In the jubilation that followed Ohio State's strain-the-imagination win over Purdue on Saturday, several important considerations were pushed into the background.
Yes, the ninth-ranked Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) stayed unbeaten with the heart-pounding 29-22 overtime win in which they trailed by eight points with 47 seconds left and had the ball at their own 39 and their best player in the hospital.
Yet victory doesn't erase all the problems.
''I don't show (any disappointment) because I want our players to enjoy that win, our fans, the student body,'' coach Urban Meyer said. ''It was an incredible night for the Horseshoe and the people in there. ... Coaches are cheering and having a great time, and then deep in your heart, you know that we have a lot of work to do.''
Heading into a pivotal game at Penn State on Saturday, with first place in the Leaders Division at stake, the Buckeyes realize that they need to get a lot better if they want to continue having postgame celebration...