Ohio State Derails the Boilermakers in West Lala

By Kyle Rowland on November 2, 2013 at 1:27p
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Dashin' Braxton
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For more than a decade, a roster filled with nobodies in this nowhere town has foiled Ohio State. Ross-Ade Stadium cloaked the talented Buckeyes in darkness, an unsightly house of horrors. On Saturday, all the bad memories came tumbling down like a controlled demolition.

The Buckeyes scored on the second play of the game – a 33-yard pick-six by Doran Grant – and their second play from scrimmage – a Braxton Miller-to Jeff Heuerman 40-yard touchdown pass – to assert their dominance and set the cruise control en route to a 56-0 victory. It was the second shutout of the season and first against an FBS opponent since the 2011 season opener versus Akron.

Win No. 21 in a row came with nary a tremble for Ohio State fans. Since the turn of the 21st century, the Buckeyes were just 2-4 in West Lafayette prior to Saturday. It took all of one quarter to reverse the curse. In recent weeks, college football has been tossed into a hamster ball and flung around with upsets rearranging the rankings the past two weekends. Fourth-ranked Ohio State made sure it wouldn’t be part of the trend in Week 3.

“You take a look two years, [Ohio State] lost. Last year, we could’ve lost to the same team. This year, we played at a much high level,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “I know the history. We actually had a great discussion about it. Jack Mewhort brought it up. These players are very smart. They understood it and came out and took care of business.”

Braxton Miller’s day of work consisted of one half. He completed 19-of-23 pass attempts for 233 yards and four touchdowns, with the lone blemish an ill-advised interception in the red zone. But it was tight end Jeff Heuerman who evolved into the story on offense, not Miller or Carlos Hyde.

Heuerman’s season stats included 139 receiving yards and a touchdown before the clock struck high noon Saturday. Shortly thereafter, he nearly doubled those numbers, finishing with five catches for 116 yards and a touchdown. It was the most productive day for an Ohio State tight end since John Frank’s 123 yards against Michigan in 1983. The last 100-yard receiving day for a tight end was Rickey Dudley in the 1996 Citrus Bowl.

“We had a good game plan coming in,” Heuerman said. “[Purdue] gave us some things we thought they were going to give us. Our O-line executed the protection awesome and Braxton threw some awesome balls. It worked out in our favor.”

For years Joe Tiller ran the basketball on grass offense at Purdue. On Saturday, it was the opponent who turned the real grass field into the hardwood. The Buckeyes had 640 yards of total offense, topping the 600-yard mark for the second consecutive week and fourth time this season. 

“Our offensive line is blocking people and there are a whole lot of targets,” Meyer said.

Hyde eclipsed the 100-yard barrier for the fourth time in as many games, while Kenny Guiton came on in relief to account for three touchdowns and 157 total yards. 

Robust, stout and vigorous are all words you could use to describe Ohio State’s effort on both sides of the ball. Purdue’s offensive numbers were nothing short of putrid. The Boilermakers produced 10 first downs and 116 yards of offensive. They didn’t ascend the 100-yard plateau until late in the fourth quarter. It was another gesture to the country from a group of Buckeyes pining for respect.

“We try to show everyone we can compete, too,” said defensive end Noah Spence, who finished with a sack and fumble recovery.

Said Meyer: “We discuss playing for championships in November, and that’s what we’re doing.”

The game was far different from previous trips to Purdue and last season’s overtime thriller in Columbus. Ohio State led 7-0 less than a minute into the game, 14-0 before the 10-minute mark of the first quarter, 28-0 at the end of the opening quarter and 42-0 at halftime. Those 42 points came on 31 plays and two Purdue turnovers. The final margin of 56 points represented the most lopsided game in the series history, dating back 96 years.

The win was Meyer’s 22nd consecutive victory as a head coach, tying a personal best set twice at Florida.

Turbulence has accompanied Darrell Hazell throughout his first year at Purdue. Talent is lacking, which has led to an abundance of underclassmen on the two-deep roster. True freshman quarterback Danny Etling struggled from the outset Saturday, turning the ball over twice, taking six sacks and completing just 13 of 29 passes for 89 yards.

Ryan Shazier finished with a team-high seven tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss. Shazier, Spencer, Steve Miller, Michael Bennett and Adolphus Washington teamed up for the Buckeyes’ six sacks. Ohio State also had 10 tackles for loss.

“We have a good group,” defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said. “We have confidence that we can be more aggressive, whether they have a freshman quarterback or not. We’re not going to slow down.”

The last time the Boilermakers were shut out in consecutive games Dwight Eisenhower was president. They’ve lost six consecutive games, their most since 2005. It’s the longest losing streak of Hazell’s head-coaching career. The last win came in September against Indiana State, an FCS school. September was also the last month Purdue took a snap in the red zone.

