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(Saturday, October 17th)
Final Score: Purdue 26, (7) Ohio State 18
West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) - Carson Wiggs kicked four field goals and Purdue forced five turnovers in a 26-18 victory over seventh-ranked Ohio State, ending the Buckeyes' chance at a Big Ten record-tying 17th consecutive conference road win.
Terrelle Pryor accounted for four of Ohio State's five turnovers as the Buckeyes (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) were denied a late comeback. Pryor completed 17- of-31 passes for 221 yards with a touchdown, but was intercepted twice and also lost a pair of fumbles.
"They brought pressure from a whole different level. It was nothing like I saw on film," said Pryor. "They just kept jumping the line. That pressure was totally unexpected, and I couldn't quite get a handle on them."
Joey Elliott connected on 31-of-50 throws for 281 yards with two TDs and an interception for the Boilermakers (2-5, 1-2), who snapped a five-game skid. Purdue also broke a 19-game winless streak against top 25 teams. Purdue last defeated a ranked team in 2003 when it bested No. 10 Iowa, 27-14, in West Lafayette.
"This win was huge," said Elliott. "Our senior class stuck with it, and I love every single one of them. We knew we were going to have a big win this year, and this created a memory we'll have for the rest of our lives."
Keith Smith caught 12 passes for 125 yards for Purdue, which also got 10 receptions for 97 yards and two TDs from Aaron Valentin.
The result left Iowa as the lone remaining unbeaten Big Ten team. The Hawkeyes topped Wisconsin, 20-10, Saturday. It also kept Michigan's record of 17 straight conference road wins intact, which the Wolverines set from 1988-92.
Pryor was picked off on consecutive possessions by Brandon King in the third quarter, the second leading to Valentin's 23-yard TD grab off a bubble screen with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the third for a 23-7 margin.
Aaron Pettrey booted a 24-yard field goal just over three minutes into the final quarter, but Wiggs countered with a 49-yard kick for a 16-point spread again.
In a desperate situation, Pryor threw a 25-yard TD pass to DeVier Posey with 7:14 left. Pryor scrambled back and threw up a prayer, which was answered with Posey pulling in the ball inside the five and scoring easily. Pryor then scrambled to his right and darted to the end zone for a two-point conversion.
After forcing a punt though, the Buckeyes were thwarted when Pryor's pass on 4th-and-14 was knocked away in the secondary with just over two minutes left.
Ohio State then stopped the Boilermakers, seemingly forcing a punt after a third down completion to Valentin was short in an effort to move the chains. But defensive lineman Doug Worthington was flagged for grabbing Valentin's facemask. Purdue ran out the remaining time.
Pryor fumbled on the second play of the game, giving Purdue the ball at the Ohio State 20. The Buckeyes' defense stiffened, forcing Wiggs to connect for a 32-yard field goal.
On the ensuing possession, Pryor's 40-yard pass to Brandon Saine set up the QB's six-yard TD run to the left side for a 7-3 lead.
Purdue fumbled the ball away at its own 44, but OSU couldn't take advantage.
Wiggs was off the mark on a 52-yard field goal try later in the first quarter, but he connected from 27 yards away with nearly nine minutes left in the second, capping a drive that started at the Purdue six and kept alive thanks to a muffed punt return by Ray Small.
Pryor fumbled the ball again, but the Buckeyes got the ball back when Dan Dierking's halfback pass was picked off by Chimdi Chekwa in the end zone.
Despite gaining possession with 51 seconds left in the half, the Buckeyes were unable to run out the remaining time. Elliott threw two straight passes to Smith, totaling 31 yards to move the ball to the OSU 38 before Wiggs drilled a 55-yard kick on the final play for the 9-7 lead.
Elliott connected with Valentin with a 15-yard TD pass four minutes into the third quarter.
The Buckeyes host Minnesota next Saturday, while Purdue welcomes Illinois to Ross-Ade Stadium...Pryor also ran for 34 yards, two shy of becoming the fifth Ohio State QB to rush for 1,000 career yards...The Buckeyes hold a 37-13-2 advantage in the series. The Boilermakers dropped a 16-3 decision to the Buckeyes in Columbus last season, but did not allow an offensive touchdown...The last time Purdue defeated a team ranked seventh or higher was in 2000 when the Boilers downed No. 6 Michigan 32-31 on October 7.
10/17 16:31:57 ET