Purdue Boilermakers News
10-20-14: The Purdue Boilermakers traveled to Minnesota this week to take on the Golden Gophers on the road in TCF Bank Stadium in a Big Ten matchup. The Boilermakers came into the contest with a 3-4 record and a 1-2 record in the conference while Minnesota came into the game with a 5-1 record and a perfect 2-0 record in the conference. If you are a fan of offensive football then this game was for you as the two teams combined for 77 points and 901 yards of total offense in this contest. Across the board the stats from this game were comparable as Purdue gained 451 yards of total offense to Minnesota’s 450 yards while Purdue was 5-12 on third down and Minnesota was 6-12. Both teams put the ball in the end zone twice in the first quarter as the quarter ended with a 14-14 tie before Purdue took over. Purdue put up 17 points in the second quarter to take a healthy 31-20 lead into halftime over the Golden Gophers. Minnesota countered Purdue’s big second quarter with a huge third quarter of their own putting up 17 points and trailing by the score of 38-36 heading into the fourth quarter. Minnesota and Purdue picked up the pace defensively in the fourth as both teams struggled to move the football and put points on the board until the 4:59 mark of the fourth. Minnesota’s field goal kicker Ryan Santoso lined up for a 52 yard field goal attempt with the game on the line late and made the clutch kick to give Minnesota a 39-38 lead, a lead that would hold up as the game ended by that same score. Purdue’s record drops to 3-5 on the season and 1-3 in the heartbreaker while Minnesota improves to 6-1 and 3-0 in the Big Ten with the exciting victory. Get your Purdue tickets for the next Boilermakers game as the team travels to Nebraska two Saturday’s from now to take on the #19 ranked Cornhuskers on the road in Memorial Stadium. The game start time and television channel is yet to be determined.
10-15-14: The Purdue Boilermakers hosted the #8 ranked Michigan State Spartans at home this week in Ross-Ade Stadium in a Big Ten matchup. Purdue was 3-3 on the season with a 1-1 conference record heading into the game while Michigan State came into the game with a 4-1 record and 1-0 record in the Big Ten this season. Michigan State came out of the gates quickly with two quick scoring touchdowns and led 14-3 after the first quarter. Purdue inched closer before the half with two touchdowns, although they allowed ten Spartans points, to head into halftime trailing 24-17 to Michigan State. The Spartans took command of the ball in the third quarter and scored two more touchdowns while keeping the ball out of Purdue’s hands and keeping the Boilermakers out of the end zone to take a commanding 38-17 lead into the fourth quarter. Purdue made things interesting by scoring two unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to climb back into the contest but 38-31 was as close as the Boilermakers would get in the game. The Spartans tacked on one more scoring drive before the end of the contest as Michigan State went on to win the game by the score of 45-31. Purdue drops their record to 3-4 on the season with the loss while Michigan State improves their own record to 5-1 and 2-0 in the Big Ten conference. Be sure to get your Purdue tickets for the next Boilermakers game next Saturday as the team travels to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on the road in TCF Bank Stadium. The game will be played at 12:00 pm ET and will not be nationally televised.
10-6-14: The Purdue Boilermakers traveled to Illinois this week to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on the road in Memorial Stadium. Purdue came into this contest with a 2-3 record and a 0-1 record in the Big Ten and faced off with a 3-2 Illinois team who was also 0-1 in the Big Ten. This game was an exciting game to watch as a fan in the first half as there was plenty of offense to go around. Illinois did their scoring in the first quarter as they put the ball into the end zone twice but the defense could not stop the Boilermakers in the second quarter. Purdue ran in their second rushing touchdown of the day in the second quarter and followed that score up with a field goal kick by Paul Griggs with just 0:06 left in the half to take a 17-14 lead at halftime. Purdue and Illinois traded touchdowns in the third quarter as both offenses put the ball into the end zone twice each to put the score at 31-27 at the end of three setting up an exciting fourth quarter. The fourth quarter started off exciting after Purdue’s Austin Appleby ran in a touchdown from one yard out to put Purdue up by the score of 38-27 and that is where the game would end after the two defenses took over. Purdue’s 551 yards of total offense helped the team improve their record to 3-3 and 1-1 in the Big Ten while Illinois’ 515 yards of total offense was not enough while the team’s record dropped to 3-3 and 1-1 in the Big Ten. Be sure to grab some Purdue tickets for the next Boilermakers game next Saturday as they take on the #10 ranked Michigan State Spartans at home in Ross-Ade Stadium. The game will be played at 3:30 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN2 and ABC.