“Anytime you go out and play a good football team, you can’t go out there and spot them the way we did,” Hazell said. “You can’t throw interceptions for touchdowns.” 

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D. Anthony's picture

Boiler-Down!!!

D. Anthony

DefendYoungstown's picture

I see what you did there...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

DefendYoungstown's picture

Just want to point a few things out...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Hovenaut's picture

SHUTOUTS ARE FICKELL.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Black out, pfff.    Purdue sucks.    Demons exercised.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

stubbzzz's picture

what a great photo! the eye contact right before brax flipped it to philly for the score!

DJ Byrnes's picture

Walt is really good at his job.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

stevebelliseeya's picture

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I mentioned this in the liveblog, but I think it's also our first road shutout since 1998 (leaving aside the Toledo game on a neutral site).
Love those no-doubters. And I love seeing everyone in coats and jackets in the B1G crowds today. It's the best time of year!

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Hovenaut's picture

Most points ever scored by an opponent in Ross-Ade.
First time since 1950 Purdon't hasn't scored in back to back games. 

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

dtanmango's picture

Got that GOOSE EGG!!!!

-dtan

highwire's picture

HIRE FICKELL! Wait guys am I doing that right?

IGotAWoody's picture

 - License to kill gophers (wolverines, badgers, etc) by the government of the United Nations

Corvas's picture

I'm really nervous about them overlooking Bye Week. That has trap game written all over it.

CowCat's picture

They better pitch a shutout against Bye Week, or it's Fickell's fault!

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

WOLFofOHIO's picture

poordue...

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

Seth4Bucks's picture

I'm probably about to show my ignorance, but please tell me this is a movie or TV show. I'm pretty sure it is.

Seth4Bucks's picture

Knowing '09 movie with Nicolas Cage. Now I can upvote without feeling bad about doing so.

Haybucks's picture

More people dressed in black at the terminal than at the game.

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
 

opus's picture

Since halftime of the Iowa game, Ohio State has outscored its opponents 143-21. I remember times when the OSU offense wouldn't hit that in six games. Insanity.

CharlieBuckeye's picture

I'm going to drink a lot of beer; I'm going to drink a lot of beer - I'm going to drink a lot of beer; I've been drinking a lot of beer - GO BUCKEYES!!!
On to the Irish Whiskey and a cigar!!!! Well done men.

"To have a great life simply follow this rule:  Do not bring undo conflict into your life..."
Charlie Baker - OSU - 1986

Seattle Linga's picture

Charlie - you're in Chil-lax mode huh

Seattle Linga's picture

Let's get healthy this week and gear up for the Illini after the bye

Hovenaut's picture

Amen - hope to hear the status of Hall, Bennett and Decker. 

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

DJ Byrnes's picture

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Damn.  
love that bye week right now though.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Hovenaut's picture

Use that bye week indeed.
Thanks DJ. 

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

harleymanjax's picture

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

CharlieBuckeye's picture

Seattle Linga - you have to Chil-lax to enjoy life. For without Chil-lax there is no life.
Cheers and GO BUCKEYES!!!!!

"To have a great life simply follow this rule:  Do not bring undo conflict into your life..."
Charlie Baker - OSU - 1986

Seattle Linga's picture

You know it Brother - Can't take anything too seriously.

CharlieBuckeye's picture

HarleyManJax - Well done Sir... Very well done !!!! 
GO BUCKEYES!!!!

"To have a great life simply follow this rule:  Do not bring undo conflict into your life..."
Charlie Baker - OSU - 1986

ticodillo's picture

I guess the "Blackout"spread onto Purdue's side of the scoreboard...

TU-Rocket Buckeye's picture

congratulations.., enjoy it.., take a couple days.., then get back to work.., 5 more games until we hold the crystal football high in the air.., 5 more games until we're 26-0.., 5 more games until the seniors go out "#1 in the country"..,

gwalther's picture

It seems Mr. LaForge's tachyon burst was successful.

Class of 2008

boojtastic's picture

I don't understand this reference.
Cheers, though.

gwalther's picture

Initial comment after the 11W write-up about a "distortion field" in W La: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2013/10/27968/ohio-state-football-preview-...

Class of 2008

Seth4Bucks's picture

Hard to find any real negatives in this game. All kinds of win in this one; lots of scoring and great defense. I got the Buckeyes with 180 yards in the 1st quarter alone, Purdue had 116 for the whole game!

Northbrook's picture

I know Penn St and Purdue aren't offensive juggernauts but our D has made strides. Our last two regular season games will be better tests but we will have improved even more in three weeks.
Boiler up because you have nowhere to go but up.

