Dwayne Haskins kept Ohio State in the game with a 431-yard performance and two touchdowns, including one on a fourth down play with under five minutes to play to cut the Purdue lead to 35-20. But the season has taken quite a dramatic turn for the Boilermakers after a 49-20 victory over No. 2 Ohio State became the fourth straight win in a row for Purdue.
OSU had two long drives in the first half that got to Purdue's 7-yard line and its 15-yard line and got only three points out of those drives.
Nelson, a defensive end, made it 23-0 Hawkeyes late in the third quarter by falling on a botched handoff from backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome in the end zone.
Although they have both called the Big Ten home since the conference shifted to an East-West alignment rather than the notorious Legends and Leaders Divisions the conference used to have, when Ohio State and Purdue meet, it'll be the first time they've played since the 2013 season. "It just kind of goes to show you what can happen if you put your mind to it, if you have a good group of guys that stick together and do things the right way".
It paid off against Ohio State. Dixon returned the kickoff to the Ohio State 45, and Purdue committed back-to-back 15-yard penalties to start the drive. "I think I want that to be the quote, it's comforting knowing we have the best play-caller in the country on our team".
Head coach Jeff Brohm wasn't having it. "Down the stretch we have to get a run game".
Ivory Kelly-Martin ran for 98 yards for Iowa, which had its first shutout since a 28-0 victory at IL two years ago. The Buckeyes were caught off-guard on a fake field goal that enabled the Boilermakers to score a touchdown right before halftime. The Buckeyes got the yards, but not the points.
Ohio State's Chase Young (left) and Buckeye Baron Browning get pressure in the backfield on Purdue running back Markell Jones (8) in the first quarter at Ross-Ade Stadium on the campus of Purdue University Saturday. (Ohio State also had lost earlier to Oklahoma.) It was the second straight year that the Big Ten champion was left out of the top four and a reminder that there's no guarantee in a system as subjective as the playoff. The Boilermakers converted a second-and-25, and Blough then threw to Isaac Zico for a 13-yard touchdown.
Nebraska 53, Minnesota 28: Nebraska built a four-touchdown lead in the first half and survived some nervous moments in the second before pulling away in Lincoln, Neb., giving Scott Frost his long-awaited first win as Cornhuskers coach and ending a program-record 10-game losing streak. He converted a fourth-and-2 from the Michigan State 41 early in the fourth, setting up Ben Mason's 5-yard run that gave the Wolverines a 21-7 lead.
Ohio States Brendon White nearly gets to Purdue punter Joe Schopper punting attempt in the first quarter at Ross-Ade Stadium on the campus of Purdue University Saturday.