Ohio State faced its first loss of the season as Purdue pulled off a big 49-20 upset Saturday to knock off the second-ranked Buckeyes, and coach Urban Meyer admitted the loss revealed the team’s flaws.
“The glaring shortcomings we have were exposed,” Meyer said (via cleveland.com).
“Number one, off the top, is our red zone offense. We go down there a few times, two field goals and one missed field goal. We’ve never had this issue. We’re going to get a real thorough evaluation of that. And then the big plays on defense.”
Here’s the explanation: karma, Urban… karma. 😏https://t.co/SgTQQQ6eJv
— 🇾 Joe Wright 🤙 (@jaubrickster) October 21, 2018
The Buckeyes didn’t score a single touchdown, despite making it inside the 20-yard line three different times. They never led the game, committed 10 penalties and allowed Purdue to rack up 539 yards with seven touchdowns.
“We missed some opportunities, had some penalties,” quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who completed 49 of his 73 pass attempts for 470 yards, told reporters. “Our offense is all about timing and momentum, and we didn’t do a good job of that today.”
Ohio State (4-1) will shift gears as the team gets ready to host Nebraska (1-4) on Saturday.