Ross-Aide stadium has been a house of horrors for the Buckeyes in recent years, but it was as friendly a home they could have found outside of Columbus today. Ohio State rode their momentum from the Penn State game last week straight through Purdue on their way to a 56-0 shutout victory and their 21st straight win dating back to last season. Braxton Miller led the way with a 19/23 passing day for 233 yards, 4 touchdowns and an interception. Danny Etling threw a pedestrian 11/25 for 72 yards and an interception in the biggest loss for the Boilermakers to a Buckeye team since the 49-0 victory in 2010 that was later vacated.
Carlos Hyde and Kenny Guiton both had solid days running the football. Hyde picked up 111 yards on only 8 carries, while Guiton gained 98 on 9. Jeff Heuerman led all receivers with 5 catchs for 116 yards and 1 touchdown. Five different Buckeyes caught touchdown passes today, including: Chris Fields, Nick Vannett, Corey Brown, and Ezekiel Elliott. For Purdue, Akeem Hunt gained 23 yards on 6 carries while Gary Bush caught 2 passes for 18 yards. As a team the Buckeyes outgained the Boilermakers 630-116 overall in offensive yardage – the second 600 yard game for Ohio State in a row.
The game started about as poorly for Purdue as they could imagine. Starting with the ball, they did manage to find some running room on the ground. But facing a 2nd and five, Danny Etling tossed the ball straight into the arms of a waiting Doran Grant. Grant returned the ball 33 yards for the first touchdown of the game 57 seconds into the game. Purdue followed that drive with a three and out stopped less than a yard short of the goalline.
Things didn’t go much better for Purdue when OSU had the ball, not that you would expect them to. The Buckeyes opened with the exact same gameplan they opened with last week. The first play was a WR screen on the outside to soften up the interior of the Purdue defense. That was followed by a pass over the middle to the left side where Purdue’s defense had left a massive gap. Jeff Heuerman was the recipient of the gift of a wide open field when the safety bit on the wrong receiver. Heuerman had no trouble taking the pass 40 yards into the endzone to give the Buckeyes a two score lead.
It took their third drive for the Boilermakers to get things unbottled. A handful of good short passes intermixed with solid runs helped to keep the defense honest and the Boilers moving. Noah Spence nearly single-handedly killed what was looking like a promising drive when he charged into the backfield and hammered Etling for a sack and an eight yard loss. Purdue was forced to punt a play later after an Etling pass was batted down under pressure.
Buckeye fans everywhere are taking cover. The Buckeyes travel to West Lafayette to take on the Purdue Boilermakers, a place that the team has not won the last two trips.
Join us in the Purdue Harbor Bunker for today’s game, and chat with all of your favorite OSU Bloggers and Buddies!
Headed to West Lafayette, Coach Meyer talks about the need for fast starts, stellar defenses, and a solid running game in November.
Thanks as always to the team at Campus Insiders for the insight!
The Buckeye Battle Cry: So, what’s the deal with Coach Hazell’s hat brim?
Boiled Sports: It’s always sunny in West Lafayette (and warm too)…Coach Hope had to wear Ray Ban sunglasses…Coach Haze shields his eyes from the bright sun’s reflection off of the gold helmets with those flaps.
tBBC: The Boilers are rebuilding their program, and have decided to go with a moustache-less head coach. Other than a hairless upper lip, what are some of the changes you’ve seen in the new regime?
Boiled: This coaching staff hasn’t been caught with its foot in its collective mouth yet…that’s nice. Another big change is the loss of the four or five QB system…we all miss that very much.
tBBC: Who are some up and coming Boilers that we’ll be frustrated by in a few years?
Boiled: TONS of Freshman are playing right now…and honestly it’s showing. DeAngelo Yancey already physically looks like a Junior…and will create problems for small cornerbacks. Dalyn Dawkins runs very hard and hits holes quickly…but needs more space. But DT RaZahn Howard might be the guy that will be most frustrating. He’s only been getting reps for two games, but has made his presence felt pretty quickly. Read More
Well, you’ve got all day to plan your attack for tonight… personally, I’ve got plans to go to “all the candy is on sale” day tomorrow. We’re digging through our country albums for today’s soundtracks; one goofy, one “creepy”. Country not your thing? Well remember, we used to think this and this were OK as well.
The #4 Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) visit the Purdue Boilermakers (1-6, 0-3) for a 12-noon kickoff in Ross-Ade Stadium. Ohio State comes off an impressive beat down of Penn State 63-14, while Purdue comes off a bye week. Penn State had a bye week to prepare for the Buckeyes, and we saw how that turned out. I expect something similar this week.
Purdue is enduring a rebuilding year after showing Danny Hope the door. First year coach Darrell Hazell, who guided Kent State to an 11-2 record last year, is likely to see that record reversed this year. As you may remember, Hazell was formerly on Jim Tressel’s staff and played his college ball at Muskingum University/College.
Purdue brings a not-that-good defense, 34.4 points against, 106th in the country, and an even worse offense, 13.1 points per game, good for 122nd (out of 125 teams) in the nation. Their quarterbacking has been split by early season starter Senior Rob Henry and current starter, freshman Danny Etling. Both QB’s are around 5.9 yards per attempt (not good at all) and have a QB rating of 100’ish. By comparison, Miller/Guiton average 8 yards per attempt and a combined QB rating of 168’ish. Big difference. This lack of performance might be a confidence booster, coming off their good performance against PSU. Read More
It’s a one game season, and the Boilermakers are in the sights
For those unfamiliar with this feature, consider it your cheat sheet for the conversations around the grill on Labor Day. As always, these come with a melodic interlude to play gently in the background during your perusal… because you’re that important to me.
It was the best of times, it was the… well… best of times. Football was played, plays were made, and the long summer doldrums finally came to an end.
Sawkaralyna got us started off in style, scoring on the third play of their first possession and kicking off the annual “Hey, we’re pretty good! Oh, that’s right… we have to play in the same conference as Alabama/Georgia/Florida/LSU… nevermind.” The only significant storyline to come out of this game, other than the fact that sometimes “new school clothes” aren’t always fashionable, is the fact that ESPN’s love-fest for all things Clowney turned into the predictable hate-fest for the sophomore after he didn’t balance the budget/solve global warming/play like a Heisman candidate. Whatever helps them get their ratings points, right?
Speaking of firsts, the news this offseason was about the new “targeting” rule and it’s potential impact on the game. Your future trivia answer to “who was the first college player to be ejected under this rule?’ is none other than Tulane’s Lorenzo Doss. Small Ohio State related fact that’s stuck in my brain for some reason- In 1995, the NCAA decided to crack down on “showboating” and OSU’s Terry Glenn was the first person flagged after signaling “First Down” following a catch against Boston College in the Kickoff Classic. What a cute rule that was…
At any rate, the impact (see what I did there?) of the new rule was certainly felt across the first weekend; Northwestern had a game-winning drive extended after Cal’s best pass rusher was flagged for “targeting” on a tackle in the end zone, Texas A&M lost a player for a similar infraction (although, to be honest, it was a really bad call), and Oregon had to go and “one up them” (as always) with this potentially crippling hit against Nicholls State. To be fair to the defender, though, everyone in the stadium was yelling “Duck!” to the Nicholls QB. At least that’s what I think they meant…
Another major story this weekend was the debilitating sanctions that hit Heisman winner Johnny Manziel following the “autograph” scandal. I can’t imagine what it was like for him to sit there on the sidelines for that time, missing the change to be with his teammates and… yeah, in the time it took you to read this sentence, his “suspension” was over. I wish my car had a suspension that cushy…. Read More