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WEEK 1 PREVIEW
Purdue at Notre Dame
In the game of the week, Purdue faces off against the explosive offense of Notre Dame. Ryan Kerrigan and Purdue's D will have to try to slow down the dynamic attack of Dayne Crist passing to All-Americans Michael Floyd and TE Kyle Rudolph. Also HB Armando Allen will be difficult to stop.
Hope is high in West Lafayette as junior QB transfer Robert Marve is set to make his Purdue debut. It's not going to be easy. Marve will have to make his debut in a loud crowd of 81,000 at Notre Dame Stadium. Ralph Bolden expects to handle most of the running duties, and WR's Kieth and Cortez Smith should bring in most of the catches. Look for Purdue to run a balanced attack and not rely too much on the new QB.
Keys of the Game
Slow the game down
Spread the Ball around
Control the tempo
Purdue Falls to Notre Dame 17-5
South Bend, IN - The hype for the Notre Dame, Purdue matchup was all about offense. As time went on it turned out to be anything but a shootout. On its first drive of the game Purdue was forced to punt on Notre Dame's 46, when Wiggs punt was downed at the 3 yard line. On Notre Dame's second play, Purdue star Ryan Kerrigan sacked Dayned Crist in the endzone making the score 2-0. Purdue was unable to move the ball the whole first half. The closest they got was a 29 yard FG which was shanked by Wiggs. Notre Dame scored twice to make it 10-2 at half time.
Purdue began to move the ball effectively though the air in the second half, but their run was horrendous the entire game. On the first drive of the second half Wiggs converted on a 50 yard FG, which seemed impossible after his miss from 29. Both side played the field position game until Dayne Crist connected with HB Armando Allen on a catch and run of 46 yards for a score with 4:45 left. Purdue did not panic and continued to play its style. After a punt and a turnover Purdue got the ball back with 2:05 down 17-5 with no timeouts. Robert Marve was unable to complete a single pass which allowed Notre Dame to run out the clock.
The story of this game was the inability of Purdue's running game. The team only managed 17 yards off 22 carries which forced the Boilermakers to throw. Ralph Bolden ran 15 times for 11 yards, and Dan Dierking ran 4 times for 5 yards. Robert Marve was just 17-40 with an INT, but threw for 274 yards. Senior WR Keith Smith caught 6 passes for 127 yards. Purdue was in danger of being completely blown out if it wasn't for the terrific play of star DE Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan had 4 tackles(3 TFL), 2 sacks, and a safety. He also harassed Dayne Crist all day. The Boilermaker defense came through with 7 sacks but did not force a single turnover.
For Notre Dame Dayne Crist was 15-24 and passed for 228 yards and a TD. HB Armando Allen ran for 72 yards and caught a long TD pass. They key for Pudue's D was to limit Michael Floyd. Floyd caught 4 passes for 81 yards.
Purdue has yet another difficult matchup next week vs. Arkansas. If they cannot produce on the ground it will be a long season in West Lafayette this year.
Purdde, 38, Arkansas 31
West Lafayette, IN- This game was controlled by turnovers. Arkansas and Purdue both moved the ball pretty efficiently, but Arkansas couldn't shake the turnover bug. Robert Marve made his home debut and despite 2 interceptions, looked very good. Purdue was able to shake its 17-5 loss at Notre Dame to upset the 18th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. Purdue's defense played well and contained Heisman hopeful, Ryan Mallet. The defense also scored 2 TD's.
The most important play of the game followed a Robert Marve interception. Arkansas, dow 31-24 had the ball with 5:28 left on Purdue's 35 looking to tie it up. Arkansas HB ROnnie Wingo ran up the middle and coughed up the football, when Purdue DT Nick Mondek scooped it up and ran 62 yards for the score. Arkansas was able to get the game within 7 with about 30 seconds remaining but couldn't recover the onside kick.
Arkansas key players
Ryan Mallett- 14-31, 331 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Ronnie Wingo- 21 carries, 133 yards, 2 TD, 2 FUM
Jarius Wright- 7 catches, 109 yards, TD
Tramain Thomas- 5 tackles
Purdue key players
Robert Marve- 9-19, 151 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 34 rush yards
Ralph Bolden- 18 carries, 77 yards, 59 receiving yards, 2 total TD
Albert Evans- 13 tackles
Charlton Williams- 2 tackles, pick-6
Nick Mondek- 3 tackles, fumble return TD
Purdue 38, Arizona 16
Purdue came out and hit the Arizona Wildcats in the mouth early. The Arizona crowd just never got into the game. Although it took a quarter for Purdue to put point on the board, it just felt as though it wasn't Arizona's day. The main play of the game was when Arizona QB Nick Foles threw an interception down 7-0 which led to another Purdue touchdown. He was injured on the play and backup Matt Scott played until halftime and was just 5-11 for 34 yards, he also threw a pick-6 which made the game 21-0 at half. Purdue never looked back from that point.
Purdue's offense didn't see much of the field this game. Special Teams and defense did most of the work. SS Gavin Roberts scored off an interception and RB Ralph Bolden and WR Keith Smith both returned kicks for touchdowns. Again defensive standout Ryan Kerrigan shined with 8 tackles (4 TFL), 2 sacks, and a forced fumble.
Robert Marve: 4-11, 41 yards, TD, INT, 12 rush yards
Ralph Bolden: 10 carries, 55 yards, rush TD, return TD
Dan Dierking: 10 carries, 66 yards
George Brigandi: 4 carries, 20 yards
Cortez Smith: 1 catch, 8 yard TD
Ryan Kerrigan: 8 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sack, FF
Gavin Roberts: 8 tackles, INT, TD
Nick Foles:18-29, 212 yards, INT
Matt Scott: 5-11, 34 yards, INT
Nic Grigsby: 18 carries, 31 yards, TD, 96 receiving yards
Purdue Recruiting News
Purdue has 2 2-star signees for the 2011 season:
Jermaine Lewis: FS 6'0", 182 lbs. Lewis has the speed and the tackling ability of a safety, but his coverage skills are going to need some work if he will contribute to the Boilermakers in the first 2 or 3 years.
Adam Wood: OLB 6'3", 217 lbs. Wood is a work in progress, and will need lots of work because most of his skills are underdeveloped.
Purdue Hangs on to beat Toledo
At first it seemed nothing could stop or even slow down the Boilermakers on Saturday. Purdue's defense did not even bend the entire first half as it took a commanding 20-0 lead. Going into the forth Toledo had scored to make it 20-7. On the first play of the forth quarter Purdue scored on a 39 yard FG. Down by 15, Toledo drove the field one last time, converting on forth down twice and the 2-point conversion to bring the game to within 7 with 1 minute left. Purdue recovered the onside kick and was able to run the clock out despite the fact that Toledo had all its timeouts.
Purdue eased up in the second half and it could have proved costly if Toledo had recovered its onside kick late in the game.
Purdue Player Stats:
Robert Marve: 11-16 for 106 yards, TD, INT, 60 rush yards
Ralph Bolden: 26 rush for 86 yards, TD, 20 yard receiving TD
Chris Carlino: 6 tackles, 2 TFL
Charlton Williams: 3 tackles, INT
Carson Wiggs: 3-4 FG, including a 39 yarder and a 57 yarder. The miss came from 62 yards and missed of the crossbar. 12 mph winds helped a lot. Punt average of over 48 yards.
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