Purdue vs. Northwestern: Winning is Winning

Purdue hosted the Northwestern Wildcats on Senior Day and didn’t look sharp. Fortunately for the Boilermakers, Northwestern confirmed their lack of playmakers and could not muster greater than 2 scoring drives. Despite first rate numbers for Aiden O’Connell, he had a tough time placing the ball on course, lacking a number of open receivers. On protection, the Boilermakers did their jobs in opposition to a Northwestern offense that is merely missing expertise. This sport mustn’t have been this shut, as one other unsportsmanlike penalty took a landing off the board when Purdue appeared to go up 21-3. But as the good Dom Toretto as soon as mentioned, “profitable is profitable”.

Offense

Wind actually is Aiden O’Connell’s kryptonite. In a chilly and blustery sport, AOC was merely inaccurate on his passes. AOC flat out missed Tyrone Tracy on a deep publish, Payne Durham on a sideline up and out, and TJ Sheffield on a double transfer ultimately zone. On all three passes, the receiver was open, and the misfires killed momentum. I did just like the gameplan for the offense although, as 8 completely different receivers caught a cross and there have been some good display screen performs thrown in. Also, AOC did proceed his ratcheting down of his interceptions right down to zero, a giant plus. I really hope the climate is calm and within the 50’s subsequent weekend for the sake of the passing sport.

The large information out of this one was the harm to Devin Mockobee within the first quarter. Devin met a Northwestern defender straight up and can be pulled from the sport to be evaluated for a concussion. Mockobee wouldn’t play the remainder of the day and is within the concussion protocol. Dylan Downing and Kobe Lewis would fill in the remainder of the day, speeding a mixed 28 instances for 91 yards. The 3.25 yards per rush was not stellar however the backs made it work on a day the place working was a necessity. Later within the sport, middle Gus Hartwig was injured as one other lineman rolled up on his legs from behind. Coach Jeff Brohm has talked about that Gus may very well be out for a bit, so search for Josh Kaltenberger to fill in.

Defense

It was clear that the protection was going through an overmatched opponent immediately. 3rd string QB, Cole Freeman, did what he may for the offense however was typically off the mark. The Wildcats typically ran wildcat with Evan Hull and Cam Porter for a run up the center. I believe the protection tackled pretty effectively immediately, though there weren’t a ton of open-field tackling alternatives. The protection additionally compelled 3 turnovers and recorded 2 sacks, areas that Purdue has struggled with these days. One play I’d like to spotlight was made by Cory Trice as he turned and bought a hand on a again shoulder cross within the endzone to forestall a landing.

The lone interception on the day was made by Jalen Graham, who reduce off a brief curl route and took it again for a landing. Unfortunately, Jalen was stepping excessive on the 35 yard line and was known as for unsportsmanlike conduct, taking the landing off the board. This was a MASSIVE swing, as Purdue would have gone up 21-3 with the additional level however had been as a substitute compelled again to the 35 yard line. Purdue would miss a discipline objective 4 performs later and would solely rating 3 extra factors over the subsequent 23 minutes. Let me begin by saying that the rule is dumb. If the participant is not directing his celebration on the different crew or if the celebration is not soiled, then let the youngsters have enjoyable. That mentioned, this rule has been round for over a decade, and it is one other pointless penalty in a key spot for Purdue. The lack of self-discipline has been the bugaboo for this crew and I am unable to imagine that Jeff Brohm hasn’t put an finish to it by now.

Special Teams

Not the very best day for the particular groups. Mitchell Fineran was 1/2 on discipline targets, making a 26 yarder and lacking brief on a 48-yard try. Mitch made each additional factors as effectively. In the punting sport, Jack Ansell had a punt blocked however averaged 41 yards on the three different punts. Kobe Lewis was capable of return 3 kickoffs for 29 yards and Charlie Jones took 1 punt 7 yards whereas Reese Taylor misplaced maintain on a punt however was capable of get well it.

Other

Congratulations to the Purdue seniors who performed their closing sport in Ross Ade immediately. This program has taken leaps and strides throughout your years right here at Purdue and we’re ever grateful to you.

Farewell to Morgantown, because the tented sections of the south endzone are set to endure renovations this offseason. It’s very nice to see Purdue put money into crucial renovations to deliver us as much as the requirements of different Power 5 packages.

Hot take time: I HATE Shout. I perceive the enchantment of getting the entire stadium placing their arms up in unison however it is time to revamp that custom. May I counsel blasting Crazy Train to get everybody pumped for the 4th quarter?

Looking Ahead

Purdue did its job this week. Minnesota choked. It’s actually easy for Purdue: win in opposition to Indiana and hope Nebraska beats Iowa. Those outcomes finish in Purdue going to Indy to tackle the winner of Ohio State and Michigan. Regardless of the Iowa sport, exit and win the bucket subsequent weekend!

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