Ohio State Fans Want This Coach Fired After Saturday’s Loss

Dean Simpson
Октября 22, 2018

Ohio State was in the red zone five times against three-loss Purdue and came away with two field goals, and the Buckeyes' defense has allowed 35 plays of 25-plus yards this season - already five more than all of previous year. The Boilermakers dominated the first half by playing keep away. The Buckeyes still have a pair of huge games on the schedule against Michigan and Michigan State.

Purdue's season started with three straight losses, albeit by a total of eight points, including a home defeat to Eastern Michigan.

Ohio State (4-1) will shift gears as the team gets ready to host Nebraska (1-4) on Saturday.

Mistake-prone Ohio State (7-1, 4-1) had its 12-game winning streak snapped, fell out of the Big Ten East lead behind rival MI and now must fight away its way back into playoff position. A third time, with Ohio State desperately needing a touchdown trailing by 15 in the third quarter, he was in coverage on an incompletion to K.J. Hill on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line.

Ohio State is all too familiar with being on the brink of a semifinal spot, as the 2014 Big Ten championship game was exactly the boost the Buckeyes needed to get into the top four, while last year's Big Ten title win over Wisconsin wasn't enough for the two-loss champs.

The Boilermakers under Jeff Brohm have risen from the doldrums with a creative and explosive offense. (Ohio State also had lost earlier to Oklahoma.) It was the second straight year that the Big Ten champion was left out of the top four and a reminder that there's no guarantee in a system as subjective as the playoff. All of those numbers except the touchdowns were Ohio State records. Knox finished with 128 yards and three touchdowns.

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Purdue ended the early futility with a 15-yard, 98-yard touchdown drive.

The game was delayed for 1 hour, 15 minutes in the first quarter because of lightning in the area.

Knox added a second long touchdown later in the fourth quarter, making a man miss in the backfield and sprinting 40 yards untouched after that for his third touchdown of the game.

Zico also scored the second touchdown on a 9-yard pass from Blough.

Ohio State's Paris Campbell Jr. heads up field as Purduecornerback Simeon Smiley closes in for the tackle at Ross-Ade Stadium on the campus of Purdue University Saturday. Purdue hit paydirt on the next play on a Rondale Moore nine-yard TD catch. On a fourth-and-three deep in Ohio State territory, the field goal unit lined up for a 30-yard attempt, but instead the ball was snapped to punter Joe Schopper, who ran around the left end for four yards to move the chains.

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