On a beautiful fall day built for football and beer, the Buckeyes shook off the Wisconsin hangover and exacted revenge against a decidedly lesser foe burying an injury plagued Purdue squad 49-0 in the 'Shoe. The first half was a flat out domination as OSU racked up 42 points, 417 yards and 22 first downs. Meanwhile, the Bullets locked down a one-dimensional (that might be too kind) Boiler offense allowing just three first downs and 47 yards in an epic opening half. I'm embarassed for actually thinking the Bucks would fall just short of covering the 23 point spread. Luke's prognostication expertise must be rubbing off on me...
A Tale of Two Cities
Corey "Philly" Brown saw just about the same amount of reps as he's been seeing lately, rotating in every other series as the third WR, but his actual involvment in the offense is growing. Saturday produced a modest two catches but both were of huge importance.
Already leading 14-0, Ohio State's third offensive series looked like it might stall and potentially allow Purdue to flip the field as the Buckeyes faced 3rd and 12 at their own 7 yard line following a Mike Adams false start but Pryor rolled right and hit a wide open Brown near the sideline for a 23 yard gain. The pitch and catch kept alive what became an 11 play, 91 yard TD drive putting OSU in command 21-0. Brown's effort wasn't anything spectacular but he did his job helping OSU move the chains.
On OSU's next scoring drive, Philly was again in the mix, this time taking an end around 18 yards to the Purdue 24 yard line setting up Pryor's 22 yard TD toss to Posey two plays later. Finally, on the final possession of the half, Philly capped a five play, 40 yard march as he went high to snag a 15 yard TD, his first as a Buckeye, putting the Buckeyes in front 42-0 with :36 left in the half. Discussing Philly's day after the game, we pondered if this was the death of Taurian Washington? Probably not, but I think Brown is a true frosh that is growing tremendously and seems to be earning the trust of both Pryor and Darrell Hazell.
The day wasn't as great for the other Corey Brown, "Pittsburgh" to be exact, who suffered what appeared to be a very serious knee injury late in the afternoon. In a totally freakish way, Brown was basically walking after a play in which he had pursuit to the sideline and crumpled to the ground in obvious agony. We haven't heard anything definitive as of Sunday night regarding the specific nature of his injury but clearly he won't be back anytime soon. Brown was just getting a chance to show what he could do starting on the KO coverage unit for the first time in addition to his backup duties in the secondary. How many more injuries can this team possibly be forced to endure?