(Saturday, October 11th)
Final Score: (12) Ohio State 16, Purdue 3
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Etienne Sabino scored the only touchdown of the game on a blocked punt, as the 12th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Purdue, 16-3, at Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) got a solid game from Chris Wells, who rushed for 94 yards on 22 carries. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was 10-of-14 for 97 yards in the victory.
Purdue (2-4, 0-2) has lost 17 straight games against ranked opponents dating back to a victory over Iowa on November 8, 2003. The Boilermakers haven't won at Ohio Stadium since 1988.
Quarterback Curtis Painter finished 23-of-51 for 228 yards and one interception for the Boilermakers, while Kory Sheets had 20 carries for 67 yards in the loss.
The Buckeyes dominated the first half and went into the locker room ahead 13-0. Sabino opened the scoring with a 19-yard blocked punt return to make it 7-0 with 11:41 remaining in the opening quarter. Malcolm Jenkins blocked the punt, allowing Sabino to pick up the ball and race into the end zone.
"It really is wonderful," said Sabino. "You come to a school like this (Ohio State) so that you can have a chance to make a difference and make an impact. It's really great to be able to do that and hear all the fans after the play."
Ryan Pretorius booted a 24-yard field goal with 57 seconds to go in the first quarter, while Aaron Pettrey capped an eight-play, nine-yard drive by drilling a 49-yard field goal to make it 13-0 with 4:54 until halftime.
Purdue's offense was unable to move the ball efficiently throughout the first 30 minutes of action. Carson Wiggs missed a 52-yard field goal attempt, which sailed wide left to conclude the first half.
Painter was 13-of-27 for 112 yards and an interception in the first half, as the Boilermakers ran the ball 12 times for 50 yards. The Purdue quarterback also coughed up the ball in the first quarter, as James Laurinaitis recovered the fumble on the Ohio State 31 to set up the 56-yard drive which led to Pretorius' field goal.
"They are fast, talented guys and getting someone open is tough," said Painter. "We need to keep on going and try to finish drives and not beat ourselves. When you play a team with this type of athletes, it's difficult. The better team you play the smaller margin of error. You can't be a step behind."
The Boilermakers got on the scoreboard on their first drive of the second half. Wiggs banged in a 53-yard field goal to finish a nine-play, 50-yard drive to cut the deficit to 13-3 with 11:03 left in the third stanza. Sheets opened the drive with runs of 15 and 11 yards, while Painter and Greg Orton hooked up on a 19-yard pass completion to give Wiggs a chance to get his team some points.
Wiggs' field goal accounted for the only scoring of an uneventful third quarter.
Pretorius knocked in his second field goal of the contest, a 22-yarder, 30 seconds into the fourth and final frame to put Ohio State ahead 16-3. Pryor rushed for 10 yards and completed a pair of passes for 20 yards during the nine-play, 33-yard drive.
Orton ended with six catches for 73 yards...Painter has thrown for over 10,000 yards during his collegiate career...The Buckeyes have won five of their last six contests against Purdue...Ohio State holds a 37-12-2 advantage in the all- time series versus the Boilermakers and is 25-5-2 against Purdue in Columbus...Ohio State head coach Jim Tressell is 48-11 versus the Big Ten.
10/11 21:06:12 ET