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Guiton Purdue5Urban Meyer isn’t going to win every game he coaches at OSU, but Saturday in Columbus the Buckeyes somehow delayed the inevitable for another week. Ohio State rallied behind their backup quarterback with eight points in the final seconds to tie Purdue, and went on to beat the Boilermakers in overtime 29-22, to stay unbeaten at 8-0. Braxton Miller was knocked out of the game after three quarters, and the Buckeyes trailed most of the day, but Kenny Guiton came on and managed to snatch improbable victory from what looked like certain defeat.

The junior from Houston connected with Chris Fields for a touchdown with three seconds on the clock, and then found tight end Jeff Heuerman for the 2-point conversion to send the game into overtime. Miller was slammed hard to the turf after a 35-yard run late in the 3rd quarter, and was hospitalized as doctors checked him for head, neck and shoulder injuries, but he was released Saturday evening, and was said by an OSU spokesman to be “symptom free”.


David Regimbal

altThe No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0) will take the field this Saturday looking to establish, well, anything resembling a competent defense.

Quotes from the past week lean heavily toward the defense after giving up 49 points to the Indiana Hoosiers. Doing that on a basketball court is one thing, but allowing that to happen on a football field is the kind of thing that will force Urban Meyer into another unexpected retirement.

And just a reminder, the college basketball season is about three weeks away. Covering a postseason-eligible team will be a nice change of pace for yours truly.

Let’s get to the real reason you’re here. This week’s telling quotes are below.


Dan Wismar

Braxton Purdue2011a- Saturday, October 20, 2012

- Ohio Stadium - Columbus, OH

- Purdue at Ohio State

- 12:00 PM ET

- TV: ABC / ESPN2 -

Unbeaten Ohio State returns home Saturday for a noon date with the Purdue Boilermakers at the Horseshoe. The 7th-ranked Buckeyes will be trying to make it eight in a row under first-year head coach Urban Meyer, in the second of five straight games against Leaders Division opponents. OSU is 3-0 in Big Ten play, and leads the division race, the only title they are eligible to win in 2012.

Purdue (3-3, 0-2) comes in on the heels of consecutive humbling defeats at the hands of Michigan and Wisconsin, needing an upset win to salvage any hope of overtaking the Badgers and winning the Leaders’ spot in the Big Ten title game. Danny Hope’s Boilermakers own victories over Ohio State in two of the last three meetings, but both of those wins were in West Lafayette. They have knocked off the Buckeyes in Columbus just twice in the last 60 years, the last time coming in 1988.


Jesse Lamovsky


As if in honor of the start of college basketball practice, Ohio State and Indiana put up a hoops-type score Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Moving up and down the field almost at will, the teams combined for 101 points and 1,059 yards of total offense. The Buckeyes, buoyed by another superlative effort from Braxton Miller, eventually prevailed 52-49. My DVR ran out of time before the end of the game, so I can’t be sure if the Hoosiers lost because they simply ran out of time or because Steve Alford missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.


Dan Wismar

Wisc Purdue3The initial BCS rankings of the 2012 season were released this week, and there is not a Big Ten team to be found in the Top 25. Ohio State, ranked No. 7 in the AP poll, is not eligible to be considered, as Recap readers are well aware, but the absence of a single Big Ten team is a first in the BCS era. Clearly the Big Ten’s seven year streak of placing a team in one of the BCS bowl games is in serious jeopardy.

Penn State is ineligible for the BCS as well, but if 4-2 Michigan (AP No. 23) wasn’t considered Top 25 material, then the 4-2 Nittany Lions, with their signature win over Northwestern, probably wouldn’t be included even if they weren’t under NCAA sanction. The Wolverines look like the most balanced team in the league at the moment, especially when you consider the Buckeyes’ recent defensive woes.

After three weeks of conference play, four Big Ten teams remain unbeaten in league action. OSU Is 3-0, while Iowa, Penn State and Michigan are 2-0. Still looking for their first Big Ten victory are Indiana, Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota. To the weekend’s games...



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