Urban Meyer's third true road loss since becoming the Buckeyes' coach won't be forgotten any time soon. They just promised to work on them, and implied that they felt like progress was being made.
Against a Buckeyes team that came in averaging 46 points per game, the fifth-most in the nation, the Purdue defense was the story of the night.
Name an issue, and it came up against the Boilermakers: Giving up big plays on defense; an offense that still hasn't figured out how to run the ball for a myriad of reasons, and struggles to score in the red zone because of that.
The Buckeyes reached the red zone (i.e. inside the opponent's 20) five times - really just four; the game ended with Ohio State at the 17, counting as a red-zone trip - and left with just two field goals to show for it.
"It's incredible how you can be sitting at 0-3 with some hard losses and find a way to do this", coach Jeff Brohm said. Quarterback David Blough tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Zico in the corner of the end zone to make it 7-0. Moore's second touchdown was an incredible mix of determination and a poor display of tackling by Ohio State, essentially summing up the way this game came to a close in the fourth quarter.
Minnesota made things interesting, though, scoring on three possessions in a row spanning the halves, with backup quarterback Tanner Morgan replacing Zack Annexstad to open the third quarter and leading two straight touchdown drives to pull the Gophers to 28-22.
The issues that were evident so far in 2018 finally caught up to Ohio State with an embarrassing loss to Purdue. "We have to get something going". It was a gutsy decision by Jeff Brohm, but one that may have been necessary.
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Ivory Kelly-Martin ran for 98 yards for Iowa, which had its first shutout since a 28-0 victory at IL two years ago.
The Buckeyes' only score of the first half - a 24-yard field goal by Blake Haubeil - was partly gift-wrapped.
Purdue ended the early futility with a 15-yard, 98-yard touchdown drive.
Adrian Martinez hit Stanley Morgan Jr. for a 35-yard TD and passed to him again for a 2-point conversion to make it 36-22.
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. Purdue's offense was on fire, with three standouts making big plays. Ohio State responded by quickly marching down the field helped by two 15-yard penalties against Purdue's defense before settling for a 24-yard field goal. Recent history at Ross-Ade hasn't been kind to the Buckeyes, either.
This wasn't the College Football Playoff tour everyone thought we'd see that came to West Lafayette today.
Purdue quickly drove deep into Ohio State territory in the final minute of the second quarter.