It was bound to happen eventually, but the Buckeyes evaded it.

The Purdue Boilermakers came in with exactly the right gameplan to attack the Buckeyes. They attacked the edge all day against the OSU defense and found easy yardage when they did so. They also used good line and linebacker play to help shutdown the OSU running game, something that they hadn’t been able to do to anyone else all season.

But the Buckeyes had their secret weapon, “Smooth Jazz” Kenny G, who helped secure the 29-22 win in overtime. Caleb TerBush had a solid day with 17/25 passing for 224 yards 2 touchdowns and an interception. Braxton Miller responded with his worst showing of the season, completing 9 of 20 passes for 113 yards and a pick, and running 12 times for only 47 yards. The Buckeyes ultimately gave up the ball four times to the Boilermakers, which is certainly not a recipe for an easy victory.

Kenny Guiton came in and did a fantastic job replacing Braxton Miller. I’m proud of the effort he put in despite facing a difficult situation. His vision in hitting Devin Smith, who thankfully caught it, gave the Buckeyes a little bit of hope late in the game down eight with only seconds left on the clock. He then managed to get a key touchdown catch from Chris Fields for a touchdown, and another from Jeff Heuerman for the 2-point conversion to force overtime.

Positives:

1. The young guns got some touches. Rod Smith got the first running back carry, and Michael Thomas got the first catch on third and long. We also saw a bit of Chris Fields, who made a couple nice plays when we needed it especially that last touchdown in regulation.

2. Defensive Improvement. Now wait, bear with me. The defense, other than one big play early, did a decent job of slowing and sometimes stopping Purdue’s offense. It was a solid step in the right direction – but certainly by no means perfect. Most importantly, they stood tall when it mattered most, most especially late in the game and in overtime.

3. Carlos Hyde and the offensive line. What a fantastic runner behind a very good run-blocking line. Despite the running struggles today, he still carried 16 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. It’s not great, but it was a gutsy performance for OSU’s top runningback.

4. The kick blocking unit came up huge today. They blocked Purdue’s first PAT, and then blocked a huge field-goal attempt to keep Purdue from making it a two score game later.

5. Playcalling. It wasn’t pretty most of the game, but it was perfect when it mattered most. The last drive engineered by Kenny Guiton was called and run to perfection. That 2-point conversion play was a thing of beauty.

6. Gut-check time. The Buckeyes dug deep, despite missing their starting quaterback, and fought back for a victory long after hope seemed lost. These guys definitely grew up a little bit today.

Negatives:

1. Big plays. Seriously? Storm Klein gets out of position and allows Purdue to score on the first play of the game? Purdue’s second score was on a 100 yard kick-off return later in the first half. At this point, we should probably just accept that this is a fact of this defense this year.

2. Play execution. The Purdue defense seemed to have our number all game, which is all the more depressing with how many running yards they gave up to Michigan and Wisconsin. The running game took a while to get going, but Purdue shut it down pretty quickly again.

3. The kick coverage teams are a disaster right now. That’s most likely due to the string of injuries sustained so far this season – however, Urban Meyer would be the first to tell you that is a “great excuse” and “we don’t accept excuses”.

4. Wide Receiver Blocking. This has been a continuing problem the last two seasons. The wide receivers simply cannot engage their blocks properly. This alone stopped a Carlos Hyde touchdown run, and probably a Braxton Miller TD run as well.

5. Braxton Miller’s injury. We don’t know yet what it is, but he was taken to the hospital after being looked at in the locker room. Thoughts go out to him.

The Buckeyes next face Penn State in Happy Valley. That game will be on ESPN at 5:30 PM EST next Saturday.

15 Comments

  1. Ed ( Flabuckeye)No Gravatar
    October 20th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Well…..after the entire regular time of game, my satellite provider descides to put on the OT portion of the game.

    I was elated for the outcome. But Buckeye brothers and sisters ……we have alot of work to do . Especially on defense.

    What gives??……..

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  2. KenNo Gravatar
    October 20th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Wow.
    First, here’s hoping that Braxton’s injury isn’t serious and he was hospitalized as precaustionary move.

