Ohio State-Purdue | Penalties pile up in Buckeyes’ loss

Bill Rabinowitz
brabinow@dispatch.com
Ohio State linebacker Malik Harrison pressures Purdue quarterback David Blough during the first quarter. [Joshua A. Bickel/Dispatch]

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Before Ohio State’s first offensive snap, tight end Rashod Berry committed a false-start penalty.

On the Buckeyes’ second play, the Buckeyes lined up in an illegal formation.

The penalties kept piling up — 10 for 86 yards — and became more and more costly. Shaun Wade’s face-mask penalty helped Purdue on its 98-yard touchdown drive that set the tone in Ohio State’s 49-20 loss.

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Eight of the penalties came in the first half, but the two in the second half were crucial.

First, with Ohio State trailing 14-6 in the third quarter, lineman Davon Hamilton was called for roughing Purdue punter Joe Schopper. Purdue took advantage of the automatic first down and scored four plays later to take a 15-point lead.

The Buckeyes still trailed by that margin early in the fourth quarter when they seemingly had forced a three-and-out. But defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones was called for roughing quarterback David Blough. Purdue capitalized by scoring a touchdown on a 76-yard drive that all but ended the Buckeyes’ comeback hopes.

“We could deal with one, but stuff like that kept happening,” safety Jordan Fuller said.

Penalties have been a recurring problem this season. Ohio State entered the game averaging more penalties than all but 20 of the 129 FBS programs.

“It’s been an issue this year,” coach Urban Meyer said.

He seemed most perturbed about the roughing-the-penalty penalty by Harrison.

“Not very disciplined,” he said. “I think they’re effort penalties, but just … ridiculous.”

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