Are You Not Entertained? Purdue

Written October 22nd, 2012 by Eric

Jason

The man of the week, Smooth Jazz Kenny G.

Air it out. Well, Braxton did some work on the passing game, and probably would have thrown more passes than he has in any game all season if he hadn’t gotten hurt. Considering Guiton tossed 10 (not counting his spike), that matches up fairly well.

The obvious… The defense actually did a pretty damn fine job. The first touchdown pass was fairly boneheaded, and Purdue victimized us on the edge with the throw-back passes and screens (but, honestly, we saw that coming). Most importantly, when it mattered most, they got the job done.

Special Teams keep being special. The special teams certainly had an impact. The positive side were the two blocked kicks. The negative side was the 100-yard kickoff return.

No sleepy nooner. It was sleepy for the better part of 4 quarters. It woke itself right up at the end, though.

Color coordinate. The pink out looked more like a Scarlet, Gray, and white out that someone had washed in hot water.

Eric

Less points scored for the other team. 22 points is certainly less than 49, but it was nearly enough to get the job done. I would say that’s a few too many, certainly.

Passing Braxton. I already mentioned this above, but Braxton was passing at a somewhat more frequent than average click.

Devin Smith. Catch. The. Football. He caught the one that mattered, and two total on the day. The 39-yarder was a thing of beauty at a critical moment, though.

An end to “color outs”. Please let this be the last of them. As I mentioned on twitter when the first reports of the Pink out trickled in, “Hmm…I think it’s an appropriate moment for this -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBTpjkPiVyg”

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Ohio State 29, Purdue 22 OT: Celebration and Urban Meyer Remarks

Written October 20th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Video of the post game festivities and Coach Meyer’s comments following the come from behind win over the Purdue Boilermakers, courtesy of Fox Sports Ohio: (transcription provided by the Ohio State Athletic Department).

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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.

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BBN Livechat: Boilermakers

Written October 20th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Ohio State comes home to Columbus to face Purdue, who have beaten them in two of their last three meetings.

While you wait, check out the great members of the BBN: Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Buckeye Empire, Silver Bullet, The Buckeye Blog, Unscripted Ohio, and Fox Sports Ohio.

What do you Want to see on Saturday? Purdue

Written October 19th, 2012 by Eric

Jason

More Braxton passing please.

Air it out. I’d like to see Braxton Miller get back to work on the passing game. Test Purdue’s corners with some shots deep.

The obvious… All around improvement on defense.

Special Teams keep being special. Return a kick/punt, block a punt of field goal, special teams keep having an impact. It’s contagious and, maybe more importantly, can get into opponents heads before a game even starts.

No sleepy nooner. The game kicks-off at high noon, no excuse for The Shoe not to be electric and rocking. This team is 7-0, you’re there anyway, don’t sit on your hands and not be loud.

Color coordinate. “Pink Out The Shoe” is the theme this week to support breast cancer awareness. Typically these color coordinate attempts are a terrific failure at Ohio Stadium. This one shouldn’t be. Get a pink t-shirt or sweatshirt and wear it to the game. Then be loud.

Eric

Less points scored for the other team. It seems there’s a great debate brewing among Buckeye fans: is the problem the defense, or the special teams? For now, I’ll just say “fix it all” and allow Purdue less points than Indiana. Or, better yet, less points than Michigan State.

Passing Braxton. Wisconsin ran all over Purdue, so I imagine we’ll see a lot more running from the Buckeyes too. However, I’d like to see the team continue to work on Braxton’s passing, if only to keep the Boiler’s secondary honest.

Devin Smith. Catch. The. Football. Dear Devin. If the ball hits you in the hands catch it. Do not be the next coming of Braylon Edwards.

An end to “color outs”. Look, I don’t want to be the curmudgeon in the room, but can we just make a gentleman’s agreement to stop it with the lame color outs? Let Penn State have their white-out, since it’s at least original, and the rest of us can go on with our lives. I get that this is for a good cause, but it’s getting old…fast. Here’s my prediction for what will happen tomorrow – half of the stadium will be wearing pink, the other half will wear red or gray…just like last year.

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Across The Web: Purdue

Written October 19th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Against our better sensibilities, we’ve turned once again to the gentlemen at Boiled Sports for a nice fireside chat about this week’s matchup. Not only are they experts on all things Black and Gold, but they also make a very very tasty s’more… win/win, as far as we’re concerned.

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What is it about playing the Buckeyes that makes Purdue play that much better? Any chance we can get that voodoo doll back anytime soon?

No one finds it stranger than us that Purdue has often seemed to compete well with the Buckeyes, even when Purdue’s not very good. From Holy Buckeye to 2009, when Purdue isn’t getting bludgeoned by an angry Bucks team in C-bus, they’re usually putting a serious scare into them (see aforementioned 2002) or outright upsetting them (see 2000, 2004, 2009). Purdue oddly plays better against good OSU teams than it does against mediocre Wisconsin teams and middling Michigan teams. It makes about as much sense as it sounds, so we don’t have an explanation. But it’s worth remembering that those years I called out all required nearly superhuman efforts… in 2000 it was an unbelievable Drew Brees comeback, in 2004 it was a hobbled Kyle Orton comeback and in 2009 it was Ryan Kerrigan just deciding that he was an NFLer and he was going to manhandle and frighten Terrelle Pryor all day. Will any of those kinds of efforts happen Saturday? It’s always possible, but… no.

