Ohio State continues dominance against Purdue; more early Week 10 Snap Judgments
Snap Judgments from the Week 10 early slate. For more coverage, check out Andy Staples' file from Florida State's win over Miami and our midday and late Snaps.
• No. 4 Ohio State 56, Purdue 0: If Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer was bothered by complaints that he ran up the score in last week's 63-14 victory over Penn State, he certainly didn't let it show on Saturday.
Ohio State stepped on the gas early and didn't let up, steamrolling the Boilermakers 56-0 for the Buckeyes' 21st consecutive win. Cornerback Doran Grant opened the scoring with a 33-yard pick-six less than a minute into the game, and the Buckeyes' offense did the rest. Quarterback Braxton Miller threw for three touchdowns in the first quarter, and completed 19-of-23 passes overall for 233 yards and four touchdowns.
Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, the fifth-year senior who started in place of an injured Miller earlier this fall, added two rushing touchdowns in the second half. By the final whistle, Ohio State had outgained Purdue 640 yards to 116.
The 9-0 Buckeyes have now outscored their last two opponents 119-14. Meyer's team seems to be finding its stride as it enters the season's home stretch. The question now is whether style points will be enough to help; despite its unblemished record, Ohio State would be hard-pressed to jump past an unbeaten Alabama, Oregon or Florida State in the BCS title conversation. [RECAP l BOX]
• No. 22 Wisconsin 28, Iowa 9: The Hawkeyes have one of the Big Ten's top rushing defenses, but that hardly mattered to the Badgers on Saturday. Wisconsin running back James White galloped for 132 yards and two touchdowns -- equaling the number of rushing scores Iowa had had allowed in its first eight games -- and Melvin Gordon carried 17 times for 62 yards. The Badgers held the Hawkeyes to three field goals, as the Iowa offense floundered behind quarterback Jake Rudock, who completed only 12-of-24 passes for 109 yards, and who threw a costly third-quarter interception. [RECAP l BOX]
• No. 21 Northern Illinois 63, Massachusetts 19: Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch entered this weekend as the nation's rushing leader, and he certainly looked the part on Saturday. Lynch ripped through the Minutemen's porous defense for 119 rushing yards and four touchdowns, including three in the first quarter alone.
Lynch also completed 10-of-13 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. Northern Illinois (9-0) reached the end zone on six of its first seven possessions. Lynch has now had a hand in 31 total touchdowns (19 passing, 12 rushing) this season. [RECAP l BOX]
• No. 14 South Carolina 34, Mississippi State 16: Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott ran for a one-yard first-quarter touchdown to give Mississippi State a 7-0 lead, but the Gamecocks rolled after that. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw threw four touchdown passes, running back Mike Davis rushed 15 times for 128 yards and the Gamecocks' defense forced five turnovers. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier's team improved to 5-2 in the SEC East. [RECAP l BOX]
• Boston College 34, Virginia Tech 27: Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas continues to sabotage Virginia Tech with untimely turnovers. Thomas threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles on Saturday as the Hokies fell to the Eagles. The upset defeat was the second in a row for Virginia Tech, which lost to Duke last Saturday. Boston College linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis' 33-yard fourth-quarter pick-six put the Eagles up 27-20, and they never looked back. The victory was a defining one for first-year Boston College coach Steve Addazio, who got a great performance from senior running back Andre Williams (166 rushing yards, two touchdowns). [RECAP l BOX]
• Penn State 24, Illinois 17 (OT): It wasn't pretty, but coach Bill O'Brien's Nittany Lions bounced back from last week's blowout loss to Ohio State with a victory. Penn State seemed firmly in control when quarterback Christian Hackenberg rushed for a nine-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to put his team up 14-0, but the Illini stormed back with 17 unanswered points. With 41 seconds left in the game, Nittany Lions kicker Sam Ficken booted a 35-yard field goal to tie the score at 17. Hackenberg hit tight end Kyle Carter for a 15-yard scoring strike in the first overtime period to put Penn State up 24-17, and safety Ryan Keiser sealed the victory by picking off Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase on the next play. Nittany Lions wide receiver Allen Robinson caught 11 passes for 165 yards, and running back Bill Belton carried the ball 36 times for 201 yards and a touchdown. [RECAP l BOX] • Rutgers 23, Temple 20: Scarlet Knights quarterback Gary Nova hit wideout Leonte Carroo for a 33-yard touchdown on fourth-and-10 with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift Rutgers over the visiting Owls. Nova, who had been picked off seven times in his the two games, didn't throw an interception against Temple. He completed 27-of-38 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns. [RECAP l BOX]