Purdue (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Noon ET, Saturday, Sept. 6
Central Michigan becomes the second MAC team to take on Purdue this season when the Chippewas travel to West Lafayette.
Both teams are coming off victorious openers, although it looked a little shaky for Central Michigan early. Visiting Chattanooga put 16 points on board before halftime while holding CMU to one TD in the first 30 minutes. Roles were reversed in the second half, however, as the Chippewas tallied two touchdowns while shutting out the Mocs.
Can Central Michigan carry its momentum on the road against a Big Ten opponent?
Offenses prevailed through much of the day last Saturday as Purdue downed Western Michigan 43-34.
The Boilermakers owned a nine-point advantage (23-14) at the half, but WMU closed within two on an early third quarter touchdown drive.
After Purdue opened up its biggest lead of the afternoon with touchdowns on its next two drives, Western came back with two TDs of its own.
Purdue put the game away with an eight-play, 75 yards scoring drive, culminated by Akeem Hunt’s 38-yard run.
-- Western Michigan had more first downs (24-22) and more total yards 456-407) than Purdue.
-- There was one turnover in the game. Frankie Williams returned an interception 56 yards to set up a second quarter Boilermaker touchdown.
- Sophomore QB Danny Etling completed 19 of 38 for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
- Two receivers had more than two catches. Justin Sinz pulled in seven passes for 65 yards. B.J. Knauf added four receptions for 52 yards.
- Purdue totaled 226 yards on the ground. Raheem Mostert led the way with 22 carries for 146 yards and one TD. Hunt added 78 yards on 15 trips.
- Paul Griggs was good on all three field goal attempts with a long of 51. Thomas Meadows averaged 38-2 yards on punts with a long of 44.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN LAST WEEK:
The Chippewas regrouped to score 20 unanswered points in the second half to pull out a win in the opener. Sophomore Cooper Rush’s 26-yard TD pass to Courtney Williams with 7:30 left in the third quarter proved to be the game winner.
-- Rush completed 15 of 26 for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
-- CMU totaled 148 yards, with 5-10, 217-pound senior Thomas Rawls supplying 121 of that total.
-- Titus Davis returned a punt 66 yards to the Chattanooga 19 late in the third period. Four plays later, the Chippewas went for the first down on fourth and one at the Mocs’ 10-yard line. It was stopped for no gain.