Now that Buckeye Nation has had a few days to regain their breath from the end of the Ohio State v Purdue game, we can go back and relive some of the exciting and nail-biting moments from Saturday’s game.
TERBUSH TO SHAVERS (INSERT DIRTY JOKE HERE) | 14:43 1st
Typically, when the first play of the game is an 83 yard pass for a touchdown, certain warning sounds start going off in your head. This is what happened on Saturday; Purdue Quarterback Caleb TerBush completed an 83 yard pass to Akeem Shavers for the first score of the day. Luckily for the Buckeyes, the Ohio State special teams were able to block the punt to hold Purdue to a six point lead.
The five minutes that followed the initial touchdown, weren’t very productive; Braxton Miller fumbled for Ohio State, followed by 1 Ohio State punt, and 2 Purdue punts.
MILLER RUSHES INTO THE ENDZONE | 5:29 1st
The vast majority of the Buckeyes first successful drive was rushing plays by Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde. Miller had three incomplete passes to Devin Smith followed by a completed pass to Philly Brown for 17 yards; with eight yard left, Miller did what he does best, he tucked the ball and ran in for the touchdown.
PURDUE PUTS A HAULT TO BUCKEYE CELEBRATIONS | 5:17 1st
The Buckeyes were in the lead by one after the point after kick was good; Drew Basil kicked off for Ohio State for 65 yards. Akeem Hunt, with most of the field in front of him, dodged Buckeye players throughout the field and ran 100 yards for another Boilermaker touchdown. The score was now 13-7 Purdue, and nervous feelings crept up like they did against Michigan State.
The entire second quarter went scoreless after several interceptions, fumbles, missed field goals by both teams. Going into halftime, the Buckeyes were down by 6 and knew something had to change in order to win this game.
HYDE’S TURN TO RUN THE BALL | 7:41 3rd
The second Ohio State drive in the second half was a combined effort by Miller and Hyde to get down the field; with only two yards left to the end zone, Hyde ran it in for a touchdown to take the Buckeye’s first lead of the day.
TERBUSH ANSWERS THE BUCKEYE’S EARLY SCORE | 3:49 3rd
After a few Purdue rushing plays and short passes, TerBush connected with Gary Bush for a 31 yard touchdown pass. The score volleyed to 20-14; Purdue was not going to give up the lead easily.
Ohio State’s next drive ended with another Miller fumble, but special teams cleaned up another mess and blocked the next field goal attempt by Purdue. The remainder of the third quarter went scoreless, but didn’t go without another big scare for Buckeye fans. Quarterback Braxton miller was thrown to the ground late in the third quarter, and had to be taken to the hospital for further testing. Kenny Guiton had to step up into a role that he has proven, he knows well.
SERIOUSLY…A SAFETY!? | 10:11 4th
The Boilermakers got lucky on the bounce of the punted ball, forcing the Buckeyes to start on their own 1-yard line. Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde ran 5 yards for the first play of the drive when flags started flying. Buckeye Nation collectively let out a huge groan when the flags meant an Ohio State penalty for an illegal block resulting in a safety.
The score was 22-14 with just over 10 minutes to play; as the Buckeyes went into this game undefeated, this was not the type of loss anyone wanted to see (well, other than Purdue fans).
GUITON TO EXTEND THE GAME | 0:03 4th
The game wasn’t terribly exciting until Kenny Guiton lead the Ohio State offense onto the field with 47 seconds left in the game, and down by 8 points. I can honestly say, I don’t think I have seen the type of time management Guiton executed on Saturday.
Starting at the Ohio State 39 yard line, Guiton completed a 39 yard pass to Devin Smith, followed by an 8 yard pass to Evan Spencer. The Buckeyes needed 2 more yards to continue down the field after an incomplete pass, Carlos Hyde stepped up and ran 3 more yards for the first down. Finally, there was only 11 yards standing between the Buckeyes and the end zone, when Purdue was called for pass interference which put Ohio State two yards from a touchdown. Kenny Guiton scrambled, made Purdue’s defense miss him several times, and was able to complete a pass to Chris fields for the touchdown.
The score was 22-20 with seconds left on the clock; right about now, I’d have to assume the Purdue kicker was pretty upset he missed the very first point after earlier in the game. Everyone knew Guiton was going for the two point conversion, a play he had never taken snaps for in practice. Guiton’s pass to Jeff Heuerman was GOOD and the game was headed to overtime.
Ohio State got the ball first; Guiton completed a 17 yard pass to Jake Stoneburner (it’s about time he started getting some targets), followed by a 5 yard rush by Carlos Hyde, and a 2 yard rush by Guiton himself. On the one yard line, Guiton handed the ball to Hyde for an incredible TOUCHDOWN.
Down by seven points, Purdue tried to reciprocate, but the Buckeye’s defense held them at the 20 yard line; GAME OVER.
Without question, Saturday’s game was the most exciting game this season. At least Ohio State was able to continue their winning streak and maintain the only undefeated team in the Big Ten. Here’s hoping that next week’s game against Penn State isn’t quite as terrifying as this game against Purdue.