Writer Garin Turner
Both teams are looking for their first Big 10 conference win as the Purdue Boilermakers (2-2, 0-1) welcomethe Minnesota Golden Gophers 3-1, 0-1) to Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana Saturday afternoon at 2:30 central time on ESPN 2. Both teams are led by first year coaches with the program. Purdue's Jeff Brohm came from Western Kentucky last year while Gophers coach P.J. Fleck came from Western Michigan.
Purdue is coming off of a bye week. The last time they took the field it was against No.8 Michigan where they were defeated at home 28-10. Minnesota lost its Big Ten opener to Maryland 31-24. The Gophers are on a four-game winning streak against the Boilermakers. However, Purdue has won 11 of the last 18 in the series. The all-time series is in favor of Minnesota 37-32-3.
The Boilermakers have been using a two-quarterback approach all year long. David Blough and Elijah Sindelar will both see playing time in this one and as usual whoever has the hot hand will get the majority of the snaps in the second half. Both QB's have had their ups and downs on the season. Sindelar has had a lot of passes dropped which factors into his 48.4 completion percentage. Sindlear is 31/64 for 366 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Blough is 56/80 for 629 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions.
One thing the Gophers will have to contend with is the fact that Purdue is 15 of 15 in the red zone this year. Eight of Purdue's red zone touchdowns have come through the air. Jackson Anthrop has a big hand in that stat. He has 18 receptions for 157 yards and four touchdowns.
After not being able to run the ball against Michigan, the Boilermakers will want to get back on track in this one. They were also without their leading rusher, Tario Fuller. Fuller has 43 carries for 261 yards and two touchdowns.
Purdue's defense might be the biggest surprise this year. Last year they ranked 117th in scoring defense allowing 38.3 points per game. So far, this year they're allowing 21.8 which ranks 46th. Last year they gave up 238.4 rushing a game vs 132.0 this year. They've forced five fumbles already in the season. Last year they forced one.
That Purdue defense will be tested by Minnesota's running game. Rodney Smith leads the way with 87 carries for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Shannon Brooks has five touchdowns on the ground with 199 yards on 47 carries. The Gophers have 11 touchdowns on the ground on 187 carries for 723 yards.
For Minnesota, quarterback Conor Rhoda will have to make plays if Purdue decides to stack the box. Rhonda has completed almost 60% of his passes this year. He's thrown for 685 yards with three touchdowns but also has three interceptions.
Written by Garin Turner
The Purdue Boilermakers gave #8 Michigan Wolverines all they could handle in the first half, but couldn't put together a full game, losing 28-10. It was homecoming for the Boilermakers, and the crowd was into it from the beginning.
Quarterback David Blough started for Purdue (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten). On the first play of the game, the Boilermakers went for a trick play, Blough passed to wide receiver Jackson Anthrop who then passed it back to Blough for 24 yards. On the next play, Blough passed for a first down, but Purdue couldn't capitalize as the Wolverines (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) made adjustments. "They wanted to win. We were able to get off to a productive start in the first half," Head Coach Jeff Brohm said. Purdue were without their leading rusher Tario Fuller who suffered an ankle injury. The Boiler defense was stout in the first half. They knocked starting QB Wilton Speight out of the game in the first quarter.
John O'Korn replaced him and completed his first five passes. O'Korn threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to former QB turned tight end Zach Gentry for his first career touchdown with 11:34 left in the second quarter. Elijah Sindelar entered the game, and Purdue marched down the field and answered the Wolverines with a touchdown of their own. Sindelar connected on a 10-yard pass to WR Brycen Hopkins. After Michigan threw an interception, Purdue added a 25-yard field goal to take the lead 10-7, which they took into the half.
Purdue had outgained Michigan 179 to 131 yards at that point, but after the 2nd half started, it was all Michigan. Sindelar played most of the 2nd half, but Michigan's defense frustrated the Boilermakers. Purdue was 0-12 on 3rd down in the game. In the half, Purdue only managed 25 yards and no first downs – with numerous dropped passes squandering their opportunities to convert. Two targeting penalties on Purdue and some questionable calls that went Michigan's way didn't help the Boilermakers, either. Michigan took the lead back in the third quarter on a 10-yard run by Chris Evans with 3:26 left in the 3rd. "In the second half I think Michigan wore us down and beat us like they beat everybody else - by continuing to pound the football," Brohm said. Michigan added a two-yard touchdown run by Ty Isaac in the 4th quarter with 10:39 left. Michigan's final score came on a 49-yard run by Evans with 6:46 left in the game. The Boilermakers entered the game only registering one sack on the season. They ended the game with four.
