Boilermaker defense fueled Purdue's rout of No. 2 Ohio State

Boilermaker defense fueled Purdue's rout of No. 2 Ohio State

Boilermaker defense fueled Purdue's rout of No. 2 Ohio State

That's right, the Michigan Wolverines are now the team to beat in the Big Ten while unbeaten Alabama and Clemson easily secure their spot as the top two teams looking to march into the College Football Playoff.

Blough went 25 of 43 with 378 yards and sealed the victory with a 43-yard pass to Rondale Moore with 3:37 to play. "We're going to work our you-know-whats off to get it right", he said.

Minnesota made things interesting, though, scoring on three possessions in a row spanning the halves, with backup quarterback Tanner Morgan replacing Zack Annexstad to open the third quarter and leading two straight touchdown drives to pull the Gophers to 28-22.

After closing to 14-6 early in the third quarter, Davon Hamilton was called for roughing the kicker and the Boilermakers cashed in on their second chance with Knox's 1-yard TD run.

Purdue upped their record to 4- 3 and will take on Michigan State this Saturday while Ohio State had their undefeated season end with Saturday night's loss as their record now stands at 7 -1. Purdue's 49 points was a school record against Ohio State.

"We gave him a lot of different looks, some max-blitz looks to get him on his heels".

After the game, Haskins, head coach Urban Meyer, wide receiver Terry McLaurin, and safety Jordan Fuller met with the media to discuss the game. They never led the game, committed 10 penalties and allowed Purdue to rack up 539 yards with seven touchdowns.

Purdue's four touchdowns in the fourth quarter all came on big plays - Knox's 42-yard run and 40-yard run, a 43-yard pass to Moore and a 41-yard interception by Markus Bailey. "We did a pretty good job playing (man-to-man) when we had to play man, a pretty good job generating a little bit of pressure, and a good job making the quarterback feel a little uncomfortable".

These two teams have not played since the 2013 season. On the next play, Blough hit Moore for a 9-yard touchdown and it was 14-3 at halftime. The show, which was a homecoming of sorts for Ol' Crimson, was up +17% from 2017's Week 8 show surrounding Michigan-Penn State. It was ugly. Ohio State struggled to run the ball again, made far too many mistakes in all three phases and couldn't keep up with Purdue's speed late.

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