No. 4 Ohio St rolls past Boilermakers 56-0

Purdue coach Darrell Hazell expected more than this

Saturday.

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

Purdue.

“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

passing.

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

Illinois.

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

1922.

“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

return.

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

carries.

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.

Not enough?

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.”