Blough finished the game 5 of 13 for 32 yards while Sindelar was 7 of 16 for 103 yards and a touchdown. Purdue couldn't get the run game going in this one. As a team, they carried the ball 20 times for 30-yards. WR Terry Wright had four receptions for 64-yards for the Boilermakers, but also fumbled late in the game.
On defense, Linebacker Markus Bailey had nine tackles, including two for a loss and two sacks, to lead the way on defense. They finished the game with 73 tackles, including eight for a loss. "I think our guys gave great effort, and unfortunately we came up short. It's a good game to learn from," Brohm said. Purdue next takes the field on October 7th at home against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Written by Garin Turner
In the first BIG Ten conference game for both teams the Purdue Boilermakers are at home Saturday against the #8 Michigan Wolverines. The game is at 3 pm central time and can be seen on FOX. This game is homecoming for the Boilermakers and coach Brohm's first look at Big Ten competition.
Michigan leads the all-time series 44-14. The last meeting was in 2012 with the Wolverines winning 44-13 in Ross-Ade Stadium. The last time Purdue beat Michigan was in 2009 38-36.
Purdue (2-1) are opening eyes week after week. They were in a good position to beat Louisville in week one. The Boilermakers have won back-to-back games for the first time since 2012. Last week they dominated Missouri 35-3 on the road. It was Purdue's largest road win since they defeated Central Florida 47-13 back in 1999.
Michigan (3-0) is looking to go 4-0 for the second time in three seasons under coach Harbaugh. Michigan's offense has been less than stellar so far. They've pulled away late in games making them seem like blowouts but that hasn't been the case. The Wolverines defense and special teams have carried the load so far but their young defense might be tested in this one.
Purdue is leading the Big Ten in red zone efficiency scoring on all 13 trips. 10 of those trips ended in touchdowns. They also rank third in the conference in passing where they are averaging 298 yards per game and are fourth in scoring at 35 points per game. Look for junior quarterback David Blough to get the start in this one as he's had the hot hand the past two weeks. It will be interesting to see if the Boilermakers play both him and sophomore QB Elijah Sindelar.
Michigan has had subpar QB play from senior Wilton Speight. He's 42 for 77 with 571 yards passing and three touchdowns versus two interceptions. Both of those Int's where returned for touchdowns in their first game of the season against Florida. Michigan will want to take the pressure off of Speight by establishing the running game which they hope will open up play action pass. The Wolverines have a rotation of running backs. Senior Ty Isaac leads the way with 47 carries for 336 yards but is yet to score a touchdown this season.
The Boilermakers will want to stack the box and force Michigan into 3rd and long and challenge Speight to beat them in the air. The Boilermakers are improved on both sides of the ball and they're looking to pull off the upset and be halfway to becoming bowl eligible. One thing that Purdue does well on offense that's given the Wolverines trouble over the years is the spread offense which coach Brohm is known for. If the Boilermakers can provide protection for whoever is behind center they have a legitimate shot. This has the potential for a low scoring game. The Boilermakers are ranked 68th in total defense while Michigan is ranked 5th. Take away the Louisville game and Purdue's defense could be a lot higher.
Written by Garin Turner
The Purdue Boilermakers passed their first true road game test with flying colors defeating the Missouri Tigers 35-3. With the win, Purdue moves to 2-1 on the season while the Tigers fall to 1-2. Purdue started quarterback David Blough and he answered the call. He went 5-5 passing on the opening drive for 51 yards. He capped off the drive with a five-yard run. Midway through the 2nd quarter, Blough was 14-15 for 145 yards. He finished the day 22-28 for 187 yards, one touchdown pass and the touchdown run.
Elijah Sindelar came in the 2nd quarter. He finished the game 4-6 for 85 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Running back Tario Fuller continued where he left off last week, carrying the ball 19 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came on a 35-yard run in the first quarter that brought the score to 21-0. Purdue ran the ball 50 times total for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Besides Blough and Fuller, the other touchdown on the ground was by Richie Worship.
The Boilermakers defense played lights out as they held the Tigers to a negative two yards rushing and 19 yards passing with 11:51 left in the 2nd quarter. By halftime, the Tigers punted five times for 251 yards. The Tigers had 11 carries for 23 yards and 7-13 passing for 68 yards at the half.
26 1st downs 10 1st downs
8-17 3rd down efficiency 2-11 3rd down efficiency
477 total yards 203 total yards
26-34 Comp-Att. 12-28 Comp-Att.
