Purdue Quotebook: Bryson Shaw Says “Some of Us Didn’t Do Our Work” on Saturday, Jaxon Smith-Njigba Says Buckeye Receivers Are “Scary” Good

By several measures, Ohio State put one of its most impressive offensive showcases of the season against Purdue on Saturday.

The Buckeyes tied their one-game season-high of 624 yards, matched their highest first-half total of the year with 45, and rushed for a season-second-best 263 yards against the Boilers.

On defense, however, Ohio State allowed 481 total yards to Purdue, including 390 and four touchdowns to quarterback Aidan O’Connell alone. The 31 points Purdue scored in the 28-point Buckeye win were Ohio State’s most opponents against the scarlet and gray as Oregon tallied 35 in Week 2.

Buckeye safety Bryson Shaw has taken responsibility for some of the defensive errors after the game, though he said he has taken many steps individually since the start of the year.

“I’d just say read the offense, coming in and making gear. Still much better, though,” Shaw said. “Hit that post over my head – it can never happen. Never, never can happen, and it won’t happen again. That’s my job to get back there. I have to do my job, so I have to be better at it, and I’ll correct it.” . ”

Shaw, who was second on the Buckeyes with eight tackles Saturday, said he was confident Ohio State would find out what the problems were when they watched the film in the coming days.

“We just have to execute. I thought the game plan coming up was strong, and I thought Coach Barnes, Coach Coombs, the whole defensive coaching staff gave us the right plan,” Shaw said. “I just thought some of us didn’t do our homework, including myself.. We’ll correct it. We’ll get into that movie, correct it. But just by fulfilling the calls better, and we’ll be fine. We’ll be great.”

Entering Saturday, Purdue’s prolific pass attack has already caused havoc for likes of Iowa and Michigan State in dismal wins in the Big Ten this season. But Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said the Boilermakers ’air attack was still hard to contain even when the Buckeyes knew it was coming.

“That style of offense that we played against was the first time we saw a lot of heavy throwing. So I think we’re probably going to get into the movie and learn a few things from that,” Day said. “And so I think it was a good win in November against a team that was dangerous. We came out early, played well, created a few breaks, certainly made a lot of games on the perimeter.”

The Buckeyes did a lot of damage in the pass game in their own right, however, as CJ Stroud finished with 361 yards, five touchdowns and no turnovers during a 31-of-38 pass. Day said it was no coincidence that his sophomore quarterback had such an outstanding showing because of the work he did to lead into the contest.

“I thought CJ had the best preparation of the season this week. He was in his game,” Day said. “They brought in a few different things that made it difficult, but he really put in a lot of work, and I was glad to see it get paid that way.”

Stroud received a lot of help from his star-studded receiving troops, as Garrett Wilson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Chris Olave caught at least nine passes, 85 yards and a touchdown on Saturday. Wilson shone above the rest of them though, finishing with 10 catches for 126 yards and three touchdowns through the air, with another touch going for a 51-yard trip to the end zone on an end-around delivery.

It was Wilson’s first game back on the field after missing last week’s Nebraska game due to a concussion protocol.

“Of course you want to have a guy like Garrett there, man,” Stroud said. “He’s a great player, his routes speak for themselves, he gets free time in and out. Last week I feel like the young guys did a good job too, but of course you only want G5 there. I feel like everyone did well. Jaxon did great, Chris did well – I wish they didn’t pick up that post. At the end of the day, I feel like as an offense, this was our best game. ”

Wilson said it was hard for him to even watch the Nebraska game at home on TV because the injured Buckeye could not impact the game. Needless to say, it’s not an experience Wilson is looking to have again soon, and it was clear the youngster intended to make up for the lost time on Saturday.

“It was certainly difficult. As for how Saturday went with the game against Nebraska, I literally had to not watch the game for a bit because I just stumbled, ”Wilson said.“ Like, stumbling too much, I just didn’t feel good. I watched the game too stressfully. It’s something I’d never like to do again. I don’t plan for that to happen again. ”

Despite Wilson’s performance, it was actually Smith-Njigba who led the Buckeyes in getting a yard on Saturday. Just one game after breaking David Boston’s one-game record with 15 receptions against the Huskers, Smith-Njigba carried nine for a game-high 139 yards and a touchdown against Purdue.

“It’s just really scary. I feel it’s hard for defenses to cover us all, ”Smith-Njigba said. “It doesn’t really matter if I’m covered; someone is open, usually. That’s what we’re working on and that’s what we’re doing. ”

The Buckeyes may have to keep up that hot pace in the coming weeks if they hope to survive the rest of the conference schedule unscathed, as Ohio State has meetings with Michigan State and Michigan remaining in the set to close out the regular season.

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