WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue coach Darrell Hazell expected more than this Saturday.
He watched freshman quarterback Danny Etling get beat up again. He saw the running game stopped cold again. He saw a defense repeatedly out of position.
The predictable result: more dubious records.
Braxton Miller threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns, and backup Kenny Guiton added another TD pass and two more rushing scores as No. 4 Ohio State extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 21 with a record-breaking 56-0 victory against Purdue.
You have to take the salt and live with the salt for 24 hours and then move forward, Hazell said. If you don’t, it will fester and you won’t get any better from it. We’ll feel terrible about it tonight and tomorrow, and then tomorrow we will look at the tape and see where we can make improvements.
There’s no shortage of areas that need a fix.
Etling was 13 of 29 for 89 yards with no touchdowns, six sacks and an interception that was returned for a score on his first pass of the game. The Boilermakers (1-7, 0-4 Big Ten) ran 27 times for 27 yards. The defense gave up 640 yards and five touchdowns passing.
Purdue has lost six straight, been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since 1953 and still hasn’t taken a snap in the red zone since late in a Sept. 28 loss to Northern Illinois.
Opponents have broken the Ross-Ade Stadium scoring record twice this season, and Saturday’s debacle will go down as the worst home loss in school history and tied for the worst loss ever at Purdue. The Boilermakers also lost 56-0 to Chicago in 1907 and to Iowa in 1922.
We have just got to keep playing and getting better, said cornerback Ricardo Allen, who did have an interception. We have to play better than what we did today.
Ohio State (9-0, 5-0) made the Boilermakers pay dearly for their mistakes with an early 28-pont scoring flurry.
Doran Grant got it started with the 33-yard interception return.
Miller then threw three TD passes in the first quarter to make it 28-0 and the rout was on.
The Buckeyes produced the highest scoring total and most lopsided victory margin in the 56-game series, surpassing marks they set in a 49-0 victory in 2010.
Ohio State hasn’t lost in 22 months. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer tied a personal best by winning his 22nd consecutive game, which includes his final victory at Florida.
Miller went 19 of 23 before giving way to Guiton for good in the second half. Guiton was 8 of 11. He finished with 98 yards rushing on nine carries, second only to Carlos Hyde who ran for 111 yards on eight carries.
Miller threw a 40-yard TD pass to a wide open Jeff Heuerman on the Buckeyes’ second offensive play to give Ohio State a 14-0 lead. He capped a six-play drive with an 8-yard TD pass to Nick Vannett and only two more plays to hook up with Corey Brown on an impromptu 2-yard shovel pass.
Guiton threw a 1-yard TD pass to Chris Fields midway through the second quarter, and Miller hooked up with Ezekiel Elliott on a 10-yard scoring pass later in the first half to make it 42-0 at the half. Guiton ran for two scores in the second half to close out the milestone victory.
We’re just playing Ohio State ball, Hyde said after the Buckeyes rolled up 640 yards in offense. I expect this out of the offensive group, you know. Just come out and be explosive all day and put points up and put up yards. That’s what I expect from us.