COLUMBUS, Ohio – Garrett Wilson returned from missing last week with an injury and led an explosive Ohio State offense with four touchdowns in a 59-31 win over Purdue Saturday in front of 101,009 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes have now won eight consecutive games to move to 9-1 on the season and 7-0 in B1G play. Purdue falls to 6-4 and 4-3 in the league.
Wilson, who caught three TD passes and ran for another 51-yard score, finished the game with 10 receptions for 126 yards. He led a receiving corps that included Jaxon Smith-Njigba (9-139-TD) and Chris Olave (9-85-TD).
Miyan Williams, another freshman running back, rushed for 117 yards on 14 attempts with an 8.4 yards per rush average.
On the defensive side of the ball, Denzel Burke had 11 tackles, 10 solos, to pace the defense.
After forcing a Purdue punt on it’s opening possession, the Buckeyes took advantage of great field position and scored five plays later on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Stroud to Wilson for the 7-0 lead with 11:45 showing on the first-quarter clock. Wilson has now caught a pass in each of the last 30 games.
Purdue answered on its next possession on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Aiden O’Connell to Jackson Anthrop. The seven-play drive that tied that game at 7-all covered 75 yards with just under nine minutes left in the quarter.
Ohio State receiver Jackson Smith-Njigba took a shovel pass from Stroud and turned it into a 49 yard gain before a 9-yard pass and Purdue facemask penalty against Chris Olave put the ball at the Purdue 6.
Two plays later freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson scored on a 3-yard run up the middle to give the Buckeyes a 14-7 lead. The scoring drive on Ohio State’s second possession covered 78 yards on six plays with 7:04 on the clock.
The Boilermakers were driving on its next possession but fumbled. The ball was recovered by Jerron Cage to give the Buckeyes possession on its 43-yard line.
Henderson then scampered 57 yards on Ohio State’s first play after the Purdue turnover for the touchdown and the 21-7 lead.
Stroud finished the first quarter completing 10-of-11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Henderson had five carries for 67 yards and two scores.
Ohio State scored on a 20-yard pass from Stroud to a wide-open Smith-Njigba early in the second quarter to make it 28-7 Buckeyes. The drive started at the end of the first quarter and covered 75 yards on 11 plays.
Purdue fumbled on the ensuing kickoff at its 12. Ohio State’s Chris Booker forced the fumble and it was recovered by Palaie Gaoteote IV.
Two plays and 11 seconds later Stroud found Wilson for the 12-yard touchdown reception to put the Buckeyes up 35-7 on their fifth-consecutive scoring drive.
The Boilermakers cut into the lead on its next possession with a 12-yard touchdown pass from O’Connell to Broc Thompson. The drive covered 80 yards on 10 plays and made the score 35-14 Buckeyes with 9:01 left in the half.
Ohio State used another quick strike to make it 42-14 after a Wilson 51-yard rush four plays into its sixth possession of the game. In five of the seven scoring drives in the half, the Buckeyes used 130 seconds or less for find the endzone.
On Purdue’s next possession, the Boilermakers drove to the Ohio State 14 and kicked a 32-yard field goal to make it 42-17 Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes ended the half scoring on their seventh-consecutive possession after a 30-yard field goal by Noah Ruggles to make it 45-17 at the break.
Stroud finished the half completing 20 of 25 passes for 217 yards and three scores. Smith-Njigba caught seven passes for 103 yards and a score while Wilson also had seven grabs for 67 yards and three scores, one of which came on a 51-yard rush.
Henderson rushed just six times for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
The Buckeyes picked up right where they left off at the half with a 24-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-1 call from Stroud to Wilson to make it 52-17 early in the third.
Ohio State got the ball to start the quarter and drove 75 yards on eight plays for the seventh touchdown of the game for the Buckeyes.
Purdue answered with a 24-yard touchdown pass from O’Connell to Milton Wright to end a seven-play, 75-yard drive with just under eight minutes to play. The score made it 52-24 Buckeyes.
Ohio State punted for the first time with 6:20 remaining in the third, a 40-yarder to the Purdue 13.
After the Buckeyes were held off the scoreboard for the first time in nine possessions, the Boilermakers marched 87 yards on 10 plays to score on a 9-yard touchdown pass from O’Connell to Jackson Anthrop to make it 52-31 Ohio State.