The Buckeyes came back to Ohio Stadium looking for a little bit of payback and they got it in a big way. The Boilermakers were completely outmatched, falling to the Buckeyes 49-0 in the Bucks first shutout of the year. Pryor finished the game with 16/22 with 270 yards 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on the day. The Buckeye running game also made an appearance as Dan Herron picked up 74 yards on 16 carries with 2 touchdowns.
Ohio State started the game with the football on the 40 yard line after Jordan Hall allowed the ball to bounce out of bounds. The Bucks started out on the ground the first few plays, giving Herron the ball repeatedly. The strategy clearly surprised Purdue’s defense who was expecting a healthy dose of Pryor all afternoon. With 5 straight carries, Herron stuck the ball out over the goalline and scored, setting a clear tone for the game.
Purdue started the game out to surprise the Buckeye defense themselves. A quick pass over the middle gained 15 yards, though two Buckeye defenders were in position to almost make a play on the ball. Purdue switched into their more traditional running offense but were unable to get through the OSU defensive line forcing them to punt.