Purdue throttles No. 2 Ohio State to earn shocking upset

Tyler Owen
October 22, 2018

Penn State (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) rallied to snap a two-game losing streak after IN (4-4, 1-4) took a 21-20 lead IN the third quarter on Steve Scott's 3-yard touchdown run.

Nebraska 53, Minnesota 28: Nebraska built a four-touchdown lead in the first half and survived some nervous moments in the second before pulling away in Lincoln, Neb., giving Scott Frost his long-awaited first win as Cornhuskers coach and ending a program-record 10-game losing streak.

Ohio State's defense pressured David Blough at times, but when it didn't, the Buckeyes got picked apart. It was Blough's third straight 300-yard game and his fourth this season. Purdue also set a school record for points scored against the Buckeyes, besting the previous mark of 41 in 1967. The matchup is the third-highest-rated college football game on ESPN/ABC this season and is up year-over-year from last year's presentation of Michigan-Penn State in the same window. A third time, with Ohio State desperately needing a touchdown trailing by 15 in the third quarter, he was in coverage on an incompletion to K.J. Hill on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line. On the next play, Blough hit Moore for a 9-yard touchdown and it was 14-3 at halftime. The Boilermakers resembled something like a top-five team, with explosive playmakers and a masterful game plan outmatching the opposition at nearly every turn to run away by 29 points.

"We came in with an aggressive plan, an aggressive approach", Jeff Brohm said.

Ohio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) was one dimensional on offense with all but 76 yards of its 546 yards total offense coming on passes.

After Ohio State's field goal to start the second half, its defense forced a punt. Blough was outstanding all night, throwing for 378 yards and three touchdowns, with no turnovers.

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Any faint hope for a comeback ended when Knox added a 40-yard touchdown run three minutes later. While Purdue did come with an eye toward allowing yards to prevent game-changing plays, it was aggressive early on, blitzing Haskins into check-down throws, then making the tackles, the first time, every time, through it all making sure that Ohio State's east-and-west passing was bottled up.

The first of those came with the help of two 15-yard Purdue penalties.

The game was delayed for 1 hour, 15 minutes in the first quarter because of lightning in the area.

The Boilermakers' second touchdown came on its next possession after Haubeil's missed field goal.

Ohio State had a chance to match Purdue's 98-yard drive when it drove from its 2 to the Purdue 16.

Rondale Moore can't be stopped.

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