With only 47 seconds left in the game, approximately 30,000 fans had already filed out of Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes trailed 22-14, and had to travel 61 yards—and convert a two-point attempt—to tie the score.
Those who left missed one of the greatest finishes in Ohio Stadium history; as the Buckeyes—behind back-up quarterback Kenny Guiton—did tie the game, and went on to win 29-22 in overtime.
It marked the second straight season that OSU and Purdue went into overtime and the third time in the past eight meetings.
After exhaling, Buckeye Nation now turns its attention to the health of Braxton Miller. The sophomore quarterback was injured getting tackled at the end of a 37-yard run at the end of the third quarter. Miller left the game, and was taken to a local hospital, according to reports.
After Miller left, Purdue was forced to punt on its following possession, with the ball downed at the OSU one yard line. Two plays later, Jeff Heuerman was flagged for a block in the back in the end zone, upping the Boilermakers lead to 22-14.
On the next offensive possession, Guiton’s pass was tipped and intercepted at the Purdue 18 yard line. The defense forced a three and out, and OSU got the ball back at its own 39 with 47 seconds to play.
Two things put the Buckeyes behind the eight ball in this contest. The first was turnovers, as Miller lost two fumbles, and threw an interception, on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half. Purdue only had one miscue, winning the turnover battle 4-1.
The other factor was once again allowing big plays. Caleb TerBush completed an 83-yard touchdown pass to Akeem Shavers on the first play from scrimmage. The play was the sixth longest pass play ever surrendered by an OSU team, and three of the top six now belong the Purdue.
The Buckeyes (Garrett Goebel) blocked the point after try (a huge play in hindsight), and later took a 7-6 lead when Braxton Miller found the end zone from 8-yards out.
However, on the ensuing kick-off, Akeem Hunt raced untouched for a 100-yard kick return for a score, taking us to the 13-7 halftime score.
OSU’s offense never really quite got going, scoring 29 points and 342 yards, well below the output we’ve seen in the past two weeks.
Before the injury, Miller had 12 carries for 47 yards, while completing 9 of 20 passes for 113 yards with an interception.
In relief, Guiton was 6 of 11 for 77 yards with a touchdown and a pick.
Once again, Carlos Hyde got stronger as the game wore on, picking up 91 yards on 19 carries, and scoring the eventual winner in overtime.
Chris Fields, who hadn’t caught a pass all season coming into the game, pulled in three receptions for 44 yards including the score that pulled the Bucks to within 22-20.
On defense, Ryan Shazier led the way with 12 tackles, and tipped a second quarter pass that C.J. Barnett intercepted in the end zone. John Simon added 9 stops, and despite fighting off nagging injuries, Johnathan Hankins had 8.
It was yet another chapter of tight, emotional games between Ohio State and Purdue. Contests in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011 and now again this year were all tightly contested with several momentum swings.
The Buckeyes improved to 4-0 all-time in overtime games in Ohio Stadium, having beaten North Carolina State and Purdue in 2003, and Iowa in 2009. Urban Meyer is now 5-0 in extra sessions in his coaching career.
It’s onto Happy Valley next week to play Penn State, as OSU improved to 8-0 on the year. Despite the NCAA sanctions and player defections, the Nittany Lions will be a handful, especially at home.