10-1-14: The Purdue Boilermakers hosted the Iowa Hawkeyes this week at home in Ross-Ade Stadium in a Big Ten matchup. Purdue came into this game with a 2-2 record while the Hawkeyes only blemish came against the Iowa State Cyclones with a 3-1 record. This was the first game of the season for both teams in the Big Ten conference. Iowa came out of the gates sluggish and trailed Purdue by the score of 7-0 after the first quarter and trailed by 10 before getting on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter. Iowa’s Mark Weisman ran in one of his two touchdowns on the day to bring the score to 10-7 before Iowa kicked a field goal with 0:13 left to tie the game heading into the half. Iowa’s defense completely shut down Purdue in the second half completely keeping them off the scoreboard and put in two additional touchdowns of their own to win the game by the score of 24-10. Iowa held Purdue to just 156 yards of total offense in the game while compiling 420 yards of their own total offense in a game that looked closer than it really was on the scoreboard. Iowa’s quarterback play from C.J. Beathard kept Purdue in the game all afternoon long as Beathard was only able to muster a 39.6 quarterback rating on the day going 17-37 for 245 yards passing and a touchdown and an interception. If Iowa received consistent play from their QB this score may have been a little more lopsided than it ended up being. Get your Purdue tickets for the next Boilermakers game next Saturday when the team travels to Illinois and Memorial Stadium to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. The game will be played at 12:00 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN 2.
9-22-14: The Purdue Boilermakers hosted the Southern Illinois Salukis this week at home in Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers have had a disappointing start to their season as they brought their 1-2 record into play this week against the undefeated Salukis. Purdue jumped out to a huge lead quickly and had some of their regulars actually on the bench shortly after halftime. Purdue led 25-0 until they allowed a field goal with 1:05 left in the half to give the Salukis their first score. Southern Illinois kicked the ball off after the field goal and Purdue responded by marching down the field and kicking a field goal of their own as time expired at the half to lead 28-3 at halftime. As mentioned Purdue had many of their starters on the bench for the second half and were kept out of the end zone until Austin Appleby ran it in from 11 yards out with 0:36 left in the game to give Purdue a 35-13 lead. Purdue would obviously win the game by that same 35-13 lead after dominating the ball on both sides of the football for much of the game. Get your Purdue tickets for the next Boilermakers game as the team will host the Iowa Hawkeyes next week at home in Ross-Ade Stadium.
9-16-14: The Purdue Boilermakers traveled to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the 11th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team this week in a primetime game seen by all on NBC. Whether it was the Notre Dame defense or the bright lights of playing in an NFL Stadium that kept the Boilermakers from getting anything going offensively remains to be seen but either way the Fighting Irish had their way with Purdue in this one. The final score was 30-14 in favor of the Fighting Irish as Notre Dame shut out Purdue in the second half for an easy victory. Purdue actually led with 3:00 left in the first half before Notre Dame took the game over and was able to score quickly before the half ended with 0:13 left to take the lead that they wouldn’t give back. Notre Dame put up 398 yards of total offense including 259 yards in the air by quarterback Everett Golson while Golson also led the team in rushing with 14 carriers and 56 yards. Golson had three touchdowns on the day including two with his arm and one with his legs to seal the deal for the Fighting Irish. Get your Boilermakers tickets for next week’s game as Purdue hosts the Southern Illinois Salukis at Ross-Ade Stadium. The game will be played at 12:00 pm ET and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.
9-8-14: The Purdue Boilermakers hosted the Central Michigan Chippewas this week in a game that went to the road team 38-17. The Boilermakers and Chippewas put up a comparable amount of total yards with 333 yards for Purdue and 323 for Central Michigan but the story of this game was told by the turnovers. Central Michigan turned the ball over once but took advantage of three key turnovers by Purdue. The first score of the game was a 57 yard interception return for a touchdown by the Chippewas Brandon Greer early in the first quarter. Passing yards and rushing yards were also comparable between the two teams but the Chippewas had one penalty go against them for five yards while the Boilermakers shot themselves in the foot with seven penalties for 69 yards. The Boilermakers will host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish next week at home in a primetime game on NBC so be sure to grab some tickets for that game.