November 28, 2021

The Ohio State Buckeyes were unstoppable this past Saturday against the Purdue Boilermakers. The 4th ranked Buckeyes are a young group that has played all season long with plenty of confidence and swag. The weather conditions in this game were not ideal, as it was 39 degrees and plenty of wind. The Buckeyes took a commanding lead as quarterback C.J. Stroud threw a quick pass to wide receiver Garrett Wilson, who dived across the pylon for a 21- yard touchdown pass which set the tone for the game. The touchdown marked the 7th touchdown for Wilson on the season.  Purdue would respond with a touchdown of their own to even the score at 7-7. 

​A face mask penalty on the Boilermakers would set up Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson perfectly, as he would punch the ball in on a two-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 14-7 Buckeyes. Purdue was making progress on their next possession however, their tailback would cough up the football. Thus, Ohio State recovered the football and would capitalize on Purdue’s mistake. TreVeyonHenderson breezed past defenders and found the endzone for a 57-yard run to expand the lead to 21-7 Ohio State. The Buckeyes remained laser-focused as they were dominant in every facet of the game, as the special teams recovered a fumble off of an ensuing kickoff. C.J. Stroud stayed poised in the pocket as he continued to have a flawless performance. 

​Despite Purdue being down by four touchdowns, they stayed competitive and scored 24 more points. Ohio State would go on to win the game by a score of 59-31. C.J. Stroud would complete 31 out of 38 passes, throwing for 361 yards and compiled five touchdown passes. The combination of running backs TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams would have outstanding performances, as Henderson rushed for 98 yards on 13 carries, while Williams rushed for 117 yards on 14 carries.  The Buckeyes receiving duo of Njigba and Wilson would shine, as Njigba would catch nine passes for 139 yards and haul in a touchdown pass. Wilson would catch 10 passes for 126 yards and haul in three touchdown passes. 

Ohio State improved its overall record to 9-1 and a conference record of 7-0. Though it is apparent that they have to rectify their defense as the players would agree that they let Purdue back into the game. I’m sure everyone has heard the old sports reference “Defense wins championships.” It does not matter how explosive an offense is, teams that have a great defense can expose any talented offense. Nonetheless, the Buckeyes have a major hurdle to clear, as they host the 7th ranked Michigan State Spartans, they have taken a complete 180 and brought the team back into the national spotlight. Will we see Ohio State falter, or will we see them rise to the occasion and take care of business on their home turf?

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