West Lafayette, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Braxton Miller tossed for 233 yards and four touchdowns while backup quarterback Kenny Guiton rushed for two scores as No. 4 Ohio State crushed Purdue, 56-0, for its 21st consecutive win Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Miller completed 19 of 23 passes with one interception while Guiton went 8-for-11 with a passing touchdown and added a career-high 98 rushing yards on nine carries as the Buckeyes remained undefeated in nine games.
Cornerback Doran Grant scored his first career touchdown when he returned an interception 33 yards in the first quarter. The interception marked Grant’s third interception of the season and fourth of his career.
Jeff Heuerman had five catches for 116 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first tight end to record a 100-yard receiving game since Rickey Dudley in 1996.
With the victory, Ohio State holds the nation’s longest winning streak at 21 games, the second-longest in school history. The longest is 22 games which the Buckeyes set from 1967-69.
The 56-point margin of victory marked the largest in the series history between Ohio State and Purdue. The previous largest was 46 in a 46-0 Ohio State win in 1977.
The shutout was Ohio State’s second of the season after beating Florida A&M, 76-0, Sept. 21.
Ohio State finished the game with 640 yards of total offense, marking the fourth time this season the Buckeyes have gone over 600 yards offensively.
Danny Etling completed 13 of 29 passes for 89 yards for the Boilermakers, who recorded just116 total yards.
After Grant’s touchdown return, Miller threw scoring passes to Heuerman, Nick Vannett and Philly Brown for a 28-0 lead in the first period.
In the second, Guiton found Chris Fields for a one-yard scoring pass before Miller recorded his fourth touchdown heave to give the Buckeyes a 42-0 lead.
Then, Guiton capped scoring with a rushing touchdown in the third and fourth period.