After demolishing Hampton 59-0 last Saturday to open their 2017 season, the Ohio Bobcats may be in for more of a test Friday night when they visit the Purdue Boilermakers.
Some of the Big Ten shine may have worn off Purdue in recent years as the program struggled tough seasons. In fact, the Boilermakers haven’t . . .
Purdue did lose again last week, but the underdog Boilermakers (26.5 pts) led No. 16 Louisville, 28-25, in the fourth quarter before falling 35-25.
That showing only bolstered optimism among the Boilermaker faithful, who entered 2017 hoping to see something resembling a turnaround under new head coach Jeff Brohm.
Brohm, who was once a very productive quarterback at Louisville, enjoyed a very successful coaching run at Western Kentucky before taking over the Purdue job in December.
Here’s more on Friday’s matchup:
Here’s more on Friday’s matchup:
OHIO BOBCATS AT PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
Friday, Sept. 1, 8 p.m. ET
Ross-Aide Stadium; Lafayette, Ind.
PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (0-1)
● Purdue’s opener was played at a neutral site (Indianapolis, so Friday’s contest against Ohio will be the first true home game for Brohm’s squad.
● One big test for Purdue in the opener was trying to contain the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Lamar Jackson. The junior did pass for 378 yards and two TDs while completing 30 of 46 attempts. Jackson was also the Cardinals leading rusher, gaining 107 on 21 carries. Louisville totaled 524 yards of offense, but it also was flagged 16 times for 110 total yards. The two teams combined for seven turnovers (Louisville 3, Purdue 4).
● Senior LB JaWhaun Bentley led Purdue defenders with 10 tackles (7 solo). Two other players (T.J. McCollum and Josh Okonye) registered nine stops, including five solos.
● Junior David Blough is listed as Purdue’s starting quarterback for this week. He completed 18 of 26 passes for 175 yards, with two touchdowns and two picks. Sophomore Elijah Sindelar also saw action, completing 15 of 31 for 118 yards with a pair of scores and one interception.
● The Boilermakers scored all their touchdowns on passes, and their run game produced just 51 yards.
● Jackson Anthrop and Gregory Phillips both had seven catches. Anthrop, a 5-11 hometown freshman) led the team with 82 yards and also had a pair of touchdowns.
● This is Ohio’s first trip to West Lafayette since the 1988 season. It’s the eighth all-time meeting between the two programs, with Purdue holding a 7-0 advantage.
● Ohio’s defense was a cornerstone for success last year and threw a shutout (59-0) in its first outing of 2017. Hampton managed just seven first downs and were 2 of 15 on third down conversions. OU allowed only 129 yards of total offense, recorded three sacks and racked up 10 tackles for loss.
● LB Quentin Poling and Austin Conrad led OU deenders with six tackles apiece. Twenty-nine Bobcats had at least one tackle.
● Chukwudi Chukwu and Jacob Hale each recovered a fumble
● Sophomore Quinton Maxwell completed 7 of 9 passes for 100 yards with one TD and one interception. Classmate Nathan Rourke was good on 6 of 10 passes, good for 72 yards.
● Cameron Odom and Papi White combined for seven receptions, 110 yards and a score.
● Ohio, as it is expected to do this season, rode the running game. The Bobcats rushed 53 times for 248 yards (4.7 ypc). All seven touchdowns went through the ground attack. Top rushers were A.J. Ouelette (12 carries, 63 yards), Nathan Rourke (6 carries, 50 yards) and Dorian Brown (10 carries, 49 yards).