When you break a school record that Drew Brees once held, it tends to turn heads. While Purdue didn’t win on the field this past Saturday, David Blough had a career day. It paid off this morning as he was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week despite the Boilers losing Saturday night.
Blough established a new school record with 572 passing yards Saturday night. It should have been 581 one had the Jared Sparks touchdown stood, but it was still an impressive number. It broke the former record of 546 yards set by Curtis Painter in the 2007 Motor City Bowl against Central Michigan. It was also only the 6th 500 yard game in school history. Painter, Scott Campbell, and Kyle Orton each had won and Brees had two.
Blough also established a new total offense single game record. In that bowl game Painter had -6 yards rushing for 540 yards of total offense. Blough rushed for 18 yards and a touchdown to put the new total offense record at 590 yards, which is also a new Big Ten record. He had a hand in all four touchdowns as he had three passing and one rushing. The rushing TD was the 11th of his career on the ground.
This is the second time Blough has won Offensive Player of the Week honors. In 2015 he won the award after throwing for 274 yards and four TDs while adding 82 yards and a TD on the ground in a win against Nebraska.