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November 1, 2013

Ohio State, Michigan State in control of Big Ten

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. 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.

Gray’s interception helped the Buckeyes take a 28-0 lead after one quarter, and they extended it to 42-0 at the half.

No. 24 MICHIGAN STATE 29, No. 23 MICHIGAN 6

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Shilique Calhoun, Ed Davis and the rest of Michigan State’s defense battered rival Michigan, and the Spartans remained unbeaten in the Big Ten.

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