Ohio State-Purdue | Ray Stein's Bottom Line

Staff Writer
Buckeye Xtra
An Ohio State Buckeyes fan reacts after a Purdue Boilermakers touchdown during the second quarter of a NCAA college football game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. [Joshua A. Bickel/Dispatch]

Remember the Iowa game last year? Of course you do. That one left a mark on Ohio State that didn’t fade until after the playoff committee adjourned. The Buckeyes’ latest Big Ten road welt will leave a similarly deep bruise. Hard to tell whether this is a tattoo OSU will manage to scrub off. Leaves are awarded on a zero-to-five basis. — Ray Stein

Offense (1)

Dwayne Haskins’ arm still works, to the tune of an Ohio State-record 49 completions and 470 yards. Yawn. More to the point, Ohio State made five trips to the red zone and came away with exactly six points. That math might not even work against Rutgers. What’s worse, the hot mess run game or the dumpster fire offensive line?

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Defense (2)

This outfit has played with holes in their socks all season, and the film sessions should provide a surfeit of examples of the same missed tackles and poor angles. Against Purdue, though, the defense actually kept OSU close for a good while in the first half — though one good play usually was followed by a bad one.

Special teams (2)

Things started well enough for Ohio State, but even the shining moment — Terry McLaurin’s downing of a punt at the 2 — led to a 98-yard Purdue TD drive. After that, it was all downhill, including a missed OSU field goal on one end, a successful fake field goal by the Boilers at the other.

Coaching (0)

For a full week, the entirety of the college football world warned of the potential for a trap game in West Laf. And still the Buckeyes managed to step into every rabbit hole and smack their heads on every low branch on the property. Outcoached doesn’t even begin to cover it. OSU deserves every bit of this embarrassment.

Fun (4)

Ross-Ade Stadium was no place to be for those with an abundance of scarlet in their game-day outfits, but the home folks had a blast. The whipped-up Purdue crowd is an astute one, and from the start the fans sensed it may be their night. The postgame rushing of the field and the pulsating light show were a fitting finish.

Opponent (4)

Considering the utter dominance of an overrated but nonetheless talented Ohio State team coming in, the question had to be asked: These Boilermakers lost to Eastern Michigan? At home? Indeed, Purdue has bounced all the way back from an 0-3 start and could be a West contender. With Rondale Moore, the sky’s the limit.

Officiating (3)

The crew threw a lot of laundry — 17 penalties in all were called — but mostly kept an emotional game from getting out of control. Their one notable miss was early, when officials improperly marked a Purdue fumble at the spot it went out of bounds (first down) rather than the spot of the fumble (third-and-4).

rstein@dispatch.com

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