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Purdue Falls to Virginia Tech 51-24

Not much good happened today.

This was Appleby's fumble. Close call but I think they got it right.
This was Appleby's fumble. Close call but I think they got it right.
Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

This game was tied 17-17 at one point. Then not only did the wheels fell off but the transmission failed, the engine dropped out, and the brakes failed. This team just drove themselves right off of a cliff. The team allowed Virginia Tech to score touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams. It was a special kind of awful. There are really only two good things that happened all day today. The first was Danny Ezechukwu recovering a Virginia Tech fumble and lumbering nearly the entire length of the field for a touchdown. The other was the superb punting of freshman Joe Schopper. I mean seriously, the guy punted six times and averaged 49 yards per punt. Sure, one was blocked but I'm not convinced that was all his fault. Other than that...nope.

Where do we even begin with this one? In the first half Virginia Tech did everything in their power to keep Purdue in the game. Virginia Tech had inopportune penalties, the aforementioned scoop and score, and just overall goofy play. Purdue couldn't take advantage of the gift and quickly showed their true colors. How can I describe the play of the offense today? Let's start with Austin Appleby shall we? He was 9-28 for 110 yards, two interceptions, and one fumble that was turned into a Virginia Tech touchdown. In addition to that he ran the ball 13 times for 11 yards including a touchdown. Not great numbers. Appleby had just one fewer carry than D.J. Knox and and Markell Jones combined. I don't know what type of offensive game plan that is but it's not one I would subscribe to.

On the defensive side of the ball Purdue looked inept against the pass and the run. Purdue allowed the inexperienced against FBS/Division I QB to throw for 220 yards and two touchdowns. They also allowed 238 rushing yards. I'm not a mathematician by trade but those numbers look bigger than the 265 yards of total offense Purdue produced. Purdue was outclassed at every single position on the field and especially every position on the sideline/coaches booth. This was a train wreck without question. I know that things are never as good as they seem or as bad as they seem but it's hard to convince me things aren't that bad right now. This team had nothing going for it today. They can't hang their hat on anything at this moment. There's no identity on offense, there's no identity on defense. Something has to change. I'm not sure how much longer I can watch this same thing play out week in and week out.

Much more to come. If you don't like negativity I'd stay away.