WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Ohio State was throwing more than running early in yesterday's game with Purdue, then flipped the switch, brought Carlos Hyde online and continued to romp.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Ohio State was throwing more than running early in yesterday's game with Purdue, then flipped the switch, brought Carlos Hyde online and continued to romp.

For the fourth straight game, Hyde topped 100 yards rushing, the senior gaining 111 on only eight carries as he increased his season total to 701. And with 345 net yards, Ohio State topped 300 rushing for the second straight game, the fourth time this season, and the seventh time in the 21 games under coach Urban Meyer.


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"We got to it late in the second quarter, that's when I had those big runs," Hyde said. "The offensive line was on the sideline and they were like, 'We're ready to run the ball. All this passing and stuff, let's do what we do best.'"

Starting at the Ohio State 7-yard line with 3:16 left in the first half, Hyde had three straight carries that netted 72 yards, including one of 42 yards, his longest of the season. He then took a breather and watched freshman Ezekiel Elliott turn a short pass into a 10-yard touchdown that pushed the lead to 42-0 with 1:46 left in the half.

The offense pretty much stayed on the ground after that. With two straight 600-yard offensive efforts, Hyde said the Buckeyes can feel the power.

"At any minute, something explosive can happen; we have so many guys who can make big plays," Hyde said. "When you're out there, you just basically wait your turn. Pretty soon the coach is going to call your number, and when he does, you just make that play."

Grant's big play

Cornerback Doran Grant wasted little time making the play of the game. On Purdue's second snap from its 23-yard line, Grant rolled to the edge with receiver B.J. Knauf as quarterback Danny Etling slid that way. Grant grabbed the pass and returned it 33 yards for what turned out to be the only points the Buckeyes would need.

"It meant a lot to me, but it meant a lot more for the team," Grant said. "It got the team going."

Grant gave credit to position coach Kerry Coombs, who prepared him by watching video.

"He said this is going to be the back-door slider," Grant said, referring to Purdue trying to slip a receiver underneath coverage. "I missed it in the Iowa game. I took advantage of it this game."

Etling, a freshman, took the blame.

"They told me to take check-downs and not force it … and I didn't listen," said Etling, who finished 13 of 29 for 89 yards.

All in a half's work

At the end of last year's Purdue game, Braxton Miller was in the hospital. His day ended early yesterday, as well, but for a different reason. After completing 19 of 23 passes for four touchdowns, he rested the entire second half.

Miller nearly was benched when he fumbled twice on Oct. 5 against Northwestern. In the three games since then, the junior has been nearly flawless. He is 59 of 74

(79.7 percent) with nine touchdowns. Among Miller's four touchdown passes yesterday was an improvised flip of a pass to Corey Brown on a rollout to the left.

"I have no idea," Miller said when asked how he made that pass. "I saw the contain guy and tried to shake him. 'Philly' was right there, and I just flicked it to him."

Miller threw an interception, so it wasn't a perfect performance - but it was close. On his three other incompletions, Miller twice deliberately threw the ball away to avoid a sack and, on the third, Dontre Wilson was out of bounds when he caught the pass.

Welcome, Maverick

Offensive coordinator Tom Herman and his wife, Michelle, had it all planned. With her pregnant with their third child, they expected to use the coming off week to go through the induced labor procedure, as she had with their first two children.

"All of a sudden Wednesday night, he decided he was not waiting," Herman said. "He wanted to come out and watch the game."

They welcomed a son, Maverick, on Thursday. Coach Urban Meyer gave Herman time to be with his family, but he was on board yesterday to direct the offense.

As for naming their second son Maverick, "Obviously, the translation of the word, someone who doesn't conform to society, someone who kind of blazes their own trail - I just want to make sure my son has a nice strong name that means something. And it was one of the best characters in movies of all time," Herman said, referring to Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun.