The Purdue Boilermakers dropped to 3-8 on the season with a 23-15 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats. Without Hudson Card and Nic Scourton, the Boilers were fighting an uphill battle to start the game but had multiple chances to take control of the game. Those chances largely went by the way side as Purdue missed out on multiple scoring chances in the first half, one being Purdue getting stopped on 3rd and 4th down from inside the 1 yard line.
Purdue had to go with Bennett Meredith and Ryan Browne at quarterback with Card out with a reported rib injury. Meredith was largely ineffective all day but Browne was able to lead Purdue on their longest drives of the day. The Boilers ended up with 439 total yards on offense but couldn’t make the when necessary.
The defense played well enough again for a Purdue victory as they have throughout the season but got not help from the offense and gave up big plays for scores of 52 and 34 yards. Thieneman was able to secure a big interception late in the game that Purdue was able to convert into a late touchdown to make the score 23-15.
Purdue was able to get a 3 and out to get the ball back with 2 minutes left but after a Tyrone Tracy injury led to a ten second runoff Ryan Browne threw a game ending interception. Browne ended the day 12-16 for 104 yards but was supremely effective with his legs running 21 times for 85 yards. In total, Purdue ran for 303 yards on the day but couldn’t get the hard yards in conversion downs when needed.