WEST LAFAYETTE- The Boilermakers welcomes the 2nd ranked team in the nation The Ohio State Buckeyes to town for a primetime showdown at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Fall air was settled in at kickoff with a temperature of 39 degrees and a wind chill of 29 degrees at kickoff.
Purdue got on the board in the 1st Quarter on a 15 play 98-yard drive that ended with Purdue QB David Blough throwing to Isaac Zico for 13 yards in the corner of the end zone for an amazing catch that will likely be on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.
Ohio State started off shaky in the 1st quarter and settled for a field goal by Nuernberger to begin the 2nd quarter and trailed Purdue 7-3. Ohio State has had several false start penalties which were due in a large part to the Purdue crowd.
Both teams traded possessions midway through the 2nd quarter. Purdue started their next drive at 8:17 mark of the 2nd quarter and Zico was called for a horrible pass interference call that should not have been called. (The OSU defender was burnt and flopped for the call). Purdue never overcame the penalty and Joe Schopper punted to Ohio State and was downed at the 2-yard line.
Towards the end of the 2nd quarter, Ohio State put together a drive and took it down to the Purdue 17 yard line and Neurenberger missed a 33-yard field goal. Ohio State had a 15 play 83-yard drive that resulted in 0 points.
David Blough and Purdue took over and two quick plays which included a 19 yard run by DJ Knox and a 37-yard catch from Zico set Purdue up at the Ohio State 20 yard line with 1:09 left before halftime. Two dropped passes to set up a Joe Schopper fake field goal run for the 1st down at the 9-yard line. Ohio State had 3 defenders sell out for the block which created the run lane to the left side for Schopper. The next play was a 9-yard touchdown pass from Blough to freshman phenom Rondale Moore. Purdue took a 14-3 lead over #2 Ohio State at the half. David Blough went 14-24 233 yards and 2 TDs in the 1st half. For Ohio State, Haskins went an efficient 20-26 for 173 yards and zero touchdowns. Ohio State committed 8 penalties for 56 yards compared to Purdue’s 4 for 60 yards.
Ohio State started the 3rd quarter with a game plan to spread out the Purdue defense and have their offensive weapons beat the Purdue defenders one on one. The Buckeyes marched quickly down the field with the no-huddle offense. Purdue’s defense held inside the 10-yard line and held the Buckeyes to a field goal which made it 14-6 Boilermakers with 12:25 left in 3rd quarter.
Purdue failed to get a first down on their opening possession of the 2nd half and was punting to Ohio State when the Buckeyes were called for a “Roughing the Kicker” which gave Purdue 15 yards and a 1st down. Ohio State bailed out the Boilers again with another penalty on the drive. Blough threw a 15-yard pass to Brycen Hopkins which brought the Boilers down the Ohio State 1 yard line. DJ Knox scored on the next play with a 1-yard touchdown run that pushed the lead to 21-6 Purdue.
Haskins and Ohio State answered back dicing up the Boilermakers secondary on the way down to the Boilermaker 1 yard line before being stopped by the Purdue defense on 4th and goal. The Boilermakers went three and out on the following possession even with a questionable face mask flag that was picked up by the referees. The Buckeyes took over at the Purdue 37 yard line. Purdue’s defense picked up the pass rush and deflections and forced Ohio State to punt. The Boilermakers took a 21-6 lead over the #2 ranked Buckeyes into the 4th quarter.
DJ Knox busted for a 42-yard touchdown run with 11:39 left in the 4th quarter to push the Purdue lead to 28-6. On the following possession, Haskins led the Buckeyes and connected with Johnnie Dixon on a 32-yard touchdown pass to cut the Boilermaker lead to 15 with 9:36 remaining in the game. Ohio State couldn’t convert on 3rd down and punted to the Boilers and Purdue never looked back! Purdue scored on their next possession with a 43-yard catch by Rondale Moore. Purdue then scored on a Haskins Interception by Markus Bailey for 41 yards. That was the icing on the cake as the Boilermakers upset #2 ranked Ohio State 49-20. Purdue running back DJ Knox finished with 132 rushing and 3 TDs. WR Rondale Moore finished with 12 catches 128 yards and 2 TDs. QB David Blough finished 25-43 378 yards and 3 TDs.
Tonight’s game was dedicated to Purdue’s #1 fan Tyler Trent. Tyler is suffering from cancer and was featured this morning on ESPN’s College Gameday. Tyler was in attendance at tonight’s game cheering for his Boilermakers. #TylerStrong. A crowd of 60,716 was announced and was the largest Big Ten home game crowd since Purdue took on Michigan in 2017.
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