Well, you can uncover your eyes. The 2013 season is over for Purdue.
The season ended like it started, with Purdue on the receiving end of a beating, but this time the bully was long time foe Indiana.
Today's loss was the worst to IU since a 52-7 defeat in 1988 and it also capped a season that saw Purdue go winless in the Big Ten for the first time since 1993.
There were a few bright spots. Danny Etling threw for 485 yards and 4 touchdowns (16 receptions, 276 yards, two touchdowns going to young guns Danny Anthrop and Deangelo Yancey). Ricardo Allen had two interceptions in his final game as a Boiler and for just the second time all year, Purdue didn't turn the ball over.
As the score indicates though, the bad far outweighed the good. Coming into this game, the IU run defense was 121st in the nation, giving up 256.5 YPG. Purdue's total today? 31 yards on 16 carries. Less than two yards per carry, against one of the worst run defenses in America.
Now Coach Hazell and the Boilermakers head into the offseason, owners of one of the worst seasons in Purdue football history. My father asked me today, "What's the deal with Purdue? Would they be this bad if Hope was still there?" I don't know, but just the fact that question can even be asked shows how much of a disappointment this season was. Nobody expected the world from this team, but we expected to at least be competitive. Many of the same mental mistakes and questionable coaching decisions we hoped had followed Hope out the door continued to pop up throughout the season. I'm not giving up on Hazell after just one year, but I'm feeling a lot less confident than I was when he was hired.