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Purdue running back D.J. Knox (1) cuts between Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller (4) and linebacker Pete Werner (20) on his way to a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Purdue running back D.J. Knox (1) cuts between Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller (4) and linebacker Pete Werner (20) on his way to a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Purdue center Kirk Barron (53) and running back Tario Fuller (25) celebrate late in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Ohio State in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Purdue defeated Ohio State 49-20. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Purdue wide receiver Isaac Zico (7) takes a photo with fans after they rushed the field following a 49-20 win over Ohio State in an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


No. 2 Ohio State stumbles at Purdue, gets blown out 49-20

By MICHAEL MAROT

AP Sports Writer

Sunday, October 21

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Jeff Brohm decided to go for it against No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday.

The Buckeyes buckled under the pressure.

D.J. Knox ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns, David Blough threw for three more scores and the Boilermakers held Ohio State’s vaunted passing game in check most of the night as they pulled away for a 49-20 upset to shake up the College Football Playoff chase.

“Just a great performance. I tell you what I don’t have anything negative to say,” Brohm said. “We came in and played aggressive and I think you have to play aggressive against these guys.”

The Boilermakers (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten) certainly have played it their way lately.

They’ve won four straight overall, two in a row against ranked opponents and handed Brohm a signature victory midway through his second season by rolling the dice and challenging the Buckeyes in all three phases. Fans spilled onto the field as the Buckeyes (7-1, 3-1) tried to avoid them as they headed to the locker room.

Why not celebrate?

The last time Purdue beat a team ranked this high was when they took down the second-ranked Buckeyes 28-23 on Oct. 6, 1984. And with four scoring plays of at least 40 yards in the final 12 minutes, the Boilermakers shattered their school record for points scored in the series. The previous mark came in October 1967 when Purdue won 41-6 in Columbus, Ohio.

This one won’t soon be forgotten by the Boilermakers or the Buckeyes, who had their 12-game winning streak snapped while falling one game behind rival Michigan in the Big Ten East.

Blough outplayed Heisman Trophy candidate Dwayne Haskins Jr., finishing 25 of 43 for 378 yards and sealing the victory with a 43-yard scoring pass to Rondale Moore with 3:37 to play. It was Blough’s third straight 300-yard game and his fourth this season.

The mistake-prone Buckeyes, meanwhile, didn’t reach the end zone until early in the fourth quarter and never led on a night they ran 25 times for 76 yards.

“My main message is we have to treat this like it’s life or death,” Buckeyes receiver Terry McLaurin said. “You have to have that type of mentality going into battle when someone’s trying to knock you off. If you don’t come ready, this happens.”

Now Ohio State must fight its way back into the playoff mix.

“I’m very surprised. I thought we had a good week of work,” coach Urban Meyer said. “The glaring shortcomings we had were exposed.”

Haskins wound up 49 of 73, shattering Ohio State’s single-game school records in both categories, and had 470 yards, throwing two touchdowns and one interception. But he missed receivers down the field on a windy night at Ross-Ade Stadium and was nearly picked off a couple of other times before Markus Bailey’s 41-yard interception return for a score.

“We came in with an aggressive plan and an aggressive approach,” Brohm said. “We did a nice job making their quarterback a little bit uncomfortable and with that the offense was able to score some points and maybe make them (Buckeyes) slightly panic just a bit.”

Isaac Zico got things started with a spectacular one-handed catch before running out of bounds to make it 7-0 late in the first quarter.

Purdue made it 14-3 by driving 80 yards in 84 seconds late in the first half, thanks in part to punter Joe Schopper’s first-down run on a fake field goal. Blough connected with Moore for a 9-yard TD pass to make it 14-3 at the half.

The Buckeyes tried to crank up the pace and the intensity in the second half but that didn’t work, either.

Four plays after Davon Hamilton ran into Schopper, giving Purdue another first down, Knox made it 21-6.

Haskins finally hooked up with Johnnie Dixon III on a 32-yard TD pass to make it 28-13 and McLaurin on a 34-yard TD pass to make it 35-20 with 4:40 to go. But Knox scored on runs of 42 and 40 yards, Blough found Moore on a 43-yard TD pass and Bailey sealed it with the interception return.

