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Can Purdue be Buckeye KILLERS on Saturday at Ross-Ade

Purdue has been on its three-game winning streak after having suffered three HEARTBREAKING losses. This is the first of a three-game stretch that could make or break their season. Yes, the Boilermakers have had two wins against inferior teams and one against once undefeated Boston College who was grounded by the Boilermakers on Homecoming 30-13. As for the Buckeyes, they have been unblemished so far but have had some close calls lately. They have managed to hang on for the wins late in the game.

With the exception of two of their last three games, the Buckeyes have been relatively untested until late. As for chunk plays, (plays that are over 20 yards) their currently 99th in the country and ranked in the bottom of the conference in this category. The Boilermakers are first in the Big Ten with play over 20 yards and ranked in the Top 10 as well. While Ohio St. has been successful lately on the arm strength from Heismann hopeful Dwayne Haskins, the run game has been non-existent as they have been passing more than running.

For Purdue, they have relied on the strength of Senior Quarterback, David Blough. In Blough’s last three games he has been averaging over 300 yards a game on the winning streak for the Boilermakers. They have also had success with running the ball as of late also averaging over 120 yards on the ground. They have been led by DJ Knox who has rushed for close to 300 yards in the three wins for the Boilermakers. Leading the way for Purdue in receiving has been Rondale Moore as the freshman standout is averaging 100 yards receiving and a touchdown per game.

On defense for Purdue, they have grown up by leaps and bounds during the three-game winning streak as they have forced opposing quarterbacks to throw six interceptions while Blough has only thrown one which came off a deflection last week in Champaign.

The key for the game for the Buckeyes is to come out of West Lafayette with the win and move to 8-0. They need to run the ball more efficiently to take the pressure off of Haskins and in order to do this both Mike Webber and JK Dobbins have to have a good night running the ball against a Purdue defense that has been giving up three yards a carry recently and force Purdue to play zone in passing situations. The Boilermakers, in order to win, need to come out on fire like they have been in the last three games and get huge chunk plays early and often to dictate the tempo and flow of the game into their direction.

 

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