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Purdue Annihilates SEMO, Heads into Bye Week

 

 

For the first time in what seems like ages, Purdue flexed its muscle, showed no mercy and refused to ease up against FCS opponent Southeast Missouri St., getting a much needed lop-sided victory 59-0.

The Boilers were virtually unstoppable in every aspect of the game, which was to be expected against a team who was blown out by Southern Illinois two weeks ago. The black and gold racked up 627 yards of total offense on Saturday, with 393 coming from the rushing attack. The RedHawks ended the day with a mere 153 yards.

In addition to the confidence booster for both offense and defense, Purdue was also able to work senior quarterback Robert Marve back into the rotation. Marve finished the game nearly perfect, going 7-8 for 91 yards and a touchdown in his first appearance since early last season.

The Boilers totaled 234 yards in the air, as starting quarterback Caleb TerBush went 14-17 for 143 yards.

 



Although they gave up fewer than 200 yards and didn’t allow SEMO to score, Purdue’s defense still showed signs of weakness throughout the game. The Boilers were able to put more pressure on the backfield and the quarterback this week, but still only forced one turnover, a Ricardo Allen interception that occurred on SEMO’s first play from scrimmage in the opening quarter.

Purdue finished the day with seven rushing touchdowns with Ralph Bolden, Akeem Shavers, and Akeem Hunt all scoring two a piece and Gary Bush added one. Shavers led the way in yardage, tallying up 75 in the contest.

Matt Scheible was the lead man for the RedHawks on offense, throwing for 61 yards and adding 16 with his feet.

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After the big win for the Boilers, they head into the bye week knowing what they need to improve on before the host Notre Dame and open their conference slate with Minnesota. The Irish finally got a victory this past week and have been overlooked because of their sluggish start. Purdue’s defense is in serious need of a makeover, but this past week may have been what it needed.

SEMO will have a much more formidable opponent next week, as they travel to Tennessee Tech for a conference opening night game with the Golden Eagles.

 

By: Dustin Schutte
BigTen-Fans.com Purdue Boilermakers Correspondent

 

 

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