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Boilers Beat Bucks in Overtime with Quarterback Sneak in End Zone, 26-23



On a mild, sunny afternoon in November with wind gusts up to 25 mph, the Purdue Boilermakers battled the Ohio State Buckeyes in a Big Ten Conference tilt at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Coming off an embarrassing loss to Wisconsin last week, the Boilermakers redeemed themselves today against the Buckeyes. In the first half, the Purdue defense stopped Ohio State’s explosive running game. The Bucks had 7 possessions; 5 of which were punts. Last week, three of the Bucks’ players rushed over 100 yards each against the Indiana Hoosiers for a total of 346 yards. Today, the Bucks’ rushed a total of 165 yards, 18 of which were only in the first half. Their passing game wasn’t much better. Braxton Miller completed 8 of 18 passes for 132 yards; however, he rushed 43 yards. Purdue’s tandem team of quarterbacks Robert Marve and Caleb TerBush, together completed 25 of 37 passes for 233 yards.


After Purdue established their running game, their passing game allowed the Boilers to take control of the clock. During the first half, Purdue had over 18 minutes of possession; the Bucks had less than 12. At the half, Purdue was on top 17-7.

During the 3rd quarter, the Bucks gained momentum as they finally established their running game. Miller led a scoring drive into the end zone. Literally. On 2 nd and goal, Miller took the snap, looking for an open receiver. Without pressure from the Purdue defense and no open receiver, Miller ran diagonally to the right, scoring his 5 th touchdown run of the season. The extra point was good. The score was now 17-14 with 9:42 left in the 3 rd quarter. Purdue’s offense struggled to extend the lead until Carson Wiggs, Purdue’s kicker who would make even David Beckham blush, kicked a 44-yard field goal with 13:06 left in the 4th quarter.

As the clock wound down into the final minutes, the Buckeyes’ offense barged down the field into Boilermaker territory to win the game. Down 20-14, the Bucks needed only a touchdown and extra point to seal the win. The Bucks failed to convert 3rd down in the red zone. One more down until the Boilers could claim victory. Center Michael Brewster snapped the ball, handed it off to Miller. Miller scrambled out of the pocket, looking for an open receiver. As Purdue defenders rushed to put pressure on Miller, he threw the ball across the field to Jordan Hall. Touchdown Buckeyes. The score; tied at 20, with 55 seconds to go, the Bucks lined up to kick the extra point to gain the lead. The snap was good, and Drew Basil kicked the ball toward the uprights, but Purdue’s Bruce Gaston jumped up and batted the ball to the ground. He blocked the extra point!

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The game went into overtime with Ohio State gaining possession first. Overtime rules state that each team gets a possession on the other team’s 25-yard line and has to either score or get a 1st down. Ohio State failed to convert on 3rd down, so they opted to kick a field goal. Basil’s 33-yard kick was good. With Ohio State on top, 23-20, Purdue now had the chance to tie it or score a touchdown for the win. On a 3rd and 12, Marve threw a bullet to Gary Bush, who ran out of bounds at about the 1-yard line. Another 1 st down for Purdue. Marve kept the ball on the next play and stretched his torso over the plane into the end zone. Touchdown Purdue. The final score, 26-23.

Although this game ended in overtime; a sense of déjà vu overtook the players and home crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium. Two years ago, when the Bucks were no. 7 in the nation, unranked Purdue claimed the victory crown that October day. Once again, when the final score flashed, the fans rushed the field. The Boilers had done it again.

By: Karen Wood
BigTen-Fans.com Purdue Boilermakers Correspondent



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