THE TAKEAWAY

Buckeyes: Ohio State struggled to run again, made far too many mistakes and couldn’t shut down the Boilermakers late to give them a chance. The search for solutions will begin immediately.

Boilermakers: This is easily the biggest win of Brohm’s brief tenure, and now the Boilermakers head into the most challenging part of their schedule with momentum and visions of a Big Ten West title.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Ohio State was the only top 10 team to lose Saturday and is likely to take a tumble in the rankings, given the score and how poorly the Buckeyes played. The Boilermakers may have to wait at least another week to crack the Top 25, but they should get the attention of voters this week and may pick up some votes.

THEY SAID IT

Buckeyes: “I never thought I would have to throw the ball 73 times for us to win,” Haskins said. “You’ve got to do what you do to win. We just didn’t do that today.”

Boilermakers: “This win means a lot for this team because it shows everyone around the country that you can win football games at Purdue,” Brohm said. “And we’re going to enjoy the game and roll the dice and see what happens.”

UP NEXT

Buckeyes: Have a bye week to contemplate what went wrong before hosting Nebraska on Nov. 3.

Boilermakers: Head to No. 24 Michigan State next Saturday, hoping to build on their momentum.

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OSU’s Haskins racks up big yardage in big loss to Purdue

By LUKE MEREDITH

AP Sports Writer

Monday, October 22

Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins set career highs in completions and passing yards, and he even connected on 67.1 percent of his throws.

That Haskins did all that in a 49-20 loss at Purdue was further proof that trying to win by going almost exclusively through the air typically doesn’t work.

Haskins led the nation this weekend and set school records by going 49 of 73 passing against the Boilermakers. But it was all for naught, as Purdue beat a top-two team for the first time since it knocked off the second-ranked Buckeyes 28-23 on Oct. 6, 1984.

Haskins is the national leader with 28 TD passes, and his touchdown-to-interception ratio of 7-to-1 remains outstanding. But Ohio State will likely need to find more balance if it hopes to fight its way back into playoff consideration.

TIED UP

There’s now a tie atop the national receiving yards leaderboard, as Andy Isabella of UMass and John Ursua of Hawaii have 1,013 yards receiving apiece. Isabella caught up with Ursua by catching 10 passes for 174 yards in a 24-13 loss to Coastal Carolina, while Ursua had seven catches for 123 yards and a score in a 40-22 defeat to Nevada. Ursua remains the national leader with 71 catches and 14 TDs.

TUA TIME

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s remarkable sophomore season kept on going in the top-ranked Tide’s 58-21 dismantling of Tennessee. Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes to four different receivers and now has 25 TD passes without a pick. Tagovailoa also leads the nation with 13.6 yards per attempt — and he’s one of just three players averaging at least 10 yards a try (Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, West Virginia’s Will Grier). Tagovailoa is now 12th nationally with 2,066 yards passing even though 93 quarterbacks across the country have more attempts.

TOUGH D

Michigan and Iowa could now be on a collision course for the Big Ten title game, and the Wolverines and Hawkeyes showed why with a pair of stellar defensive efforts. Big Blue held rival Michigan State to just 94 yards and 0 for 12 on third downs in a 21-7 win, a game that saw Spartans quarterback Brian Lewerke complete just 5 of 25 passes for 66 yards. Iowa held Maryland to just 115 yards in a 23-0 blowout in Iowa City. The Terrapins ran just 39 plays, the fewest by an opponent in coach Kirk Ferentz’s 20 seasons in charge.

NATIONAL LEADERS

Haskins has now thrown for a national-best 2,801 yards. Gardner Minshew II of Washington State is second at 2,745 yards. … Darrell Henderson of Memphis has 1,148 yards on the ground despite leaving Saturday’s 65-33 loss to Missouri with an undisclosed injury. Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin is second with 1,109 yards rushing. …Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson has 9.5 sacks in just seven games, while LSU’s Grant Delpit is alone atop the interception leaderboard with five.

