No. 4 Ohio St rolls past Boilermakers 56-0
Purdue coach Darrell Hazell expected more than this
He watched freshman quarterback, Danny Etling, get beaten up
again. He saw the running game stopped cold again. He saw a defense
repeatedly out of position.
The predictable result – more dubious records.
Braxton Miller threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns and
backup Kenny Guiton added another TD pass and two more rushing
scores as No. 4 Ohio State extended the nation’s longest winning
streak to 21 with a record-breaking 56-0 victory against
“You have to take the salt and live with the salt for 24 hours
and then move forward,” Hazell said. “If you don’t, it will fester
and you won’t get any better from it. We’ll feel terrible about it
tonight and tomorrow and then tomorrow we will look at the tape and
see where we can make improvements.”
There’s no shortage of areas that need a fix.
Etling was 13 of 29 for 89 yards with no touchdowns, six sacks
and an interception that was returned for a score on his first pass
of the game. The Boilermakers (1-7, 0-4 Big Ten) ran 27 times for
27 yards. The defense gave up 640 yards and five touchdowns
Purdue has now lost six straight, been shut out in back-to-back
games for the first time since 1953 and still hasn’t taken a snap
in the red zone since late in a Sept. 28 loss to Northern
Opponents have broken the Ross-Ade Stadium scoring record twice
this season, and Saturday’s debacle will go down as the worst home
loss in school history and tied for the worst loss ever at Purdue.
The Boilermakers also lost 56-0 to Chicago in 1907 and to Iowa in
“We have just got to keep playing and getting better,” said
cornerback Ricardo Allen, who did have an interception. “We have to
play better than what we did today.”
Ohio State (9-0, 5-0) made the Boilermakers pay dearly for their
mistakes with an early 28-pont scoring flurry.
Doran Grant got it started with the 33-yard interception
Miller then threw three TD passes in the first quarter to make
it 28-0 and the rout was on.
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 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
Miller 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.
He capped a six-play drive with an 8-yard TD pass to Nick Vannett
and only two more plays to hook up with Corey Brown on an impromptu
2-yard shovel pass.
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
“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