Ohio State Survives Upset Scare from Purdue in 29-22 Overtime Win

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2012

October 20, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) scores in spite of pressure from Purdue Boilermakers safety Landon Feichter (44) and defensive back Taylor Richards (4)at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

The Ohio State Buckeyes narrowly avoided a massive upset on Saturday, beating the Purdue Boilermakers 29-22 in overtime.

The Buckeyes were left for dead with less than one minute remaining in the game, but Kenny Guiton drove his team down the field to score with three seconds left on the clock, forcing overtime.

Ohio State scored a touchdown on its first possession of overtime via a Carlos Hyde touchdown from one yard out. Caleb TerBush tried to lead his team back, but failed to convert on a fourth-down play.

Guiton wouldn't have been in the game, but Braxton Miller was knocked out of the contest in the fourth quarter following a hard shot near the sideline. Miller's head appeared to take the brunt of the impact, forcing him to leave the game. He was eventually transported to a local hospital (via CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman).

Ohio State isn't eligible for BCS play, but it was still the No. 7 team in the nation by the Associated Press heading into Saturday's win.

Problems started early for the Buckeyes, with Boilermakers quarterback TerBush hitting Akeem Shavers for an 83-yard score on the game's first play from scrimmage. Purdue's extra point was blocked, which would play a huge role later on.

Braxton Miller followed that with an eight-yard rushing score less than 10 minutes later, giving his team a 7-6 lead. However, Ohio State wasn't done giving up big plays in the game's first quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, Akeem Hunt took Drew Basil's kick back 100 yards for a touchdown. With neither team scoring a point in the second quarter, Hunt's kick return would be a huge play in terms of momentum heading into the second half.

Carlos Hyde was able to give his team the 14-13 lead with just under eight minutes remaining in the third quarter, but the worst was yet to come for Ohio State. Hyde was solid on the ground, finishing with 91 yards and two scores.

Another TerBush touchdown gave his squad the lead entering the fourth quarter. The quarterback finished with 230 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-30 passing.

With Miller at the helm, the Buckeyes didn't have much to worry about. But things went from bad to worse when their star quarterback left the game after taking a hard shot while running the ball.

A costly illegal blocking penalty with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter resulted in a safety, giving Purdue a 22-14 lead.

From there, Guiton couldn't get anything going until the last possible moment.

An interception late in the game should have sealed the deal for Purdue. Instead, the Buckeyes overcame adversity and claimed a big win.

Purdue nearly answered the call for a major upset, but Guiton's heroics made the difference down the stretch.

Losing Miller is a critical, and Jonathan Hankins had to be helped off the field in overtime as well.

Ohio State will try to continue momentum as it awaits Penn State next week. Purdue will look to bounce back when it faces Minnesota.