Urban Meyer, Dwayne Haskins Talk Loss To Purdue

Urban Meyer, Dwayne Haskins Talk Loss To Purdue

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. The Boilermakers dominated the first half by playing keep away. 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.

What resulted on Saturday night was nothing short of stunning. On the next play, Blough hit Moore for a 9-yard touchdown and it was 14-3 at halftime.

Rondale Moore can't be stopped.

Coming out of the break, Urban Meyer's bunch continued to make mistakes, piling up the penalties and not converting its precious opportunities in the red zone.

The Ohio State Buckeyes had few answers on the field during Saturday's 49-20 humiliation at Purdue.

"Number one, off the top, is our red zone offense". Knox repeated the trick minutes later, again going 40 yards without a single Buckeye defender in sight. Miles Sanders ran for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Purdue's season started with three straight losses, albeit by a total of eight points, including a home defeat to Eastern Michigan.

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Most of those games ended as everyone expected. Haskins finally hooked up with Johnnie Dixon III on a 32-yard TD pass to make it 28-13 and Terry McLaurin on a 34-yard TD pass to make it 35-20 with 4:40 to go, but Blough's TD pass to Moore and Bailey's interception return sealed it.

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 question now for the Buckeyes is, where do they go from here?

"It was wonderful", running back D.J. Knox said of the scene. Behind a high-powered offense and an aggressive defense, some of the sport's boldest prognosticators thought Jeff Brohm's Boilermakers had what it took to slay the perceived best team in the Big Ten.

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.

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