STAT OF THE WEEK

Miami (Ohio) lost to Army 31-30 in double overtime despite converting seven fourth downs in nine tries. Army also ran for 374 yards without completing a pass, while Miami’s Gus Ragland went 30 of 53 passing for 329 yards and four TDs.

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Injured Bosa leaves Ohio State to prep for pro career

By MITCH STACY

AP Sports Writer

Tuesday, October 16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Injured defensive end Nick Bosa has decided to leave school to focus on getting ready for the NFL draft in the spring, Ohio State said Tuesday.

The junior All-American from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, already had four sacks this season when he suffered a core muscle injury on Sept. 15 in the third game of the season. He had surgery five days later, and no timetable was set for his return to the team.

Considered one of the best players in college football, Bosa had left no doubt that he would leave school after this season to enter the draft. He planned to follow the same path as his older brother, Joey, who left Ohio State a year early and now plays for the Los Angeles Chargers.

Nick Bosa had tied his career high of five tackles twice in the first three games this season, and he was leading the team in tackles with 14, including six for losses.

That came to an abrupt halt when he went down early in the third quarter against TCU in Arlington, Texas, and had to be helped to the locker room.

Coach Urban Meyer said the conversation with Bosa was emotional, but “I can’t say I was surprised.”

“I was hopeful that Nick would be able to return to play again for us,” Meyer said. “I know this was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for Nick and his family, and I wish him well as he moves on to get himself 100 percent healthy and ready for his next chapter.”

Ohio State’s defense hasn’t been the same since Bosa’s departure. The unit has dealt with other injuries, including to Bosa’s replacement, Jonathan Cooper, and has shown a weakness for surrendering big plays.

Bosa was dominating from the start of his Ohio State career.

The 6-foot-4, 263-pounder, who wore the same No. 97 his brother did for the Buckeyes, played in 30 games, with 29 tackles, 17½ sacks and two fumble recoveries, one of them for a touchdown.

Both Bosa brothers earned Big Ten defensive lineman-of-the-year honors.

“I want to thank Nick for the remarkable efforts he gave for this program,” Meyer said. “He is a first-class young man who we have been honored to coach.”

Past and present teammates were supportive on social media.

“One of the best teammates and competitors I’ve been around,” tweeted former Ohio State and current Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard . “Know this was a tough decision, but made the right one.”

Defensive end Chase Young , who was starting opposite Bosa on the Ohio State line, tweeted: “Get money big brotha … love as always.”

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AP Top 25: Clemson back to 2; App State ranked for 1st time

By RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Football Writer

Monday, October 22

Clemson is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind top-ranked Alabama, moving up to where it started, after a convincing victory and Ohio State’s first loss of the season.

The Crimson Tide are a unanimous No. 1, with all 61 first-place votes Sunday, for the first time this season.

The Tigers trailed only Alabama in the preseason rankings, but a couple of close wins in September — combined with seemingly impressive performances by other highly ranked teams — dragged Clemson to as low as No. 4.

Coming off a lopsided win against North Carolina State, Clemson rose a spot this week. Notre Dame is No. 3 and LSU is No. 4, setting the stage for a top-five matchup between the Tigers and Crimson Tide in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Nov. 3. Both have an open date this week.

Michigan is No. 5 and Ohio State dropped to No. 11 after being upset by Purdue.

POLL POINTS

No. 25 Appalachian State is ranked in the AP poll for the first time in school history. The Mountaineers (5-1) have not lost since opening the season with an overtime defeat at Penn State.

“It’s awesome to be recognized,” Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield said Sunday. “We’ve had a lot of positive things happen to our program the last three to four years. The first time we go bowl eligible, which was awesome. Then we go win our first bowl game. That was really cool. And then to go win our first Sun Belt championship two years ago. That was awesome. So there’s been a lot of first for us over the last three years. This is another first.”

App State transitioned to the FBS, the highest level of Division I football, in 2014 after years as an FCS power. Under former coach Jerry Moore, the Mountaineers were a regular playoff participant. The program peaked in the mid-2000s, winning three straight FCS (Division I-AA) championships from 2005-07. And App State pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in college football history against Michigan in 2007.

