Last Saturday at Fred Beekman Park our Buckeyes defeated the Boilermakers of Purdue to open the Big 10 2016 season 52-12. Purdue opened their Big 10 season against the 19th ranked Badgers of Wisconsin on September 17th with a big loss – 79-8
Ohio took advantage of a bounce in the second minute of the match, scoring a try by freshman flanker Spencer Krueger. The Buckeyes’ next try wasn’t as much of a gift … after waiting another 25 minutes for it arrived when freshman Nate Heister followed his teammate past the try line a few minutes after Purdue received a yellow card.
The Ohio State backline took over the midfield and dominated the open play, scoring five tries and bringing the Buckeye total to an astonishing 45. The personal tries of inside center Jaime Barlow and fullback Ronan Forrestal, along with Jo Jo Eramo’s hat-trick through the middle of the match were only disturbed by Purdue’s try in the 37th minute, giving the Boilermakers their first seven points.
The game was capped by forward substitute Nate Grose’s try from a quick tap from the 22m mark in the 75th minute. Nate looked good on this play, showing tremendous and promising potential. The final score of the match was Ohio State 52, Purdue 12.
The Buckeyes now face off with Iowa in Columbus before whipping into a three-week road series where they are pitted against Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan State.
The Buckeyes look to remain undefeated in the Big 10.
Go Buckeyes! See you there on the 1st of October at Fred Beekman Park.