How the mighty have fallen this week in college football after the Ohio State Buckeyes were not only upset, but were dominated offensively by the Purdue Boilermakers, who cruised to a 49-20 victory on Saturday night. Outside the stadium, fireworks exploded.
And they said I was insane. "We have to get something going". And even before All-American defensive end Nick Bosa announced earlier this week that he will not return to school to rehab an injury and prepare for the National Football League draft, the defense gave up a ton of big plays.
Head coach Jeff Brohm wasn't having it.
This isn't the first time that's happened this season, either.
Against a Buckeyes team that came in averaging 46 points per game, the fifth-most in the nation, the Purdue defense was the story of the night. "Down the stretch we have to get a run game".
Nelson, a defensive end, made it 23-0 Hawkeyes late in the third quarter by falling on a botched handoff from backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome in the end zone. Fans spilled onto the field as the Buckeyes (7-1, 3-1) tried to avoid them as they headed to the locker room.
It wasn't all that long ago that it was that same defense stewing over its three-game losing streak to open the season, the final two of those losses coming after that defense surrendered game-deciding scoring drives.More news: Taiwan train crash deadliest in decades
It's understandable for Ohio State's coaches and players to be frustrated.
The Hoosiers added a late touchdown Peyton Ramsey's 21-yard pass to Harris, and recovered an onside kick. "We came in and played aggressive and I think you have to play aggressive against these guys". He's become known for trying unorthodox plays in key situations and the Boilermakers work on such plays in practice.
The Buckeyes didn't score a single touchdown, despite making it inside the 20-yard line three different times. The 5-foot-7 running back totaled 128 yards on 16 carries, his third 100-yard game of the season and second in a row.
Ohio State (4-1) will shift gears as the team gets ready to host Nebraska (1-4) on Saturday.
The first of those came with the help of two 15-yard Purdue penalties.
This was not your night, Ohio State. "When he caught the interception, I was so happy, I could have ran on the field with him". Clemson, Alabama and Notre Dame can all still lose - and so could Oklahoma.