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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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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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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.

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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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They say you are only as good as your last game. And if that were the case, many people would have assumed that Purdue would have been the favorite in Saturday's football matchup against Michigan State.

However, the team that thrashed then#2 Ohio State last week was a far cry from the team that took the field in East Lansing. Instead, the Boilermakers looked more like the team that started the year with three straight losses, and never led in a 23-13 letdown.

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On a crisp autumn night 60,000 freezing college football fans piled into Ross-Ade Stadium. 

Some were expecting a blowout.

A hopeful few wanted at least a shootout.

And on a brisk night, the shock of the temperature getting as low as 38 degrees (with a wind chill registering even lower thanks to 18 mile per hour winds) was little compared to the shock of the Purdue Boilermakers coming up with a 49-20 victory over one of the best teams in the nation. 

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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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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.