So, that was fun!
We told you in the preseason that Purdue would beat the Eagles. Turns out we meant Boston College.
Outside of Boston College’s first scoring drive, Purdue was in control for most of the game today. A young defense, plagued with mistakes throughout the season, had a tough task slowing down Dillon and a Boston College offense that scored over 50 points per game coming into today.
Today, the defense showed up and held the Eagles to 13 points. And 7 of those came in the last minute when the game was basically already won. Purdue was able to force 4 interceptions today, but perhaps the biggest one occurred late in the 3rd quarter, as Antonio Blackmon picked off Anthony Brown in the end zone. BC was driving and looking to turn this game around after recovering a Blough fumble.
For me, this was the biggest play of the game. Purdue dominated today, and showed that they were not giving up. The offense may have gotten conservative at the end to run out the clock, but the defense kept up the wall and pushed the Eagles off the field.
This is Purdue’s first win over a ranked team since they defeated a Top 25 Illinois team in 2011. This was also Purdue’s first Homecoming win since that same 2011 Illinois game. This is also Purdue’s largest win over a ranked team since 1999.
Despite taking a beating today, Blough was able to pick apart the BC defense and get almost 300 passing yards with 3 touchdowns. Offensive play of the game had to be Rondale Moore’s first touchdown, as it put Purdue in the lead and they never looked back:
Purdue is finally in the win column after losing their first 3 games by a combined 8 points. Next week they head off to Nebraska, who is currently being beat at Michigan 56-3. Time to keep this momentum going.