Ohio State-Purdue | Rob Oller's Second Thoughts

Staff Writer
Buckeye Xtra

• The prototype player Urban Meyer craves does not play for Ohio State. Instead, he lined up against the Buckeyes and outsprinted them until they cried “Uncle.” Purdue true freshman Rondale Moore — 12 catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns — is the type of Percy Harvin player Meyer has always wanted at OSU. Harvin was the speedy hybrid back Meyer rode to two national titles at Florida. The Buckeyes have some speedsters — Parris Campbell doesn’t lose too many races — but nothing to match Moore, who made the secondary look silly.

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• Another game, another round of inexplicable Ohio State penalties. This time, the Buckeyes collected 10 yellow flags — including seven in the first quarter — for 86 yards, which was 10 yards more than OSU had rushing. The most costly infraction occurred when Davon Hamilton was called for roughing the kicker on a Purdue punt with the Boilers holding a 14-6 lead. Purdue converted off the automatic first down by scoring to make it 21-6 with 8:36 left in the third quarter. “Not very disciplined,” Meyer said, shaking his head. “Most are effort penalties, but still ridiculous.”

• It’s never good when writers in the press box — and presumably fans in the stands and those watching at home — feel a fake field goal is coming, but then coaches and players still get caught off guard. Leading 7-3, the Boilermakers faced a fourth-and-3 at the Ohio State 13-yard line when they lined up for a 30-yard field-goal attempt with less than a minute left in the half. It was a perfect time to try a fake, because failure still left Purdue with the lead. Too perfect, it would seem. One would think the Buckeyes would defend such trickery, but instead Joe Schopper rushed for the first down and the Boilermakers scored with 27 seconds remaining for a 14-3 lead at halftime.

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