Jody Victor: It's Homecoming this week! Saturday, Oct. 23, Ohio State (6-1, 2-1) will play Purdue (4-2, 2-0) at Noon ET in Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. The Big Ten Network will televise. In the meantime here are some facts and stats from osu.edu.
* Terrelle Pryor needs 90 passing yards to surpass 5,000 in his career
* Ohio State leads the Big Ten in turnover margin (+1.43), forcing 18 and committing just eight
* Ohio State leads the Big Ten with 39.6 points per game and is first in total defense with just 251.1 yards given up
* Ohio State has won 39 of its last 44 Big Ten conference games
* Ohio State is 35-38 (.920) in the red zone this season, sixth best in the nation
* Dan “Boom” Herron has scored at least one TD in six consecutive games
* The Buckeyes encourage fans to wear something pink Saturday as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The Boilermakers (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) enter Saturday's game having won four of their last five, including both Big Ten contests with wins at Northwestern (20-17) and at home last week against Minnesota (28-17). Purdue has been devastated by injuries on offense this season, losing its starting quarterback Robert Marve, running back Ralph Bolden and No. 1 wide receiver Keith Smith, each with torn ACLs. The Boilers also lost No. 2 wide receiver Justin Siller, who will miss another few weeks with a sprained foot.
Despite the setbacks, Purdue is 2-0 in the Big Ten behind redshirt freshman quarterback Rob Henry, who has thrown for 210 yards and rushed for 189 in his first two starts. He leads the team in rushing with 356 yards. Last week against the Gophers, he passed for 163 yards with one touchdown and rushed for an additional 57 with three scores. Running back Dan Dierking has 353 yards on the ground with four TDs and is coming off a 126-yard rushing performance against Minnesota.
Defensively, Purdue is led by All-Big Ten defensive lineman Ryan Kerrigan, who leads the team with 28 tackles. He leads the Big Ten and is second in the NCAA with 14.0 TFL and also tops the Big Ten with 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
The Buckeyes and Boilermakers have met 52 times previously on the football field, with Ohio State holding a 37-13-2 advantage in the series. Ohio State leads 24-5-2 in all games played at Columbus and 12-7 in all games at Purdue.
Ohio State's record in Homecoming games is 64-19-5. This year will be the 89th Homecoming celebrated at Ohio State. The Buckeyes have only faced four non-conference teams (3-0-1) in Homecoming games: San Jose State (2002), Penn (1932), Navy (1931) and Princeton (1928).