Ohio State was in the red zone five times against three-loss Purdue and came away with two field goals, and the Buckeyes' defense has allowed 35 plays of 25-plus yards this season - already five more than all of previous year.
The one noteworthy difference, of course, is Iowa handed Ohio State its second loss last season.
Alabama is the unanimous number one, Notre Dame is ranked 3 and LSU is ranked 4. "Every time you thought we were going to swing and get back in it, didn't score in the red zone. have a turnover or give up a big hit".
The Boilermakers (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten) play at Michigan State (4-3, 2-2) on Saturday.
Michigan State released a statement about the pregame scuffle today, essentially standing behind its team, stating that Michigan was aware of the timing for MSU's team walk and didn't leave the field.
Boilermakers: "This win means a lot for this team because it shows everyone around the country that you can win football games at Purdue", Brohm said. "We want to be in a position where we can control our own destiny, we don't want to have to be sitting back and waiting to see what somebody else does and we took a step in the right direction". Knox had 128 yards on the night and three touchdowns, two of them in the fourth quarter.
Ohio State's loss to Purdue was another reminder not to prematurely eliminate one-loss teams such as Oklahoma from the conversation - and Ohio State might not be the last undefeated team to fall. Freshman receiver Rondale Moore continues to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, and Purdue has pulled no punches in calling plays. His 6-yard pass to Nico Collins broke a scoreless tie early in the second quarter and was Michigan's first touchdown throw against the Spartans since 2011.
Most recent season Purdue won three-straight road games, something it will try to do on Saturday at Michigan State. The Buckeyes dropped to No.11 in the rankings with many fans thinking they should not even be ranked that high, that was how bad Saturday's game played out.
The win was much-needed by MI football, which entered the year under fire because of the team's lack of big wins under Jim Harbaugh. "We have to get something going".
Meyer had Ohio State's offensive and defensive coordinators remain in the office Sunday rather than go out recruiting so they could work on possible scheme tweaks.