Boilermaker defense fueled Purdue's rout of No. 2 Ohio State

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Purdue (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten) is a team on a bit of a roll with four straight wins.

The biggest surprise of the week wasn't even a battle of ranked teams, it was actually the primetime matchup between Purdue and Ohio State.

Other Big Ten Conference teams in the AP Top 25 poll include No. 17 Penn State and No. 18 Iowa.

Blough outplayed Heisman Trophy candidate Dwayne Haskins Jr. on a night the Buckeyes didn't reach the end zone until early in the fourth quarter. It was Blough's third straight 300-yard game and his fourth this season.

The game peaked at a 5.2 (11-11:15 p.m.) rating in the fourth quarter, with a flurry of touchdowns giving the Boilermakers the 49-20 victory at home in front of a raucous crowd and a special guest of honor in Tyler Trent. But he missed receivers down the field on a windy night at Ross-Ade Stadium and was almost picked off a couple of other times before Markus Bailey's 41-yard interception return for a score.

Numbers don't tell the story of what that Boilermaker defense did Saturday night or how far it's come since an 0-3 start to this season.

It was no fluke, either.

But J.T. Barrett proceeded to throw four interceptions, including a pick-six on the first play from scrimmage, and the Buckeyes left town thoroughly dominated with a 55-24 loss, the worst in Urban Meyer's illustrious coaching career. They drove 80 yards in eight plays, with a 37-yard pass to Blough and a successful fake field goal for a first down being two of the biggest plays.

Penn State (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) rallied to snap a two-game losing streak after IN (4-4, 1-4) took a 21-20 lead IN the third quarter on Steve Scott's 3-yard touchdown run. The Boilermakers held the Buckeyes without a touchdown in the first half.

The Buckeyes tried to turn up the pace and the intensity in the second half but that didn't work, either.

Purdue led 21-6 after three quarters then put four touchdowns on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter to put the game into the blowout category.

Buckeyes: This wasn't just a loss.

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.

"We came in with an aggressive plan, an aggressive approach", Jeff Brohm said.

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