Purdue burns Ohio State with fake FG, which leads to TD

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And that was the blueprint against the Buckeyes' big-play passing offense, to force the Buckeyes into modest gains, then put a hard cap on those gains. In case you missed his comments, we've got them in the above Tweet link thanks to our friends at Letterman Row. "When they checked, we checked, so it was a cat-and-mouse game we were trying to play and we happened to win".

Without the vertical threat Purdue was otherwise wary of, it played its best defense in the highest-stakes situations, led by Blackmon, who took points off the board twice and made it known that on this day, nothing would come easily for the nation's second-ranked team.

Four plays after Davon Hamilton ran into Schopper, giving Purdue another first down, Knox made it 21-6.

It was like Iowa 55, Ohio State 24, Part II a year later.

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Faced with the same scenario, the second-ranked Buckeyes didn't learn anything from that memorable upset, getting routed by Purdue 49-20 in West Lafayette and in turn putting their postseason and Big Ten aspirations in serious peril. "We have to get something going".

"We came in with an aggressive plan, an aggressive approach", Jeff Brohm said. "We did a good job of making the quarterback feel uncomfortable with a lot of different looks". 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. The junior picked off a Dwayne Haskins pass and sprinted 41 yards in the opposite direction for a score, his first Purdue touchdown. Until today, the Big Ten's best chance to get two teams in would have been MI winning out and winning the Big Ten.

The mistake-prone Buckeyes, meanwhile, didn't reach the end zone until early in the fourth quarter and never led on a night they ran 25 times for 76 yards. Blough was outstanding all night, throwing for 378 yards and three touchdowns, with no turnovers. After the Buckeyes scored to make it 28-13 with under 10 minutes left, some felt the comeback was on.

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.

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