(Saturday, October 23rd)
Final Score: (11) Ohio State 49, Purdue 0
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Dan Herron set the tone with a 10-yard touchdown run on the first series and Terrelle Pryor threw for 270 yards with three scores, as 11th-ranked Ohio State bounced back from last week's loss at Wisconsin with a dominant 49-0 rout of Purdue at the Horseshoe.
Herron carried on all five plays of the first scoring drive, and finished with 74 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries for the Buckeyes (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who were the top-ranked team in the nation before last Saturday's 31-18 setback in Madison.
Pryor completed 16-of-22 passes with a pair of interceptions while playing into the third quarter. Dane Sanzenbacher, DeVier Posey and Corey Brown each caught a touchdown pass in the victory.
"The only thing after a tough loss is to come back with a win," Sanzenbacher said. "I've never been a part of this team where we had to come off a loss straight into a team that beat us last year. We all had a lot of emotions coming into the game. Not a lot needed to be said; everyone was ready."
Purdue (4-3, 2-1) entered the game after opening the conference schedule with wins at Northwestern and at home against Minnesota, but the Boilermakers never threatened the Ohio State defense. Purdue managed just 118 total yards and its deepest penetration offensively was the Ohio State 39 late in the fourth quarter.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Rob Henry completed just 9-of-18 passes for 58 yards with an interception and was Purdue's leading rusher with 26 yards on five carries.
"We talked about a lot of things we wanted to do today. Of course we didn't play well," Purdue head coach Danny Hope said. "There were several things we did wrong and we need to make sure we pull together next time. We gave up a lot of big plays and big chunks of yardage. A lot of times we had three or five freshmen in there against one of the best teams in the country."
The Buckeyes dominated from the start, taking the opening kickoff and marching 60 yards for a touchdown. Herron ran for 17 yards on the first play from scrimmage and never stopped. After a facemask penalty on the initial play added 15 yards, Herron added eight, three and seven yards on the next three plays before powering into the end zone from 10 yards away for a 7-0 lead just under two minutes into the contest.
Ohio State was forced to punt after its second series, but Joe Holland fumbled it away and the Buckeyes regained possession at the Purdue 39. Pryor keyed the short six-play set with a 23-yard pass to Posey, and Herron capped it with a two-yard scoring run.
Jordan Hall scored on a one-yard run in the first minute of the second quarter to finish a 91-yard march, and the Buckeyes were in prime position to score on their next drive before Pryor was picked off by Will Lucas at the Purdue 16.
The Boilermakers, though, quickly punted it back to Ohio State and Pryor directed a 61-yard drive in six plays for another score. A 26-yard pass to Sanzenbacher on 3rd-and-17 moved the chains and Pryor hit Posey with a 22-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-0.
Pryor and Sanzenbacher hooked up twice on Ohio State's next series. The first was a 56-yard play that set up a seven-yard TD connection between the two. An interception on the next Purdue offensive play gave the Buckeyes one more chance and Pryor cashed in with a 15-yard scoring pass to Brown for a 42-0 cushion heading to the intermission.
The Buckeyes outgained the Boilermakers, 415-44, in the first half.
Purdue failed to cross midfield until its first possession of the third quarter and turned the ball over on downs after reaching the OSU 47. An interception of Pryor gave the Boilermakers good field position at the Ohio State 41 late in the third, but they went backward from there and again turned it over on downs.
Pryor's afternoon was done after the pick and Joe Bauserman threw a 23-yard TD pass to Spencer Smith midway through the fourth to cap a 10-play drive that featured eight rushes.
The Boilermakers reached the Ohio State 39 on their final drive and set up for a 56-yard field goal in hopes of avoiding the shutout, but Carson Wiggs' kick wasn't close.
Ohio State hasn't dropped back-to-back games since a three-game stretch with losses to Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa in October 2004...The 42 first-half points were the most for the Buckeyes since a 45-point output in 2007 against Northwestern...Herron has scored at least one touchdown in seven straight games...Sanzenbacher finished with four catches for 86 yards...The Buckeyes compiled 489 total yards, including 184 on the ground...Ohio State leads the all-time series, 38-13-2, including a mark of 25-5-2 in Columbus...The Buckeyes improved to 65-19-5 on Homecoming.
10/23 19:12:52 ET