Purdue allowed plenty of yardage and points in back to back home losses the previous two weeks to Michigan and Wisconsin.
Through the first half today, the Boilermakers are a completely different team.
Ohio State was held to just one touchdown, and 101 yards of offense in the first half, as Purdue leads 13-7 at the break.
The problems giving up big plays continued for the Buckeyes, as 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 blocked the point after try, 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.
While Ohio State has become accustomed to slow first quarters, they haven’t had much trouble in the second period. However, the Buckeyes netted 0 yards on 9 plays in the second.
Miller has been held to only four yards rushing on 7 attempts, while he has completed just 6 of 15 passes for 52 yards and an interception (on a Hail Mary at the end of the half).
The ground game has not been present, with just 49 yards rushing. Carlos Hyde has a six carries for 33 of those yards.
For Purdue, TerBush is 8 of 14 for 124 yards with a touchdown and a pick.
The Boilermakers, already up 13-7, went on a 19-play, 85 yard drive that took over 10 minutes of clock. However, Ryan Shazier tipped a pass at the goal line that C.J. Barnett intercepted to end the threat. Shazier paced the Bucks in tackles as well, making 7 first half stops.
It’s the first time all season that Ohio State has trailed, and Purdue is in search of its first win in Columbus since 1988. The Boilermakers haven’t won two games in a row against the Buckeyes since 1960 and 67.