In a game that had few surprises, the Ohio State Buckeyes advanced to 9-0 on Saturday in a 56-0 thrashing of the Purdue Boilermakers.
Quarterback Braxton Miller was nearly perfect through the air, completing 19 of 23 passing attempts for 233 yards and four touchdowns. Despite a lone interception, Miller still posted a quarterback rating of 95.0, and also ran for seven yards on his only rushing attempt.
Fellow quarterback Kenny Guiton also impressed, completing eight of his 11 passing attempts. Guiton threw for 59 yards and a touchdown, but also had a big game on the ground. On nine carries, Guiton ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Buckeyes accumulate 345 total rushing yards.
The other big contributor in the rushing game was Carlos Hyde, who led the nine Buckeyes that carried the ball with 111 yards on eight carries. Though Hyde didn’t score a touchdown on the ground, he did break off a long 42-yard gain at one point, and was all-around explosive as always.
On defense, Doran Grant caught one more touchdown than the entire Boilermaker receiving group from quarterback Danny Etling. Wilson returned an interception for a touchdown, and the defense held Etling to just 89 total passing yards. No receiver had more than 18 receiving yards, and Etling posted a laughable quarterback rating of 2.2.
The defensive line posted similar results, allowing 27 yards on the ground by Purdue rushers. Etling’s -35 rushing yards were a large part in the number sitting so low, however no rusher went for more than 23 total yards.
While the result was expected, it was good to see so many players get involved. 11 different players caught passes, nine different players took carries and three quarterbacks attempted passes. Irregulars like Ezekiel Elliot caught touchdown passes and less familiar names like Evan Spencer got carries out of the backfield. The Buckeyes were already known as a dominant team, but they reminded us yesterday how deep their roster really is, which will hopefully be a healthy new talent to add to their BCS resume.