Columbia, MO – 2012. That was the last time the Purdue Football team had back to back wins. They finally got back to back wins Saturday against Missouri. They didn’t only win however, they absolutely dominated from start to finish.
Purdue would start with the opening drive of the game. David Blough started the game and did not disappoint leading the Boilers on an 11 play 75 yard drive resulting in a Blough 5 yard touchdown run. The play showed once again how Blough is learning from his prior mistakes. Blough saw there was no one to throw to, so he tucked the ball and ran it in for the touchdown.
After the Boilermakers forcing a three and out, Purdue got the ball back and drove again. On the next drive Purdue rank the ball effectively. Tario Fuller had yet another stellar game as he started his day running 36 yards for a touchdown, giving the Boilers an unforeseen 14-0 lead.
Purdue would start it’s next drive on the four yard line. It wouldn’t matter however, as Purdue drove an astonishing 96 yards, including a holding call bring a touchdown back and a second and 21, to score again on a Richie Worship touchdown.
Jackson Anthrop would get in on the action as well on the next drive as he would catch a five yard touchdown pass, bring on the rout for the Boilermakers. Purdue would take a 28-3 lead going into halftime and not look back. The only score left in the game would be after a Markus Bailey interception, when Blough hit Worship for a touchdown swelling the lead to the final of 35-3.
Blough and Elijah Sindelar combined for 26 of 34, 272 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The key for Blough is that the one interception wasn’t his. That’s two straight games Blough has been interception free. Fuller had yet another astounding game on the ground. He ran 19 times for 90 yards (4.7 yards), and one touchdown.
What is probably the most impressive statistic about the game was the defense. Purdue held Missouri’s high octane offense to only 203 total yards, with only 70 yards on the ground. The Boilermakers also cause three turnovers, with two of them being interceptions. What was probably the only blemish on the day for Purdue was special teams, most specifically field goals. Spencer Evans and D.J. Dellinger both missed 40+ yard field goals. In a game like this it doesn’t matter, later in the year it might.
The Boilermakers have obviously shown that they can play offense. However if they can also show that they can play defense, the Boilers may just catapult themselves up the west division. This game has shown the Boilers have the defense to do some damage. Going into the season, Coach Brohm thought the defense would be a strength. In the first two weeks it was good, but not great. It showed today it can hang with the big boy pass offenses.
This game is without a doubt a small facet of the whole season, but with the Boilers being 2-1 on the season and homecoming on the horizon against the No. 7 team in the nation. There is a lot to be excited about in West Lafayette.
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