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No. 4 Ohio State laid another beating on an overmatched conference foe, and No. 24 Michigan State took control of the Big Ten’s other division with a rout of Michigan.
The Buckeyes, coming off 49-point victory over Penn State, crushed Purdue 56-0 in West Lafayette, Ind. Ohio State has won 21 straight and has been far and away the Big Ten’s most impressive team.
The Buckeyes appear to be cruising toward a Leaders Division title and their first Big Ten title game. They have a one-game lead over Wisconsin, a team they’ve already beaten, and have games left against Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
Michigan State and the nation’s No. 1 defense were even more impressive. The Spartans pummeled their rivals 29-6 in East Lansing, Mich., and have a game and a half lead in the Legends Division. Michigan State plays second-place Nebraska in two weeks. The Huskers kept pace by beating Northwestern 27-24 on a last-play touchdown pass.
No. 3 FLORIDA STATE 41, No. 7 MIAMI 14
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Jameis Winston threw for 325 yards and Florida State rolled to another romp in a battle of ACC unbeatens.
Winston threw two interceptions in the first half after throwing four in the first seven games, but the Florida State defense shut out the Hurricanes (7-1, 3-1) in the second half after it was 21-14 at the break.
The Seminoles (8-0, 6-0) went on a 20-0 run after a skirmish broke out midway through the third quarter. The two teams were called for offsetting personal fouls and James Wilder Jr. scored on a 5-yard run on the next play. The rout was on from that point, not much different from Florida State’s 51-14 win at Clemson last month.
Devonat Freeman ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns for Florida State against his hometown team.
Miami’s Duke Johnson posted 97 yards on 23 carries, before leaving with a leg injury.
Winston threw one touchdown and Miami quarterback Stephen Morris threw for 192 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
No. 4 OHIO STATE 56, PURDUE 0
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Doran Grant picked off Purdue’s first pass, returning it for a touchdown, and Braxton Miller threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns as Ohio State extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 21.
The Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) have not lost in 22 months. Coach Urban Meyer also won his 22nd straight game, tying a personal best established at Florida. Ohio State scored the most points and produced the most lopsided scoring margin in the 56-game history of this series. Both topped the marks set in Ohio State’s 49-0 victory in 2010.
Purdue (1-7, 0-4) lost its sixth in a row.
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