Written by Garin Turner
The Purdue Boilermakers (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten conference) pulled off a major upset over #2 Ohio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten Conference) 49-20 in West Lafayette despite a career day for Buckeye quarterback Dwayne Haskins. He completed 30 or more passes for the third straight game. He’s also thrown for over 300 yards for three straight games.
Haskins set a Buckeye record with most completions, attempts, and yards in a game with 49 of 73, for 470 yards, but it wasn’t enough. Purdue never trailed in the game. Their first score of the game came on a 15 play, 98-yard drive that took 7:09 off the clock. David Blough connected on a 13-yard score to Isaac Zico.
After an Ohio State field goal, Purdue capitalized on a missed field goal when Blough found Rondale Moore for a 9-yard score with just 27 seconds left in the first half to bring the score to 14-3. Ohio State has been known as a second half team in the past but every time they scored, Purdue had an answer.
After a one-yard touchdown run by Purdue running back D.J. Knox brought the score to 21-6, Ohio State scored its first touchdown of the game when Haskins found Johhine Dixon in the end zone for a 32-yard score to make it 28-13. Purdue answered right back when Knox scored on a 40-yard run to put Purdue up 35-13.
The Buckeyes got the game back to 15 down when Haskins passed to Terry McLaurin for a 34-yard score. Purdue responded with 14 unanswered points including a pick six. Blough finished 25/43 for 378 yards and three touchdowns. Knox carried the ball 16 times for 128 yards and three scores. Moore had 12 receptions for 170 yards and two scores.
Ohio State was the last undefeated team in the Big Ten. If the Big Ten doesn’t want to be left out again when it comes college playoff time, all of the one loss teams (Michigan, Ohio State, and Iowa) will most likely need to win out. Of course, for the Wolverines and the Buckeyes that’s not possible as they play each other at the end of the year.
For Purdue, it’s their fourth straight win of the season. They travel to East Lansing next week to take on the Michigan State Spartans. The Buckeyes return home to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in two weeks.