2011 Purdue Boilermakers Football
Purdue vs. Southeast Missouri St. Preview
After last week’s unexpected loss to Rice, Purdue looks to regroup and gain some momentum as the Boilers host the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks on Saturday.
The Boilers suffered their first of the season last week, when Owls defenseman Jason Allen blocked a last-second Carson Wiggs field goal attempt that would have sent Purdue to 2-0 on the season.
Purdue struggled on both sides of the ball in last week’s loss, as the offense couldn’t finish drives and the defense not forcing turnovers and putting pressure on the Owls offense. Although Purdue dropped a game that shouldn’t have been close, it will face an even weaker opponent in Southeast Missouri St.
The defense gave up 494 yards, 22 first downs and didn’t force a single turnover in the game to their FCS rival. If Southeast Missouri St. has any hope of knocking off the Boilers in Ross-Ade Stadium, they will need to play as close to perfection as humanly possible.
Following this game, Purdue will head into the bye week and will host Notre Dame before opening their conference schedule against Minnesota. Danny Hope should be able to coach his team to their second win of the season easily, but in doing so, he needs to utilize this game fully before the Boilermakers start lining up against other BCS squads. In their first two games, the Boilers have proven to be a team still searching for an identity and leadership. The season is not lost after just one defeat, but if things don’t change in West Lafayette, it could be another long season for Purdue.
The only real threat Purdue should be aware of is Redhawk quarterback Matt Scheibel. Scheibel passed for 144 yards and added 91 on the ground in the loss against Southern Illinois. The Redhawks got very little production from the rest of their offensive skilled positions.
Expect Purdue running backs Ralph Bolden and Akeem Shavers to see several carries, as the rushing game needs to improve before facing big-time competition. Also look for the Boilermaker defense to attack the quarterback.
Don’t forget, if Hope doesn’t like what he sees from his quarterback Caleb TerBush, he may insert Robert Marve into the rotation.
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