No. 7 – Purdue Boilermakers 2-2 (0-1)
Last Week: 6
Purdue received the benefit of the doubt after beating Nevada 24-14, however that all went away after Maryland dropped them 50-7 in their most embarrassing loss of the season. Maryland is now 4-0 on the year but no one thought they improved to a point where a 43-point victory over Purdue was plausible.
It happened, though, and Purdue has close to no positives coming out of the game. Markell Jones rushed for 23 yards on 12 carries, and Purdue as a team averaged 0.4 yards per carry. Not to mention Jones left the game with a shoulder injury and might miss their meeting with Illinois this week.
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Quarterback David Blough had his first game without an interception, however Elijah Sindelar replaced him in the fourth quarter. Blough only completed 43.9 percent of his passes and Sindelar only completed 4-of-12 throws on the afternoon. Simply put, nothing went their way on the offensive side of the ball.
Despite winning the time of possession battle and committing fewer penalties, their defense was even worse than their offense.
Maryland running back Ty Johnson rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries. Lorenzo Harrison only had six carries, however rushed for 78 yards and a score. Maryland, as a team, finished the game with an outer-worldly 400 yards on the ground, 8.7 yards per carry, and four touchdowns.
Cincinnati tore up Purdue on the ground earlier in the year, as well, however 400 yards on the ground by Maryland will be one of the most impressive showings by any team this season.
Even though Maryland is 4-0, they’re not a feared team in the Big Ten. That makes giving up 50 points to them and not scoring until the fourth quarter look even worse for the Boilermakers.
Next up is Illinois, which looked like a possible win just a week ago. However, after being destroyed by Maryland, it’s clear that Purdue has a long way to go before being close to relevant in the Big Ten West.