Guiton Orchestrates Ohio Stadium Euphoria

By Kyle Rowland on October 20, 2012 at 7:17p
Kenny Guiton led an improbable comeback.
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When Urban Meyer took over the Ohio State football program in January, Kenny Guiton was on the verge of receiving a one-way bus ticket back home to Texas. On Saturday, Guiton earned a lifetime position in Buckeye lore, engineering an improbable comeback in the final minute of regulation as Ohio State beat Purdue, 29-22, in overtime.

The junior backup quarterback was thrust into a leading role when Braxton Miller suffered an apparent head injury late in the third quarter. The Buckeyes were trailing 20-14 at the time and in need of a major spark on offense.

They got it. But it didn’t come until they were nearly out of time.

Ohio State took possession of the ball at its own 39-yard line with 47 seconds left in the game and no timeouts. On the first play of the drive, Devin Smith, as he has so often late in games, got behind the defense for 39 yards. An eight-yard completion to Evan Spencer put Ohio State inside the red zone. After an incomplete pass, 23 seconds remained. On 3rd-and-2, Carlos Hyde gained three yards for the first down. After a spike and an incompletion, Guiton lobbed a pass to the end zone for Spencer, who had badly beaten Purdue cornerback Josh Johnson. Realizing he had no chance to make a play on the ball, Johnson interfered with Spencer.

Eight seconds and, in all likelihood, two plays remained. But Guiton would only need one.


  Cmp/Att Pct Yds TD Int Rat
Braxton Miller 9/20 45.0 113 0 1 82.5
Kenny Guiton 6/11 54.5 77 1 1 125.2


  Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum
Carlos Hyde 18 91 5.1 20 2 0
Braxton Miller 12 47 3.9 37 1 2
Corey Brown 1 9 9.0 9 0 0
Rod Smith 2 3 1.5 2 0 0
Kenny Guiton 3 2 0.7 2 0 0


  Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum
Devin Smith 2 48 24.0 39 0 0
Corey Brown 3 44 14.7 19 0 0
Chris Fields 3 44 14.7 37 1 0
Jake Stoneburner 1 17 17.0 17 0 0
Evan Spencer 2 15 7.5 8 0 0
Michael Thomas 1 11 11.0 11 0 0
Carlos Hyde 2 6 3.0 4 0 0
Jeff Heuerman 1 5 5.0 5 0 0

On the next snap, he found Chris Fields open at the goal line. A poorly thrown ball nearly derailed Ohio State’s touchdown, though, as Fields had to dive for the ball. The play went to the replay booth, but it was ruled a touchdown with three seconds left. 

It sent the 105,290 fans in attendance – actually less because several thousand left – into a frenzy. But Ohio State still had to convert the two-point conversion.

Offensive coordinator Tom Herman ran a play called Y Hide, and it worked to perfection. Guiton first went to his right, where the rest of the offense shifted except for tight end Jeff Heuerman, who came back left and was wide open for the game-tying points.

However, it was nearly the play that wasn’t.

“I asked him before we got the ball, I said, 'What’s our two-point play,'” head coach Urban Meyer said. “The offensive line was screaming at me to run the ball. I mean, screaming, and same with Carlos Hyde. And I almost changed that play. I said, ‘Tom, let’s pound it at them.’ He said, ‘No, let’s go with this.’ So he won that battle.

“Great call, great execution.”

Ohio State took possession of the ball first in the overtime. With momentum working in his favor, Guiton connected with Jake Stoneburner on a 17-yard reception down the middle of the field on the Buckeyes’ second play. Three plays later, Hyde found the end zone to give Ohio State its second lead of the game.

Purdue never gained a first down in the extra period. On 4th-and-5, quarterback Caleb TerBush was hurried and overthrew his receiver in the end zone.

“Some of the efforts I saw tonight were legendary,” Meyer said. “That was a moment that I'll certainly never forget.

“Forty-seven seconds, no timeouts. I just can’t say enough about it.”

Said Herman: “That was the greatest team win I’ve ever been a part of.”

Guiton finished 6-of-11 passing for 77 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Miller was 9 of 20 for 113 yards with a pick. He only had 47 yards rushing on 12 carries, scoring a touchdown but also losing two fumbles.

Miller was taken to the Ohio State University Medical Center because of concerns of a concussion. He underwent head, neck and shoulder tests but was symptom-free of all ailments. He was released.

