NCAA Game Summary - Ohio State at Purdue
(Saturday, November 2nd)
Final Score: (4) Ohio State 56, Purdue 0
West Lafayette, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Doran Grant returned an interception
for an Ohio State touchdown on the second play from scrimmage and Braxton
Miller threw three touchdown passes over the remainder of the first quarter,
as the fourth-ranked Buckeyes rolled to a 56-0 victory over Purdue at Ross-Ade
Miller finished the contest 19-of-23 passing for 233 yards with four scores
and an interception in just one half of play, while Carlos Hyde ran for 111
yards in the victory. Jeff Heuerman caught five passes for 116 yards and a
score for the Buckeyes, while backup quarterback Kenny Guiton threw for a
touchdown and ran for a pair of scores.
Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) ran its winning streak to 21 straight games
under Urban Meyer, one shy of the school record of 22 set between 1967-69. The
Buckeyes will take next week off before a visit to Illinois and a home game
against Indiana, two likely wins that would set the stage for a highly
anticipated matchup with Michigan at the Big House on the final Saturday in
Purdue (1-7, 0-4) has lost six straight since an early September win over FCS
foe Indiana State. The Boilermakers were also blanked by Michigan State in
their last game two weeks ago and became the first Big Ten team with
consecutive shutout conference losses since Northwestern in 1981.
Danny Etling threw for just 89 yards on 13-of-29 passing for Purdue, which
mustered just 116 yards of total offense and surrendered a whopping 640 to
It didn't take long for Ohio State to assert its dominance, as Grant stepped
in front of an Etling pass and returned the interception 33 yards for a
touchdown just 57 seconds into the contest.
The Ohio State offense took the field for the first time at the Purdue 49
shortly after a three-and-out by the Boilermakers and a 15-yard punt. Two
plays later, Miller found a wide open Heuerman for a 40-yard touchdown and a
Miller had the Buckeyes in position for another score in the first quarter,
but was picked off by Ricardo Allen at the Purdue 15, but Ohio State got the
ball right back after another Purdue punt and drove 62 yards on six plays for
another touchdown. Miller and Heuerman hooked up for 34 yards to key the set
and an 8-yard toss to Nick Vannett made it 21-0.
The Boilermakers' struggles continued on the first play after the kickoff as
Brandon Cottom fumbled at his own 21. Miller quickly cashed in with a 19-yard
pass to Evan Spencer and a backhanded flip to Corey Brown for the score from
the two for a 28-0 cushion with 2:10 left in the opening period.
Guiton threw a 1-yard TD pass to Chris Fields midway through the second
quarter to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive and Miller returned late in the
period to cap his impressive opening half with a 10-yard scoring strike to
Ezekiel Elliott for a 42-0 advantage.
Miller remained on the bench in the second half and Guiton accounted for both
Ohio State touchdowns over the final 30 minutes with runs of four yards and
one yard. Third-string quarterback Cardale Jones played the final eight
Guiton finished with 98 yards rushing on nine carries and completed 8-of-11
throws for 59 yards ... The Buckeyes rushed for 345 yards overall ... Purdue
has been outscored 155-17 in its four conference losses this season ... The
Boilermakers had won the past two meetings in West Lafayette ... Ohio State
owns a 40-14-2 mark overall against Purdue.
11/02 15:38:16 ET
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