Purdue throttles No. 2 Ohio State to earn shocking upset

Ohio State football offensive line coach Greg Studrawa

Ohio State football offensive line coach Greg Studrawa

The Buckeyes buckled under the pressure. "When you're aggressive good things happen", he said. We have good players and good coaches.

The Boilermakers (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten) certainly have played it their way lately. Fans spilled onto the field as the Buckeyes (7-1, 3-1) tried to avoid them as they headed to the locker room.

It's why the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee don't release their first ranking until October 30, because the story is just beginning to unfold, and one upset can cause a ripple effect throughout the entire cast of contenders.

One of the nation's top offenses has no running game to speak of and has become too one-dimensional.

Purdue quarterback David Blough passed for 378 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win, with Rondale Moore being on the receiving end of 170 yards and two touchdowns. It was Blough's third straight 300-yard game and his fourth this season.

Ohio State got its yards, 546 of them, 470 of which came off the right arm of Haskins, whose Heisman campaign may or may not live to see Sunday morning.

"My main message is we have to treat this like it's life or death", Buckeyes receiver Terry McLaurin said.

Now Ohio State must fight its way back into the CFP mix. "There's some serious shortcomings right now we gotta get fixed".

Ohio State was in the red zone five times against three-loss Purdue and came away with two field goals, and the Buckeyes' defense has allowed 35 plays of 25-plus yards this season - already five more than all of previous year. But he missed receivers down the field on a windy night at Ross-Ade Stadium and was almost picked off a couple of other times before Markus Bailey's 41-yard interception return for a score. One insane stat: The Wildcats have allowed more points (172) than they've scored (170). "It wasn't like we won by one point", Brohm said. Just like it will be against the Buckeyes this weekend. One play later, Blough completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to Moore to push the Purdue lead to 14-3 just before halftime.

The Buckeyes tried to turn up the pace and the intensity in the second half but that didn't work, either.

Four plays after Davon Hamilton ran into Schopper, giving Purdue another first down, Knox made it 21-6. After the Buckeyes scored to make it 28-13 with under 10 minutes left, some felt the comeback was on. The 5-foot-7 running back totaled 128 yards on 16 carries, his third 100-yard game of the season and second in a row.

Ohio State, however, enters this game undefeated in the season thus far. The search for solutions will begin immediately. The Boilermakers under Jeff Brohm have risen from the doldrums with a creative and explosive offense. All of those numbers except the touchdowns were Ohio State records. They brought enormous joy to cancer patient and team inspiration Tyler Trent.

When Purdue upended No. 2 Ohio State 49-20 on Saturday night, it opened the door for another great debate on selection day, as the Big Ten is now guaranteed to have a conference champion with at least one loss - and so are the Big 12 and Pac-12.

Buckeyes: "I never thought I would have to throw the ball 73 times for us to win", Haskins said. "People running into you, falling over and I'm like, 'No, get up please.' I mean, it was a great time and an incredible moment". "We just didn't do that today".

"It was a fantastic performance by our football team". Winovich said on the Fox Sports telecast: "Sometimes your little brother starts acting up, and you've got to put them in place".

It's hard to pinpoint exactly what went wrong for the Buckeyes, because it's not like the Boilermakers did anything unexpected.

Boilermakers: Head to No. 24 Michigan State next Saturday, hoping to build on their momentum.

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