Hyde finished with 91 yards and two touchdowns, while Fields had 44 yards receiving and a touchdown.

In its past two games, Purdue’s defense was shredded by Michigan and Wisconsin for more than 1,000 yards, including 771 yards rushing. Ohio State could never get things going, though, finishing with 342 total yards and 152 rushing.

Purdue was able to rack up passing yards, but the Ohio State defense played arguably its best game of the season. The Boilermakers had 230 yards through the air but 83 of them came on one play.

TerBush completed 19 of 30 attempts for 230 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Purdue only gained 117 yards on the ground.

For the better part of a decade, Purdue has given Ohio State fits. The Buckeyes lost to the Boilermakers in 2000, 2004, 2009 and 2001. But each of those games was played at Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue has not won in Columbus since 1988.

Meyer tried to downplay the revenge factor, but it was clearly on the team’s mind after several comments made during the week. For 59 minutes, however, it looked like Purdue would do the unthinkable for a third time in four seasons. When Danny Hope said, ‘Get used to it,’ after beating Ohio State in 2009, many people laughed and dismissed it as an emotional comment at an emotional moment.

But late in Saturday’s game it looked like Hope’s comments were not without merit.

Purdue scored on the first play of the game when TerBush found running back Akeem Shavers weaving through the Ohio State defense unnoticed. Storm Klein was the last defender to have a chance at defending Shavers, but he was beaten badly. After a 60-yard run, Shavers was in the end zone on a 83-yard pass play. Garrett Goebel blocked the Boilermakers’ extra point.

It was the fifth touchdown this season of 50-plus yards against Ohio State. From 2007-11, there were only two scoring plays of that distance converted against the Ohio State defense.

Ohio State didn’t get its offense going until the third possession. That’s when the Buckeyes went to its bread and butter – running the football. The 10-play drive consisted of seven positive plays, six of which were rushes. The jump start came on 4th-and-1 near midfield, when Hyde ran for 20 yards. Miller then hooked up with Corey Brown on 3rd-and-10, eluding pressure and throwing on the run. Miller scored from eight yards out on the next play. After Basil made the point-after it was 7-6 Ohio State.

But Purdue kick returner Akeem Hunt returned the ensuing kick 100 yards for a touchdown. Eschewing the early two-point conversion, Hope took the automatic points and kicked the extra point for a 13-7 lead.

Ohio State has been outscored 56-51 in the first quarter for the season.

On Saturday, it didn’t get much better in the second quarter. Not only did Ohio State not score, it finished with a net zero yards. The offense had eight passing yards and minus-eight rushing yards in the period.

Purdue squandered multiple scoring opportunities in the second quarter. A 19-play, 10 minute, 32 second drive ended when TerBush threw an interception in the end zone. Then, the Boilermakers had a 52-yard field goal attempt miss badly.

As they have done more than once this season, the Buckeyes came out of the half a different team. They took their second possession 80 yards in an impressive eight plays, three of which gained more than 15 yards.  Hyde had a 17-yard run, Brown had a 19-yard reception and Fields had a 35-yard catch. The drive-capper was a two-yard touchdown run from Hyde.

But just when it seemed like Ohio State had finally shifted momentum, Purdue answered with an eight-play drive of its own. TerBush was a perfect 6 for 6 on the drive for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Facing its latest deficit of the season, Ohio State was in need of big plays. Instead, Purdue got it when Miller fumbled and the Boilermakers recovered. Attempting to get three points off the turnover, Purdue’s 34-yard field foal was blocked by Johnathan Hankins.

On the first play of Ohio State’s next drive, Miller ran for 37 yards but was taken down hard to the ground. He was tended to by medical personnel on the field and then taken to the locker room on a cart.

Basil then missed a field goal. Ohio State forced Purdue to punt, and the Boilermakers changed the field position by pinning the Buckeyes at their own one-yard line.

Two plays later, Guiton ran for a first down from the one after being pressured. But Heuerman was pegged for a block in the back penalty in the end zone, resulting in a safety and eight-point advantage for Purdue.

Ohio State took over possession of the football with 6:03 remaining, but Guiton badly underthrew a pass and it was intercepted. 

Three minutes later, he was a hero throughout Columbus.


