David Blough

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The Purdue Boilermakers traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska Saturday to try to double their win total on the year. Their opponent, Nebraska, had not won a game since they beat the Boilermakers 25-24 last year.

The Cornhuskers did themselves no favors trying to secure their first win on the season. They are one of the most penalized teams in the country, averaging 10 a game. On this day they had 11 for 136 yards, many coming on crucial plays -- plays that ultimately made the difference in a 42-28 Purdue victory.

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At the beginning of this game, many predicted it wouldn't be very close. Few outside of the Boilermaker faithful thought it would be a Homecoming game to remember. Boston College had just moved into college football's top 25 (No. 23) and had outscored all of its opponents by a wide margin. 

Someone failed to tell that to the Boilermaker defense, which held Eagles running back, and preseason ACC Player of the Year candidate AJ Dillon to just 59 rushing yards, and anchored a 30-13 win.

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Just how badly has the 2018 season started for the Purdue football team?

In their first three games, the Boilermakers have been outscored by a total of eight points.  They're 0-3.

The last two of those losses have come on field goals tried in the final five or fewer seconds of the 4th quarter.

And even Northwestern found a way to add insult to Purdue's season Saturday. Two weeks after a season-opening win over the Boilermakers, the Wildcats became the first Big Ten Conference team since 1894 to lose to Akron.

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The same guy who threw a bowl game-saving touchdown on the final drive of last season started the 2018 season opener for the Purdue football team. But he was not the guy who finished the game for the Boilermakers.

Elijah Sindelar threw three first half interceptions, two on head-shaking mental mistakes, Northwestern talled 21 points off of those turnovers, and the Boilermakers couldn't recover as a rare season-opening Big Ten game went to the Wildcats 31-27 Thursday night at Ross-Ade Stadium.

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In his season-ending locker room speech to the Purdue football team last year at Bloomington's Memorial Stadium, athletic director Morgan Burke told the team's returning players 2014 would be the last time they wouldn't be playing in a bowl game.

That timetable will have to wait at least one more year.

Illinois ended the Boilermakers' bowl game hopes with a 48-14 victory Saturday, ensuring Purdue cannot get to the six wins necessary for postseason consideration, even if they win all their remaining games.

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On Halloween every year, people dressed in costume do things they don't ordinarily do. So perhaps it should have been expected that several dozen people dressed as Purdue Boilermakers would deliver the first home, Big Ten Conference win of the Darrell Hazell era on October 31.

Purdue came in with one of the worst rush defenses in the Big Ten and one of the worst rush offenses, and yet they both outgained rush-happy Nebraska on the ground and allowed fewer rushing yards than the Huskers en route to a 55-45 victory.

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At least most of the student body wasn't around to see this.

In front of a crowd diminished by Purdue's fall break and much smaller than the announced figure of 33,780, the Boilermakers again failed to secure their first Big Ten Conference home win in the Darrell Hazell era, losing to Minnesota 41-13.

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During the first quarter of Saturday’s Purdue-Bowling Green matchup, things didn’t look promising. Right out of the gate, the Falcons executed an uninterrupted 14-play drive that put the team up seven points just four minutes into the game.

However, Purdue answered back. Junior linebacker Andy Garcia recovered a fumble, beginning a drive that culminated with quarterback David Blough -- who'd taken over as the starter for the turnover-prone Austin Appleby - plunging into the end zone to tie the game.