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An L Urb Can’t Delete

Purdue 49, Ohio State 20.

October 22, 2018 - 11:56 am

Purdue 49, Ohio State 20. And Buckeye Fan that is an L that even Urb can't delete. URB can’t have one of his assistants go into his phone and delete that beatdown the way he did all those text messages he had that he didn’t want anyone to see. 

For the second straight season, Ohio State went on the road and got curb-stomped by an unranked Big Ten team. Last year it was Iowa laying a 31-point beating on a Buckeyes team that rolled over. This year, it's Purdue flexing out and running it the hell up.

That's a 29-point win for Jeff Brohm's crew -- moving them one game above .500, and there was absolutely nothing fluky about it. 

Purdue had 539 yards of total offense. They ran for 5.6 yards a carry. They won the turnover battle. They had less penalties and made fewer unforced errors. 

And they made HOUSE CALL after HOUSE CALL in the fourth quarter, 4 touchdowns of over 40 yards in the 4th quarter alone, turning a one-score game in the second half into a straight up BLOWOUT, capped off by Marcus Bailey's PICK SIX that nearly burnt Ross-Ade to the ground. 

Forget for one minute what that means to the college football landscape. Just focus on what it means in Columbus -- Namely, their Playoff chances are done. Win out and win the Big Ten title game? Doesn't matter. You're not winning a resume contest when you've got a 29-point loss on yours to a team that got beat by Eastern Michigan. 

That was a complete disaster for Ohio State. Dwayne Hoskins threw the ball 73 times in a loss. The Buckeyes only ran it for 76 yards. The most electric player on the field wasn't on the team that recruits better than everybody not named Alabama. It was Purdue receiver Rondale Moore, who lit up the Buckeyes secondary for 12 catches, 170 yards and two scores. 

That was such a disaster for Urb that I half-expect Ohio State's PR team to release a statement later today clarifying what Ohio State really wanted to say on Saturday night, instead of jogging out onto the field as the Number Two team in the country and absolutely messing the bed. And maybe even the entire Big Ten's shot at a spot in the playoff. 

Because that's how big of a mess the Buckeyes made. They were so terrible that they might have even taken Michigan's chances at a playoff berth with them. Because the Wolverines need a win over a good Ohio State team. Not the crew that rolled over against Purdue. Great, maybe Harbaugh gets that gorilla off his back, finally, but even if he does, who cares. What’s it really say: because that gorilla just got hammered by Purdue.  Purdue!

Ol' Harbs and Big Blue went out and handled their business on Saturday in East Lansing. They won that rock fight with Big Brother. They held Sparty to just 79 yards of total offense. They got just enough offense from Shea Patterson. No, they didn't exactly class it up when Devin Bush is out there in pregame trying to rip up the Michigan State logo with his cleats, but hey -- I'd tell Michigan to act like they've been there before, but under Jim Harbaugh they haven't.  

Bottom line: It's chaos in the Big Ten. Urb is out there coaching like a dude who wants to take some unexpected family time. Coach Khaki is acting like he's won more than two rivalry games in Ann Arbor. And it's not even November and you can already hear the jockeying for playoff positions starting. Ohio State didn’t handle their business, and now they’re out. Now we wait and see if Harbaugh can do what he’s paid hellafied jack to do: beat his rival. And if his rival is getting beaten by Purdue by 30, this guy doesn’t have any excuse whatsoever not roll Ohio State and get to the playoff. No excuse. Just like Ohio State has no excuse for a performance like that.