Ohio State Blown Out By Purdue in Big 10 Shocker
Maybe the biggest win of Jeff Brohm’s coaching career came Saturday night when Purdue blew out No. 2 Ohio State 49-20.
The Buckeyes have not been playing their strongest since their late comeback against Penn State a few weeks ago, and it all showed Saturday night. Ohio State made several mistakes that ended up costing them the game. Big penalties, not paying attention, and sloppy mistakes killed the Buckeyes this weekend. The Buckeyes had too many mistakes from two big roughing the passer penalties that gave Purdue the momentum to score, a missed 33-yard field goal, getting stopped on fourth and goal on the two-yard line, and the biggest one where Johnnie Dixon III watched the kickoff roll to the one-yard line and didn’t realize he had to run the ball before Purdue was there to stop him, were just several of those mistakes.
Purdue quarterback David Blough outplayed Heisman hopeful Dwaye Haskins Jr. to help push Purdue to win. Blough threw for 378 yards, his third straight over 300-yard game. His 43 yard pass to Rondale Moore with 3:37 left to play sealed the victory for the Boilermakers. Moore’s touchdown was an impressive one, breaking several tackles and showing off his strength and determination. Haskins threw for 470 yards, on 73 attempts though. He had a hard time getting the ball to his receivers and came close to being picked off many times, but did give up one pick six at the end of the game that really put the game out of hand.
The fourth quarter was an exciting one with six back to back drives resulting in touchdowns. This is when Purdue pulled away from the Buckeyes though. The Boilermakers were led by running back D.J. Knox. Knox had 128 yards on the night and three touchdowns, two of them in the fourth quarter. Those two touchdowns were huge 40 and 42 yard runs that gave Purdue a lot of momentum.
This game may have killed Ohio State’s playoffs hopes. They’re hopes aren’t completely gone, but given the way they played Saturday night, things aren’t looking too good. Purdue was hoping to break into the Top 25, but have play this same way next week to make an appearance.