdown. Purdue's offense was on fire, with three standouts making big plays.
Purdue running back D.J. Ohio State responded by quickly marching down the field helped by two 15-yard penalties against Purdue's defense before settling for a 24-yard field goal.
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.
After Ohio State's field goal to start the second half, its defense forced a punt.
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