Nov 25, 2023; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Purdue Boilermakers defensive back Cam Allen (10) intercepts a pass intended for Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Andison Coby (0) during the first half at Ross-Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue stays resilient, gets past Indiana 35-31

Hudson Card went 21-of-34 passing for 275 yards and three touchdowns to lead Purdue to a 35-31 home win over Indiana on Saturday.

Card also rushed for 85 yards on 12 carries with another TD to help Purdue (4-8, 3-6) win the Old Oaken Bucket for the fifth time in the last six years.

Brendan Sorsby went 17 of 31 for 226 yards, three TDs and three interceptions for Indiana (3-9, 1-8).

Trailing for all but a 12-second stretch in the game, Purdue went on top for good with 2:39 remaining when Card scored on a 10-yard touchdown run to give the Boilermakers a 35-31 advantage.

Indiana drove to the Purdue 35-yard line but was stopped on downs with 1:17 remaining and the Boilermakers were able to run out the clock.

Trailing 28-18 going into the fourth quarter, Purdue cut the deficit to 28-25 with 14:53 remaining on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Card to Devin Mockobee.

On the first drive of the third quarter, Purdue took a 15-14 lead with 13:14 to go in the third after a 33-yard field goal by Ben Freehill.

But Indiana had an immediate answer when Jaylin Lucas returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards to give the Hoosiers a 21-15 lead.

Following a 44-yard field goal by Freehill that cut Indiana’s lead to 21-18 with 10:37 left in the third. Indiana then took a 28-18 lead on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Sorsby to Josh Henderson with 1:43 left in the third quarter.

Indiana took a 7-0 lead with 34 seconds remaining in the first quarter on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Brendan Sorsby to DeQuece Carter.

Purdue cut the Indiana lead to 7-6 with 12:07 left in the second quarter on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Card to George Burhenn. The extra point failed.

With 8:59 left in the second quarter, the Hoosiers took a 14-6 lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Sorsby to Donaven McCulley.

Purdue then made it 14-12 with 12 seconds to go in the first half after a 16-yard touchdown pass from Card to Drew Biber. The 2-point conversion failed.

–Field Level Media

Nov 18, 2023; Evanston, Illinois, USA;  Purdue Boilermakers tight end Garrett Miller (88) is tripped up by Northwestern Wildcats defensive back Jaheem Joseph (3) after a pass reception in the second quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern takes down Purdue, becomes bowl eligible

Cam Porter rushed for two touchdowns as Northwestern never trailed and became bowl-eligible with a 23-15 victory over Purdue on Saturday at Evanston, Ill.

The Wildcats (6-5, 4-4 Big Ten) won consecutive games for the first time this season and clinched their bowl appearance two days after removing the interim tag from coach David Braun.

Porter rushed for two TDs for the second time in his career and first instance since Dec. 12, 2020 against Illinois. He easily scored a 7-yard TD a little less three minutes in and then had a 34-yard TD run early in the fourth that helped Northwestern clinch the win.

Porter finished with a season-best 95 yards on 17 carries as Northwestern won despite being outgained 439-329 and holding possession for 25:17 to 34:43 for Purdue.

Northwestern’s Ben Bryant completed 13 of 24 passes for 230 yards in his second game back from an upper-body injury. He threw his only TD to Cam Johnson, whose 52-yard reception helped the Wildcats start to pull away at 16-7 in the third quarter.

Northwestern also clinched their bowl berth on the strength of a defense that dominated at times. The Wildcats forced four turnovers, including an interception by Xander Mueller with 21 seconds left to protect an eight-point lead as Purdue moved past midfield.

Northwestern also got five of its six sacks in the first half and registered eight tackles for losses.

Purdue quarterback Hudson Card was a late scratch due to an injury and Ryan Browne and Bennett Meredith split time for the Boilermakers (3-8, 2-6). Browne took the majority of the snaps and was 12 of 16 for 104 yards while also handing off frequently to Tyrone Tracy Jr., who rushed for 160 yards.

Northwestern scored on the fourth play of its opening drive when Porter ran in untouched. After missing the two-point conversion, Northwestern’s defense stopped Purdue four times at the goal line before forcing two turnovers late in the first half.

With 9:05 left in the third, Northwestern’s Grayson Metz recovered a muffed punt at the Purdue 21 and the Wildcats capitalized by getting a 30-yard field goal from Jack Olsen with 7:38 left.

