One week removed from a dominant, one sided 63-14 home victory over Penn State, the Buckeyes took their pain train on the road. On the receiving end of Saturday's beat down? The Boilermakers of Purdue.
After two straight losses in West Lafayette, the Buckeyes avenged some past frustrations by laying the wood on the Boilers to the tune of 56-0. The loss equaled Purdue's worst in school history. Ohio State defeated Purdue 49-0 in 2010, but that game was eventually vacated.
The Buckeyes defense were at their absolute best early Saturday, recording six sacks and frustrating the Purdue offense all afternoon long. Both Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton were brilliant offensively for the Bucks, and freshman running back Ezekiel Elliott gave OSU fans (and opposing Big Ten teams) a glimpse of what's to come.
Ohio State's national best winning streak moves to 21 games, with a bye week up next for the Buckeyes. After a week to mend their wounds (starting right tackle Taylor Decker went down with an injury in the third quarter), the Buckeyes head to Champaign to take on Illinois.
There were plenty of great plays during Saturday's game, however. Multiple impressive jumps, touchdowns of all make and models, and a lot of Purdue lowlights. Let's take a look at some of the most important (or otherwise) plays from Ohio State-Purdue.
Hard to call this the best start Purdue could've hoped for. Freshman quarterback Danny Etling, making just his third career start, throws a costly interception to Ohio State's Doran Grant who then follows his convoy to take it to the house.
Ace recruiter and defensive lineman Mike Vrabel is kind of a bro's bro. He's not going to stand idly by and make sure that an Ohio State defender isn't given credit where credit's due. After C.J. Barnett made a great play on the ballcarrier, Vrabel manages to sneak in some dap.
This isn't going very well for Purdue. Ohio State, on just their second offensive play from scrimmage of the day, executes a Braxton Miller to Jeff Heuerman touchdown throw and catch. Something tells us the previous troubles in West Lafayette may just be behind Ohio State.
It was the first, but it probably won't be the last time that Ohio State sophomore defensive end Noah Spence gets well acquainted with freshman Purdue signal caller Danny Etling. Spence and the Buckeyes lead the entire Big Ten in sacks as a team.
Ohio State tailback Carlos Hyde is well on his way to becoming the first 1,000 yard rusher in an Urban Meyer offense. En route to a 21-0 lead against Purdue, Hyde leaped an opposing Purdue defender on an incredible display of athleticism by the nearly 240 pound tailback.
At this point, Ohio State is pretty much just trolling. Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller scrambles left, thinks about taking it in himself, but instead moves left and flips the ball to wide receiver Corey "Philly" Brown. 28-0 Ohio State.
Carlos Hyde isn't the only Buckeye capable of leap frogging a defender. Are we sure this game isn't being played on some kind of trampoline turf? Buckeyes tight end keeps with the outstanding afternoon both he and running mate Nick Vannett had, this time jumping over an opposing defender not unlike El Guapo.
Just one play after Kenny Guiton did a quarterback keep in a formation that included both Guiton and regular Ohio State starter Braxton Miller, Urban Meyer went to the well from his Florida days and broke out a Tim Tebow-esque jump pass against Purdue. Just something for the tape exchanges one would suppose.
We're not sure off hand if true frosh RB Ezekiel Elliott has gotten into a game in the first half this season, but Urban Meyer found an excuse. Up 35-0, Braxton Miller swung a pass out right to Elliott, who then made a defender miss and got into the end zone. Though it's hard to tell from this vantage, the ground, in this case, caused the fumble. 42-0, Ohio State.
There was nothing 'easy' about that tackle. The freshman running back, who had a touchdown reception in the first half, just absolutely lays out a Purdue defender. Luke Fickell might start bugging Tom Herman about a possible safety.