The rout started on the first pass of the game from Purdue QB Danny Ettling- a pass Doran Grant caught and returned for Ohio State’s first “pick six” of the season.
From that point on, there was no stopping the Buckeyes.
The Purdue offense was able to generate only 116 total yards- 89 through the air, 27 on the ground- while the defense couldn’t stop Ohio State’s well-rounded attack.
Braxton Miller picked up right where he left off over the past couple of weeks, completing 19 of his 23 pass attempts for 223 yards and four touchdowns. While Braxton was precise with the football, he did throw his first interception since a tipped ball in the Northwestern game. Overall, however, he’s thrown only three this season.
Once again, Braxton’s backfield counterpart, Carlos Hyde, was up to his normal tricks, running for 111 yards on just eight carries, but did not come away with a touchdown.
Hyde and Miller are almost expected to put up numbers like these at this juncture, but there were quite a few under-appreciated Buckeyes who put up some stellar numbers as well.
Kenny Guiton, America’s favorite backup quarterback and likely All Big Ten Second Teamer, rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns while passing for another.
Tight end Jeff Heuerman had a career-day against the Boilermakers, catching five passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.
Freshman Ezekiel Elliott dazzled with five rushes for 37 yards, three receptions for 23 yards and a receiving touchdown.
Backup tight end Nick Vannett accounted for two receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown.
Overall, the Buckeye offense scored seven touchdowns, six of which came from different players- (Kenny Guiton rushed for two).
The past two games have proved that the Ohio State offense is one of the best in the country, as they’ve accounted for 119 points in eight quarters, but the defense has vastly improved as well.
Since allowing 24 points against Iowa, the Buckeyes have allowed just 14 points in the past eight quarters, all of which came from Penn State.
On Saturday afternoon, the Buckeye defensive line showed it’s prowess as it accounted for six sacks. The secondary showed up as well, allowing under 100 yards through the air. The linebackers were all over the field, blitzing the quarterback and defending the pass.
Noah Spence and Ryan Shazier each proved their status as some of the best defenders in America- Spence accounting for a recovered fumble and a sack, while Shazier had two sacks of his own.
While the defense has certainly been a concern for the majority of the year, the Buckeyes are seeming to have hit their stride, despite the “weak” competition they’ve played against.
Ohio State takes it’s second bye week of the season this upcoming Saturday and will be back at it when they travel to Champaign-Urbana to take on the Fighting Illini in two weeks before heading home for Senior Day against the Indiana Hoosiers.