NCAA Game Summary - Purdue at Ohio State|
(Saturday, October 23rd)
Final Score: (11) Ohio State 49, Purdue 0
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Dan Herron set the tone with a 10-yard
touchdown run on the first series and Terrelle Pryor threw for 270 yards with
three scores, as 11th-ranked Ohio State bounced back from last week's loss at
Wisconsin with a dominant 49-0 rout of Purdue at the Horseshoe.
Herron carried on all five plays of the first scoring drive, and finished with
74 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries for the Buckeyes (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten),
who were the top-ranked team in the nation before last Saturday's 31-18
setback in Madison.
Pryor completed 16-of-22 passes with a pair of interceptions while playing
into the third quarter. Dane Sanzenbacher, DeVier Posey and Corey Brown each
caught a touchdown pass in the victory.
"The only thing after a tough loss is to come back with a win," Sanzenbacher
said. "I've never been a part of this team where we had to come off a loss
straight into a team that beat us last year. We all had a lot of emotions
coming into the game. Not a lot needed to be said; everyone was ready."
Purdue (4-3, 2-1) entered the game after opening the conference schedule with
wins at Northwestern and at home against Minnesota, but the Boilermakers never
threatened the Ohio State defense. Purdue managed just 118 total yards and its
deepest penetration offensively was the Ohio State 39 late in the fourth
Redshirt freshman quarterback Rob Henry completed just 9-of-18 passes for 58
yards with an interception and was Purdue's leading rusher with 26 yards on
"We talked about a lot of things we wanted to do today. Of course we didn't
play well," Purdue head coach Danny Hope said. "There were several things we
did wrong and we need to make sure we pull together next time. We gave up a
lot of big plays and big chunks of yardage. A lot of times we had three or
five freshmen in there against one of the best teams in the country."
The Buckeyes dominated from the start, taking the opening kickoff and marching
60 yards for a touchdown. Herron ran for 17 yards on the first play from
scrimmage and never stopped. After a facemask penalty on the initial play
added 15 yards, Herron added eight, three and seven yards on the next three
plays before powering into the end zone from 10 yards away for a 7-0 lead just
under two minutes into the contest.
Ohio State was forced to punt after its second series, but Joe Holland fumbled
it away and the Buckeyes regained possession at the Purdue 39. Pryor keyed the
short six-play set with a 23-yard pass to Posey, and Herron capped it with a
two-yard scoring run.
Jordan Hall scored on a one-yard run in the first minute of the second quarter
to finish a 91-yard march, and the Buckeyes were in prime position to score on
their next drive before Pryor was picked off by Will Lucas at the Purdue 16.
The Boilermakers, though, quickly punted it back to Ohio State and Pryor
directed a 61-yard drive in six plays for another score. A 26-yard pass to
Sanzenbacher on 3rd-and-17 moved the chains and Pryor hit Posey with a 22-yard
touchdown pass to make it 28-0.
Pryor and Sanzenbacher hooked up twice on Ohio State's next series. The first
was a 56-yard play that set up a seven-yard TD connection between the two. An
interception on the next Purdue offensive play gave the Buckeyes one more
chance and Pryor cashed in with a 15-yard scoring pass to Brown for a 42-0
cushion heading to the intermission.
The Buckeyes outgained the Boilermakers, 415-44, in the first half.
Purdue failed to cross midfield until its first possession of the third
quarter and turned the ball over on downs after reaching the OSU 47. An
interception of Pryor gave the Boilermakers good field position at the Ohio
State 41 late in the third, but they went backward from there and again turned
it over on downs.
Pryor's afternoon was done after the pick and Joe Bauserman threw a 23-yard TD
pass to Spencer Smith midway through the fourth to cap a 10-play drive that
featured eight rushes.
The Boilermakers reached the Ohio State 39 on their final drive and set up for
a 56-yard field goal in hopes of avoiding the shutout, but Carson Wiggs' kick
Ohio State hasn't dropped back-to-back games since a three-game stretch with
losses to Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa in October 2004...The 42 first-half
points were the most for the Buckeyes since a 45-point output in 2007 against
Northwestern...Herron has scored at least one touchdown in seven straight
games...Sanzenbacher finished with four catches for 86 yards...The Buckeyes
compiled 489 total yards, including 184 on the ground...Ohio State leads the
all-time series, 38-13-2, including a mark of 25-5-2 in Columbus...The
Buckeyes improved to 65-19-5 on Homecoming.
10/23 19:12:52 ET