August 16, 2014

Craft-tastic! Buckeye Point Guard Returns To Form In West Lafayette

November 28th, 2012. Eleven points on 3-of-15 shooting, four rebounds, one assist, three turnovers, five fouls. A 73-68 loss.

That was Aaron Craft, probably at the lowest point of his OSU career. Since that evening when the Buckeyes faded in the second half at Cameron against the nation’s top team, Craft has been a 33% shooter, averaging just 5.7 points per game. The Ohio State offense has faltered, and the Buckeyes had lost their only two true tests at home against Kansas and on the road against Illinois last Saturday. It didn’t start well for Craft last night either. With two early personal fouls, Craft sat for the final 15:41 of the first half. In that time, Shannon Scott helped the Bucks build a substantial lead with a strong all-around floor game. However, Craft had a tremendous second half, scoring 13 of his 15 points and leading the Buckeyes to their first road victory of the season 74-64 at Mackey Arena.

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Box Score: No. 7 OSU Buckeyes 29, Purdue Boilermakers 22 (OT)

Wow, what a game. Anyone that would have ever guessed that Kenny Guiton would be the hero in a Buckeyes victory likely would have been labeled as crazy before this one.

But Braxton Miller’s injury forced Guiton into the ballgame, where he miraculously saved the Buckeyes’ perfect season by leading the team to two TDs and a two-point conversion in the final minute of regulation and overtime.

The Ohio State defense then held the Boilermakers on fourth down, securing the 29-22 victory.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter PURD – OHST
15:00 Purdue Boilermakers PURD TD Caleb TerBush passed to Akeem Shavers to the left for 83 yard gain (Paul Griggs missed PAT) 6 – 0
6:02 Ohio State Buckeyes OHST TD Braxton Miller rushed to the right for 8 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 6 – 7
5:29 Purdue Boilermakers PURD TD Ohio St. kicked off, Akeem Hunt returned kickoff for 100 yards (Paul Griggs made PAT) 13 – 7
2nd Quarter PURD – OHST
None 13 – 7
3rd Quarter PURD – OHST
8:19 Ohio State Buckeyes OHST TD Carlos Hyde rushed to the right for 2 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 13 – 14
4:24 Purdue Boilermakers PURD TD Caleb TerBush passed to Gary Bush to the right for 31 yard gain (Paul Griggs made PAT) 20 – 14
4th Quarter PURD – OHST
10:51 Purdue Boilermakers PURD SAF Safety 22 – 14
0:12 Ohio State Buckeyes OHST TD Kenny Guiton passed to Chris Fields to the left for 2 yard gain (2pt attempt converted, Kenny Guiton pass to Jeff Heuerman) 22 – 22
0:00 Ohio State Buckeyes OHST TD Carlos Hyde rushed up the middle for 1 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 22 – 29


Purdue Boilermakers Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Caleb TerBush 19 30 232 63.3 7.7 0 0 2 1 143.6
Rob Henry 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 0 0 0.0
Ohio State Buckeyes Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Braxton Miller 9 20 113 45.0 5.7 2 10 0 1 82.5
Kenny Guiton 6 11 77 54.5 7.0 0 0 1 1 125.2


Purdue Boilermakers Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Ralph Bolden 9 33 3.7 8 0 0
Akeem Shavers 7 30 4.3 14 0 0
Akeem Hunt 5 15 3.0 14 0 0
Brandon Cottom 5 15 3.0 7 0 0
Caleb TerBush 8 13 1.6 6 0 0
Rob Henry 2 4 2.0 9 0 0
Cody Webster 1 4 4.0 4 0 0
Antavian Edison 2 1 0.5 1 0 0
Ohio State Buckeyes Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Carlos Hyde 18 91 5.1 20 2 0
Braxton Miller 12 47 3.9 37 1 2
Corey (Philly) Brown 1 9 9.0 9 0 0
Rod Smith 2 3 1.5 2 0 0
Kenny Guiton 3 2 0.7 2 0 0


