West Lafayette, IN – Finally.
The Purdue Boilermakers finally get to see a number on the left side of the column for the first time this season. A victory over the #23 ranked Boston College Golden Eagles breathes new life into the season. Purdue’s high flying offense made another appearance today as they moved the ball at will. The story of the day though might be just how well the defense played.
Coming off a game where they allowed over 600 yards of offense to the Missouri Tigers. The Purdue defense was suffocating today. Four sacks for Purdue on the day as well as five three and outs in the first half alone. The defense was also able to pick off BC four times. Two of those were off deflections at the line of scrimmage and caught by the big boys up front. Heisman hopeful Aj Dillon was held to a paltry 59 yards on 19 carries. That is less than three yards a carry. May I remind you that this is a defense that was torched on the ground just last week. Defensive coordinator Nick Holt said during the week that they were going to be more aggressive on the defensive side of the ball and boy did it pay off.
The performance of the defense surprisingly overshadows the stellar performance of the offense. Fifth year senior David Blough finished with a line of 21-28 296 yards and three touchdowns. The recipient of most of those yards was freshman superstar Rondale Moore. First it was a 70 yard touchdown where Moore spun out of tackles and then just out ran everyone on the field. His second touchdown on the day came on quick slant route where again Moore slipped a tackle and walked into the end zone. At the end of the day Moore had 8 receptions for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. That gives the young talent 5 touchdowns, 504 yards from scrimmage on 33 receptions and 6 carries.
The ability of Moore and talent at all the skill positions allows this offense to thrive. Many thought that without quarterback Elijah Sindelar that the Boiler’s passing game would take a step back. Not many could have seen go to heights the program has never seen before. Purdue desperately needed this game today. Not only does beating a ranked opponent give you confidence but getting that zero win monkey off your back is bigger. It will still be an uphill climb for Jeff Brohm and the Boilers to find a way to six wins but this is a very good step in that direction.
Purdue travels to Lincoln, Nebraska next weekend to face the 0-3 Nebraska Cornhuskers who got embarrassed today up in Ann Arbor. This will be Purdue’s first road game of the season and it comes in week 5. Even though Nebraska is 0-3 that environment is always intimidating to play in. That will be a game Purdue absolutely has a chance to get a big road win in. The Big Ten West division is a wide open race. No one is separating from the pack as a dominant team and there is a lot of football left to play. Today was a great day for the Boilers and if this defense wasn’t just a one game aberration then watch out, Purdue could make some noise this year yet.