Debriefing: Purdue

By Jeff Beck on October 21, 2012 at 9:00a
Sweet Jazz

It looked bad, then it looked really bad, that's when it looked better, and then it looked great. Come on in, it's cold out there. This is your Purdue Debriefing.

Water Cooler Prep (Everything you need to know…in (more than) one paragraph)

On the First. Play. Of. The. Game. Caleb TerBush trotted out and hit RB Akeem Shavers for an 83-yard wheel route TD. (Spoiler alert: this is foreshadowing.) The extra point was blocked, making it 6-0 Boilermakers. On the following possession, Braxton Miller fumbled and everyone in Columbus wished this Buckeye team could skip the first quarter in all of their remaining games. 

The two teams traded possessions until Braxton put together a 67-yard drive capped by an untouched scamper for an 8-yard TD.

The Bucks were up 7-6 but the lead was short-lived as sophomore RB Akeem Hunt took the ensuing kickoff back 100 yards for a score. It was 13-7 and Akeem was the most unpopular name in Columbus.

Later the Boilermakers grinded out a clock-killing ten-and-a-half-minute drive, but the time of possession was all for naught as TerBush was intercepted in the end zone by C.J. Barnett.

Some punts, a missed field goal and an interception rounded out the end of the half, and Purdue went into the locker room leading 13-7.

Early in the third, the Scarlet and Gray put together an 80-yard drive to go up 14-13 and things looked back on track. That’s when Danny Hope and his lip spinach decided to bubble screen the defense into oblivion, ultimately ending in a pass to Gary Bush for a TD (so many Akeems, so many Bushes). 20-14 Purdue.

On the second play of the ensuing drive, Braxton fumbled and the Fighting Big Drums recovered. A blocked FG by Johnathan Hankins gave the Buckeyes the ball back and all seemed well. That’s when the sky fell.

Not what you want to seeNightmare.

At the end of a 37-yard rush by Braxton Miller, Purdue CB Josh Johnson grabbed the back of Miller’s jersey and drove him to the turf. Braxton appeared to hit his head and shoulder, and was down on the turf for quite some time. He was helped off the field and later taken to a hospital via ambulance with concerns of a concussion. Luckily, he passed all tests! Get well, Braxton.

Needless to say, the situation looked bleak. A (questionable) block in the back in the end zone by Jeff Heuerman for a safety made things even worse. Suddenly the Buckeyes found themselves down 22-14 without the engine of their offense.

A Kenny Guiton interception with 3 minutes left on the clock had fans working their way toward the exits. But, a three and out forced by the Buckeye D gave the Buckeyes one last gasp. The situation: 47 seconds left at their own 39 with no timeouts remaining. 

That’s when Kenny became a G. 

A nice pass to Devin Smith for 39 yards opened things up. The Bucks opted not to spike it, instead firing an 8-yard pass to Evan Spencer followed by a spike. Carlos Hyde picked up the first down, and a pass interference call in the back of the end zone followed, placing the ball at the Purdue 2.

On the next play, Kenny rolled to his left and fired a ball to Chris Fields who made a nice diving grab. Still needing a two-point conversion to tie it, Kenny floated a beautiful melodic jazz tone in the form of a football to TE Jeff Heuerman to make it 22-22!

In overtime, the Buckeyes marched right down the field and punched it in on a Carlos Hyde run. Four plays later, the good guys held and the Scarlet and Gray were 8-0! You screamed "Kenny GUITON!!!!" at the top of your lungs and then your attention immediately turned to Braxton Miller.

Heard at the Tailgate (The Talk Before the Game)

“We haven’t lost to Purdue twice in a row since the 60s. It ain't gonna happen again today.”

“The defense will be fired up; they were embarrassed last week.”

“Will Braxton hit 1,000 yards rushing today?”

Heard at the Afterparty (The Deets at the End of the Game)


“Seriously, is Braxton Miller ok?”

Give That Man a Buckeye Leaf (Player of the Game)

Kenneth Guiton. End of story. His stat line won't show it (6-11 for 77 yards 1 TD and 1 INT), but Kenny G just became a legend in Columbus.

Something tells me when Kenny suited up this morning he didn’t think his name would be trending on Twitter.

