Boilermakers Blast SEMO, 59-0
(AP) Robert Marve threw a touchdown pass and was nearly perfect in his return from a knee injury to help Purdue beat Southeast Missouri State 59-0 on Saturday. Marve had been out since tearing the ACL in his left knee early last season. He entered the game in the second quarter and completed 7 of 8 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Boilermakers (2-1) scored on all three of his possessions. Starter Caleb TerBush completed 14 of 17 passes for 143 yards. The Boilermakers rushed for 393 yards and had 627 yards of total offense, compared to 153 for Football Championship Subdivision member Southeast Missouri State (0-2). Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
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FINAL: Purdue got 394 yards on the ground, led by Akeem Shavers and Ralph Bolden, to beat Southeast Missouri State 59-0 on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. Shavers ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns and Bolden added 58 yards and two touchdowns to pace Purdue (2-1). The Boilermakers operated their air game to perfection in dismantling the Redhawks’ defense. Purdue’s air attack couldn’t be contained, as it torched Southeast Missouri State for 233 yards and one touchdown. Home run plays keyed the Boilermakers’ scoring attack. Purdue had seven plays of 20 yards or more on its way to victory. The Boilermakers added to the highlight reel when Brandon Cottom ran 27 yards with 3:14 left in the fourth quarter. The big gainer was part of a 10-play drive capped off when Akeem Hunt pounded in a three-yard touchdown run. That gave Purdue a 59-0 lead. The Boilermakers’ Caleb TerBush went 14 of 17 through the air for a total of 142 yards. He also threw no interceptions. TerBush looked for Justin Siller often. He hauled in five catches for 60 yards. Matt Scheible threw for 60 yards while completing seven of 16 passes for the Redhawks. He also threw one interception. Southeast Missouri State racked up 154 total yards, including 65 yards passing while completing eight of 19 attempts. The Redhawks’ ran for just 89 yards on 41 attempts.
FOURTH QUARTER: Purdue ran for 160 yards in the fourth quarter and the Boilermakers kept the game out of reach for a 59-0 victory over Southeast Missouri State. Purdue expanded its lead to 52-0 thanks to an 11-play, 83-yard drive that ended when Akeem Hunt turned a handoff into a 13-yard touchdown. The Boilermakers looked exclusively to the run game. Purdue added to its advantage when Hunt ran three yards to paydirt, capping off an eight-play, 80-yard drive to give the Boilermakers the lead, 59-0. The ground game accounted for every yard.
THIRD QUARTER: Purdue racked up 61 rushing yards in the third quarter and the Boilermakers now lead 45-0. Purdue made its lead 45-0 when Antavian Edison pounded in a 15-yard touchdown run on the last play of an eight-play, 68-yard drive. The Boilermakers kept the ball on the ground during the drive, throwing only one pass. Purdue will start the fourth quarter with possession on its 20-yard line.
SECOND QUARTER: Purdue put up 21 points of offense in the second and the Boilermakers now lead 38-0. Purdue finished with 101 yards through the air and 71 on the ground in the quarter. The Boilermakers opened up a lead, 24-0, after Ralph Bolden pounded in a one-yard touchdown run to end an eight-play, 37-yard drive. Waynelle Gravesande’s punt return to the Southeast Missouri State 37-yard line set up Purdue’s drive with good field position. Pass plays were an afterthought for the Boilermakers, as Purdue threw just two. The Boilermakers made their lead 31-0 when Robert Marve found Gary Bush open for a five-yard touchdown pass on the last play of an eight-play, 70-yard drive. Purdue expanded its lead to 38-0 thanks to five-play, 55-yard drive that ended when Bolden ran seven yards to paydirt. Southeast Missouri State will get the ball to start the second half.
FIRST QUARTER: Purdue’s offense looked sharp in the first quarter, scoring 17 points and the Boilermakers lead 17-0 at the end of the first quarter. Purdue executed a balanced offensive attack in the quarter, finishing with 114 yards passing and 102 yards rushing. The Boilermakers got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a six-play, 42-yard drive that ended in a score when Carson Wiggs kicked a 19-yard field goal, putting Purdue on top, 3-0. Southeast Missouri State failed to convert on fourth-and-1, which put the Boilermakers at the Redhawks’ 44-yard line to open the drive. Pass plays were an afterthought for Purdue, as the Boilermakers threw just one pass. Purdue added to its advantage when Akeem Shavers turned a handoff into an eight-yard touchdown, capping off a seven-play, 61-yard drive to give the Boilermakers the lead, 10-0. Purdue’s rushing attack finished with just two carries. The Boilermakers expanded their lead to 17-0 thanks to seven-play, 59-yard drive that ended when Shavers ran one yard to paydirt. Southeast Missouri State will start the second quarter with the ball on its 17-yard line.