A short synopsis of thoughts on today’s game at Purdue with more in depth coverage to follow.
On the first play from scrimmage following the kickoff, Purdue QB Terbush completed a pass to running back Akeem Shavers who had beaten Storm Klein easily and he went untouched for the 83 yard touchdown. Although the Buckeyes were able briefly take the lead later in the first quarter on a touchdown drive that was capped off by a Braxton Miller run, the lead was quickly relinquished with a 100 yard kickoff return on the ensuing kickoff. With a blocked extra point on their first touchdown, Purdue held a 13-7 lead at the end of the first half, limiting the Buckeyes offense to 49 yards on the ground with 52 yards through the air.
Although the Buckeyes would again take the lead at the midway point of the third quarter, Purdue promptly answered on their next drive with a touchdown of its own. The score was 20-14. On the next possession for the Buckeyes, Braxton Miller broke a long run but was pulled down by the back of his jersey landing hard on his shoulder and leaving the game with an undisclosed injury. Any hope of Braxton’s return went out the window when it was reported that Miller was taken to the hospital.
With Braxton out of the game, things only got worse as Purdue downed a punt on the one yard line with Kenny Guiton directing the offense. A penalty in the end zone gave Purdue a safety and an eight point lead 22-14.
With the Buckeyes offense sputtering and seemingly unable to overcome the 8 point deficit, the Buckeyes had to punt the ball back to the Boilermakers with 2:40 left in the final quarter with only one timeout remaining. With the help of a penalty on 1st down, the Buckeyes defense forced Purdue to punt the ball back with 1:53 remaining.
Guiton engineered a 7 play 61 yard drive that was capped off by a two yard pass to Chris Fields with the two point conversion being successful on a pass to Jeff Heuerman.
In overtime, Purdue won the toss and selected to play defense first. The Buckeyes scored without much trouble on a 5 play 25 yard drive to take the 29-22 lead. After two incompletions on first and second down, Purdue picked up five yards on third to force 4th and 5. With the pocket collapsing, Terbush scrambled and threw a prayer to the endzone that fell incomplete.
The legend of Kenny Guiton may only last one week with the uncertainty of Miller’s status, but nevertheless, it is in the record books.