Showing poise in a worst-case scenario, Guiton told everyone to “chill”, played a few notes on his saxophone, threw on some shades, lit a cigarette and then threw a game-tying TD.

You’re the player of the game, kid – enjoy it.

Weekly Snot Knocker

Please be OK.



Did You See That?! (Play(s) of the Game)

Guiton rolls left and fires a TD to Chris Fields, then hits Jeff Heuerman for a two-point conversion.

On the ensuing possession, Hyde pounds it in for the winning score. Still can’t believe this happened.


When You Sank Into Your Chair (The Moment Buckeye Football Disgraced Your Family)

You guys ready to play football? No? Ok.



Jim Tressel’s Least Favorite Moment of the Game

While painting his Union General Joseph Hooker figurine to complete his (to scale) Battle of Antietam diorama, Jim Tressel looked up to see this on his basement Panasonic.


He spit out his Charleston Chew in disgust and threw his prized general against the wall, leaving a red, white and blue stain that Ellen will surely find around Thanksgiving.

What You Texted Your Friend at the End of Each Quarter

First Quarter: REALLY?
Second Quarter: The mustache is just too much right now. OSU is the most unpredictable team in the nation.
Third Quarter: Worst. Case. Scenario.
Fourth Quarter: GUITON YOU RASCAL!
OT: What’s going on with Braxton? What have you heard?

It Was Over When

Caleb TerBush’s fourth-down pass, intended for Crosby Wright, sailed through the back of the end zone. The Buckeyes celebrated and so did you. Enjoy this ride, folks – it’s why they play the games!

This has been your Purdue Debriefing…end transmission.


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BuckeyeChris's picture Joe Bauserman ever take a snap last year? How?
Whatever JT's ultimate legacy may be, it will be forever taken down a notch in my mind for being so blindly loyal to the walrus. This is not to say that tOSU would have run the table last year, but there is no excuse for Bauserman being the starter last year. Awful. 

Menexenus's picture

You lost me.  Wasn't Fickel the head coach last year?  How is Joe Bauserman JT's fault?

Real fans stay for Carmen.

BuckeyeChris's picture

I figured Fickell was powerless, there. I lay that at the feet of the walrus, with whom Fickell was stuck. 

onetwentyeight's picture

Who recruited the BAUS and gave him a scholarship spot? Yea. Even if he thought Baus would never have to play, there's still no excuse IMO for wasting a valuable schollie on someone who is for all intents and purposes just not a d-1 level football player. I'm sorry, I'm sure he's a great dude and all. But there was no way there wasn't 1 player out there more deserving than he was. 

SPreston2001's picture

Man I totally agree! I never understood how Baus even made the team!! Dude was just terrible!

MediBuck's picture

The kid was a walk-on, and in the Walrus's incredible vision, he thought Bauserman was the best game manager and never turned it over (though he wasn't wrong on that one, as it's impossible to throw an interception 15 yards into the stands). What infuriates me is the fact that last year's offensive staff thought Good Ole Joe had the best football IQ--everything Meyer's staff has been saying is that Kenny G is an intellectual, a master of the Xs and Os, and a tremendous game manager, so much so that his nickname is "Coach G". At this point, the only person I feel sorry for is the lone man sitting in the Boston College stadium having to watch this nightmare for 4 more games.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

gwalther's picture

The pics in this weekly thread are not iPad friendly. Just pointing that out.

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Menexenus's picture

3 of the 4 YouTube videos appear to link to the Braxton injury.  I don't think that was intentional.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Nappy's picture

The Heuerman penalty looked legit to me.  Glad he was able to redeem himself.  And did anyone else think that Hyde may have fumbled going into the end-zone in OT?  Looked like the ball popped out but he landed on it.  There was no review so maybe I was just imagining things.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

Menexenus's picture

What difference would it make if he fumbled in the end zone and recovered his own fumble?

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Nappy's picture

None at all.  But my heart skipped a beat when I thought I saw the ball on the ground.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

BuckeyeChris's picture

I had an Ernest Byner flashback. Those are never pleasant. 

Tim's picture

Seems like nothing good ever happens when Hyde leaves his feet.  It worked out okay this time, but he should just stay on the ground and power his way into the endzone there.

