Ohio State Football 2011
Ohio State Suffers Overtime Defeat
The Buckeyes have played in plenty dramatic, Big Ten games this season.
That trend continued on Saturday as Ohio State suffered a 26-23 overtime loss to the Purdue Boilermakers in West Lafayette.
Purdue backup quarterback, Robert Marve, scored on a 1-yard sneak for the game-winning touchdown on the Boilermakers' first possession in overtime.
Ohio State (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten) took the ball first in the extra session, and Drew Basil's 33-yard field goal gave the Buckeyes a 23-20 lead.
Marve threw an interception in the final minute, but quickly redeemed himself. He stepped in for starter Caleb TerBush and completed 10-of-13 passes for 94 yards. Ralph Bolden ran for 80 yards on 18 carries for the Boilermakers.
For the Buckeyes, Braxton Miller had yet another decent performance, passing for 132 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for an additional 43 yards on 16 carries. Daniel "Boom" Herron added 62 yards on 18 carries.
Purdue got on the board first as Carson Wiggs' 19-yard field goal capped off an opening scoring drive.
On their second possession, Purdue went 60 yards on 11 plays, and Akeem Shavers scored from 4 yards out to bump the Boilermakers' lead to 10-0. The Buckeyes were held to 11 yards and no first downs in the first quarter.
Ohio State finally got going early in the second quarter as Miller began creating passing opportunities with his ability to get outside of the pocket. Miller's 38-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Hall cut Purdue's lead to 10-7.
Marve then took the Boilermakers 88 yards on 13 plays. Bolden's 7-yard touchdown run pushed Purdue's lead to 17-7 with 3:19 left in the first half.
Basil missed a 50-yard field-goal try wide right as the half ended as the Boilermakers led 17-7 at the break. Despite only being down 10 points, the Buckeyes were dominated in the opening half as they were outgained 242-97 and were held to 18 yards on 17 carries on the ground. Herron was held to 16 yards on eight carries.
The Boilermakers went three-and-out to start the second half, and Ohio State moved right down the field. The drive ended with on a 5-yard touchdown run from Miller to cut Purdue's lead to 17-14 with 9:52 left in the third quarter.
Purdue answered on a Wiggs' 44-yard field goal with 13:06 to play put the Boilermakers up 20-14.
Ohio State drove down the field still trailing by six in the final minutes. On a fourth-and-3 from the Purdue 13, Braxton Miller scrambled and found Hall behind the secondary for a touchdown to tie the game. OSU could have taken the lead on the pending extra point, but Purdue's Bruce Gaston blocked Basil's extra point try eventually sending the game into overtime.
The heartbreaking loss ends a three-game winning streak for the Buckeyes.
The Bucks will look to bounce back next Saturday as they host the Penn State Nittany Lions in a very important conference matchup.
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