Saturday, October 20, 2012

Say What You Will About Ohio State, They Showed Perservance Facing Adversity Vs. Purdue

    It was late in the 3rd quarter when Ohio State starting quarterback Braxton Miller, went down with a serious (yet undisclosed) injury. Miller broke a long run for 37 yards before being taken down (which at second look, looks a bit controversial) by a Purdue defender.  Ohio State was now without it's team leader, and in came Kenny Guiton. Guiton, prior to the season was contemplating transferring from Ohio State before ultimately deciding to remain with the Buckeyes.

    It looked as Ohio State was beginning to fall apart, as they gave up a safety to Purdue after a committing a penalty that occurred in their own endzone. Purdue looked to be on its way from stealing a win in Columbus and upsetting the Buckeyes in their own stadium. But Kenny Guiton and the Buckeyes we're not about to let that happen!

     Purdue punted the ball away, and Ohio State had one more shot with 59 seconds remaining to send the game between the Boilermakers and Buckeyes to overtime for a second straight year (2011 Purdue won 26-23). Taking over on their own 39 backup quarterback for Ohio State Kenny Guiton,who threw an interception on their prior series, quickly redeemed himself by throwing a 39 yd. pass to Devin Smith and in one play were already deep in Purdue terrority. A few plays later Ohio State was facing 3rd and 10 when Kenny Guiton threw a pass in the endzone in which Purdue was called for pass interference giving the Buckeyes an automatic 1st & Goal from the 2. The very next play Guiton hit Chris Fields for a TD which set up for a chance to tie the game with a 2 PT. Conversion. Guiton rolled out and then came back to find a wide open Jeff Heuerman to tie the game up and send the game to overtime!

      Purdue won the toss and elected to go on defense. Ohio State's offense came right back out, hoping to duplicate their success they had in the last minute of regulation. On the first play of overtime, Guiton hit Jake Stoneburner for a 17 yd. Pass to quickly set up 1st&Goal. Just three plays later, Carlos Hyde took it in from the 1 as they took the lead after it had looked like Purdue would come away with the upset. Ohio State's Defense came out and quickly put Purdue in a 4th down situation in just 3 plays. On 4th & 5, Purdue's Quarterback Caleb TerBush threw the ball intended for Crosby Wright, but ended up overthrowing him as Ohio State staved off the upset with late game heroics by backup QB Kenny Guiton.

      Urban Meyer was proud of his players and complemented on their resilience to overcome not only from the deficit, but the injury to leader and starting quarterback Braxton Miller. This game showed and displayed the character and heart Urban Meyer and his kids have!

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