Northbrook's picture

Wanted to add that earlier in the season I was critical of Braxton saying he still was an athlete playing QB but he was not a real QB yet. Well, he's a real QB now. He has also made major strides.

buckeyedude's picture

This is really starting to look like a championship team. Even the 2nd and 3rd teamers look tough. All credit to the coaching staff. And the players of course.
 

 

 

boojtastic's picture

I think the key to today's game was scoring more points than the opposition.

4thandinches's picture

Things John Madden would say if he was our coach. 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

ibuck's picture

Yeah, Bootastic, Doran Grant had the winning score !

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

D-Day0043's picture

Watching Michigan vs. Michigan State, I'm not worried about either of those teams. The Bucks can roll both of them. Michigan can't protect Gardner and Michigan St. Is just absolutely painful to watch offensively.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Boy it's nice to see these two teams (MSU and TTUN) struggle so far today. I hope the game ends with the score the way it is 6-3.

Buckabroad's picture

The Buckeyes looked like a professional demolition squad. Precise, disciplined annihilation. I know it was a poor Purdue team, but I feel like the offense and defense is starting to gel very well. Really like where we are headed right now.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Sparty's DL won't be a pushover but GOD their offense is freaking pathetic. If that is a direct result of them hiring Bollman we can thank Coach Dantonio for that come B1G championship game time.
TTUN cant run the ball, cant complete a pass and cant snap to shotgun. Dont think that's Sparty's D as much as TTUN being TTUN.
If either of our games vs. either of these teams is close it will be because we play like crap NOT these guys outplaying or dominating us. I fear our mistakes FAR more than this ugliness.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

buckeyedude's picture

I think Sparty's D is legit. The offense is horrible and one deminsional. I watched MSU(Bollman) run a play with not one receiver on the field, and it was 1st friggin' down at about the TTUN 20 yard line! Uhhhhh, wonder what play that's going to be? The runner was stuffed for a 2 yard loss.
I am so glad we have Meyer and Herman designing plays.

 

 

edr4225's picture

lets go bucks!!

BuckeyeDynasty's picture

Correct me if im wrong, but im sure i heard the announcers say that 56 points is the most we have ever scored against Purdue, that is truly Amazing, especially when you consider that we basically just ran the ball the entire second half with some Second and even 3rd Stringers, trying to run out the clock. Man its Great to be a Buckeye, no disrespect to the Old power football/conservative style that Coach Hayes, Tresell, Bruce use to employ, but its sumtin Special watching Urban Meyers Explosive Attack just simply shred opponents and light up the scoreboard time and time again. These past two weeks we have been able to witness some of the most Explosive offensive football the buckeyes have played, EVER. I love the way Urban has us playing.

buckeyedude's picture

I swear there was a time back in the Cooper days when OSU scored like 63 on Purdue. Maybe that was in the Shoe?

 

 

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

10/28/2000 @ *Purdue (8-4) L 27 31
10/9/1999 vs. *Purdue (7-5) W 25 22
10/19/1996 @ *Purdue (3-8) W 42 14
10/21/1995 vs. *Purdue (4-6-1) W 28 0
10/22/1994 vs. *Purdue (4-5-2) W 48 14
10/23/1993 @ *Purdue (1-10) W 45 24
10/20/1990 @ *Purdue (2-9) W 42 2
10/21/1989 vs. *Purdue (3-8) W 21 3
10/15/1988 vs. *Purdue (4-7) L 26 31

Buckabroad's picture

Under Urban Meyer, Ohio State has 8 games of 50 points or more (in 21 games). We had 6 such games under Tressel in 128 games. I love Tressel, but simply wow.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

DefendYoungstown's picture

Can anybody answer this, I know we're blowing fools away (PSU, Purdon't) and others.  The O really seems to be clicking and we can almost score at will.  Is the competition just "that bad" or are we really starting to get and come together?

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

chitown buckeye's picture

I think both. The competition is weak but we are dominating the way we should. That happens because of execution and not many mistakes. If we were struggling I wouldn't be as confident as I am to say we are really playing good football right now.

"I'm having a heart attack!"

throttlefinger's picture

Think it's a combination of both. The secondary has played better as a unit. Yes, it's against less than stellar competition yet they showed their weak spots in the first 5 games. They look much better. And Brax has stepped it up since the NW game. Also the DL is playing more authority. So if I had to pick one side, I'd say it's more the team is coming together. And the hope is they keep upping their game. I don't think there would be any better way to end the reg season than shutting out UM and winning by 60. 