Purdue scored when Tracy powered his way into the end zone with 3:59 left but nearly two minutes later Johnson outraced Cam Allen and linebacker Kydran Jenkins for a 16-7 lead and Porter got his second TD with 12:08 to go.

Devin Mockobee’s 2-yard TD and subsequent two-point conversion got Purdue within 23-15 with 3:06 remaining and Purdue got to the Northwestern 34 before Browne was intercepted for the second time.

–Field Level Media

Nov 11, 2023; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA;  Purdue Boilermakers wide receiver Deion Burks (4) celebrates with tight end George Burhenn (81) and wide receiver Jaron Tibbs (13) after scoring a touchdown against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the second half at Ross-Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue rolls past Minnesota to end losing skid

Hudson Card passed for three touchdowns, rushed for one and Purdue pulled away for a 49-30 win over visiting Minnesota in a Big Ten Conference matchup Saturday afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind.

Card completed 17 of 25 passes for 251 yards and three scores for Purdue (3-7, 2-5), which snapped a four-game losing streak and won for the first time since Sept. 30 against Illinois.

The Boilermakers’ Devin Mockobee finished with a game-high 153 rushing yards and a touchdown, and Tyrone Tracy Jr. finished with 122 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Purdue gained 353 yards on the ground.

Athan Kaliakmanis completed 18 of 42 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns for Minnesota (5-5, 3-4), which missed a chance to secure bowl eligibility for the second week in a row. Chris Autman-Bell, Brevyn Spann-Ford and Elijah Spencer had one touchdown catch apiece for the Golden Gophers.

Six players found the end zone for Purdue. Tracy, Card and Mockobee combined for four touchdowns on the ground. Deion Burks, Garrett Miller and T.J. Sheffield caught one touchdown pass apiece.

Purdue outgained Minnesota 604-407 in total yards.

The Boilermakers led 28-20 at halftime and outscored Minnesota 21-10 in the second half.

Minnesota opened the scoring on its first possession. Spann-Ford caught a 20-yard touchdown pass.

On the next drive, Card hit Miller for a 20-yard touchdown to even the score.

After Minnesota made a field goal, Purdue grabbed a 14-10 lead with 1:05 remaining in the first quarter. Card found Sheffield for a 24-yard touchdown.

Another Golden Gophers field goal cut the deficit to one point.

Purdue surged with back-to-back touchdowns to grab a 28-13 lead late in the first half. Tracy scored on an 8-yard run and Card scored on a 1-yard run.

Minnesota pulled within 28-20 with 16 seconds to go before halftime. Autman-Bell caught a 27-yard pass for his first touchdown of the season.

Burks caught a 42-yard touchdown pass for the only score of the third quarter. That increased Purdue’s lead to 35-20.

Mockobee made it 42-20 with a 6-yard rushing touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Minnesota settled for a field goal to pull within 42-23 with 10:38 to play.

Tracy tallied his second rushing touchdown, this time from 1 yard out, with 5:13 remaining.

Spencer capped the scoring for Minnesota with a 4-yard touchdown catch with 2:37 to go.

–Field Level Media

Nov 4, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive lineman Chris Collins (13) celebrates after recovering a fumble against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the second half at Huntington Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota meets Purdue again chasing bowl eligibility

After a heartbreaking loss, Minnesota once again will try to become bowl eligible when it visits Purdue on Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten Conference matchup in West Lafayette, Ind.

Minnesota (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten) is coming off a 27-26 defeat at home to Illinois last week. The Golden Gophers led in the final minutes before Illinois’ backup quarterback John Paddock entered the game in the final drive and completed all three of his passes, including one for a game-winning touchdown.

Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said his players could learn from the setback.

“We’ve got to play an entire game,” Fleck said. “And the whole thing with this team is, to this day, nine games in, and we still have not played a complete complementary football game yet.”

They will get another chance against Purdue (2-7, 1-5), which is mired in a four-game losing streak. The Boilermakers are coming off a 41-13 loss on the road against No. 3 Michigan.

Five of Purdue’s seven losses have come by double digits.

Boilermakers coach Ryan Walters acknowledged that his team has been eliminated from bowl contention, but he said there still is plenty of meaning in the remaining games.

