12:00 PM ET, November 2, 2013
Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Urban Meyer thought Ohio State needed a pregame wake-up call Saturday. The Buckeyes answered with a quick flurry.
Interception return, touchdown. Two plays, touchdown. Six plays, touchdown. Two plays, touchdown. And that was just in the first quarter.
Doran Grant picked off the first pass of the game, scoring on a 33-yard return, and Braxton Miller threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns as No. 4 Ohio State extended the nation's longest winning streak to 21 with a record-breaking rout 56-0 of Purdue.
"I saw, not necessarily a sleepy look, but I just didn't like what I saw in our pregame," said Meyer, the Buckeyes' coach. "So we brought them in here and kind of rattled them up a little bit and made sure they woke up."
Did they ever.
The Buckeyes produced the highest scoring total and most lopsided victory margin in the 56-game series, surpassing marks they set in a 49-0 victory in 2010. They handed Purdue (1-7, 0-4) its first back-to-back shutouts in six decades, and the 56-point loss matched the worst in Boilermakers history. Purdue lost 56-0 to Iowa on Oct. 28, 1922 and 56-0 to Chicago on Nov. 9, 1907.
It was hardly a surprise.
Ohio State (9-0, 5-0) hasn't lost in 22 months. Meyer tied a personal best by winning his 22nd consecutive game, which includes his final victory at Florida.
Miller went 19 of 23 before giving way to Kenny Guiton for good in the second half. Guiton was 8 of 11, throwing one TD pass and running for two more. He finished with 98 yards rushing on nine carries, second only to Carlos Hyde who ran for 111 yards on eight carries.
Tight end Jeff Heuerman caught five passes for a career-high 116 yards and was one of five different Ohio State receivers to score.
Plus, the Buckeyes defense forced two turnovers, added six more sacks to their Big Ten-leading number and limited the Boilermakers to 116 total yards as a large contingent of scarlet-and-gray clad fans turned the road game into a pseudo home contest in the second half when most of the Boilermakers fans left. The combination was enough to keep Ohio State on track for a second straight perfect season and a potential berth in the BCS title game.
But the Buckeyes, admittedly, needed some early help.
"It was an early morning, we had to get up early, we had to get prepared, we had to eat well," Miller said. "We had to get the guys going and the coaches talked to us and got us hyped."
Purdue certainly didn't need that.
The game that was billed as a blackout turned into a washout.
How bad was it?
Etling, the freshman, was 13 of 29 for 89 yards.
Purdue's mistake-prone secondary was gouged so often by the Ohio State quarterbacks that the Boilers gave up a record-breaking scoring total in Ross-Ade Stadium for the second time this season.
The Boilermakers head into next week's game against Iowa with eight consecutive scoreless quarters and with the dubious achievement of failing to reach the red zone for the third consecutive game. Purdue hasn't taken a snap inside the opponents' 20-yard line since late in a Sept. 28 loss to Northern Illinois, and still hasn't beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision team since Darrell Hazell took over the program after last season.
"We didn't tackle very well, we had guys out of place quite a few times (on defense) and we need to get off the blocks," Hazell said. "We can't get a quarterback beat up the way we did. We had problems in pass protection."
Miller & Co. made them pay for those miscues, seemingly every time.
On the game's second snap, Grant stepped in front of B.J. Knauf, picked off Etling's pass and sprinted 33 yards to make it 7-0.
Miller then threw a 40-yard TD pass to a wide open Jeff Heuerman on the Buckeyes' second offensive play to give Ohio State a 14-0 lead. Before the first quarter ended, Miller threw an 8-yard TD pass to Nick Vannett and a 2-yard shovel pass for a TD to Philly Brown to make it 28-0.
Guiton threw a 1-yard TD pass to Chris Fields midway through the second quarter, and Miller hooked up with Ezekiel Elliott on a 10-yard scoring pass later in the first half to make it 42-0 at the half. Guiton ran for two scores in the second half to close out the milestone victory.
"We're just playing Ohio State ball," Hyde said after the Buckeyes rolled up 640 yards in offense. "I expect this out of the offensive group, you know. Just come out and be explosive all day and put points up and put up yards. That's what I expect from us."
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... The Buckeyes safely navigated their way to Ross-Ade Stadium.
Gameball goes to... Braxton Miller, who threw for 233 yards and four TDs.
Stat of the game... 116. OSU held the Boilermakers to only 116 total yards.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||8-12||2-12|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-0|
|TD||14:03||Doran Grant 33 Yd Interception Return (Drew Basil Kick)||7||0|
|TD||11:28||Jeff Heuerman 40 Yd Pass From Braxton Miller (Drew Basil Kick)||14||0|
|TD||02:37||Nick Vannett 8 Yd Pass From Braxton Miller (Drew Basil Kick)||21||0|
|TD||02:10||Philly Brown 2 Yd Pass From Braxton Miller (Drew Basil Kick)||28||0|
|TD||08:20||Chris Fields 1 Yd Pass From Kenny Guiton (Drew Basil Kick)||35||0|
|TD||01:46||Ezekiel Elliott 10 Yd Pass From Braxton Miller (Drew Basil Kick)||42||0|
|TD||11:20||Kenny Guiton 4 Yd Run (Drew Basil Kick)||49||0|
|TD||10:37||Kenny Guiton 1 Yd Run (Drew Basil Kick)||56||0|
Ohio State now has a 21-game win streak, tied for the 4th-longest in the last 10 seasons.[+]
Longest Win Streaks - FBS Last 10 Seasons
Ohio State has now scored at least 40 pts in the 1st half of back-to-back games for the 1st time over the last 10 seasons (42 pts in 1st half vs Penn State last week). Entering Saturday, the only FBS teams to do so in 2013 were Baylor (3 straight) and Oregon.
Ohio State is the 2nd Big Ten team in last 10 seasons with back-to-back 600-yd games in a conference game. Northwestern in 2005 also did it.
Ohio State's 56-0 win over Purdue is its largest shutout win vs a Big Ten opponent since 1980 (defeated Northwestern 63-0).
Ohio State has scored 30+ points in 9 straight games, the longest such streak in school history. Previous record was 8, done in 1969.
Including Saturday vs Purdue, Ohio State has scored at least 50 points in back-to-back games 3 times in less than 2 seasons under Urban Meyer after doing so just 4 times in 122 seasons from 1890-2011.
Ohio State scored 28 points in the first quarter Saturday and has now scored the most 1st-quarter points in the FBS this season.[+]
Most 1st-Quarter Points - FBS This Season
Jeff Heuerman's 40-yard touchdown reception was his longest career catch.
Braxton Miller threw for 4 pass TD in the 1st half against Purdue. It's the first time Miller has ever thrown for 4 touchdowns in a half.
Ohio State opens its scoring at Purdue with an INT ret TD by Doran Grant, his 1st career touchdown... It was the Buckeyes' 2nd defensive TD of the season (fumble recovery in EZ at Northwestern) and their 1st pick-6 since last season at Penn State.
Today was Ohio State's 8th 50-point game under Urban Meyer in 21 games. Ohio State had 6 such games under Jim Tressel in 128 games.
The Buckeyes racked up at least 50 points last week for the seventh time in two seasons under Urban Meyer, one more than they did in 10 seasons under Jim Tressel. Perhaps even more impressive, a 50-point effort Saturday against Purdue would give Ohio State back-to-back 50-point games for the third time under Meyer after doing so on just four occasions from 1890 to 2011 (122 seasons).
3rd time this season Ohio State has scored at least 24 pts in the 1st quarter. Scored 24 at Cal on Sept. 14 and 34 against Florida A&M on Sept. 21.
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