Ohio State leads the Big Ten in kickoff return average (28.2 yards per return).
Buckeye Aaron Pettrey leads the Big Ten in scoring (8.7 points per game) and field goals (1.8 field goals per game).
Purdue quarterback Joey Elliott leads the Big Ten in passing yards (283.7 per game), and Boilermaker Aaron Valentin leads the conference in punt return average (13.7 yards per return) and all-purpose yards (145.2).
Purdue’s Ralph Bolden is second in the league in rushing. He averages 99.8 yards per game. Last week, the Buckeyes held the league’s leading rusher, John Clay of Wisconsin, to 59 yards, or roughly half his season average.
Ohio State has allowed four touchdowns in the last 19 quarters. The starting defense has defense has allowed two.
Purdue has lost five games in a row.
Junior running back Brandon Saine, set to start his third game in a row for Ohio State as Dan Herron nurses an ankle injury, leads the Buckeyes in rushing (349 yards) and yards per carry (5.5). Saine is fifth in the Big Ten in rushing.
Eight Boilermakers are from Ohio: senior receiver Royce Adams (Cleveland Glenville), senior quarterback Chris Bennett (Bellbrook), sophomore safety Logan Link (West Liberty-Salem), junior linebacker John Humphrey (Youngstown Liberty), junior safety Walter Williams (Columbus St. Charles), sophomore offensive lineman Dan Barry (Mentor Lake Catholic), senior offensive lineman Zach Reckman (Cincinnati Indian Hill) and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Rick Schmeig (Cincinnati Oak Hills).
Purdue is 11th - last - in the Big Ten in scoring defense (30.5 points per game) and turnover margin (-1.5 per game). Ohio State is 11th in passing offense (166.2).
Jim Tressel is 13-0 against head coaches in their first season at a school, including a win over Tim Beckman of Toledo earlier this season. Danny Hope is in his first year as head coach of Purdue. Among Tressel’s victims are Charlie Weis (Notre Dame), Rich Rodriguez (Michigan) and Mark Dantonio twice (Cincinnati and Michigan State).
Ohio State has forced 14 turnovers this season, including 10 interceptions. Purdue has 20 giveaways (11 fumbles, nine interceptions), seven more than any other Big Ten team.
Ohio State is going for a conference-record-tying 17th Big Ten road victory in a row.
Terrelle Pryor needs 36 yards rushing to become the fifth Ohio State quarterback with 1,000 yards rushing in his career.
Opponents have outscored Purdue 83-37 in the second quarter this year, a margin of 46.
Ohio State will play Purdue for the 52nd time on Saturday. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 37-12-2, including 12-6 in West Lafayette.