Broken, Not Beaten, OSU Stuns Purdue
COLUMBUS — On a day that was supposed to be “just what the doctor ordered” for the Ohio State defense to cure their problems against heavy underdog and offensively challenged Purdue came the realization of the Buckeyes’ medical staff tending to Heisman Trophy contender and all-purpose quarterback Braxton Miller.
Miller suffered what appeared to be a serious head or neck injury late in the third quarter when he was dragged down from behind and driven into the Ohio Stadium turf.
The Buckeyes used late game heroics from back-up quarterback Kenny Guiton to remain undefeated, beating Purdue 29-22 in overtime. What a finish at Ohio Stadium.
For the first thirty minutes Saturday inside the “Horseshoe,” the Purdue Boilermakers executed the highlight plays, controlled the clock and contained Buckeye superstar Miller.
The visitors jumped on the home team early. On Purdue’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Caleb TerBush found Akeem Shavers on an 83-yard pass to silence the 106,000-plus Columbus faithful.
The extra point was blocked, and Purdue led 6-0, just :17 into the game.
Miller and the Buckeyes answered. He guided a 10-play, 67-yard drive and cashed in on an 8-yard touchdown run to put Ohio State up 7-6.
The Boilermakers wouldn’t trail for long. Akeem punt returned Drew Basil’s ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a stunning score.
Purdue led 13-7 at the half.
The underdogs held Ohio State to just 101 yards of total offense and won the time of possession at 17:03 to 12:57.
Urban Meyer’s club would finally wake up momentarily in the second half.
Miller engineered an 8-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a Carlos Hyde 2-yard plunge to give Ohio State a 14-13 lead.
Purdue would not go away. TerBush and the Boilermakers went toe to toe with the Big Ten’s best. He hit Gary Bush for a 31-yard pitch and catch touchdown to give Purdue a 20-14 edge.
After Ohio State blocked a Paul Griggs’ field goal attempt, Miller’s day would end. It happened as he raced down the right sideline. Once he was down he stayed down on the turf for a few minutes. Then he was helped off the field and carted off into the locker room and then transported to the hospital on campus.
Guiton couldn’t get anything going for the offense. In the fourth quarter, from their own 5 yard line, Buckeyes’ tackle Andrew Norwell was penalized for an illegal block in the back which occurred in the end zone, resulting in a safety. Purdue extended their lead to 22-14.
The Boilermakers appeared to ice the game late in the fourth quarter when Landon Feichter intercepted a deflected Guiton pass that was intended for Jake Stoneburner.
Guiton would get one last chance. He made something happen when his team needed him the most. He led Ohio State to a game-tying touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter.
With :03 left, Chris Fields, the pride of Painesville, caught Guiton’s pass in the end zone. The Buckeyes needed the two point conversion to send the game to overtime, that’s when Guiton found Jeff Heuerman wide-open in the corner of the end zone.
In the extra frame, Carlos Hyde scored on a one-yard touchdown run to give Ohio State the 29-22 lead.
Purdue had one last chance to tie the game, but Caleb TerBush’s pass to Crosby Wright was overthrown and the Buckeyes escaped with the 29-22 overtime win.
Ohio State improves to 8-0 and travels to Beaver Stadium next Saturday to face Penn State. Kickoff for Saturday’s game is set for 5:30 p.m.