Underdog Purdue upsets No. 2 Ohio State
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Two touchdown underdog, unranked Purdue, upsets previously undefeated Ohio State 49-20.
No. 2 Ohio State kicked off against Purdue at 7:30 Saturday night for the first time since 2013.
The Buckeyes took on the the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Indiana who were riding a three-game win streak as they enter Saturday’s match. Ohio State, however, entered the game undefeated in the season thus far.
The Boilermakers were first to score in Saturday night’s game. With 1:10 remaining in the first quarter Purdue quarterback David Blough sent a 13-yard pass to wide receiver Isaac Zico for a touchdown. The Boilermakers led the Buckeyes 7-0 and maintained their lead until the end of the quarter.
The Buckeyes worked to decrease the point deficit at the start of the second quarter when placekicker Blake Haubeil kicked a 24-yard field goal.
However, Purdue continued to maintain the lead. With just seconds remaining in the first half, wide receiver Rondale Moore scored a touchdown. The home underdogs led the Buckeyes by 11 at halftime. The score was 14-3.
Ohio State was first to score in the second half of the game. Haubeil kicked a 23-yard field goal, raising the score 14-6.
Purdue increased their lead against Ohio State after running back D.J. Knox scored a 1-yard touchdown, raising the score 21-6, where it remained at the end of the third quarter.
Purdue was first to score in the fourth quarter, after Knox ran 42-yards for a touchdown. At this point the score was 28-6.
Ohio State is tried to decrease their deficit in the fourth quarter as wide receiver Johnnie Dixon scored a 32-yard touchdown. Purdue still led OSU 28-13.
The Boilermakers were leading the Buckeyes by 22 points with less than 7 minutes remaining to play. Knox ran 40-yards for another touchdown, raising the score 35-13.
Ohio State continued to put up a fight as they neared the end of the game. With less than five minutes to play, wide receiver Terry McLaurin scored a 34-yard touchdown. The Buckeyes still trailed behind the Broilermakers 35-20.
Purdue scored another touchdown after Blough passed to Moore with less than 4 minutes to play in the game. Purdue leads Ohio State 42-20.
The Boilermakers intercepted Haskins’ pass intended for a touchdown and returned it 41-yards for a touchdown. Purdue led Ohio State 49-20 with two minutes to play.
The score remained 49-20 until the end of the game.
Boilermakers’ Head Coach Jeff Brohm said before the game that he knows the Buckeyes are big, strong and capable of scoring lots of points. He said he is honored to play a powerhouse team and “see how we stack up” against them.
Meanwhile, Head Coach Urban Meyer viewed his team differently; he knew OSU needed to improve.
“We can play much better,” Meyer told the NCAA before Saturday’s game, “As I made a comment to you many times, you enhance your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Every team has weaknesses, and there are some things we have to work on.”
The Buckeyes entered Saturday’s game averaging 556.9 yards per game, 371.4 record yards per game, 24 sacks and 46.3 points per game. Ohio State also led the nation with 211 first downs and an average of 30.1 first downs per game.
Meanwhile, Purdue entered the game averaging 510.2 yards per game, 330.8 record yards per game, 18 sacks and 33.5 points per game.