A trendy upset pick heading into this college football weekend was the Purdue Boilermakers taking down the Ohio State Buckeyes. 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.
As it turned out, the second-ranked Buckeyes weren’t able to get the job done, as Purdue went from being a 12-point underdog to taking down Ohio State by double-digits. In a scoreline that might make your jaw drop, Purdue defended their home field and walked out with a 49-20 win, knocking off a top-2 team for the first time since 1984.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what went wrong for the Buckeyes, because it’s not like the Boilermakers did anything unexpected. When they’re cooking, their high-flying, hyper-aggressive squad wants to make you uncomfortable on both sides of the ball, and oh my goodness, were they cooking on Saturday night. Purdue’s offense was on fire, with three standouts making big plays.
First up, I am talking about Rondale Moore, because he is perfect and I love him. Moore is an electric, 5’9 true freshman receiver who is capable of housing the ball whenever he touches it. Seeing as how he had 12 receptions for 170 yards and two scores, it is obvious that Purdue wanted to get him the ball as much as possible. His second touchdown made the outcome 100 percent inevitable. Look at this nonsense.
Just … how? Chris Fowler screamed in a similar manner to how I screamed on my couch. He rules. Watch him play football before the NFL finds a way to make him less fun. Next up, running back D.J. Knox toted the rock 16 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns. Knox is one of the most violent backs in college football, and when he was able to get by the second level of Buckeye defenders, it was over.
Veteran quarterback David Blough had himself a night, too. Blough has been around forever, and has certainly had his ups and downs during his collegiate career. There may not have been a bigger up than the win on Saturday night, as Blough dissected a good Ohio State defense. On the night, he went 25-for-43 with 378 passing yards and a trio of scores. Watch this dime that he dropped in the first quarter to find Isaac Zico and kick off the scoring on the night.
The Boilermakers scored 28 points in the fourth quarter, including a pick six by Columbus native Markus Bailey, who is the heart and soul of the Purdue defense and did not get a scholarship offer from Ohio State out of high school.
So much went wrong for the Buckeyes, from the pick six, to a running game that could not get going (Dwayne Haskins threw 73 passes!), to a defense that got gashed, to a whole bunch of dropped passes by the receivers. There are big questions on both sides — namely can Ohio State still make the College Football Playoff and how much longer will Brohm be at Purdue — but for now, none of those matters. All that matters is the college football world was turned on its head by none other than the Purdue Boilermakers.