Moore retired after the 2012 season and was replaced by Satterfield, a former App State quarterback and assistant coach. The move up in class and into the Sun Belt has been practically seamless. The Mountaineers are 46-23 under Satterfield, with two Sun Belt titles. The only other Sun Belt team to ever be ranked was Troy on Nov. 13, 2016.

“To be recognized in the FBS level football and for our program to be a team that just went through transition four years ago and now to be ranked is pretty remarkable,” Satterfield said. “We have a lot of pride, a lot of tradition in our program.”

This season’s team was expected to contend for another conference championship. A case could be made it is exceeding even those high expectations after replacing four-year starting quarterback Taylor Lamb, two four-year starting offensive linemen, four defensive players that were four-year starters and veteran defensive coordinator Nate Woody, who left for Georgia Tech.

Satterfield said this is maybe his fastest team at App State and credited senior safety Josh Thomas, senior defensive tackle MyQuon Stout and fourth-year junior offensive tackle Victor Johnson with providing leadership for one of the least experienced rosters in the FBS. Running back Jalin Moore, another senior who was lost for the season to a knee injury two weeks ago, has become a de facto assistant coach for App State.

Since falling to Penn State, the Mountaineers have outscored their opponents 231-49. Next up is a key game for first place in the Sun Belt East at Georgia Southern (6-1, 3-0) on Thursday night.

UP

No. 14 Washington State was the only big mover to rise in the rankings this week, jumping 11 spots after beating Oregon.

DOWN

— Ohio State dropped out of the top 10 for the first time this season, tumbling nine spots.

— No. 19 Oregon dropped seven spots after taking its second loss.

— No. 22 North Carolina State fell six spots after losing for the first time this season.

IN

— No. 23 Utah is ranked for the first time this season, making it five straight years the Utes started the season unranked but moved into the rankings at some point. From 2014-16, Utah started the season outside the Top 25 but finished it ranked. Utah has won three straight, scoring at least 40 points in each game.

— No. 24 Stanford is back in the rankings after falling out two weeks ago.

OUT

— Michigan State and Mississippi State fell out of the rankings again after losing for the third time this season.

— Cincinnati’s first loss of the season, in overtime to Temple, cost the Bearcats their first ranking since 2012.

CONFERENCE CALL

SEC — 6 teams (1, 4, 7, 9, 12, 16).

Big Ten — 5 (5, 11, 17, 18, 20).

Pac-12 — 5 (14, 15, 19, 23, 24).

Big 12 — 3 (6, 8, 13).

ACC — 2 (2, 22).

American — 2 (10, 21).

Sun Belt — 1 (25).

Independent — 1 (3).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 9 Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. The first of two games involving the Bulldogs that will decide the SEC East. Georgia faces Kentucky on Nov. 3.

No. 14 Washington State at No. 24 Stanford. Cougars try to grab control of the Pac-12 North.

No. 18 Iowa at No. 17 Penn State. The Nittany Lions will help decide the Big Ten West with home games against the Hawkeyes and No. 20 Wisconsin.

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Panthers’ Reid calls Jenkins ‘sellout’ in protest movement

By DAN GELSTON

AP Sports Writer

Monday, October 22

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eric Reid and Malcolm Jenkins turned the fight for racial and social justice into a skirmish on the field. Reid then went on offense with his postgame comments, calling the Eagles safety and co-founder of The Players Coalition “a sellout.”

Reid split from the coalition last year because Jenkins had excluded Colin Kaepernick from meetings, and asked players if they would stop protesting during the national anthem if the NFL made a charitable donation to causes they support. Reid, who signed with the Carolina Panthers in September, said he believed he no longer had shared interests with the socially-active coalition and would continue on his own path with the unsigned Kaepernick, who was the first player to sit and then kneel during the anthem to protest racism and police brutality.

“We believe a lot of players should have stepped up for Colin,” Reid said Sunday after the Panthers beat the Eagles 21-17. “I believe Malcolm capitalized on the situation. He co-opted the movement that was started by Colin to get his organization funded. It’s cowardly. He sold us out.”

