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Tim May
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Purdue Boilermakers wide receiver Rondale Moore (4) fights through a tackle from Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones (86) and defensive end Chase Young (2) during the fourth quarter of the game. [Photo by Joshua A. Bickel]

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Preceded by high gusts, Purdue unleashed a perfect storm to destroy shaky Ohio State's unbeaten status and send Buckeyes into off week needing a shakeup.

In the polls

Favored by 12, then losing by 29, Ohio State plummeted from No. 2 to No. 9 in the coaches poll, and from No. 2 to No. 11 in the Associated Press media poll. Now look who is No. 5 in both — Michigan, after its dominant win over Michigan State.

Who’s hot (consolation prize)?

No previous Ohio State quarterback had ever thrown more times (73) for more completions (49) and for more yards (470) in a game than Dwayne Haskins Jr. did in the loss. He also threw two touchdown passes to up his still nation-leading total to 30, and is No. 1 in passing yards (2,801) and No. 4 in passing efficiency. But he also was just off on a couple of possible TD passes early and threw a pick six in the closing moments which was the cherry on top of the Purdue pancake.

What’s not hot?

The Ohio State running game, which could muster just 48 yards combined for its two backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber when the game was still in the balance. It was another miserable effort for an offense which in years past has considered itself a spread based off a power run game. Now it’s an air force with a third-rate infantry.

What’s not hot II?

The defense, whose sporadic play, even in the midst of drives, was a sight to behold. Then the big-play pox flared again in the fourth quarter as the Boilermakers got TD runs of 42 and 40 yards by T.J. Knox through the heart of the Buckeyes, and a 43-yard catch-spin-and-run off the edge from freshman Rondale Moore, the most exciting player on the field. The Buckeyes sure got loosey-goosey.

What’s not hot III?

Special teams. Ohio State knew going in that Purdue coach Jeff Brohm wasn’t bashful about running a fake or three, yet Purdue converted a fake field goal into a four-yard run that kept alive a TD drive. OSU’s Davon Hamilton was flagged for roughing the punter and gave new life to another Purdue TD drive in the third quarter that upped the lead to 21-6.

What’s not hot IV?

Penalties. After racking up 10 more, some of them costly (see above), for 86 yards, Ohio State is now 12th nationally in penalty yards per game (75.88 avg.). That speaks derogatorily for itself.

Dinged up

There was no official word from OSU, but it appeared cornerback Jeffrey Okudah left the game because of concussion symptoms in the fourth quarter. One of the OSU starting cornerbacks Damon Arnette didn’t make the trip because of being in concussion protocol. Defensive end Chase Young hopped off late with an apparent lower-leg ailment but there was no word on his status Sunday.

Up next

The Buckeyes have their only off weekend of the regular season before resuming Big Ten play on Nov. 3 at home versus Nebraska, which just got its first win of the season, 53-28 over Minnesota. Yes, the same Gophers against whom OSU struggled to score 30.

This week’s challenge

For Urban Meyer and his staff, it’s trying to fix the problems that have plagued the team at least the last month – no run game, big plays given up on defense, penalties. That’s a lot of work, and with their frailties now having cost them a game and a chunk of their reputation, there may be no quick fix.

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