Ohio State Buckeyes loss will be felt by College Football Playoff contenders

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As Purdue completed its stunning 49-20 win over previously undefeated No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday, jubilant Boilermakers fans streamed over the walls at Ross-Ade Stadium and formed a wild mob at the center of the field, creating a piercing din in the cold West Lafayette night.

Purdue made it 14-3 by driving 80 yards in 84 seconds late in the first half, thanks in part to punter Joe Schopper's first-down run on a fake field goal.

Near the end of the first half, Purdue faced a fourth-and-3 from the Ohio State 13-yard line.

The key to it all was simple, really: Tackle. Behind a high-powered offense and an aggressive defense, some of the sport's boldest prognosticators thought Jeff Brohm's Boilermakers had what it took to slay the perceived best team in the Big Ten.

Otherwise, the Boilermakers gave ground, but then stood their ground when it mattered most.

Big props to Washington State after they upset No. 12 OR and shut down one of college football's top passers in Justin Herbert. Purdue's 49 points was a school record against Ohio State.

Prior to both of those field goals, cornerback Antonio Blackmon broke up would-be touchdowns on third down.

"Once you get to the red zone, you really have to buckle down and understand spacing", Blackmon said. Instead, Purdue extended their lead with three more touchdowns, two coming on long plays and a third coming on a pick-six.

"It's a testament to our DBs", Bailey said. "Maybe we made them slightly panic in what they did offensively. If they don't make those plays, the whole course of the game could be different".

Purdue has its season-defining victory.

"Mad respect to Ohio State... they got beat big on the road and still cleaned up all the trash in the locker room and put their stools back in their lockers!"

When it didn't blitz, it showed it.

After the game, Haskins, head coach Urban Meyer, wide receiver Terry McLaurin, and safety Jordan Fuller met with the media to discuss the game. "We did a good job of making the quarterback feel uncomfortable with a lot of different looks. People running into you, falling over and I'm like, 'No, get up please.' I mean, it was a great time and an wonderful moment". "It was a cat-and-mouse game we played, and we happened to win". Until today, the Big Ten's best chance to get two teams in would have been MI winning out and winning the Big Ten.

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