The Buckeyes buckled under the pressure. And even before All-American defensive end Nick Bosa announced earlier this week that he will not return to school to rehab an injury and prepare for the National Football League draft, the defense gave up a ton of big plays.
Urban Meyer took his medicine and met with the media afterwards to try and make sense of what happened tonight. Washington State is the highest-ranked team in the Pac-12.
Ohio State's loss to Purdue was another reminder not to prematurely eliminate one-loss teams such as Oklahoma from the conversation - and Ohio State might not be the last undefeated team to fall. The previous mark came in October 1967 when Purdue won 41-6 in Columbus, Ohio. The Boilermakers held the Buckeyes without a touchdown in the first half.
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.
"We gave him a lot of different looks, some max-blitz looks to get him on his heels". "The glaring shortcomings we had were exposed".
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 a year ago. 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. "Even at (Indiana) a year ago when they stormed the field, this was probably 10 times crazier".
"We came in with an aggressive plan and aggressive approach (on defense)", Brohm said. "We did a nice job making their quarterback a little bit uncomfortable and with that the offense was able to score some points and maybe make them (Buckeyes) slightly panic just a bit".
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The Boilermakers have rebounded from their disastrous 0-3 start.
Purdue had 539 yards total offense.
The Boilermakers then went into their bag of tricks en route to a 14-3 halftime lead.
The Buckeyes tried to crank up the pace and the intensity in the second half but that didn't work, either.
Haskins finally hooked up with Johnnie Dixon III on a 32-yard TD pass to make it 28-13 and McLaurin on a 34-yard TD pass to make it 35-20 with 4:40 to go. Blough was outstanding all night, throwing for 378 yards and three touchdowns, with no turnovers.
Ohio State's Chase Young (left) and Buckeye Baron Browning get pressure in the backfield on Purdue running back Markell Jones (8) in the first quarter at Ross-Ade Stadium on the campus of Purdue University Saturday.