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November 2, 2013

Over before it started; instant impressions

Purdue had no chance Saturday against Ohio State, almost literally not for a second, in a 56-0 loss, one of the worst in Boilermaker program history.

On the second snap of the game, Danny Etling's pass was intercepted and returned for the fourth pick-six to go against Purdue this season, in effect opening the floodgates for the fourth-ranked Buckeyes to run past, around and over the Boilermakers.

Braxton Miller threw four touchdowns and backup Kenny Guiton ran for two and threw for another as Ohio State followed up last weekend's 63-point outburst against Penn State with a 42-point first half, while the Boilermakers were shut out for the second consecutive game. Running back Carlos Hyde totaled 111 yards playing a little more than a half as the Buckeyes rushed for well over 300 yards.

Purdue had just a little more than a hundred yards of offense going into the game's final five minutes.

Some instant impressions �

There's really not a whole lot to say here, as Ohio State won every phase, dominating the line of scrimmage on offense and put Etling under suffocating pressure once again. The Buckeyes sacked the freshman six times and pressured him numerous other times.

Two games in a row now that Purdue hasn't so much as threatened to score a touchdown. At Michigan State, at least it got into makeable field goal range once. The Boilermakers still haven't taken a red-zone snap since the Sept. 28 Northern Illinois.

It was defensive breakdowns on Purdue's part that really let this one slip early and decisively was the Boilermakers repeatedly losing track of tight end Jeff Heureman, who went for nearly a hundred yards in the first quarter alone en route to finishing with 116.

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