Boilermaker D DOMINATES in a rout
For the second straight game, the Purdue Boilermakers allowed their opponent a touchdown and then commenced to destroying them as was the case Saturday afternoon in Champaign when they defeated Illinois 46-7. The start of the game took an unusual twist as Purdue decided not to take the ball to start to the game but elected to defer. So with the Illini getting the ball first, the gave up one first down before forcing the Illini to punt. On Purdue’s first series it resulted in a three and out as David Blough was sacked on third down forcing a Boilermaker punt.
The ensuing series, for Illinois, was the most exciting one of the day and for the most part, the only successful one as they drove 77 yards for their lone score of the day on a five-yard run by AJ Bush. The big play of the drive was a 52-yard completion to Reggie Corbin to set up the score.
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After the touchdown, it was all BOILERMAKERS as they outscored the Illini 46-0. The equalizer for Purdue was a three-yard touchdown pass from David Blough to Isacc Zico. After a three and out by Illinois less than two minutes after a 60-yard completion to freshman sensation Rondale Moore. Two plays later, it was the Boilermakers turn to run the “Philly Special” as Jared Sparks took a handoff from Terry Wright and lofted a pass to Blough in the end zone to make the score 14-7 with 4:06 left in the quarter.
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The Boilers forced another three and out and then capped an eight-play drive with a one-yard plunge by Markell Jones. The PAT was no good, so it was 20-7 Purdue with 14:56 left before halftime. When asked about the team’s performance after the game, Boilermaker head coach Jeff Brohm commented, ” I was proud of our team today. I think that we came ready to play.”
After a Spencer Evans 37-yard field goal and a 42-yard touchdown pass to Zico, which was his second of the game, the Boilermakers led at halftime 29-7.
For Blough, this was special for him as he broke his ankle in the game with Illinois last year and was thrilled about his performance today and talked about the touchdown he scored, “We had that one for a while and it takes timing and calling for it against the right opponent.”
Purdue picked up where they left off right before halftime as they scored the only points of the third quarter as the drove 75-yards in 10 plays when Blough fired his third touchdown of the day to Rondale Moore from seven yards out.
With the game out of hand after Alexander Horvath scored from three yards out with 4:10 left in the game, it ended the day for Blough who was 25-36 for 377 yards with three touchdowns and did misfire once when he threw an interception in the third quarter.
The 39-point win was the largest for the Boilermakers since 2012 when they beat Eastern Kentucky 48-6 and is the largest road win since November of 1997 when they crushed Indiana in the Old Oaken Bucket game 56-21.
Upcoming for the Boilermakers is Ohio State who had a tough game on Saturday against Minnesota but prevailed 30-14. That game will be an ABC National Broadcast game with kickoff slated for 7:40.
For the Illini, they have another tough matchup when they travel to Camp Randall Stadium to face the Wisconsin Badgers who were shellacked by Michigan Saturday night 38-13. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:05.