Quick Hits: No. 7 Ohio State 29 Purdue 22 OT
Ohio State loses Braxton Miller but rallies late and beats Purdue in overtime.
|Ohio State needed a late comeback before Carlos Hyde scored the game-winner in overtime. (US Presswire)|
OHIO STATE WON. Though there is definitely concern about what Ohio State lost en route to this victory.
Buckeyes sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller was hospitalized after being slammed to the ground after a big run. There is no word on the extent of Miller's injury. When he was injured, Ohio State trailed Purdue 20-14 in the fourth quarter. A few minutes later, Purdue got a safety after Ohio State was called for holding in its own end zone.
However, after a few unproductive drives, junior backup Kenny Guiton led the Buckeyes 61 yards in 44 seconds and found Chris Fields for a 2-yard touchdown pass with three seconds remaining. Guiton then found Jeff Heuerman in the end zone for the 2-point conversion to tie the game.
Carlos Hyde scored a touchdown on Ohio State's first possession, and Purdue couldn't answer as the Buckeyes kept their undefeated season going.
WHY OHIO STATE WON. Purdue lacked killer instinct. The Boilermakers had chances to expand their lead in both the first and second halves -- Purdue led the overwhelming majority of the game -- but failed, whether by execution or conservative playcalling.
The biggest blow came in the second quarter. Already ahead 13-7 in the first quarter, Purdue embarked on a 19-play, 85-yard drive that took 10:32 off the clock. It even included a fake punt on fourth-and-1 from Purdue's 20-yard line. Unfortunately for Purdue, the drive ended with a Caleb TerBush pass being intercepted in the end zone. Mistakes like that and missed opportunities allowed an Ohio State team that was not playing well to hang around and remain in position to do exactly what it did in the final minutes.
WHEN OHIO STATE WON. When TerBush's pass to Crosby Wright on fourth-and-5 fell incomplete in overtime.
WHAT OHIO STATE WON. The Buckeyes continue their undefeated season, but you have to think the only thing on the team's mind is the status of its Heisman hopeful quarterback.
WHAT PURDUE LOST. Purdue had the smallest of chances of reaching the Big Ten title game this season. Those chances are gone. Along with that, there's the feeling of knowing you let one slip away. Make no mistake, that's exactly what Purdue did in Columbus on Saturday.
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