Casey Abbett

Sports Intern

Hi, my name is Casey Abbett and I am from LaCrosse Indiana. I am a freshman at Purdue University and planning to major in mass communications. I am a sports intern for WBAA.

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Early in the preseason, a matchup between Northwestern and Purdue in early November might have been thought of as a must-watch game, with serious implications for the Big Ten West standings.

Fast forward to Saturday and the two teams have played like anything but contenders -- both having been plagued with injuries and misfortune all season long.

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The Purdue Men's basketball team is now 1-0 on the season after a 79-57 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay -- a question easily answered after the unveiling of the team's 24th Big Ten regular season championship banner, commemorating a 2018-2019 season that went better than almost anyone predicted.

Now come the harder questions for Head Coach Matt Painter's team.

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When it rains, it pours. It rained from start to finish on the Boilermaker football team Saturday, and it was the Illinois Fighting Illini that poured it on from beginning to end.

With the storm grounding the Boilermaker offense and the defense ill-equipped to stop an Illinois team picking up momentum, Purdue fell to Illinois for the first time in three tries, 24-6 -- even though the Illini gained just 26 yards through the air.

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After a strong performance last weekend from the Boilermaker football team in a win over Maryland, the squad failed to capitalize Saturday on several opportunities to beat a ranked opponent on the road for the first time in nearly a decade.

After a questionable onside kick attempt late in the game failed, Iowa turned a short field into a touchdown that sealed an eventual 26-20 victory.

It's common on a crisp afternoon in early fall for the gusts blowing across Ross-Ade Stadium to travel as fast as 30 mph.

But it had been a foul wind blowing against the Purdue football team in the weeks leading up to its breezy homecoming game against the Maryland Terrapins Saturday.

The Purdue team that took the field -- still with many freshmen seeing significant minutes -- looked more experienced than the group that was overmatched in last week's loss to Penn State. When the final horn blew on this day, Purdue emerged victorious 40-14.

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The Purdue football team faced a perfect storm of unfortunate circumstances in their game Saturday. Both of their best offensive players were out with injuries. The weakest pass defense in the confrence went up against a strong air attack. And a generally inexperienced team with ten freshman in the starting lineup was forced to try to pick up the slack.

All of those challenges, compounded with a road trip to the home of the 12th-ranked team in college football in Penn State. As a result, Purdue was dominated 35-7 by the Nittany Lions.

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Saturday began with literal dark clouds hanging over Ross-Ade Stadium. By the time night fell, the Purdue Boilermakers football season was under a dark cloud of its own after a loss to Minnesota.

Injuries to two offensive starters, the resulting exploitation of a lack of depth and experience and a comeback that came up short all factored into a 38-31 defeat. 

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Purdue's leading tackler and defensive captain was lost to a season-ending knee injuree in practice earlier this week.

The team's senior starting quartertback -- a question mark all week -- was kept out of the game due to a consussion.

So perhaps it was little surprise that, playing another team from a Power Five conference, the Boilermakers proved not to have nearly enough to keep pace with TCU Saturday night, losing to the Horned Frogs 34-13.

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Following a meltdown loss in their opening game last week, the Purdue football team returned home to Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday and registered not just a win, but the highest reported attendance for an opening game since 2008.

Just more than 50,000 people saw the Boilers beat Vanderbilt 42-24, though the game still left unanswered questions for Coach Jeff Brohm's team, primarily in the rushing game.

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In football, the only time a team really needs the lead is when the clock runs out. 

Purdue didn't trail Nevada at any point in the first 59:57 of the game Friday. And yet it's the Wolf Pack who've started the year 1-0.

It was the Boilermakers' first true road season opener since 2015 -- and the welcome was not warm from Nevada freshman kicker  Brandon Talton, whose 56-yard field goal as time expired sealed a 34-31 comeback win.

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