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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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
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.
Following an overtime victory from the Michigan Wolverines, the Buckeyes and Purdue locked horns for the right to face the Maize and Blue. Jared Sullinger lead all scorers with an impressive 30 points, and picked up a double double with 12 rebounds, as the Buckeyes defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 88-71. All of Ohio State’s starters scored in double digits tonight, while DJ Byrd led Purdue with 20 points on 4-10 from three point range. Robbie Hummel scored only 6 points and 10 rebounds in what may be his last Big Ten game.
Ohio State started the game playing their style of basketball. After a rough opening tip, the Bucks took advantage of numbers and attacked the rim giving Jared Sullinger an easy layup. William Buford also found an easy high bucket, setting up Deshaun Thomas later for a wide open trey. They coupled the strong offense with tough defense and excellent rebounding that prevented Purdue from finding a basket until more than three minutes had ellapsed.
As a team, the Buckeyes looked renewed following their two away wins. Where the team had struggled to find their groove early in away games, they found traction in this game early and raced ahead of the surprised Boilermakers. Robbie Hummel’s three pointer ended the drought, but failed to open up the OSU defense in any meaningful way. With Purdue’s offense sputtering, Matt Painter was forced to dig deep into his bench looking for some kind of production from his team.
Thad Matta continued to look to his bench early despite this being the late season when most coaches shorten the bench. Sam Thompson came in for Lenzelle Smith early and quickly established himself on the scoreboard with a nice 15 foot jumper from the left side. He was soon joined on the court by fellow bench-mate Evan Ravenel, who subbed in at the five after Jared Sullinger picked up his first foul.
The Buckeyes and Purdue meet tonight at around 9:00 PM EST on BTN for the second round of the Big Ten Tournament! Purdue, the six seed, defeated 11-seeded Nebraska last night to advance to play the Buckeyes, who enter on a round 1 bye.
While you wait for the game, go check out our friends in the Buckeye Bloggers Network! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, and Men of the Scarlet and Gray. Fox Sports Ohio also joins us as usual. The liveblog will kickoff at 8:30 PM EST.