Stroud throws 5 TD passe as Ohio State routs Purdue

Published 11:26 pm Saturday, November 13, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After two weeks of some uneven offensive play, the No. 6 Buckeyes were understandably anxious this week with giant-killer Purdue coming to town.

Ohio State had reason to be wary of the Boilermakers, who had already upset two top-five teams this season. The last time the two teams met, Purdue halted the Buckeyes’ 2018 march to the playoffs with a stunning upset in West Lafayette.

No worries this time.

Freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud was dialed in, throwing for 361 yards and five touchdowns as the Buckeyes struck early and rolled over Purdue 59-31 on Saturday.

“It’s going to build a lot of confidence,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “I don’t think our guys were lacking confidence, I just think after the last two weeks — we were on edge a little bit this week, to be honest with you. We just wanted to get back in this game, score in the red zone and get our nose dirty a little bit, and I think we did that.”

The Buckeyes (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 4) scored on all seven of their first-half possessions, piling up 45 points against a Purdue team that hadn’t allowed more than 30 in any game this year.

TreVeyon Henderson added to his impressive freshman resume with 98 yards and a pair of first-half TDs. Garrett Wilson caught three touchdown passes and ran for another.

“We were lucky to hold them to 59,” Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said.

The Buckeyes romped early, capitalizing on two Boilermakers turnovers, the second of which was a fumbled kickoff recovered on the Purdue 14. The 12-yard catch by Wilson two plays later gave the Buckeyes two touchdowns in 14 seconds.

Wilson had 10 catches for 126 yards. Jaxson Smith-Njigba followed up a 15-catch, 240-yard effort last week with nine catches for 139 yards a a TD.

Chris Olave had nine receptions for 85 yards a touchdown, the 33rd of his career and one away from the school record.

“It’s just real scary,” Smith-Njigba said. “I think its hard for defenses to cover all of us.”

HELPING OUT

The Ohio State defense wasn’t outstanding, but Stroud and Co. painted over it. Purdue quarterback Aiden O’Connell was 40 for 52 and threw four touchdown passes. He wasn’t sacked. David Bell had 11 catches for 103 yards as the Boilermakers (6-4, 4-3) piled up a respectable 481 yards.

“Certainly we don’t like to give up 31 points in a game,” Day said. “I think when you look at the last couple of week, when the offense has been exactly stellar, the defense played really, really well. This game, we score 59 points on offense and the defense gave up 31. The good news is we’re kind of helping each other out, but we’re still looking for that complete game. That’s part of winning football in November.”

TERRIFIC RUN

A 57-yard touchdown run by Henderson was his fourth rush of at least 50 yards this season, which ties him for the national lead. His 17th TD put him within one of the single-season school record by a freshman. Maurice Clarett had 18 in 2002.

THE TAKEAWAY

Purdue: The defense just couldn’t slow down Ohio State’s array of offensive stars. Purdue had won three of its last four, including a 40-29 upset of then-No. 5 Michigan State last week, before running into a Buckeyes offense that just wasn’t missing on much.

“They are a playoff-caliber team,” Brohm said. “They out-played us and out-manned us and really beat us in every category.”

Ohio State: The Buckeyes shook off all the talk about this being a possible trap game and treated Purdue like an early season cupcake.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The rout over a dangerous conference foe should impress voters. With No. 4 Oklahoma’s loss to No. 18 Baylor, the Buckeyes could make a move up.

UP NEXT

Purdue: Plays Northwestern on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

Ohio State: Hosts No. 8 Michigan State on Saturday.

Purdue 7 10 14 0 = 31
Ohio St. 21 24 7 7 = 59

First Quarter

OSU–G.Wilson 21 pass from Stroud (Ruggles kick), 11:45.

PUR–Anthrop 25 pass from O’Connell (Fineran kick), 8:56.

OSU–Henderson 3 run (Ruggles kick), 7:04.

OSU–Henderson 57 run (Ruggles kick), 5:14.

Second Quarter

OSU–Smith-Njigba 20 pass from Stroud (Ruggles kick), 13:42.

OSU–G.Wilson 12 pass from Stroud (Ruggles kick), 13:28.

PU–Thompson 12 pass from O’Connell (Fineran kick), 9:01.

OSU–G.Wilson 51 run (Ruggles kick), 7:22.

PUR–FG Fineran 32, 4:12.

OSU–FG Ruggles 30, :18.

Third Quarter

OSU–G.Wilson 24 pass from Stroud (Ruggles kick), 10:48.

PUR–Wright 29 pass from O’Connell (Fineran kick), 7:53.

PUR–Anthrop 9 pass from O’Connell (Fineran kick), 2:02.

Fourth Quarter

OSU–Olave 5 pass from Stroud (Ruggles kick), 12:51.

A–101,009.

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PUR OSU
First downs 28 30
Total Net Yards 481 624
Rushes-yards 19-91 31-263
Passing 390 361
Punt Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns 3-18 3-76
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 40-52-0 31-38-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 2-24.5 1-40.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties-Yards 4-31 5-50
Time of Possession 28:42 31:18

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Purdue, Horvath 5-36, Doerue 10-26, Anthrop 3-22, Bell 1-7. Ohio St., M.Williams 14-117, Henderson 13-98, G.Wilson 1-51, Stroud 1-(minus 1), (Team) 2-(minus 2).

PASSING–Purdue, O’Connell 40-52-0-390. Ohio St., Stroud 31-38-0-361.

RECEIVING–Purdue, Bell 11-103, Wright 7-98, Anthrop 7-66, Sheffield 4-54, Horvath 3-24, Thompson 3-22, Doerue 2-11, Durham 2-5, G.Miller 1-7. Ohio St., G.Wilson 10-126, Smith-Njigba 9-139, Olave 9-85, Fleming 1-4, Henderson 1-4, M.Williams 1-3.

MISSED FIELD GOALS–None.