Purdue Boilermakers Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Akeem Shavers 3 93 31.0 83 1 0
Dolapo Macarthy 6 49 8.2 13 0 0
Gary Bush 2 39 19.5 31 1 0
Akeem Hunt 2 21 10.5 20 0 0
Crosby Wright 2 14 7.0 8 0 0
Antavian Edison 2 10 5.0 7 0 0
Gabe Holmes 2 6 3.0 5 0 0
Ohio State Buckeyes Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Devin Smith 2 48 24.0 39 0 0
Corey (Philly) Brown 3 44 14.7 19 0 0
Chris Fields 3 44 14.7 35 1 0
Jake Stoneburner 1 17 17.0 17 0 0
Evan Spencer 2 15 7.5 8 0 0
Michael Thomas 1 11 11.0 11 0 0
Carlos Hyde 2 6 3.0 4 0 0
Jeff Heuerman 1 5 5.0 5 0 0


Purdue Boilermakers XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Paul Griggs 2 3 0 2 0 0.0 2
Ohio State Buckeyes XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Drew Basil 3 3 0 1 0 0.0 3


Purdue Boilermakers Punt Avg Blk In20 TB
Cody Webster 7 47.3 0 1 2
Ohio State Buckeyes Punt Avg Blk In20 TB
Ben Buchanan 5 43.2 0 2 0

Update: Braxton Miller ‘Symptom Free’ After Scary Purdue Injury

Braxton Miller, Heisman frontrunner, was taken to the hospital after this hit during today’s narrow win over Purdue.

We’ll have more updates as more information becomes available later this afternoon. The Buckeyes, sans Miller, came back to win 29-22 in overtime.

Update, 5:55 p.m.: Miller has been labeled “symptom-free” at the hospital this late afternoon, according to various media reports. It appears that OSU assistant athletic communications director Dan Wallenberg was the first to share the positive news about 20 minutes ago:

Later, Lori Schmidt of 97.1 The Fan in Columbus shared the full Buckeyes statement:

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller left the game against Purdue late in the third quarter. He was taken to the Wexner Medical Center, on the campus of The Ohio State University, because of concerns of a possible concussion. He was examined – head, shoulders and neck – and he has been cleared. He is symptom free of all ailments and he is doing fine. He is in the process of being released from the hospital.

Obviously, his health will be a big question all week as the Buckeyes look to improve to 9-0. But for now, let’s all rejoice in the fact he is healthy and back home.


[Related: The Ohio State Perspective]

Kent State One Win Away from Super Regionals

A surprising story continues to unfold over in Gary, Ind. The Kent State Golden Flashes, the No. 3 seed in the region, played in a historic 21-inning game in their first matchup. The Flashes won that battle 7-6 over No. 2 seed Kentucky to advance to the winner’s side.

From there, KSU just defeated No. 1 Purdue to bring its winning streak to 19 games. Here’s more from the Plain Dealer’s Elton Alexander:

A five-run second inning was the catalyst for Kent (43-17). The rally started with a two-out, two-strike single from Alex Miklos and did not end until after KSU had brought nine players to the plate.

“It was just one of those nights,” Purdue coach Doug Schreiber said. “They bunched hits together with two outs. Give them credit. They’re definitely a good offensive team.” Kent finished the game with 13 hits and three walks, while limiting strikeouts to just five.

Later today, KSU will play the winner of Kentucky and Purdue. Kent State will have the advantage of just needing to win one out of a possible two games, because of the usual double elimination format, in order to advance to the 16-team Super Regionals. The eight winners of best-of-three Super Regional series then advance to the College World Series in Omaha.

The Flashes are the only Ohio team remaining in NCAA contention. The Dayton Flyers, a No. 4 out in College Station, Texas, were eliminated with a 28-12 loss yesterday to TCU.

Preview: #3 Ohio State vs. #11 Purdue

The Big Ten Conference schedule continues to heat up, and the Ohio State Buckeyes face an old rival in a rematch this afternoon. The No. 3 Buckeyes travel to Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. to face the No. 11 Purdue Boilermakers today at 1 p.m.

Nearly a month ago, an impressive 23-point home victory by OSU propelled the team to the nation’s top ranking and to becoming the only undefeated team. Now, after a loss last week to Wisconsin, the Buckeyes are looking for a crucial road victory to gain an upper leg in the race for the regular season conference title.

Stay tuned this afternoon and follow along in the comments as Thad Matta’s crew attempts to improve to 26-1 on the season, and potentially move back to the top spot in the rankings. Assorted previews from around the web are after the jump. [Read more...]

Buckeye Hoops Report: Ohio State Sends Message to Big Ten

Ohio State continued its perfect season this week dominating in conference against ranked opponents.  It was the most impressive stretch of play this season as the midway point of conference play approaches.  The No. 1 ranking has only seemed to improve their focus and play.  It’s the best basketball team in Ohio and one that could be destined for big things come April.

