Texas A&M at Purdue, the immaculate fumble return Ok, so right in the dictionary under "closer than the score would indicate"... you WILL see a picture of this game! It was a bit of a defensive struggle in the first half. Ryno and his favorite little sprite Todd Butler had a tough time figuring out the Purdue 3-4 as they were frustrated on third down repeatedly and gave up a couple of sacks. Purdue was able to move the ball pretty consistently, but had to settle for a field goal on their first red zone visit. The score ended up being 10-7 at in favor of Purdue halftime, and Purdue received the ball in the second half. Purdue went down and scored a touchdown to make it 17-7. Texas A&M got it back and marched right down the field, ready to make it 17-14 and likely set up a very close ending. The indomitable Todd Butler took the snap, tucked in behind his guard and prepared for the glory of the end zone. Only to have SS Fred Green (user controlled) light him up like a Christmas tree at literally the 1 inch line. I mean that ball was RIGHT up to the goal line if you ask me, and an obvious touchdown if you ask Ryno.... The only thing that was obvious was that Fred Green hit him so hard the ball popped loose. The other safety, Dean, picked up the ball and ran it back 101 yards for a touchdown that made it 24-7 instead of 17-14. What a switch in momentum! The next drive a clearly flustered Butler threw a pass right to my corner Joe Hall, who was waiting for it and returned it for a 30-yard touchdown. After that play the Boilers pretty much packed it in and worked the clock for a win. We gave up some yards and big plays but in the end made the biggest one. If you're looking for any other stats that might make Purdue's case besides the final score: 10-12 on third downs 5 sacks on Butler. Those were the differences in the game, along with (obviously) the two huge defensive touchdowns.