Quarterback Jim Everett passed for 257 yards and three touchdowns and safety Rod Woodson returned an interception 55 yards for the clinching score Saturday as Purdue upset No. 2 Ohio State, 28-23, in a Big Ten Conference game in West Lafayette, Ind.
The victory, coupled with Michigan State's upset of Michigan, moved Purdue (4-1) into first place in the conference at 3-0. The Buckeyes are 4-1 and 2-1.
"That's the best offensive football team we've faced," Purdue Coach Leon Burtnett said. "I thought Miami (which beat Purdue, 28-17) was good, but they (Ohio State) have the best talent I've seen in I don't know when. It's amazing to me we could stay on the field with them."
Trailing, 17-14, Purdue scored twice early in the fourth quarter, both following interceptions of Mike Tomczak.
Tailback Keith Byars, who rushed for 191 yards and the Buckeyes' first two touchdowns, carried five times on the next series before Woodson intercepted Tomczak at the Purdue 45. He wrenched the ball from the hands of Doug Smith and outraced the Buckeyes into the end zone.
Byars increased to 11 games his streak of scoring two or more touchdowns.