Before we turn our attention to Week 9, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 8 predictions. Everyone involved went 4-2, meaning Dienhart remains on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans.
Kenny Guiton came off the bench in relief of injured star quarterback Braxton Miller to lead touchdown drives in the final minute of regulation and in overtime, with Carlos Hyde scoring on a 1-yard run to clinch No. 7 Ohio State’s 29-22 victory over Purdue on Saturday.
Carlos Hyde had a productive quarter for Ohio State. He ran for 33 yards and one touchdown, but the margin is still six, as the Buckeyes trail 20-14. Hyde’s two-yard touchdown run put Ohio State on top 14-13, the finishing touch on a seven-play, 80-yard drive.
The second quarter saw both teams combine for no points and two turnovers, and the margin is still six, as Purdue leads 13-7. Purdue’s Caleb TerBush threw a costly interception in the end zone on an extended drive that saw the Boilers dominate time of possession. Braxton Miller’s interception came on a Hail Mary attempt with no time left.
Purdue used two big plays to jump out to a 13-7 lead in the first quarter at Ohio State. Purdue opened the game with Caleb TerBush throwing an 83-yard touchdown pass to Akeem Shavers on the first play, and Akeem Hunt returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
Saturday is almost here. Here are my most pressing questions for each school as we kick it into overdrive and head into the second half of the 2012 football season. Also, catch “The Football Report” tonight at 7 p.m. ET as I’ll be making an appearance with Mike Hall, Rosevelt Colvin, and Tony banks.