DefendYoungstown's picture

Agree, Braxton is a totally different QB than he was last year. What I notice this year is that he has the precision of a surgeon, picking defenses apart with his scalpel and forceps.  Again, these defenses aren't the best but he is a different QB. I now know what UFM was talking about when he said his ceiling is unlimited. The offense and Oline is gelling at the right time, the rest of the season is going to be exciting.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

D-Day0043's picture

Michigan State's receivers make catching a football look next to impossible.

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BuckeyeOfTheTiger's picture

One of the things I liked most about the game today was the ballcarriers were continuing to move their feet and fight for extra yards to the whistle the entire game.  Love that they're playing with fire even in these games that are basically wrapped up after the first quarter

mshaf's picture

I was really glad to see the tight ends being utilized today. That creates another nightmare matchup for defenses. Is it time for the Diamond formation to show its head ?

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Welp, they dropped 50+ on those bums.  They also got a nice shutout on the road (even if Purdue's offense is pathetic).  I am a satisfied with this performance today.  Hopefully they can light up Illinois and shut down Mr. Throw-an-INT-on-the-first-play-of-OT.  Wait, don't want to overlook Bye.

Class of 2010.

Dublin68's picture

Hyde now has 96 carries without being stopped behind the line of scrimmage

D-Day0043's picture

That is a testament to the offensive line and El Guapo hitting the hole with authority.

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Dublin68's picture

Ohio State rushing attack through 9 games is averaging 301 yards a game. first in the big 10 and moved ahead of Wisky
 
Today OSU rushed for 345 yards

Dublin68's picture

Hyde rushed for 701 yards on 96 carries, Avg 7.3 per carry

Hovenaut's picture

Clocking in at 116 yards a game (the games he's played in). 

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

misterpants's picture

Well, Purdue got 36 more yards than Florida A&M, so they've got that going for them.
I was sitting close to the Ohio State bench, and in the second quarter I heard coach Coombs telling his players not to get bored.

BUCKSOMIES's picture

The Buckeyes are 21-0 since UFM has taken over.  No doubt about it, it's UFM's fault.

CharlieBuckeye's picture

If you truly want to enjoy the victory - please peruse MGoBlog as the fans are imploding. Do not make any comments - simply kick back and enjoy!!!!

"To have a great life simply follow this rule:  Do not bring undo conflict into your life..."
Charlie Baker - OSU - 1986

lax20's picture

You are absolutely right.  The Spartans D is destroying Michigan.  The Spartans D is really scary.  They are extremely better than I thought.  I do not see anyone in the Legends beating them.  We shall see.  Brady Choke aka.. as Michigan's John Cooper is reeling.

buckeyedude's picture

Brady Choke aka.. as Michigan's John Cooper is reeling.

I thought that was RichRod?
 

 

 

D-Day0043's picture

Yep, it's pretty pathetic. Lucky to be a Buckeye fan.

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BuckeyeSouth's picture

I wonder what's going through Gesicki's mind right now.

Embrace it.

D-Day0043's picture

I think... I... May... Have... Made... A... Mistake...

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D-Day0043's picture

I don't care what competition you are playing against. Winning 21 in a row is a hard thing to do.

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Urban Nation Army's picture

The win was Meyer’s 22nd consecutive victory as a head coach, tying a personal best set twice at Florida.

Not quite, but this will come soon

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

Urban John Simon Meyer's picture

It was Meyer's 22nd; he won his last game at Florida. 21st since he joined the Good Guys.

Urban Nation Army's picture

touche, my mistake.

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

sbentz4's picture

Just got home from the game.  It was more like a "50% red, 40% black and 10% empty -out"

bigbill992001's picture

What can you say?   GREAT ALL-AROUND GAME!!!!!!!!!!
 
GO BUCKS!!!!!!!!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Ohio State wins and TSUN loses... a DAMN fine day!!!
 

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

SPreston2001's picture

Wow!! Awesome all around performance!!!! Nothing but praise from me!

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

Mike413's picture

Are M*ch*g*n fans blue with envy?

Mike413's picture

 
Tressel ball currently lives at M*ch*g*n State

buckeyepastor's picture

One of the things I love about this new regime under Urban is that we don't seem to get surprised as much by our opponents.   I love Tressel both for things he did on gamedays and away from football, and he brought us back to national relevance and to a level of success we hadn't seen in decades.  But it felt like throughout his tenure we were so often hearing after games where the score was closer than anticipated about how the coaches and team were surprised by this or that or the other that the opponent did.  It's a given that teams will sometimes throw you a curve ball, but it seemed to happen a lot more in previous years than it has under Urban.  
I love the way this team prepares and seems to be ready for their opponent and isn't surprised by what they see come Saturday.   And even when they have been (as with Iowa), they adjust accordingly.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way"