AltaBuck's picture

He did lose control of the ball in the air right on the goaline.  He was carrying the ball in his right arm. Unfortunately there is no reverse angle of the play but you can see his right arm without the ball. Luckily Hyde landed right on the ball in the EZ.
The Heuerman block did technically occurr outside the blocking zone (It goes 5 yds back from the LoS). The block occurred approx 7 yds back. You almost never see that called when a DE overruns the passrush. Also, cannot believe the umpire would throw that flag from his angle. Weird call.

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NGBuck21's picture

Damn you are right. The blocking zone is actually 3 yards on the diagram in the NCAA rule book.

buckeyedude's picture

Saw that, Nappy. Was very surprised that the Purdue-officials didn't review it. Was thinking, "hurry up! Snap the ball!" <----and the reason I say that is because when Braxton fumbled in the first half and WAS LAYING ON THE BALL and THEN a PU player came and took the ball from BM, they gave it to PU. So, no telling what those officials would do.



BuckeyeChris's picture

Excellent use of BM and PU in the same sentence. I see what you did there.

RBuck's picture

Yeah Nappy it was legit; but it was ticky tack. Heuerman was in the act of making a block when the defender turned. That could be called on about 50% of all plays and it isn't.

Long live the southend.

NGBuck21's picture

PENALTY—10 yards (Exception: Penalties for Team A fouls behind the neutral zone are enforced from the previous spot. Safety if the foul occurs behind Team A’s goal line) [S42].
c. A block in the back (other than against the ball carrier) is illegal (A.R. 9-33-I and VII; and A.R. 10-2-2-XII).
1. Offensive players who are on the line of scrimmage at the snap within the blocking zone (Rule 2-3-6) may legally block in the back in the blocking zone, subject to the following restrictions:
(a) A player on the line of scrimmage within this blocking zone may not leave the zone and return and legally block in the back.
(b) The blocking zone disintegrates when the ball leaves the zone (Rule 2-3-6).
To me that call fell under the exception. I think the Purdue guy was on the line and in the blocking zone leaving him eligible to be blocked from behind. MSU did the same thing to us last year on Cunningham's long TD catch. I believe it was Goebel who got hit from behind and I was shown this rule. I think it applied to that safety as well. BS call in my opinion.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

I noticed that too when I watched the DVR, but ball was clearly over the goal line well before he loses it. He also doesn't really need to jump/dive in that situation.

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gwalther's picture

All of the score guesses in this thread were horribly, horribly, wrong:

Class of 2008

AGL's picture

I almost nailed it 24-21  Buckeyes on a late TD


Maceyko's picture

I have given up on the score guessing and have decided to just watch each game and take it for what it is.  Such a crazy season.  Who knows what will happen next?  At least it is exciting!

headina's picture

Always appreciate this post each week. Consistently good for some laughs. 


Jeff Beck's picture

Thanks. I really appreciate it.

MediBuck's picture

Please never, ever, ever stop including that section in your recaps.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

sirclovis's picture

"Jim Tressel’s Least Favorite Moment of the Game" is pure writing gold every week!

Jeff Beck's picture

It's not tough, I simply observe him each week and report my findings. The man is a national treasure.


Thank you.

Lon_Paul's picture

I couldn't agree agree more!  Gotta love the Jimmie T least fav moment haha

dtanmango's picture

Definitely my favorite part of it!


Firedup's picture

One thing that was maddening during the game was the excessive amounts of tv timeouts.  Every time we seemed to get momentum there was a tv timeout to kill it.  INT was followed by a TV timeout which didnt seem to help.  Block the PAT tv timeout.  Forced a 3 out in the 3rd quarter TV timeout.  Game seemed to have no flow what so ever that we could get into 

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osubuckeye4life's picture

Great job Jeff! I love reading the debriefing each week. 

Jeff Beck's picture

Thanks for reading it. Much appreciated.

Haybucks's picture

Verlon Reed mugged on the 15.  No call, must have been boardeline.  Ever other boderkine call gets called and reviewed, OK fellow refs!  Unless it's on Purdue, we don't want to look like Homers!

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


Lon_Paul's picture

Great job as always with the debriefing, Jeff!  It's always a pleasure to read every week but this one was especially spectacular.  Gotta love the Kenny G saxaphonist imagery haha

Jeff Beck's picture

Thanks so much. He's smooth as ice.