Ohio State drops from No. 2 to No

Five points to ponder In a Dwayne Haskins world Ohio State’s offensive line facing new challenges

Five points to ponder In a Dwayne Haskins world Ohio State’s offensive line facing new challenges

With the Ohio State football team coming off its worst game of the season in a 49-20 beat down by the Purdue Boilermakers, it might be time for people in Columbus to panic. Ohio State responded by quickly marching down the field helped by two 15-yard penalties against Purdue's defense before settling for a 24-yard field goal.

The one noteworthy difference, of course, is Iowa handed Ohio State its second loss last season.

Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Austin Mack (11) against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium.

The Boilermakers (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten) won their fourth straight overall, their second in a row over a ranked team and pulled off their biggest upset since taking down then-No. The Buckeyes got hammered - just like past year, when they suffered a 31-point defeat at Iowa that the committee couldn't get over.

Ohio State's loss to Purdue provides a shakeup to the College Football Playoff, and the bowl projections as a result. They made five trips to the red zone and failed to score a touchdown all five times. Ohio State came up short of even half its scoring average.

"I'm very surprised. I thought we had a good week of work", coach Urban Meyer said.




The lack of a running game is a big concern, Meyer said. "The glaring shortcomings we had were exposed".

Michigan State released a statement about the pregame scuffle today, essentially standing behind its team, stating that Michigan was aware of the timing for MSU's team walk and didn't leave the field. David Blough is 135 of 224 (60.3 percent) with 1,951 yards, 13 touchdowns and only two interceptions since replacing the injured Elijah Sindelar as the starting quarterback in Week 3. This is when Purdue pulled away from the Buckeyes though.

Kyle Murray threw four touchdown passes as the No. 9-ranked Sooners erupted to a win over the host Horned Frogs. Until today, the Big Ten's best chance to get two teams in would have been MI winning out and winning the Big Ten. OSU is off this week before playing Nebraska on November 3.

Boilermakers: Head to No. 24 Michigan State next Saturday, hoping to build on their momentum.

"These guys (the Spartans) will come in hungry and fired up for a win, and we're going to have to respond and play a clean football game", Brohm said.

After a full year of Don Brown ruminating over this game and two weeks to prepare for Penn State, next Saturday is already looking like a long day for Ricky Rahne's vanilla playbook.

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