Jody Victor: The Buckeyes will be looking for a record-tying 17th consecutive Big Ten road victory this Saturday when they play at Purdue. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network – 12:00 p.m. kickoff. In the meantime, here are some stats.
* This will be the 52nd meeting between these Big Ten conference opponents
* Ohio State leads the all-time series with Purdue, 37-12-2
* Sophomore Terrelle Pryor needs 36 yards rushing to become the fifth Ohio State QB to rush for 1,000 career yards
* Coach Jim Tressel is 88-20 in 9 seasons at Ohio State; 223-77-2 in his 24th season overall
* The Illinois win was the 500th for the Tressel family as head coaches, second only to the Bowdens
* Ohio State's defense has allowed just four TDs in its last 19 quarters of play
* Ross Homan was named the Big Ten defensive player of the week (career-high 15 tackles)
* Ohio State is trying for a Big Ten record-tying 17th consecutive conference road win
* Ohio State has won 4 Big Ten titles in a row, won at least 10 games in each of the last four years, played in the national championship game twice and two other BCS bowls
* Forty former Buckeyes were on 2009 NFL opening-day roster
Since a season-opening win over Toledo (52-31), Purdue (1-5, 0-2) has lost five straight, with four by an average of 4.5 points. The Boilers lost by two at Oregon, by a touchdown to NIU before two fourth-quarter, heartbreaking defeats to Notre Dame and Northwestern at home.
Despite their record the Boilermakers pose one of the top passing attacks in the Big Ten. Senior quarterback Joey Elliot leads the Big Ten in passing and total offense with 262.5 yards per game through the air and 283.7 yards per game overall. Running back Ralph Bolden is second in the conference in rushing with 99.8 ypg while receiver Keith Smith is second in the Big Ten in both receptions (7.0) and yards per game (97.5). Meanwhile, senior receiver/return man Aaron Valentine ranks first with 145.2 all-purpose yards per game.
Purdue is led by first-year head coach Danny Hope, who spent 2003-07 as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky, his alma mater, where he went 32-8 in OVC play. In 2008 Hope served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Purdue under former coach Joe Tiller.
Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 1913, Ohio State is 453-189-28 all-time in Big Ten games, and 257-112-18 in conference home games. The Buckeyes' all-time conference win percentage of 69.7% is the best of any Big Ten school.