“Everybody can count to six, right?” Walters said. “So the path to postseason play is not there. It breaks my heart for the seniors, the guys that have exhausted eligibility and this will be their last season.

“The message to the team (this week) was, ‘This is like a new season within a season.’ These last three games, for the guys that it will be the last time they will put on a uniform, to close out the right way. You’ll be remembered about the way you finished the season and the way you went out and fought and competed.

“And then for the guys that are coming back, it’s the start of a new season. How do you want practice to be run? How do you want the games to be played? How do you want next season to look? It’s got to show up in these next three games.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2023; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Purdue Boilermakers head coach Ryan Walters looks on before a game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue coach on Michigan scandal: ‘They aren’t allegations’

Purdue coach Ryan Walters was crystal clear when addressing the allegations circling the Michigan football program.

For the record, the NCAA is investigating the third-ranked Wolverines for violating rules regarding off-campus scouting of upcoming foes, with staff member Connor Stalions the alleged ringleader of a sign-stealing operation.

Michigan suspended Stalions with pay earlier this month, and head coach Jim Harbaugh denied knowledge of any wrongdoing.

“It’s unfortunate,” Walters said Thursday night on his radio show, two days ahead of the Boilermakers’ game against the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“What’s crazy is they weren’t allegations. It happened. There’s video evidence. There’s ticket purchases and sales that you can track back. We know for a fact that they were at a number of our games, so we’ve had to teach our guys a new language in terms of some signals and we will operate differently offensively … like you might see us in a huddle for the first time this season. So it is what it is, but we’re excited to go play, and I think it’ll make for a great story.”

Big Ten coaches expressed concerns with league commissioner Tony Petitti about Michigan’s alleged off-campus scouting on a conference call on Wednesday. Petitti is scheduled to meet with Michigan president Santa Ono on Friday morning.

–Field Level Media

Oct 7, 2023; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Purdue Boilermakers quarterback Hudson Card (1) throws a pass against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the first quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue rested and ready for Nebraska challenge

A rested Purdue team will attempt to take down a banged-up Nebraska squad when the Big Ten programs meet Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

The Boilermakers (2-5, 1-3) are coming off a bye after losing four of five, most recently by 34 points to No. 3 Ohio State on Oct. 14. The time off allowed Purdue to get healthy and refreshed for the stretch run.

“The buy-in is exactly what you want it to be,” first-year coach Ryan Walters said. “The guys that were dinged up are starting to look like themselves.”

The same can’t be said for Nebraska. The Cornhuskers (4-3, 2-2) beat Northwestern 17-9 at home last weekend for their second straight win, but it came at a cost with injuries to several key players — including three on the offensive line.

Guard Ethan Piper and tackle Turner Corcoran are out for the year, while guard Nouredin Nouili will miss multiple weeks. Same goes for top receiver Billy Kemp IV.

“We’re a pretty beat up team right now,” first-year coach Matt Rhule said. “We’ll have to have some guys step up.”

Nebraska’s defense has remained healthy, and it has showed on the field. The Huskers have allowed only 16 points in the past two games, and three of four Big Ten opponents have been held to 13 points or less.

Too bad their offense hasn’t capitalized, averaging only 18.7 points per game.

Purdue has scored only 21 total points in its last two games, with Texas transfer Hudson Card throwing for a season-low 126 yards last time out against the Buckeyes.

A win for Nebraska on Saturday would move it a game away from bowl eligibility for the first time since 2016. Purdue has to win four of its remaining five to avoid missing out on a bowl in a non-COVID season for the first time since 2019.

The Boilermakers lead 6-5 in the series, taking four of the last five meetings.

–Field Level Media

Sept. 9, 2023; Columbus, Oh., USA; 
Ohio State Buckeyes running back TreVeyon Henderson (32) was all smiles after scoring a touchdown during the second half of Saturday's NCAA Division I football game agaisnt the Youngstown State Penguins at Ohio Stadium.

No. 3 Ohio State seeks ‘Indiana sweep’ at Purdue

Ohio State wants its third trip to the state of Indiana this season to be as successful as the first two when the No. 3 Buckeyes visit West Lafayette to play upset-minded Purdue on Saturday.

In a quirk of the schedule for the Buckeyes (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten), the matchup against the Boilermakers (2-4, 1-2) means they will have played as many games in their neighboring state as in Columbus so far this season.