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kr66osu's picture

I pretty much gave up after the safety
My mind is still blown that we somehow won

DallasTheologian's picture

I think you mean Danny Hope, not Brady Hoke. As much as I would love for this win to have come against Hoke haha.

KE's picture

Danny Hope, not Brady Hoke, said, "Get used to it."

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Did Hope or Brady Hoke say 'get use to it'?
Anyway - that was one exciting game!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced's picture

Reminds me of the "holy buckeye" game.
Frustrating to watchfor 3.9 quarters and then... Magic!

buckeye76BHop's picture

I texted "Holy Buckeye" to a buddy I'm going to the Illinois game with after the 4th down stop.  This was after my 3 year old daughter and I were jumping around that she ended up thorwing up for real.  It reminded me of Big Daddy with out the Kangaroo show...good times!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

headina's picture

Kenny G is a fan favorite. Just a little more than Joe Bauserman. 


Nutbuck1959's picture

The refs were not good. Missed the holding on the kickoff return. Miller on the ground with possession on 1st "fumble", shaky (I thought) call on the safety.  Great job Kenny!!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I actually asked the group with Flounder Hoke had a skinny brother

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Rooster Buckburn's picture

That was another call that baffled me.  Miller had clearly recovered the fumble and was laying flat on his stomach - and no review??

grcunning's picture

Kenny G's gonna get him some tonight!

Angler's picture

Kenny may not have the greatest arm strength or be the fastest guy but he showed poise and leadership and I for one am proud of what he did today. Buckeye through and through.

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Where you been all season, Chris Fields? Both lines took over in the second half. Offensive line was creating lanes, d-line was run stopping. Huge FG block by Hank. Kenny G had ice water in his veins. TEs made clutch plays. I think I'm finally at peace with what kind of team this is, and I'm happy to be along for the ride. Urban has to be pleased so far. He has some teachable young players who test his patience, but always play hard.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

RBuck's picture

The blocked extra point turned out to be big too.

Long live the southend.

yrro's picture

After Guiton threw an interception, I looked at the game clock, and started getting ready to go back to doing housework and not wanting to think about football for a week. Then I thought to myself, "Self, if they somehow manage to pull this one out, you will *never* forgive yourself for missing it." So I sat back down to watch, and dear lord am I glad I did. Days like these are what make being a fan worth it.

Phoenix824's picture

Same here,  we are remodeling the kitchen and I went to go work on it but I though if we get the ball back I have to watch.    It was magic.      Got to love and be happy for Kenny G.     He has always been one of my favorite players.

Jasper's picture

They might give me a heart attack before the end of the season, but today was one helluva effort.  Tons of praise for Kenny G and crew for getting it done in crunch time.  Go Bucks!

"If we worked half as hard as our band, we'd be champions." - Woody Hayes

lcrumley89's picture

I think I might be working on a baker's dozen of heart attacks by the end of this season.

“There are some people addicted to alcohol, some people are addicted to gambling,” Luginbill said. “Urban Meyer is addicted to football, and he’s addicted to winning.”

nickma71's picture

I wanted them to lose hoping some humility would help that pitiful defense. And then, one dimensional Sparty let me down. I also no longer think Nebraska will beat Michigan. Actually, I thought that after OSU dropped 63 on the blackskirts.

WiliestBuckeye's picture

This game is why I love college football. Your team is playing someone they should beat soundly, but today just isn't there day. Turnovers, and sloppy play rule the day with the other team seemingly catching all of the breaks. Just when your team wakes up and you think they might actually win this thing, the star player gets hurt. Oh well. Your backup comes in and the offense gets saftied and picked on the subsequent 2 drives. With the way your defense has been playing this season, your probably not getting the ball back with only 2:40 left on the clock and 1 timeout, not to mention no momentum on your side. As your contemplating changing the channel, because your tired of punishing yourself,  your defense actually stops them with 47 seconds left. Your plesantly suprised so you decide to continue watching. Your offense, with its backup QB, looks smart and effiecent while driving down the field to score the tying touchdown. No way your getting the 2-pt. conversion, until you actually get the 2-pt. conversion and start jumping up and down while yelling at the guy next you. In overtime your team plays like you wished it had from the get go and finshes winning a game it should have lost. Just Awesome.

