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Ohio State Note and Quotebook - Purdue Edition
By Tony Gerdeman

Kenny Made It: As he reflected after the game, Urban Meyer had to repeat the scenario aloud, almost as if to convince himself that it had actually happened.

Kenny Guiton
Photo by Jim Davidson
Kenny Guiton

"47 seconds, no timeouts," Meyer started.

"I just can't say enough about it.  But it's kind of recurring theme every time we bring up his name."

That name, of course, is Kenny Guiton.

"It's just a tribute to that kid," Meyer continued.

"He's a special guy.  I hate to say this, but even if he doesn't complete that pass, that's a special kid. He's all Buckeye now. That family ought to be very proud. I know they are– are you kidding me? Just what kind of kid he is. And I'm not talking about the game‑winning touchdown. Just what kind of kid he is, what kind of team player."

Meyer didn't need to talk about Guiton the player, because his teammates took care of that for him.

"When Braxton [Miller] went down it was detrimental to our offense, but we knew Kenny would step up because he knows the plays and can come in and execute just like Braxton," said Carlos Hyde. "He works so hard, to get his chance to play is great."

Kenny Guiton
Photo by Jim Davidson
Kenny Guiton

While Guiton knew the plays, getting reps in practice can be difficult as a backup. Take, for instance, the game-tying two-point conversion pass to tight end Jeff Heuerman. Do you know how many times Guiton had gotten to rep that play in practice?

"Zero," offensive coordinator Tom Herman said of the play. "Zero reps."

That particular play may have been physically unfamiliar to Guiton as it relates to practice repetitions, but he was completely comfortable in the moment. After all, even though this game may have been unique to you, to Guiton, it was familiar territory.

"My first game as as starter (in high school) was just like this game," he said.

"It was a tie game in the fourth quarter and I actually threw a pick and they ran it back (for a touchdown). It came down to the last two minutes and we tied it up, went to overtime and we won."

See? Nothing to it.

Overtime Pays: After fighting for 59 minutes and 57 seconds, the Buckeyes finally tied up Purdue. And in tying the game, they won the momentum. The entire team felt it, and they had little doubt how the extra session was going to go.

Ryan Shazier
Photo by Dan Harker
Ryan Shazier

"After we came back, there was no doubt that we were gonna win," said Ryan Shazier.

"We knew once our offense got the ball that they were gonna do what they had to do. Then when we saw what we had to do [on defense], we were just gonna stop them. We weren't going to let anybody in the endzone."

The offense felt the same way, but center Corey Linsley admitted that he almost blew it.

"There was no doubt in my mind, and I don't think anybody else's that we were gonna score on that," he said.

"I was so juiced up, I was like, 'Man, we're gonna score', then I snapped the ball a little too high and I screwed that one up. But nobody had any doubt that we were gonna score."

"We knew once the offense scored for us, especially when they went down the field in the two-minute, and then scored in overtime, we knew that it was our turn to finally close the game up," senior captain Zach Boren said.

Point, Counterpoint: Before the Buckeyes could get the game to overtime, however, there was the small matter of the two-point conversion.

"Great call," is how Urban Meyer described the game-tying play.

Jeff Huerman celebrates after hauling in the two-point conversion.
Photo by Jim Davidson
Jeff Huerman

"Tom [Herman] called that one. I asked him before we got the ball, I said, 'What's our two point play?' The offensive line was screaming at me to run the ball. I mean, like screaming. And same with Carlos Hyde.

"And I almost changed that play. I said, 'Tom, let's pound it at 'em.' He said, no, let's go with this. So he won that battle. And great call. Great execution."

When asked if the offensive line was indeed imploring Meyer to run the ball, Linsley admitted that it was true, but also that he was glad that Herman won the argument.

"I was like, 'I'm all for running the ball, but this play isn't gonna work.' And the play we called, it's like you can't defend it. I knew we would get it in. I knew that we had them on the ropes, and I wasn't sure how much they were gonna fight back."

The play, which requires the tight end to pretend to be a blocker and delay his release to the other side of the field, was the current go-to two-point conversion play, and Herman stuck to his guns when it was needed the most.

Jeff Huerman makes the crucial catch
Photo by Dan Harker
Jeff Huerman

"We've been practicing it," Herman said.

"We've had to use a couple already. We're running out of two-point plays, and so the last few weeks we've been practicing that. When the game is on the line is not a time to go against what you've practiced.

"We knew they had been playing man coverage all game long, and knew that it would be there eventually, but it took him a while to get out. I was holding my breath, but everybody that was on the field for that play did a hell of a job."

Herman's quarterback was also happy that Herman went with what they had been working on.

"When I heard the play called, I said 'This is good, I know it is, it's over with,'" Guiton said. "'We're going to take this game over.'"

And as Heuerman finally released from the man he was blocking, and sprinted towards the corner of the endzone, Guiton lofted the ball up and over the Purdue defenders and all the tight end could do was wait and watch.

"Coach Vrabel was telling me after the game that those are the hardest ones to catch, and I believe him," Heuerman said. "The ball was in the air for a while."

Crazy Only Begins to Describe It: The improbability of how this game finished can probably be written out as a mathematical formula, and yet when MENSA member Tom Herman was asked to calculate the odds of something like this happening, he had no answer.

Urban Meyer
Photo by Dan Harker
Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer, without even being asked a math question, had trouble formulating an answer after the game as well.

"I have no idea," he said of what he had just witnessed. "I'm still trying to figure this bad boy out. We won, right?"

Win, they did. In a fashion that will not soon be forgotten, and for at least one player, never forgotten.

"Words can't even explain it because we've been grinding so much, we've been working so hard," explained Ryan Shazier.

"We've just been going through everything together. These guys are my brothers and I'd do anything for them. It's amazing to have a win like this, because you only get these once in a lifetime."

After the game, several players were even talking among themselves about the unbelievable nature of what they had just been through.

"This is definitely crazy," Zach Boren said.

"We were talking about it a little bit in the locker room with a couple of guys. Iowa was crazy my freshman year, but against Iowa we were ahead the whole game. I don't think we've ever really come back when everyone thought the game was over – not us, but fans, fans started leaving – and then all of a sudden we just clicked and won in that kind of fashion."

Boren wasn't the only senior who was taking stock of this win. For Nathan Williams, this one went to the top of the list.

"Right now it’s number one," he said. "It was a great win and I’m proud of the guys."

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