Purdue Football

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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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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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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Though two teams were selected to play in this year's Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee, for all intents and purposes, the Auburn Tigers were the only team to show up. 

From the opening drive where Auburn quarterback Jerrett Stidham completed a 66-yard pass for a touchdown, it was clear that Purdue was in for a long game.

Stidham carved up the Boilermaker secondary for five touchdowns and 373 yards -- and that was in just a single half of play. But that one half was an offensive outpouring college bowl games have never seen before.

The Purdue football team (6-6) plays Auburn (7-5) in this year's Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Here are some photos from pregame warmups.

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Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm has decided to stay in West Lafayette. Brohm, who'd been rumored as the top pick to fill the coaching vacancy at his alma mater, the University of Louisville, quashed those stories Wednesday by announcing he'd remain at the helm of Purdue's program. Brohm's teams have reached a bowl game each of his first two seasons, but he's still just 13-and-12 as the Boilermakers' coach.

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While he was governor, Mitch Daniels talked a lot about reversing Indiana’s worrying “brain drain” trend. A dismal number of Hoosiers complete college, and many who do venture outside the state to make their way in the world. But now Purdue’s President has a plan for “brain gain.” We ask him about it on this month’s edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels.

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For the second year in a row (and only the second time ever) the Boilermakers and Hoosiers met at the end of their respective seasons with only the other standing in the way of a possible bowl berth (oh, and possession of the Old Oaken Bucket). And once again Purdue emerged victorious, winning 28-21. 

"With all this team has been through, our guys have continued to work hard no matter what was ahead or behind," Purdue Head Coach Jeff Brohm said after the game.

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All seniors want to end on a high note, to go out on top. But, needing a win to become bowl eligible, even a good performance from a senior and a freshman weren't enough Saturday, as Purdue's football team fell 47-44 to Wisconsin in triple overtime.

Fifth year quarterback David Bough had an exceptional performance in his final home game, going 31-48 passing for 386 yards and four touchdowns. He moved to third all-time in total completions in Purdue history, and had his team in position to win, up 27-13 with fewer than ten minutes to go in the game.

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