Gameday+ | Rearview mirror: Oct. 20, 2012, Ohio State vs. Purdue
Oct. 20, 2012
Each week, Gameday+ takes a look at an Ohio State game played on this date:
Ohio State 29, Purdue 22, OT
Setup: Like this season, there were times during Ohio State’s perfect-in-record start to the 2012 campaign when coach Urban Meyer’s club gave fans a lot to chew on. Some games were prime-grade steaks, such as the gut check at Michigan State and the blowout of Nebraska. Others took on the hue and smell of mystery meat that even Taco Bell would reject, including a narrow comeback win against underdog Purdue in which all seemed lost until the Buckeyes unveiled a beefy backup plan.
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Stars: After quarterback Braxton Miller was carted off the field and then transported to a hospital after a hard third-quarter tackle, Kenny Guiton came on to lead Ohio State back from an eight-point deficit in the final minute of regulation. Carlos Hyde rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns, including the only score in overtime. Garrett Goebel and Johnathan Hankins saved four points in regulation by blocking a Purdue extra point and a field goal, respectively.
Turning point: Down 22-14, the Buckeyes took over at their 39-yard line with 47 seconds left. Guiton hit Devin Smith for 39 yards to move the ball to the Purdue 22. A few plays he rolled left and passed to Chris Fields for a 2-yard score with three seconds left to make it 22-20. Ohio State then tied the score on on Guiton’s well-designed two-point conversion toss to Jeff Heuerman. In overtime, Hyde scored on a 2-yard run for a 29-22 OSU lead. Purdue’s possession lasted four plays, the last an incompletion to the end zone by a heavily pressured Caleb TerBush.
Impact: Beating the Boilermakers lifted Ohio State’s record to 8-0 but left questions unanswered about how good the Buckeyes really were. We’ll never know for sure — NCAA sanctions kept them from the postseason — but we know they were at least good enough to finish with more points than each of the 12 teams on the schedule.
Quotable: “That was a moment I’ll never forget. The quarterback jogging into the game — the old right-hander — just did a heck of a job.” — Meyer, showing his fondness for his second-string QB
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