Ohio State already owns victories in Bloomington against Indiana and South Bend against Notre Dame.

Logic suggests the Buckeyes will make it a sweep against a Purdue team still trying to find traction under first-year coach Ryan Walters, who replaced Jeff Brohm when he left for his alma mater, Louisville, after six seasons with the Boilermakers.

Purdue is coming off a 20-14 loss at Iowa in which quarterback Hudson Card was sacked six times and threw two interceptions. Walters said he and his staff need to put Card in better positions to succeed.

“We can also help him out in that area and give him better answers and put him in scenarios where the ball is designed to get out quick,” Walters said. “That’s one of the things that we’ve looked at, that we need to adapt and adjust to give our quarterback the best chance to be successful on Saturdays.”

Meanwhile, Ohio State’s once-dynamic offense failed to score a first-half touchdown for the second straight game and needed a pick-six by safety Josh Proctor to rally for a 10-10 halftime score before the Buckeyes prevailed 37-17 against Maryland last Saturday.

The Buckeyes totaled 142 yards in the first half. For the game, they rushed for only 62 yards while averaging 1.9 yards per carry.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day said the running game is not up to the Buckeyes’ standards.

“This is the expectation. I get it,” he said. “Nobody wants to run the ball more than me. We’ve just got to execute it better. We have to coach it better, and that starts with me.”

Team leading rusher TreVeyon Henderson missed the game due to an undisclosed injury, but Day said Tuesday that he expects him to be available Saturday.

Ohio State is nearly a three-touchdown favorite, but history says don’t count out the Boilermakers.

The last time Ohio State visited, in 2018, the unranked Boilermakers humiliated then-coach Urban Meyer’s second-ranked team 49-20. The lone loss of the season for the Buckeyes kept them out of the College Football Playoff.

Walters is embracing that upset and said it was addressed at a team meeting Tuesday.

“We’ve got some creative ways to just kind of give the history of this game and what it meant the last time they were here,” he said. “So they’ll definitely be aware.”

Proctor, Xavier Johnson and Matthew Jones are the only current Ohio State players who were on the 2018 team.

“It means a lot,” Proctor said of returning to Purdue. “I haven’t been back since, so I’m definitely looking forward to that one.”

The Boilermakers have won five of eight at home against the Buckeyes since 2000.

–Field Level Media

Wisconsin Badgers running back Chez Mellusi (1) is tackled by Purdue Boilermakers defensive back Marquis Wilson (16) and Purdue Boilermakers defensive back Dillon Thieneman (31) during the NCAA football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.

Wisconsin ground game piles up 4 TDs in dropping Purdue

Tanner Mordecai and Braelon Allen rushed for two touchdowns apiece, and Wisconsin pulled away for a 38-17 win over host Purdue in a Big Ten Conference opener for both teams Friday night in West Lafayette, Ind.

Mordecai completed 17 of 27 passes for 174 yards and one interception in addition to gaining 58 yards on the ground for Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0). Allen finished with 16 carries for 116 yards.

Hudson Card completed 21 of 38 passes for 202 yards but threw two interceptions for Purdue (1-3, 0-1). Card and Tyrone Tracy Jr. scored one rushing touchdown apiece for the Boilermakers.

Wisconsin jumped to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

The Badgers struck first on a 14-yard quarterback keeper by Mordecai early in the first quarter.

Mordecai scored again, this time on a dive to the front left pylon, to make it 14-0 with 3:26 to go in the first quarter. It was the senior’s second rushing touchdown of the game and the eighth of his career.

Purdue pulled within 14-3 in the final minute of the first quarter on a 34-yard field goal by redshirt freshman Julio Macias.

Wisconsin carried a 21-3 lead into the half thanks to a 14-yard rushing touchdown by Allen.

On the first possession of the second half, Nathanial Vakos connected on a 38-yard field goal to increase the Badgers’ lead to 24-3.

The Boilermakers cut the deficit to 24-10 on Tracy’s 19-yard rushing touchdown with 8:42 left in the third quarter. Tracy cut toward the right sideline and evaded a defender for the score.

Vakos made another field goal, this time from 22 yards, to make it 27-10 with 3:54 to go in the third quarter.

Card helped Purdue pull within 27-17 on a 6-yard rushing touchdown as time expired in the third quarter.