Someone said earlier in the year that Purdue is the Portland Trailblazers of the B1G, with Hummel, Marve, Bolden and now Mostert all suffering knee injuries over the past two years.  It’s not quite Iowa’s luck with running backs, but what’s going on in West Lafayette?

We’ve asked that many times, usually while crying and unable to sleep at 3 AM. Some can just be chalked up to bad luck – but what a lot of us find more alarming is how many recurrences of blown ACLs are happening. It’s an engineering school, after all, so shouldn’t somebody be able to figure out how to repair these things correctly?

Notre Dame is totally overrated, right? Am I right?

We definitely like to say ND is overrated whenever we can, but it’s hard to argue with them deserving credit this year. They’ve won the games on their schedule which, for a change, isn’t full of powder puffs. Starting with Navy and Purdue doesn’t look real stout in hindsight, but they’ve answered the bell every time they’ve needed to so far and as long as they get officials to whistle guys down before they cross the goal line in overtime, they should continue to do well.

The best (and only good) part about them making the BCS title game would be to see Alabama beat them by 30.

Might explain the success against the Buckeyes.

A number of folks are calling for Coach Hope to be replaced ASAP, and you did a great job addressing this earlier in the week. What is it about him that inspires a “Wait and see” attitude from you? It’s gotta be more than the mustache and the undefeated* record against the Buckeyes, right? Is it the energy ball?

We just don’t like being the pitchfork-wielders. Yes, it’s probably time for a change and we’ve said that, while not explicitly writing “FIRE HOPE!” But Danny Hope is a good man who we genuinely like. He’s not dirty, he loves being Purdue’s coach and he loves the players and they love him. There’s literally nothing not to like about the guy… other than that he’s not a very good football coach.

Purdue’s defensive front was identified as a strength for the Boilers early in the season, and there were some who said they had the best front four in the B1G.  Last week, though, they just couldn’t disengage from Wisconsin’s blatant holding and Montee Ball had a huge day. What needs to happen to get them back on track (after Saturday, that is). Read More

Preview: Purdue Boilermakers

Written October 18th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

The following is a sponsored post by our friends at TiqIQ… Saturday may be your best chance this season to see a game in the ‘Shoe!

Ohio State TicketsOn paper, the chances Purdue this weekend pulls off its first win against Ohio State in Columbus since 1988 seem slim.

Despite a recent string of success for Purdue against the Buckeyes, ticket prices have declined 17% over the last couple weeks and currently sit at an average asking price of $134 – some 34% below the $206 average cost of Ohio State tickets. On the low end, you can get into Ohio Stadium for $58 with over 200 seats available for below the game average.

Surprisingly, as Fox News reports, tickets still available for purchase as of mid-week, a rare occurrence for a Big Ten conference game in Columbus.

The Boilermakers, after all, have struggled through their first six games, averaging 463.5 yards of offense per game in wins over non-conference competition (Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan and Marshall), but losing (albeit close) to Notre Dame on Sept. 8 and being outscored 82 to 27 in conference losses to Michigan and Wisconsin over the past two weeks.

Quarterback Robert Marve and Caleb TerBush have been effective at times this year, but combined, have thrown eight interceptions compared to 12 touchdowns.  Featured tailback Akeem Shavers, meanwhile, has failed to rush for more than 74 yards in a contest all season, while also seeing just 19 carries in his last two starts. Read More

The Purdue Mystery

Written October 18th, 2012 by Tim Shoemaker

There are some things in sports that just don’t make sense. Purdue beating Ohio State in football is one of those things.

But don’t tell the Boilermakers (3-3, 0-2) that. Two of the last three times these teams have met, Purdue has come away with the victory.

Last year’s gut-wrenching 26-23 overtime loss to the Boilermakers sent the Buckeyes into a tailspin to finish the year as it was OSU’s first of four consecutive losses to close out the 2011 campaign.

Ohio State was 6-3 heading into the Purdue game a season ago. But Robert Marve’s 1-yard touchdown run on a quarterback sneak sent OSU into that downward spiral that saw the Buckeyes finish 6-7.

On paper, it seems every year that talent favors Ohio State in this matchup. This seems to be the case again this season. The Buckeyes have NFL talent at multiple positions, while Purdue may only have one or two NFL-caliber players on its roster.

To put it mildly, the Boilermakers are struggling. Back in week two, Purdue lost by only a field goal in South Bend to Notre Dame. Even though they suffered a loss, the Boilermakers gained some confidence from that game. Purdue then went on to win its next two contests against Eastern Michigan and Marshall, respectively.

The Boilermakers were sitting at 3-1 and, with Ohio State and Penn State ineligible, seemed at the time like they could represent the Leaders Division in the B1G Championship Game.

Then the wheels fell off of the Boilermakers’ train.

Purdue was blown out at home by both Michigan (44-13) and Wisconsin (38-14).

The Buckeyes haven’t exactly been putting on a clinic either, especially defensively. But, they have yet to suffer a loss after seven games.

Ohio State seems to have the advantage again. But, one of my favorite cliches in all of sports is “that’s why they play the game.”

Ohio State should have no problem with Purdue this weekend, but you can never be certain in this wacky sports world.

And I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot this year, but there’s one huge difference with this Ohio State team and the ones of previous years.

Urban. Meyer.