The stadium was rocking, the helmets were popping and the Boilermakers brought the heat against the Ohio Bobcats last night. The combination of the shine of the chrome helmets, the comfort of the home crowd and the enthusiasm of defensive coordinator Nick Holt powered the Boilermakers in their 44-21 beatdown of Ohio. This was the first home win under the lights since 1994 against Toledo.
The Boilermakers racked up 558 yards of offense, with 263 coming on the ground and 295 in the air. Purdue played like a team on a mission, and kept their foot on the pedal the whole game.
Elijah Sindelar got the start for Purdue in the first quarter. He played the whole first and a little over four minutes into the second quarter before Blough came into the game. Sindelar finished with 60 passing yards and one touchdown pass. Blough took over in the second quarter and drove the Boilers up and down the field, finishing with 235 passing yards and three touchdown passes.
Blough said post game, “Coach Brohm is so big on just a one-game season, and this was the next one up. We had to win this one. Having a good team in Ohio that is supposed to win their conference come in and play hard in front of our crowd, this was the most fun I’ve had playing football in about two years.”
Purdue’s four passing touchdowns were spread out amongst four different receivers and tight ends: Brycen Hopkins, Jackson Anthrop, Cole Herdman and Anthony Mohoungu. Hopkins was the leading receiver with 85 yards and one touchdown. Anthrop finished with 39 receiving yards and one touchdown. Herdman finished with 87 yards off two receptions, one going for 62 yards and a touchdown. Mohoungou finished with 51 yards and one touchdown.
Purdue got their run game together this week, rushing for a whopping 263 yards. Tario Fuller led Purdue with 16 rushes for 142 yards and his first career touchdown. Against Louisville, Fuller rushed for only 29 yards off eight carries. Brian Lankford-Johnson rushed for 62 yards from nine carries as well.
The Ohio University Bobcats finished with 396 yards of offense and 21 points. The Bobcats went with two quarterbacks during the game, Nathan Rourke and Quinton Maxwell. Rourke finished with 224 yards and one touchdown, Maxwell finished with 12 yards.
The Bobcats’ defense combined for 45 tackles, one sack and three tackles for a loss, while allowing the Boilers 558 yards of offense and 44 points.
The Boilermaker defense kept the Bobcats’ 396 yards of offense confined to 21 points total for the night. The Boilermakers came up with two turnovers, which the offense converted to 10 points. Senior linebacker Danny Ezechukwu sacked Rourke for the first Boiler sack of the season. Ezechukwu finished the night with six tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery. The Boilers’ leading tackler was T.J. McCollum, who led the team with nine tackles.
With Purdue’s immense lead in the fourth quarter, third string quarterback Jared Sparks came in to finish the game for the Boilers. Sparks rushed for 24 yards off four carries.
Purdue is on the road next week against Missouri for an SEC versus Big Ten showdown.
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