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

brylee's picture

why can't we get this kind of effort for a 60 full minutes?  they are @#$ "killing" me.  it seems they must just want to make a game of things week in and week out...just to see how far they can be pushed...

billjones's picture

Yoink!  I'll take that!
Man, Hope is the cheesiest B-movie villain, all spittin' and cussin'.  I'm pretty sure I saw him gloating on the sideline at times today.  Those squinty eyes.  He's a carny in the offseason, no?

jrich612's picture

I had to walk home from my gf's house after Guiton got picked. From Chittenden to Maynard the game was won and I got invited into many a stranger's house and was drunk by the time I got home. Fantastic day in that regard. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

Linden Park?

"2014 National with it!!!"

okiebuck's picture

I cashed it in after the interception w/ 3:00 mins to go and went out to mow the grass. Then my wife comes running out waving her arms saying we tied it up (lucky the dvr was on so I rewinded and saw it) un fricken believeable. I had flashback to the "Olive Garden" when Bobby Olive caught the winning TD vs Iowa after the Bucks were given up for dead. Wow.
All that said; I've been telling people that KG can play; I saw him in high school; in a damm tough league in the burbs of Houston and he was a stud. We will take the W anyway we can get it. Defense still is awful and for my money the WORST play of the game was the fake punt that Purdue ran for the first down. Heck, the punter almost did it the first time he kicked; we should have been ready for it. On we go; still undefeated but as the Urbanator said; not very good; but there are alot of teams out there that would love to be 8-0 like we are. GO Bucks!!

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

M Man's picture

I have always liked Kenny Guiton.  I liked Guiton two years ago.  He's the best backup in the B1G, which might sound like a left-handed compliment, but when your team lives one injury away from apparent oblivion (Michigan/Denard, Ohio State/Braxton), having a solid backup QB is a very nice thing indeed.

okiebuck's picture

M Man; I give you a lil fist bump; good coment. But here's the thing; in college football there is no more important position then QB; sure Denard and Braxton have most of the offense run through them; BUT that is true for most schools. Where would USC be w/o Barkley; OU w/o Landry Jones; WVU w/o Geno; KSU w/o the Klien kid; heck even Alabama who is head and shoulders above everyone else if they lost AJ McCarron they would be in serious trouble. A solid backup is a real luxury.  

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Funny - one of the people in my group basically said it was over and I told her no way, Guiton is a better passer but just not as elusive and may be a step or two slower.  The look on her face was funny - she was a believer after the game. 

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Rooster Buckburn's picture

Correct me if I'm wrong - but the play Miller was injured on sure looked like a horse collar tackle.  It obviously wasn't called by the official - maybe it wasn't, but the way he came down on his neck it sure looked like it.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I think horse collars are only called in the NFL; that was the only way Roy Williams could tackle and after it was put in, he ended up retiring.

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Rooster Buckburn's picture

lol - thanks for the clarification ;)

Baroclinicity's picture

I looked at it pretty closely, and I think it was clean.  No hand grabbing the neckline of the jersey... it was just below that.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

yrro's picture

To me it looked like one of those tackles that is technically clean but practically has exactly the same effect as the "dirty" tackle. Not that it was intentional or anything.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Thanks; I stand corrected! ; )

"2014 National with it!!!"

KE's picture

In other news, Tennessee State lost today, dropping them to 7-1. Ohio U has a bye week, leaving them at 7-0. Lehigh won, so the Mountain Hawks and the Buckeyes are the only 8 - 0 teams in the nation.

LadyBuck's picture

I missed the end. I can't believe we won. Where can I see this?

Rooster Buckburn's picture

BTN 2 Go app for ipads/iphones shows replays of the games if that helps.

LadyBuck's picture

I don't have either. Thanks, though.

BrickRemmington's picture

It might be on Bigten to go or just google big ten football replay and see if they have it up but I had to leave at the end of the 3rd qtr for work and re watched the rest on espn 3 so i know it's there

osubuckeye4life's picture

Unbelieveable, there is no quit in this team!

BrickRemmington's picture

I have to think they are playing for each other which is the best thing a team can do but part of me wants to think they went out there and won this one for Braxton. The no quit on this team is is is absolutley amazing I love it!

BoFuquel's picture

Congrats to The Best Fans In The land.What was left of us, had "The Shoe" a'rockin'.There was no chance for PU under those conditions.GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

dtanmango's picture

8-0 baby, that's all I see. Plus KG's a star!


dtanmango's picture

8-0 baby, that's all I see. Plus KG's a star!