On Saturday, the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes travels to West Lafayette to face the Purdue Boilermakers. Kickoff at Ross-Ade Stadium is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on BTN with Kevin Kugler, Glen Mason and J Leman handling the broadcast duties. As always, you can hear the contest on your terrestrial radio dial all across Buckeyeland on the 64-station Ohio State IMG Sports Network and around the world on satellite radio with “Big Daddy” Paul Keels, Jim Lachey and Marty Bannister on the call.
Ohio State enters the conference tilt with an unblemished 8-0 record and are 4-0 in Big Ten play, good for first place in the Leaders Division. The eigth wins have come against Buffalo (40-20), San Diego State (42-7), California (52-34), Florida A&M (76-0), Wisconsin (31-24), Northwestern (40-30), Iowa (34-24) and Penn State (63-14).
Purdue is 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten. The lone win came against FCS-member Indiana State (20-14) on Sept. 7. The losses were to Cincinnati (42-7), Notre Dame (31-24), Wisconsin (41-10), Northern Illinois (55-24), Nebraska (44-7) and Michigan State (14-10).
The Buckeyes are fourth in the latest BCS standings and are also ranked fourth in both the Associated Press and USA Today top 25 college football polls. Obviously, Purdue is not ranked.
2012 – OHIO STATE VS. PURDUE
After star quarterback Braxton Miller left with an injury late in the third quarter, it was all up to his backup, Kenny Guiton.
Guiton came off the bench in relief to lead touchdown drives in the final minute of regulation and in overtime, with Carlos Hyde scoring on a 1-yard run to clinch No. 7 Ohio State’s 29-22 victory over Purdue in front of 105,290 fans at Ohio Stadium.
Purdue led 22-14 when Ohio State got the ball with just 47 seconds left in regulation. The Buckeyes took over at its own 39 and Guiton directed a seven-play 61-yard scoring drive that began with a deep 39-yard pass to Devin Smith, then was capped off when he hit Chris Fields on a 2-yard touchdown pass with three seconds remaining.
Guiton was 3-of-5 passing for 49 yards during that drive, plus he tossed the game-tying two-point conversion to Jeff Heuerman to tie it at 22.
In OT, Hyde scored on a short plunge for Ohio State before Purdue’s Caleb TerBush, who had two TD passes in regulation, misfired on four passes in the overtime, the last attempt sailed out of the back of the end zone to seal the win for the Buckeyes.
Miller completed 9-of-20 passes for 113 yards with an interception and ran for 47 yards on 12 carries before leaving the game on the next-to-last play of the third quarter.
Guiton hit on 6-of-11 passes for 77 yards and the one touchdown with one interception. Hyde ended up with 91 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns.
OHIO STATE’S LAST GAME
Last Saturday, the Buckeyes scored touchdowns on six of their seven possessions in the first half, then hit paydirt three out of the first four times with the pigskin to start the second half in Ohio State’s 63-14 blow out win over Penn State in front of 105,889 fans at Ohio Stadium.
The final stats suggest that the Buckeyes were dominant, just like the scoreboard did. Ohio State led in every major statistical category including first downs (32-20), rushing yards (408-120), passing yards (278-237), total offense (686-357), and time of possession (33:21-26:39).
Miller had his best game of the season and finally looked 100 percent healthy after throwing for 252 yards on 18-of-24 passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Miller also gained 86 yards on 11 attempts and two more scores.
Hyde ran roughshod through the porous Penn State defense with 147 yards rushing on 16 carries and two TDs.
All that while the much maligned defense registered six tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
PURDUE’S LAST GAME
Purdue was off last week and their last game was Oct. 19, as Michigan State’s defense stifled the Boilermakers on their way to a 14-0 victory in a Big Ten Conference matchup at Spartan Stadium.
Spartans’ quarterback Connor Cook did not have a great game but did what was needed to win, completing 13-of-25 passes for 107 yards while going without an interception. Jeremy Langford led all rushers with a career-high 131 yards on 24 carries. Tony Lippett tallied five catches for 49 yards and also threw a touchdown pass.
In the Boilers’ fifth-straight loss, quarterback Danny Etling couldn’t get much going, completing 14-of-25 passes for 160 yards and an interception. Akeem Hunt was Purdue’s top rusher with 43 yards on nine attempts. Cameron Posey led all receivers with 50 yards on five catches.
Although Michigan State amassed just 294 total yards, it held Purdue to a mere 226 yards. MSU came into the game with the nation’s top-ranked total defense, allowing less than 230 yards per game.
Needless to say, it wasn’t a very exciting game.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State is led by junior quarterback Braxton Miller, who has thrown for 1,083 yards on 89-of-126 (70.6%) passing with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions in five-plus games. He’s also third in rushing with 403 yards on 86 carries (5.7 avg).
Toting the rock, senior Carlos Hyde has gained 590 yards on 88 attempts (6.7 avg) with seven rushing touchdowns. Senior Jordan Hall is second with 79 carries for 519 yards (6.7 avg) and eight TDs.
The Buckeyes’ top two wide receivers are senior Philly Brown with 37 receptions for 520 yards and seven touchdowns, and junior Devin Smith, who has 35 catches for 524 yards and six more scores.
Defensively, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier leads the team with 66 total tackles and 9.0 tackles for loss. Junior linebacker Curtis Grant is second on Ohio State’s roster with 47 stops. Sophomore defensive end Noah Spence has a team-leading 5.0 sacks, while five others – Grant, freshman defensive end Joey Bosa, junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett, sophomore defensive end Jamal Marcus, and junior defensive end Steve Miller – have 2.0 sacks each.
Junior cornerbacks Bradley Roby and Doran Grant both have two interceptions to lead the team.
SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
True freshman Danny Etling has played in four contests with three starts and has completed 47.5 percent (47-99) of his passes for 585 yards with three TDs and four INTs.
The top ground-gainer for the Boilers’ is junior Akeem Hunt, who has netted 293 yards on 80 carries (3.7 avg.). He also leads the team in receptions with 24 to go along with 239 yards receiving and two touchdowns. True freshman DeAngelo Yancey tops the roster with 327 receiving yards on 15 catches and one TD.
A pair of safeties, sophomore Anthony Brown and junior Taylor Richards lead the team with 38 total tackles. Senior defensive end Bruce Gaston tops the Boilermaker roster with 3.0 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss. Senior cornerback Ricardo Allen and sophomore cornerback Frankie Williams each have two interceptions.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Ohio State leads the Big Ten in scoring offense (7.3 ppg) and total offense (517.3 ypg). The Buckeyes are second in the conference in rushing offense (295.6 ypg) and are sixth in passing offense (221.6 ypg). Defensively, OSU is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring defense (19.1 ppg), fourth in total defense (336.1 ypg), third in rushing defense (95.9 ypg) and ninth in pass defense (240.3 ypg).
The Boilermakers are dead-last in the conference averaging 13.1 points per game with an equally pathetic 278.6 yards per outing average, also 12th in the league. Purdue is eighth in total defense (399.6 ypg) and 11th in scoring defense (34.4 ppg), so not much better on the other side of the ball.
Just bad all over.
Analysis and Prediction
What more can be said about this game? I mean, really.
On paper, it’s a total mismatch. As long as everyone’s alarm clocks go off, the Buckeyes should win easily.
Ohio State 56, Purdue 6