272 passing yards 133 passing yards
205 rushing yards 70 rushing yards
Penalties 3-25 Penalties 6-46
Turnovers 1 Turnovers 3
Time of Possession 43:43 Time of Possession 16:17
Written by Garin Turner
Saturday's contest between the Purdue Boilermakers (1-1) vs the Missouri Tigers (1-1) can be seen on the SEC Network at 3 P.M. central time. This will be the first true road game for the Boilermakers this year. This game will mark the first time since 2004 that Purdue has faced a team currently in the SEC. Sirius 192, XM 78 if you're listening to the game.
Purdue is coming off a 44-21 win at home against MAC foe Ohio. Running back Tario Fuller had a career day with 142 yards and his first career touchdown. Purdue have won four in a row when a running back rushes for 100 or more yards.
For the Tigers, their offense is ranked fourth in the country through the first two games of the season. Missouri won its opener against Missouri State and lost to South Carolina last week 31-13. This is the ninth time that these two teams have met. The Boilermakers hold a 6-2 margin over the Tigers. This is the first meeting since 1980. The Boilermakers are 11-7 against the SEC.
David Blough Drew Lock
29-39, 410 yards, 35-66, 766 yards
5 TD, 2 INT 8 TD, 3 INT
Tario Fuller Damarea Crockett
24 rush, 171 yards, 36 rush, 299 yards,
1 TD 2 TD
Jackson Anthrop J'Mon Moore
11 rec., 121 yards, 7 rec., 216 yards
3 TD 2 TD
T.J. McCollum Cale Garrett
18 tackles, 10 solo 16 tackles, 12 solo
1.0 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble
Purdue ranks 72nd in run offense, 31st in passing offense, 46th in total offense and tied 45th in scoring offense. On defense, the Boilermakers are 84th in rushing defense, 98th in pass efficiency defense, 104th in total defense and tied 84th in scoring defense.
Missouri ranks 29th in rushing offense, 11 in passing offense, 4th in total offense and are tied 23trd in scoring offense. For defense the Tigers are 81st in rushing defense, 115 in passing efficiency defense, 90th in total defense and tied for 113rd in scoring defense.
A key in this game will be if the Boilermakers continue to employ the two-quarterback system. Elijah Sindelar has started both games this year and led Purdue to a 10-0 lead in the game last week. David Blough had a solid game and Purdue led 34-7 at the half.
Written By: Garin Turner
After falling short last week, the Purdue Boilermakers picked up their first win of the season in front of 45,633 fans in their home opener, beating the Ohio Bobcats 44-21. This gives head coach Jeff Brohm his first win at Purdue. Running Back Tario Fuller had a career day carrying the ball 16 times for 142 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown and going over 100 yards were firsts for Fuller. The Boilermakers finished the game with 263 rushing yards on 44 carries. They averaged six yards per carry.
Purdue played both quarterbacks again this week. For the second straight week, Elijah Sindelar got the start. His stats are misleading as he was 4 for 10 for 60 yards and a touchdown. Early on the nerves hit as there were four dropped passes by the Purdue receivers. Sindelar easily could've been 8 for 10. David Blough came in and played the majority of the game after the first few series. Blough went 11 for 13 for 235 yards and 3 touchdowns including a 62 pass on a double reverse flea flicker that looked straight out of a video game in the second quarter. "They (coaches) had that in the back pocket. We didn't run it last week," Blough said.
Leading the way for the receiving core was Cole Herdman who was on the receiving end of the trick play. He had two receptions for 87 yards and the touchdown. Tight end Brycen Hopkins added four receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Kicker Spencer Evans had a great game connecting on a 36-yard field goal on Purdue's opening drive to give them a 3-0 lead. He followed that up by nailing a 22-yard field goal with 51 seconds left in the second quarter and a 38-yard field goal in the 4th quarter for Purdue's final score. Spencer set the tone on special teams as he had several touchbacks which continually gave the Bobcats a long field. The Bobcats got their first touchdown on a three-yard run by running back A.J. Ouellette in the first quarter to bring the score to 10-7 in favor of Purdue. Purdue then scored 24 unanswered points in 11 minutes fueled by back to back fumbles by Ohio. "One of our main goals is stopping the ball and be physical. We can't let teams run the ball on us," linebacker Marcus Bailey said. At half time, the score was 34 to 7. Coach Brohm warned his team not to watch the scoreboard. Last week they started off the 3rd quarter with the lead but couldn't hold on for the win. Ohio's opening drive they scored a touchdown on five straight pass plays. There wasn't a lot of resistance from the Purdue defense. Purdue came right back and scored a touchdown of their own when Blough connected with Jackson Anthrop for a 5-yard pass.
The rest of the game saw the Boilermakers defense bend but not break as Ohio had success moving the ball much of the 2nd half but they couldn't finish a drive. They did connect on a 25- yard pass from Nathan Rourke to Cameron Odom with 4:27 left in the game.
