Oct. 20, 2012
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No. 7 Ohio State (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) 29, Purdue (3-4, 0-3 Big Ten) 22 – (OT)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 20, 2012
OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES
Ohio State is 63-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002season. Only two other first-year Ohio State coaches have started aseason better than 8-0: Carol Widdoes went 9-0 in 1944 andeventually won his first 12 games before his first loss; and EarleBruce opened 11-0 in 1979. The Buckeyes’ last overtime game wasNov. 12, 2011, at Purdue, a 26-23 loss for the Buckeyes. The lastgame at Ohio Stadium to go into overtime was the Iowa game Nov. 14,2009, a 27-24 victory for Ohio State.
Ohio State is 38-14-2 all-time against Purdue and 26-5-2 ingames played in Ohio Stadium. This is the third game of the seriesto go into overtime. Ohio State is 2-1 in those games (W, 16-13,11/15/03; L, 26-23, 11/12/11)
BraxtonMiller’s eight-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his10th of the season, moving him into fourth place on the Ohio Statesingle-season rushing touchdown list by a quarterback. Kenny Guiton’s touchdown pass in the fourth quarter was thesecond of his career and in as many weeks (first was at Indiana,10/13/12). Carlos Hyde rushed for two TDs, including the overtime score.He finished with a game-high 91 rushing yards. Chris Fields’35-yard reception in the third quarter marked a career long. Fieldstallied three catches after coming into the game without areception this season. Ohio State’s eight-play, 80-yard touchdowndrive in the third quarter was the Buckeyes’ 21st drive of 70 ormore yards this season. All 21 have resulted in touchdowns. Lastyear, Ohio State had nine drives of 70 or more yards.
Ohio State held Purdue to 22 points and 347 total yards today.The Boilermaker offense came into the game averaging 32 points pergame and 387 total yards. Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier led the team in tackles for the fifth time thisseason with 12 stops, including 1.5 tackles for loss and one passbreakup. He leads the team with 77 tackles in 2012. Seniordefensive lineman John Simon followed Shazier with nine tackles vs. theBoilermakers, one off his career high. Junior safety CJ Barnettcollected his first interception of the season in Ohio State’s endzone at 8:06 in the second quarter to end a potential Purduescoring drive. The interception ended a 19-play, 85-yard drive forthe Boilermakers. Senior Zach Boren appeared as a linebacker for the second-consecutivegame, notching five tackles. He has 14 tackles the last two games.Following Purdue’s kickoff return for a touchdown, the Ohio Statedefense forced an interception and seven punts in the game.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Senior defensive lineman Garrett Goebel blocked Purdue’s PAT on its first touchdown inthe opening quarter. The last blocked PAT for Ohio State wasOrhian Johnson against UAB (9/22/12). Junior defensive linemanJohnathan Hankins blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt with 29seconds remaining in the third quarter to keep a six-point deficiton the scoreboard. The two-point conversion was the second for OhioState this season. The last was vs. UAB (9/22/12), a Braxton Miller rush. Drew Basil was 3-3 on PATs.