COLUMBUS, Ohio — Purdue rallied from a 13-point deficit to spoil the Buckeyes’ homecoming.

Trailing 20-7 early in the third quarter, the Boilers scored 21 unanswered points to take a 28-20 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. The go-ahead touchdown followed a fumbled kickoff return by the Buckeyes. It was one of two costly turnovers for OSU. The other came with 1:14 to play in the game — a third down interception by Derrick Kelson on the Purdue 31 that snuffed out OSU’s last-ditch drive.

Freshman quarterback Brian Fox engineered the Boiler upset, accounting for four touchdowns, one running and three through the air. Two of his TD tosses went to fullback Ernie Schramayr, who repeatedly slipped out of the backfield and into the open for Fox to find. Schramayr kept the possession arrow pointing toward the Boilers end zone all day long by catching 13 passes for 106 yards.

A healthy Carlos Snow enjoyed his first 100-yard day as a Buckeye, rushing for 128 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown, on 20 carries. Ohio State finished with a season-high 416 yards in total offense.



Date League Season Attendance
October 15, 1988 Ohio State 1988 90,970


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