For this first time since 2012, Purdue won a game by double digits. Purdue jumped out to a 25-0 lead in the second quarter and coasted the rest of the game. Though it was an FCS opponent and Purdue didn't score in the 2nd half until the last minute, many of us are leaving the game with our sanity and a steady heartbeat.
Danny Etling finished the game completing 15 or 26 passes with 196 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Danny Anthrop led all receivers with 106 yards, 44 of which came from a touchdown pass from Etling. Appleby entered the game towards the end and ran in for a touchdown with less than a minute left, giving the Boilermakers their only points in the 2nd half.
Though SIU was able to put points on the board in the 2nd half, it simply wasn't enough to overcome their early deficit. Purdue was able to take advantage of 2 Southern Illinois turnovers in the 1st quarter and convert both of them into touchdowns for a 14-0 lead.
It is concerning that Purdue disappeared in the 2nd half, though. Skimming through the game thread, many of us were not pleased to see that Purdue played conservative. Luckily, SIU was not able to overcome a large deficit, but we hope that Purdue doesn't play the way they did in the 2nd half the rest of the year.
In the meantime, let's enjoy a double digit win.