This week, the Ohio State men’s basketball team rolled through the toughest stretch of their schedule to date and put a firm hold on the number one ranking heading into a weekend matchup against Northwestern. 

It was the kind of week that put some distance between the Buckeyes and everyone else in the country.  It’s unlikely they will go through conference play unscathed, but the dominance this week will surely keep them in the discussion for top team in the country whenever that first loss does come.

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While We’re Waiting… Reaction to the Jake Delhomme Signing and Sunday NBA News

While We’re Waiting serves up an early morning breakfast buffet of WFNY-esque goodies for your daily viewing pleasure. Have something else you think we should see? Send it to our fancy tips email address at

Looking at some of the immediate reactions to the Delhomme signing: “Not this time. An uproar immediately greeted the signing of Delhomme. Here’s a sample from Twitter and the Watercooler in the first thirty minutes after Delhomme was signed” [Barry McBride/Orange and Brown Report]

Trying to spin the news and present both sides of the argument: “Those are the negatives. Let’s take a look at some of the positives right now though, under the assumption that Delhomme has and never will be one of the league’s top-tier quarterbacks” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]
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Ohhh, rat farts! OSU loses to Purdue

Just wanted to get a video of how I feel out of the way right off the bat.  So, that game sucked.  There was nothing positive to take away from it (though as Rock tweeted, Kurt Coleman is the only one who likely gets no blame after this one).  The O-line sucked.  Pryor sucked.  The play-calling sucked.  The Boiler-up chant sucked.  The special teams more or less sucked (catch a punt often, Ray-Ray??).

I really don’t feel like going through the whole game because it’s going to cause me to throw up in my mouth.  Instead I’m going to focus on the things that stood out to me, sort of like a Craiggy McCraigs bullet point post. [Read more...]

Ohio State Upsets Michigan State, Heads to Big Ten Finals

William Buford (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

William Buford (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Wow.  After scraping past Wisconsin yesterday, not only did the Buckeyes upset the Michigan State Spartans today, but they handily defeated them.  Going in nearly a double-digit underdog, Evan Turner’s second half provided the 12-point win for the Scarlet and Gray as they head into the conference finals to play the winner of Purdue/Illinois.

As I mentioned in a response to the guys at Eleven Warriors (via Twitter), I think Ohio State would be able to win the rubber match against the Boilermakers.

Illinois guard and assists/steals leader Chester Frazier is slated to miss the rest of the tournament with a hand injury.  Perhaps both Purdue and Ohio State could capitalize on this one.

Some numbers to mention:

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While We’re Waiting… OSU Upsets Purdue, LeBron’s Defense and Stephen A. Defends Himself

While We’re Waiting aims to be the round-up of the recent WFNY-esque information for your morning viewing.  Have something you think we should see?  Send it to our tips email in the sidebar.

Don’t look now, but the other Buckeye team is starting to make some quality noise.  “After all, the 12th-ranked Boilermakers didn’t have third-leading scorer Robbie Hummel, while the Buckeyes got huge games from Evan Turner and William Buford.  “It’s in the product. Those guys are fantastic,” Painter said. “You can’t allow Evan Turner to get to the basket or the free throw line 14 times. We did. But William Buford was amazing. That kid is good.”  [...]  Purdue (17-5, 6-3) had not permitted an opponent to shoot better than 43 percent all season. The Buckeyes shot 60 percent.” [Rusty Miller/Associated Press]

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Open Thread: Purdue Boilermakers at Ohio State

Time: 3:30 PM, EDT
TV/Radio: WEWS Ch. 5, WKNR AM/850.
Kickoff Weather: 78 degrees (at kickoff), Winds 6 MPH (SE)
Line: OSU (-18.5)

Honestly, I’m a bit surprised that there was not more Buckeye talk this week after our huge win in Camp Randall.  But while the Badgers get to play host once again to a top-25 opponent in Penn State, the Buckeyes will gear up for the Nittany Lions this week while they take on their last opponent in the Boilermakers of Purdue.  Quarterback Curtis Painter didn’t make it through last week’s game due to some poor play, so you can bet he’ll try to step it up against the Buckeyes.  On our end, we’ll be without several players (as mentioned by Rock in this week’s podcast).  In the same regard, we could see a lot more from players like Brandon Saine and perhaps some of freshman speed threat Lamaar Thomas.

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