COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: Ohio State did not immediately offer an update on QB Braxton Miller's condition on Sunday.
He left the game midway through the second half against Purdue after being thrown hard to the turf on a lengthy run.
Miller was taken to the hospital for observation, but doctors found no obvious injuries -- including no sign of a concussion -- when tests were done on his neck, head and shoulders.
After the game, coach Urban Meyer told a team spokesman that Miller was "fine."
Meyer is expected to offer a clearer picture of Miller's condition and status at his weekly news conference on Monday.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW: Chris Fields and Kenny Guiton got together for the completion of a lifetime.
No one could blame even hardcore Ohio State fans for thinking that Fields, on the periphery of the two-deep at WR this year, might have graduated or otherwise left the team. He hadn't had a catch all season and hadn't really had many opportunities.
But on a day for Buckeye backups, he got his turn.
Fields dived for a 3-yard pass from sub QB Guiton with 3 seconds left in regulation that pulled Ohio State to within 22-20 of Purdue on Saturday. The play was reviewed but the decision on the field was not overturned.
"I don't know if anybody knows but 13 years of baseball paid off," Fields said after his first career touchdown catch on only his third catch of the season -- all on Saturday. "I used to be a centerfielder. I used to dive all over the place."
Fields started eight games in 2011 and was listed as Corey Brown's backup. When Brown went out with what is believed to be a mild concussion, Fields came on to make the biggest grab of his career.
Guiton, seeing the most prominent and extended playing time of his career, then showed great patience and touch by rolling left and calmly flicking a soft pass over the defense to freshman tight end Jeff Heuerman for the tying two-point conversion.
"You have to have patience," said Guiton, a junior. "For a lot of young guys like us on the team, not a lot of people have it. I'm not going to say I've always been up about (the way things have gone) but I try not to get down about it."
The Buckeyes then ended up winning the game 29-22 in overtime on Carlos Hyde's 1-yard plunge and Purdue's failure on fourth and 5 from the 20 that sealed an improbable win.
Fields said there wasn't any dispute about the catch, which was a low, hard throw that he appeared to skim off the surface of the turf while diving horizontally.
"I knew I caught it, no question," he said. "They didn't even need to review it."
POLL DANCING: The Buckeyes dropped two spots in the latest Associated Press Top 25, falling from No. 7 to ninth.
Ahead of Ohio State are: Alabama, Oregon, Florida, Kansas State, Notre Dame, LSU, Oregon State and Oklahoma.
The Buckeyes are still the top-rated Big Ten team, with Michigan coming in at No. 20.
Ohio University's Bobcats, who had an idle week before playing at Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, moved up two spots to No. 23.
Cincinnati, which was No. 21 coming into its Saturday night date at Toledo, dropped its first game by a 29-23 score and fell out of the rankings. However, the Rockets (6-1) are breathing down the neck of No. 25 West Virginia.
Imagine a world where the Mid-American Conference has as many ranked football teams as does the Big Ten. It could happen as soon as next week.
HOPE-LESS: Purdue coach Danny Hope wasn't pleased with the officiating. He said he thought his defense was held several times in Ohio State's final drive of regulation.
"I felt like (they) had a lot of hands on our jerseys and it made it tough to manufacture the pass rush," he said. "I felt like we should have been in position to put more pressure on their quarterback and sack their quarterback on that drive, and felt like we probably would have if we hadn't had quite so many hooks into our jerseys."
WHAT'S NEXT: The Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) travel to pastoral State College, Pa., for a 5:30 p.m. start against surprising Penn State.
Like the Buckeyes, the Nittany Lions (5-2, 3-0) aren't allowed to play in the postseason (either the Big Ten title game or a bowl) because of NCAA violations, Penn State's coming as a result of the lack of oversight during the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse case.
The teams are the only unbeatens left in the Leaders Division. Both, however, are still eligible to win the division under the Big Ten's rather curious procedures.
Penn State opened the season with losses to Ohio and at Virginia, but since then has beaten Navy, Temple, Illinois, Northwestern and Iowa. The Nittany Lions' degree of difficulty is close to Ohio State's to run the table in the division, with remaining games at Purdue and Nebraska before season-ending home contests against Indiana and Wisconsin.
The Buckeyes, of course, follow Saturday's game with a home game against Illinois, a bye week, and then a road trip to Wisconsin before closing out the season at Ohio Stadium against archrival Michigan.
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