2011 Purdue Boilermakers Football
Late Surge Pushes Boilers past Middle Tennessee State
Purdue took the old cliché “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” to extreme measures in it’s 27-24 victory over Middle Tennessee State on Saturday.
Trailing 24-20 and needing nothing short of a touchdown, Caleb TerBush and Purdue’s offense trotted back onto the field with 3:53 to play in an attempt to snap their six-game losing streak dating back to Oct. 23 of last season.
With just: 49 left in the game, TerBush found a slanting Antavian Edison who sprinted towards the end zone to top an 11-play 85 yard drive that ended up being the game winner for the Boilers.
After a slightly overthrown pass from MTSU’s Logan Kilgore hit the fingertips of his receiver Malcolm Beyah and fell to the turf, Ricardo Allen was able seal the Purdue victory by powering through the offensive line and blocking the Blue Raiders field goal attempt that would have forced overtime.
Purdue struggled offensively in the first three quarters of its season opener before scoring 17 of their 27 points in the final period.
Middle Tennessee was in control for most of the contest, taking a 14-10 advantage into halftime and not relinquishing the lead until Purdue’s final drive.
Holding the Purdue offense to a field goal midway through the fourth quarter, MTSU held a slim 24-20 lead with possession of the ball and a chance to achieve its first victory over a Big Ten program in the school’s history. The Boilers defense was able to hold the Blue Raiders at 50-yardline, forcing them to punt and allowing Purdue one more shot at victory.
Ralph Bolden, Purdue’s top running back from the 2009 season who suffered an ACL tear and missed all of last season, appeared to be back to his usual self, rushing for 121 yards on 17 carries.
Kilgore, who threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns on 27-45 passing, led MTSU’s offensive attack.
Beyah was the big target for Kilgore, catching four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Prior to the contest, head coach Danny Hope was expected to rotate Sean Robinson into the quarterback position, but the sophomore only played three downs, going 0-2 on his only passes of the contest.
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