    To be honest, I missed the first 3 qtrs, but I agree with you Eric, the last couple possessions in regulation and the OT were gut-check win. In this transition/no postseason year, any win is a good win. More importantly, IMO, is this team stepping up to make plays, offensively and defensively, when it mattered. This was way more than a “win” in my book.

    I aree with Ed, above, that there is a lot of work to do, but I like this team’s trajectory right now.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    October 20th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    It’s being reported that he’s been released with no symptoms. He’s been cleared with no issues from the hospital.

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    Ed ( Flabuckeye)No Gravatar
    October 20th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Good news…….still thought it was a horse collar…….

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    EricNo Gravatar
    October 20th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    It should be, but the college rules aren’t as strict as the HS rules on that point. Disappointing, but something they should reconsider in the future.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    October 20th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Here’s the rule:

    Horse Collar Tackle
    ARTICLE 15. All players are prohibited from grabbing the inside back collar of the shoulder pads or jersey, or the inside collar of the side of the shoulder pads or jersey, and immediately pulling the ball carrier down. This does not apply to a ball carrier, including a potential passer, who is inside the tackle box (Rule 2-34). Note that the tackle box disintegrates when the ball leaves it.

    Was his hand in the fabric of the jersey’s collar?

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    erictbbcNo Gravatar
    October 20th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Grabbed him by the nameplate, so it was on the outside of the jersey.

    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    October 21st, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Well, that settles it. No more names on the backs of jerseys…

  3. NorCal BuckeyeNo Gravatar
    October 21st, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Not sure how his symptoms magically disappeared after a CT scan or MRI. The guy couldn’t stand up or keep his eyes open. I have a feeling he had a concussion, likely severe. Maybe the reference to no symptoms is in reference to something above and beyond a concussion.

    Not that I personally evaluated him (from my couch, in California) but he looked bad. Based on what they showed, if he was my kid he’d be sitting out Penn State week. Give Kenny G his sax and let him wail.

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  4. Ed ( Flabuckeye)No Gravatar
    October 21st, 2012 at 6:01 am

    He looked concussed, he hit the ground very hard landing on both his shoulder and head…….he was out cold. Or appeared to be , and needing help to walk. But he is at the best medical University in the Nation, hes in good hands.

    Don’t think we will see him next week.

    Very glad he is OK , and with his family.

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  5. ErictBBCNo Gravatar
    October 21st, 2012 at 8:51 am

    My suspicion is that the coaching staff was being extra careful. They saw the hit, he told them where he hurt, and the medical staff got worried.

    A lot of my thinking is based on a comment Jeff made in the liveblog to the effect of Miller refusing to get on the medical cart when they brought it. Sounds like he knew the lingering effects would wear off and he would be fine.

    Here’s my ultimate guess – he was stunned and had the wind knocked out of him. He had trouble breathing, and that didnt help him shake off the stunned effects until well later. The medical staff saw this, and not being MSU, decided to take him in for a battery of concussion and chest related tests “just in case”.

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  6. JohnNo Gravatar
    October 21st, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Great win considering: lost qb, lost best wr in philly, bad calls 1 quarter fumble by Braxton not, delay of game when ball is hiked with 1 second on clock, horse collar tackle.All game it looked like Purdue was really trying to hurt Braxton that late hit before half was no accident

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  7. WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    October 21st, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I am in the group of people wondering if Chris Fields sudden emergence is from blocking. I too have been very disappointed with #15 and #16 blocking and we need to get TE’s and Stoneburner help, I thought Jake was a beast blocvking yesterday where the line was actually lacking.

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  8. ultbuckNo Gravatar
    October 22nd, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    While Miller is by far the best player, and Miller should be allowed to be Miller, the team should get even more from the very capable Meyer and the o-line. It is noteworthy how so many players surfaced when Miller was not playing.

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    ultbuckNo Gravatar
    October 22nd, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    sorry meant Hyde in stead of Meyer in the previous post.

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