Mistake-prone Ohio State (7-1, 4-1) had its 12-game winning streak snapped, fell out of the Big Ten East lead behind rival MI and now must fight away its way back into playoff position.
If Purdue missed a tackle all night against the waves of blue-chip talent Ohio State fielded, it didn't miss enough to bear noting.
Instead, Purdue extended their lead with three more touchdowns, two coming on long plays and a third coming on a pick-six.
"We knew they were going to get some yards because we were playing soft coverage", Bailey said.
Prior to both of those field goals, cornerback Antonio Blackmon broke up would-be touchdowns on third down.
Both Ohio State and MI should finish with a better schedule strength than Oklahoma, though the Sooners still have a chance to beat a ranked West Virginia team on the road and possibly avenge the regular-season loss to Texas by beating the Longhorns in the Big 12 title game. "All of us were making plays in the red zone". "It just kind of goes to show you what can happen if you put your mind to it, if you have a good group of guys that stick together and do things the right way". That way, Ohio State's only loss would have been to the Wolverines.
"We gave him a lot of different looks, some max-blitz looks to get him on his heels". The Boilermakers under Jeff Brohm have risen from the doldrums with a creative and explosive offense.
Ivory Kelly-Martin ran for 98 yards for Iowa, which had its first shutout since a 28-0 victory at IL two years ago.
Ohio State's setback means the Buckeyes are now looking up in the Big Ten East standings for the first time this season.
Purdue ended the early futility with a 15-yard, 98-yard touchdown drive.
Purdue jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 1:10 left in the first quarter on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Blough to Issac Zico. The Buckeyes were caught off-guard on a fake field goal that enabled the Boilermakers to score a touchdown right before halftime. But the game's first four possessions ended in punts.
Purdue's changed its season on the back of aggressiveness, in all its forms.
Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins (2) makes a move on Purdue linebacker Cornel Jones in the first half at Ross-Ade Stadium on the campus of Purdue UniversitySaturday. With Purdue up 21-6, the Boilers stopped a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line, sniffing out a swing pass attempt that landed incomplete. (Ohio State also had lost earlier to Oklahoma.) It was the second straight year that the Big Ten champion was left out of the top four and a reminder that there's no guarantee in a system as subjective as the playoff.
Nebraska 53, Minnesota 28: Nebraska built a four-touchdown lead in the first half and survived some nervous moments in the second before pulling away in Lincoln, Neb., giving Scott Frost his long-awaited first win as Cornhuskers coach and ending a program-record 10-game losing streak.
Purdue quickly drove deep into Ohio State territory in the final minute of the second quarter.