Jenkins took the high road when told in the Eagles’ locker room of the criticism.

“I’m not going to get up here and say anything negative about that man,” Jenkins said. “I respect him. I’m glad he has a job. I’m glad he’s back in the league. I’ll leave it like that.”

Reid, who was not supposed to be at midfield, and Jenkins jawed at each other shortly before kickoff.

Reid continued his tradition of taking a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” while none of his Carolina teammates joined him or stood near him at midfield. Reid is trying to call attention to social and racial injustice.

“It’s systematic oppression which is what I’m protesting and neocolonialism,” he said. “Man, it keeps happening.”

Reid has essentially accused of Jenkins of running The Players Coalition through a dependence on the NFL. The league is committing $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a three-segment plan that involves players.

Reid said Jenkins’ goal was to always have the NFL fund the coalition.

“That’s what he set out to do,” Reid said.

Reid insisted he didn’t set out to confront Jenkins. But that’s what happened before kickoff. Reid, playing his third game with the Panthers, had to be restrained by players and coaches and stared down Jenkins during player introductions. Reid continued to pop off toward the Eagles sideline after an early tackle, clearly fired up by his showdown with Jenkins.

“As long as we’re able to keep him under control, I don’t even want to use that word ‘control,’ but as long as we’re able to try and get him calm so we can get focused and back on playing the game, I really do appreciate the effort he put in playing the game,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.

Reid hit Carson Wentz well after a handoff and Zach Ertz gamely tried to defend his QB. Ertz charged at Reid, who put his head down and flipped the tight end with a WWE-style slam onto the turf. Both players received personal foul penalties.

“He ran up on me,” Reid said. “That’s a football play. Whenever there’s an exchange, the quarterback is a running back.”

Reid, signed by the Panthers when safety Da’Norris Searcy suffered a season-ending concussion, wore a T-shirt reading “I KNOW MY RIGHTS” in the locker room and refused to ease up on Jenkins or apologize for wiping out Ertz.

“I think it was James Baldwin that said, ‘To be black in America and to be relatively conscious is to be in a constant state of anger,’” Reid said. “I’m in a constant state of anger.”

He filed a grievance against the NFL alleging teams colluded against signing him during free agency because he knelt during the national anthem alongside Kaepernick and was out of work until Searcy was hurt. Kaepernick also has filed a grievance alleging he was not signed because of collusion by owners who wanted him out of the league because of his protests.

“Eric Reid!!! Enough said!!!” Kaepernick tweeted in response to Reid’s comments, adding the hashtag #ImWithReid.

Jenkins said he was glad Reid had returned to the league, and his play has proved it — Reid appeared to intercept Wentz’s overthrown pass to seal the win, but the play was overturned on a video review.

“There’s no question about his talent and what he deserves,” Jenkins said. “I definitely think his stance was the reason he was on the street for as long as he was. I’ve maintained that the entire time he was out of the league and I still maintain that now.”

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Purdue running back D.J. Knox (1) cuts between Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller (4) and linebacker Pete Werner (20) on his way to a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2018/10/web1_121616488-96f3ac552dc14bfe9727462e4c76d9dd.jpgPurdue running back D.J. Knox (1) cuts between Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller (4) and linebacker Pete Werner (20) on his way to a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Purdue center Kirk Barron (53) and running back Tario Fuller (25) celebrate late in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Ohio State in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Purdue defeated Ohio State 49-20. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2018/10/web1_121616488-e2d0ab1aa6a6429ca241d4e27e60e89d.jpgPurdue center Kirk Barron (53) and running back Tario Fuller (25) celebrate late in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Ohio State in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Purdue defeated Ohio State 49-20. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Purdue wide receiver Isaac Zico (7) takes a photo with fans after they rushed the field following a 49-20 win over Ohio State in an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2018/10/web1_121616488-a6555e53134e4a8586e48c3d0f39e9e2.jpgPurdue wide receiver Isaac Zico (7) takes a photo with fans after they rushed the field following a 49-20 win over Ohio State in an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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