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Five Keys for Purdue-Michigan St

With Purdue still reveling in the 49-20 win over then-ranked number two Ohio State, and Michigan State losing to Michigan 21-7. Here are five things to look forward to before the game on Saturday.

Will Purdue keep the express going or will they suffer from the proverbial let down after the HUGE win over the Buckeyes? In order for this to happen, they have to keep doing what they have been doing during the four-game winning streak. That would be for David Blough to continue the torrid pace he has been on. Since he has been named the starter, Blough has thrown for 1951 yards with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. Also, having the success passing it has opened up the running game for both DJ Knox and Markell Jones. Knox came off of a MONSTER game last Saturday with 128 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Purdue’s success hasn’t just been on the offensive side of the ball lately either. They have committed some ill afforded mistakes in the first three games that could have Purdue undefeated right now at 7-0 and in the talk for a potential College Football Playoff slot. But as of now, they’re still in the hunt for the B1G West Division Championship. For Purdue to keep having the success they need to keep pressuring the Spartan offense which has been battling injuries lately. They lost Felton Davis for the season last week with an achilles injury along with Brian Lewerke battling an injured shoulder.

On the Michigan State side of the football, they have shown glimpses of success this year with a nice last-second win over Penn State in State College two weeks ago. Some of the success they have had has been with both Connor Heyward, LJ Scott, and Lewerke. Even though they haven’t put up gaudy number this year, they have had huge plays in the rushing game when needed. For the passing game, yes it is a HUGE loss with Davis out for the rest of the season, but Lewerke has been able to hook up with Cody White who has 300 yards receiving on 20 receptions and two touchdowns.

For Sparty on defense, it is going to be up to linebackers Joe Bachie and Andrew Dowell, and in the secondary can Justin Layne, David Dowell, Khari Willis, and Josh Butler be able to stop the likes of Isaac Zico, Jared Sparks, and Rondale Moore.

For Purdue to get the win they have to move on as if they have been there in the past after the Ohio St game. Otherwise, if they don’t keep the tempo up their going to leave East Lansing with a potential loss and out of the hunt for the B1G West Division Championship. On the flip side for the Spartans, to get the win they must have more than 94 yards of total offense and keep the Boilermakers high powered offense off of the field.

 

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