WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Squandered scoring opportunities and multiple drive-extending penalties served doom to Ohio State’s quest for an unbeaten regular season and left the Buckeyes no longer in control of their College Football Playoff dreams.
Continuing a piece launched by LettermenRow.com after last week’s win against Minnesota, we bring you the game superlatives and “Moments that Mattered” for the Buckeyes in a disappointing, 49-20 loss at unranked Purdue.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
PLAY OF THE GAME:
IT’S A FAKE: Hardly content to sit on a 7-3 edge, having just watched Ohio State blow a prime scoring opportunity two minutes before half with a missed field goal, Purdue uncorked a fake field goal on fourth-and-3 from the Buckeyes’ 13.
Lining up with Spencer Evans apparently prepped for a 30-yard field goal attempt, holder/punter Joe Schopper scooted 4 yards around the left side before he was smacked down by Jordan Fuller.
On the very next play, David Blaugh found Rondale Moore on a rub route off the right side of the line and Moore coasted unscathed into the end zone for a 14-3 Boilermaker lead at the break.
RED ZONE IS A MESS: The Buckeyes got a record-setting effort from Dwayne Haskins, but they were absolutely atrocious in the red zone as they continued to struggle inside opponents’ 20-yard lines two-thirds of the way through the season.
Ohio State scored on just two of its first four trips inside Purdue’s 20 — and both of those were short Blake Haubeil field goals.
The Buckeyes had drives that ended at the Purdue 6-, 15, 6- and 2-yard lines. Purdue, meanwhile, scored touchdowns on each of its first three red-zone adventures and also got an explosive, 41-yard score from D.J. Knox.
Ohio State entered the game just ninth in the Big Ten and 90th nationally in red-zone offense, with 26 scores on 32 trips. Then the Buckeyes exacerbated that issue when they settled for a trio of field-goal attempts — only two of which were converted — and watched as their scoring inside the 20s dipped yet again. OSU has now failed to score on eight red-zone trips and also settled for three on seven other trips.
SO MUCH DIRTY LAUNDRY: Already among the most penalized teams in the Football Bowls Subdivision, Ohio State’s lack of discipline and execution once again proved catastrophic. OSU penalties extended multiple critical Purdue possessions, including two different teams that Purdue turned those extra possessions into touchdowns.
All told, the Buckeyes — who entered the game ranked 117th nationally as they averaged eight penalties for 74.4 yards per game — elicited 10 more flags for 86 yards by the time Purdue had iced the game on a long scoring run that left the deficit at 35-13 late in the fourth quarter.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
HASKINS SETS THE RECORD: It was hard to fault sensational sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. in the Buckeyes’ setback. After back-to-back 33-completion performances, Haskins set the school’s single-game completions mark with 49 completions and his third-straight 400-yard-plus passing performance, with the 470 yards also a school single-game record. Haskins tossed two touchdowns before Markus Bailey picked off Haskins and raced 41 yards for the game’s final tally.