OVERALL GAME GRADE — A-
The Buckeyes looked lifeless for most of three quarters and all seemed to be lost when Braxton Miller left the game due to injury.
Give all sorts of credit to the entire Ohio State coaching staff for somehow managing the chaos, getting their players refocused and finishing the job over a very determined Purdue team.
This win is the type of thing that can keep a team afloat, and it certainly has the Buckeyes still in the driver's seat for the Leaders Division Championship, even though it won't be more than just a footnote in the books due to NCAA sanctions.
Q4/OT — A
Whatever Urban Meyer said to Kenny Guiton before that final drive in the fourth quarter needs to be saved for the rest of the season.
The move to Guiton had to be made, but Meyer found a way to get his guys inspired and kept them poised when the world seemed to collapse around them when Miller went to the locker room.
To come out of all of the bad things that happened to Ohio State with yet another win is simply remarkable.
Q3 — C-
The Ohio State offense made some solid adjustments as they moved the found the end zone for the second time in the game.
The defense, however, got exposed once again in the bubble screen game as Purdue used several of those to take the lead.
Q2 — C+
The defense has been much improved in the second quarter, creating a turnover and shutting down Purdue's offense. Luke Fickell does deserve credit for making some good adjustments and his players are responding.
On offense, Tom Herman is not having a good game calling plays. Ohio State is trying to hard to go up the middle rather than try to expose Purdue's secondary.
Granted Miller is having major issues completing passes, but very few plays are hitting the perimeter.
Q1 — C+
Ohio State got off to yet another sluggish start on both sides of the ball. The coaches have helped their guys get more settled.
Plus Ohio State does seem to assert itself much more in the second quarters of games, especially at home.
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