Vakos drilled a 48-yard field goal to make it 30-17 with 12:52 to go.

Wisconsin capped the scoring on Allen’s 4-yard rushing touchdown with 3:35 remaining. Mordecai caught a pass on a trick play for a two-point conversion.

–Field Level Media

Sep 9, 2023; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange defensive lineman Caleb Okechukwu (4) and defensive back Alijah Clark (5) and defensive back Jason Simmons Jr. (14) reacts to a play against the Western Michigan Broncos during the second half at the JMA Wireless Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse braces for stiff challenge from Purdue

Syracuse has been impressive through the first two weeks of the season, but a stiff challenge awaits Saturday when the Orange travel to take on Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Orange (2-0) trounced Colgate 65-0 on Sept. 2 and whipped Western Michigan 48-7 last Saturday. They are third nationally in scoring offense, trailing only Oregon and USC, and their defense has been stout, as well. No team has yielded fewer points per game than Syracuse (3.5), which has recorded a defensive touchdown in each of its first two games.

That is particularly noteworthy because Purdue (1-1) is one of only nine FBS teams that has yet to commit a turnover this season.

The Boilermakers outlasted Virginia Tech and Mother Nature — there was a weather-related delay of nearly 5 1/2 hours — in last weekend’s 24-17 road triumph. But Purdue first-year coach Ryan Walters certainly won’t be satisfied with one early-season victory.

“The goal was never to get just the first one. It’s to get them every week,” Walters said. “I didn’t put any added pressure going into Week 2 with dropping Week 1. Preparation and the routine week in and week out is going to be the same no matter who we’re playing or what’s at stake.”

Hudson Card has two passing touchdowns and a rushing score thus far this season for Purdue, while running back Devin Mockobee has found the end zone in each of the first two games.

“The guy is good, there’s no doubt about it,” Orange coach Dino Babers said of Card, a transfer from Texas. “He will be the best quarterback we face so far.”

Of course, Syracuse has a formidable two-man attack of its own. Garrett Shrader enters this one with 543 passing yards and five touchdowns (plus a running score), while LeQuint Allen has averaged 5.3 yards per carry with four TDs on the ground.

Syracuse won last season’s meeting with Purdue, 32-29, as the teams combined for 42 fourth-quarter points. Shrader finished with three passing touchdowns, two coming to Oronde Gadsden II, who injured his foot last weekend and is questionable for Saturday’s clash.

–Field Level Media

Sep 9, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Dorian Strong (44) attempts to tackle Purdue Boilermakers running back Devin Mockobee (45) but he could not stop the dive into the end zone in the first quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue overcomes lengthy weather delay to down Virginia Tech

Hudson Card went 23-of-34 passing for 248 yards to lead Purdue to a 24-17 win over at Virginia Tech on Saturday at Blacksburg, Va., in a game mired by a weather delay of more than five hours.

Devin Mockobee rushed for 95 yards on 21 carries for Purdue (1-1).

With the game tied at 17-17, Purdue took a 24-17 lead with eight minutes remaining after a 2-yard touchdown run by Card, which finished off a 13-play, 74-yard drive.

Virginia Tech (1-1) took over at its own 9-yard line with 2:30 remaining and inserted backup quarterback Kyron Drones into the game to replace starter Grant Wells, and Drones helped the Hokies drive down to the Purdue 42-yard line.

But the drive stalled on downs and Purdue took over with 1:16 remaining.

A 20-yard run by Mockobee gave the Boilermakers a first down and allowed them to run out the clock.

Purdue took the opening kickoff and struck first, going 75 yards in nine plays and taking a 7-0 lead with 11:26 left in the first quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run by Mockobee.

With 5:50 left in the first quarter and Purdue with the ball, the delay started and the game didn’t resume until 6:15 p.m., which turned out to be a 5-hour, 27-minute delay.

The Boilermakers picked up where they left off when the game resumed, taking a 10-0 lead on a 43-yard field goal by Ben Freehill and then going up 17-0 on a 21-yard touchdown run by Tyrone Tracy with 12:39 left in the second quarter.

But Virginia Tech responded with 17 straight points to tie the game at 17-17 at halftime.

Wells hit Bhayshul Tuten for a 30-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-5 to make it 17-7, and then following a 41-yard field goal by John Love, Wells hit Jaylin Lane for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining until halftime.

–Field Level Media