WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.– Purdue looked for their first win of the season, facing Eastern Michigan as a 17-point favorite. Dreary weather put a damper on that, causing 5 Purdue fumbles, as the Boilermakers fell 20-19.
After a three-and-out in their first possession, Purdue started to find an early rhythm. A 9 play, 72-yard drive took the Boilers down to the 12-yard line. They had to settle for a field goal, leading 3-0.
One play from Eastern Michigan after the field goal put the Boilers behind 7-3.
Purdue’s offense put together another successful drive late in the 1st quarter. Unfortunately, they had to settle for 3 points once more. Highlighted by a 53-yard rush from the electrifying Rondale Moore, Purdue set up shop on the 16-yard line. After Spencer Evans knocked it through, Purdue trailed 7-6.
With the first half dwindling down, Purdue gained momentum. The Boilermakers went 9 plays and 87-yards, capping off the drive with a touchdown. Elijah Sindelar completed a little shovel pass to Markell Jones, putting Purdue up 12-7. The PAT was no good due to poor field conditions.
Purdue’s momentum did not continue into the second half, giving Eastern Michigan many chances to win. Purdue trailed 17-12 with under 8:00 left, after allowing a touchdown. However, the Boilers finally started rolling thanks to D.J. Knox.
Knox burned the EMU secondary on a 45-yard touchdown rush. Purdue went up 19-12 in position to hopefully hold on and win.
On Eastern Michigan’s drive following the Purdue touchdown, DE Kai Higgins came through big. Higgins intercepted the ball, giving Purdue the ball back on the 20. The game looked to be sealed after his game-changing play. That was until another three-and-out and missed field goal attempt.
Eastern Michigan had one drive to come back and utilized every second of it. The Eagles ran 15 plays, tallying 72-yards, eating up the clock. Purdue’s defense could not get a stop without being penalized. This led to a chip shot 24-yard field goal as time expired. EMU hit the field goal, winning 20-19.
Despite the loss, Purdue’s ground game was second to none. D.J. Knox led the way with 21 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown. Markell Jones added 12 carries for 109 yards. The Boilers totaled 42 carries for 341 yards and a touchdown.
Up Next for the Boilers
Purdue hopes to get their 1st win next Saturday. The Boilers host Missouri at 7:30 PM ET on the Big Ten Network.