Ohio State 10, Purdue 6
-- Ohio State was trailing on the road and facing fourth down late in the game, with not only a victory but the Big Ten title and a chance at the Fiesta Bowl berth slipping away.
Craig Krenzel found a way to keep it all within reach for the Buckeyes.
He threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Michael Jenkins on fourth and one with 1 minute 36 seconds left as the third-ranked Buckeyes defeated Purdue, 10-6, today to keep their national championship hopes alive.
The Buckeyes (6-0 Big Ten) are off to their fourth 11-0 start in team history, joining the 1975, 1979 and 1995 teams. More importantly, they probably will remain No. 2 in the BCS standings, keeping them on course for a trip to the Tempe, Ariz., and a shot at the national title.
The Boilermakers (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten) were leading 6-3 when Krenzel dropped back and found Jenkins -- who sprinted down the sideline before cutting in -- for an over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone.
"It's a situation I wish everybody in the world could feel, with that kind of excitement, that natural high," Krenzel said.
Krenzel attempted only 11 passes but completed nine of them for 173 yards. He had been pressured the entire game by a bruising Purdue defense that held Ohio State to only 267 total yards and sacked Krenzel three times.
But Krenzel, using a no-huddle offense, called the game-winning play at the line of scrimmage, and Jenkins beat Antwaun Rogers to get open.
"That's what a receiver has to do. We have to separate when the ball is coming," Jenkins said.
Purdue got the ball again, but Kyle Orton's long pass into double coverage was intercepted by Chris Gamble.
"This may or may not be hard to believe, but the game played out exactly as we hoped," Purdue Coach Joe Tiller said.