Purdue Team Stats
Purdue had 25 first downs with 14 coming by the run, 10 by passing and one by a penalty.
Purdue committed four penalties for 45 yards. They had two kickoff returns for 28 yards and 2 punt returns for five yards. Purdue was 3-10 on 3rd down and 1-1 on 4th down.
Purdue had the ball for 31:52 and had a total of 558 yards on 67 plays. They averaged 8.3 yards 263 yards came by way of rushing and 295 came through the air. Perhaps the best stat for Purdue is that they had zero turnovers.
Ohio Team Stats
Ohio had 22 first downs with seven coming by the run, 14 by passing and one by a penalty. They committed 3 penalties for 30 yards. Ohio had two kick returns for 32 yards and one punt return for 18. Ohio was 5-13 on 3rd down and 1-2 on 4th down.
The Bobcats had the ball for 28:08 and had a total of 396 yards on 67 plays. They averaged 5.9 yards. Ohio had 160 rushing yards and 236 passing yards. They had two costly fumbles that helped break the game open for Purdue.
Purdue will go to Faurot Field to play University of Missouri Tigers on Saturday, September 16th, the game will kickoff at 4 PM EST, you can catch this game on SECN. The Bobcats will be at home in Peden Stadium Saturday, Septmber 16th to take on Kansas Jayhawks at 2pm EST, this game can be caught on ESPN3.
Writer Garin Turner
It's Friday night lights tonight as the Purdue Boilermakers take the field against the Ohio Bobcats in week two of the college football season. The Boilermakers came up short last week against the Louisville Cardinals 35-28. They'll look to break into the win column this week in the BIG vs MAC matchup.
This is the home opener for the Boilermakers. The game starts at 7 pm central time on FOX Sports 1. You can also listen to the game on Sirius 84. This will be the first game under Purdue's permanent light fixtures at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Bobcats are coming off a 59-0 victory last week against FCS opponent Hampton. Tonight's match-up will be the eighth in the series. Purdue is 7-0 but this is the first meeting since 1988. Every game has been at West Lafayette. The Boilermakers have scored 220 points in the series while the Bobcats have 26.
Purdue is 88-36-4 in home openers. For the past 13 home games, the Boilermakers have won. This also includes winning 19 of their last 20 home openers. Against the Mid-American Conference the Boilermakers have won its last three home openers. Purdue holds an 18-4 record in home openers against teams currently in the MAC which includes 5-0 against the Bobcats.
The Boilermakers are 41-12-1 against teams that are currently in the MAC.
Ball State 8-0
Bowling Green 0-3
Central Michigan 5-1
Eastern Michigan 2-0
Kent State 1-0
Miami (Ohio) 9-3-1
Northern Illinois 0-2
Western Michigan 4-0
No Freshmen Jitters
Purdue played 16 Freshmen in the season opener. Redshirt freshman WR Jackson Anthrop led the way statistically for all freshmen with seven catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball once for four yards and added nine yards on a punt return.
Keys to the game
Purdue didn't get a lot going in the running game in the season opener in a game that turned into a shootout. The leading rusher was sophomore RB Tario Fuller with 31 yards on eight carries. They'll want to get more out of the running back group especially as it gets later in the year.
Purdue opened the season using two QB's against Louisville. Sophomore QB Elijah Sindelar got the start over junior QB David Blough. They both had their moments but need to cut down on the interceptions if they want to avoid an 0-2 start. Sindelar was 15-31 for 118 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Meanwhile, Blough was 18-26 for 175 yards and also threw for a pair of touchdowns. He also had two interceptions though. The Boilermakers also lost a fumble.
The defense did all it could to try to contain Louisville and the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. The defense surrendered 524 yards but also forced three turnovers and held the Cardinals to 6/8 in the red zone. They will look to improve those numbers against a Bobcat team that hung 59 on its opponent last week. Senior LB Ja'Whaun Bentley led the way with 10 tackles.
The Bobcats will look to run the ball against the Boilermakers. In last week's win, the Bobcats ran for a total of 248 yards on 53 carries and seven touchdowns. Junior RB A.J. Ouellette had 12 carries for 63 yards while sophomore QB Nathan Rourke had six carries for 50 yards and three touchdowns. Rourke was also 6 for 10 passing for 72 yards so the Boilermakers will have to deal with a dual threat QB for the second week in a row. The interesting thing is Rourke is the back- up QB.
The Bobcats defense forced two turnovers by the way of fumbles and had 10 tackles for a loss and three sacks. Junior LB Evan Croutch had four tackles and two sacks with a forced fumble to pace the Ohio defense.
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