1st quarter recap: Purdue 0, Illinois 0

The teams combined for no points and two turnovers in an ugly first quarter and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Illinois will start the second quarter with the ball on its own 32-yard line.

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More on this game from BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart:

Player on the spot: Purdue QB Robert Marve. The guy is remarkable, starting the last two games for an ineffective Caleb TerBush despite having a torn ACL. Marve led the Boilermakers to a 27-24 win at Iowa last Saturday that kept faint bowl hopes alive. The sixth-year senior played his best game of the year when it mattered most by hitting 25-of-33 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Hawkeyes. Purdue must win its last two games to get to 6-6. And with the inspirational play of Marve, the Boilers may get one step closer playing an Illinois team that is reeling with seven defeats in a row.

Key matchup: Purdue defensive line vs. Illinois offensive line. The Boilermaker front has some top talent in tackles Kawann Short and Bruce Gaston, along with end Ryan Russell. The Fighting Illini o-line has been a mess most of the season. Purdue brings some mojo into the game, holding Iowa to just 74 yards rushing last week. If Illinois can’t get a push and protect, it will have little chance.

Key number: 16.9, Illinois’ scoring average. That ranks 118th in the nation. The only schools in America that are more anemic are Kentucky (16.4) and Idaho (15.4). In Big Ten games, the Illini average 10.5 points.

Key note: Tim Beckman went 1-1 vs. Purdue when he was head coach of Toledo. But Purdue has four of its last six trips to Champaign.

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Julie Reed on 11/17/2012 @ 4:08pm EDT Said:

I’m in Fort Wayne Indiana, why isn’t the Purdue game on 585 or 85 like it’s supposed to be ???!!!!

    BTN Communications on 11/17/2012 @ 4:18pm EDT Said:

    Hi Julie – We are working on this now. Hopefully things should be fixed soon. We are so sorry for the trouble!

mmyers on 11/17/2012 @ 4:11pm EDT Said:

purdue is not showing on fios channel 330

    BTN Communications on 11/17/2012 @ 4:14pm EDT Said:

    We are aware of the issue and working with the cable providers to get it fixed right now. So sorry for the inconvenience.

John on 11/17/2012 @ 4:26pm EDT Said:

PU IL is not on comcast 692 in Grand Rapids MI as listed.

No Purdue on Cleveland/Mentor OH TimeWarner on 11/17/2012 @ 4:28pm EDT Said:

Cleveland/Mentor TimeWarner, too! Go Purdue!

Robert Anderson on 11/17/2012 @ 4:32pm EDT Said:

Purdue is not on Comcast 714 as advertised. As this is happening on mant carriers, looks to me like a BTN problem! BoilerBob

    BTN Communications on 11/17/2012 @ 4:35pm EDT Said:

    We are currently working to get this resolved as soon as possible. We are so sorry for the inconvenience, Robert.

ekahrig on 11/17/2012 @ 4:35pm EDT Said:

Not on Comcast in Arlington, VA either. GameFinder doesn’t work if the game isn’t on any channels…

Alison on 11/17/2012 @ 4:45pm EDT Said:

We can’t watch the game on 692 as advertised!! Not happy!!

    BTN Communications on 11/17/2012 @ 4:48pm EDT Said:

    We are working to get the issue resolved as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks for your patience.

Gene Keady on 11/17/2012 @ 4:47pm EDT Said:

No purdue game on COMCAST 714 in Virginia.

Fred Akers on 11/17/2012 @ 4:50pm EDT Said:

I am trying to watch Purdue top my best season as a coach. However, it is not on my local BTN feed?

    BTN Communications on 11/17/2012 @ 4:54pm EDT Said:

    We are aware of the issue and we are working to resolve the issue as soon as we can. Sorry for the inconvenience, Fred.

Joe Tiller on 11/17/2012 @ 4:51pm EDT Said:

Any chance I can get the Purdue feed? I am trying to record Danny Hope’s second to last game as a head coach?

Purdue Pete on 11/17/2012 @ 4:56pm EDT Said:

How about providing an ETA on getting the game on!

    BTN Communications on 11/17/2012 @ 5:20pm EDT Said:

    Hi Purdue Pete – The issue should now be fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience and let us know if you are still experiencing issues.

Laura on 11/17/2012 @ 5:02pm EDT Said:

ILLINOIS-Purdue game also not showing on VerizonFiOS channel 330 here in New York. A call to Verizon Tech support confirmed it is the BTN feed. Fix it guys, I want to see my ILLINI.

Judge Schmails on 11/17/2012 @ 5:07pm EDT Said:

Well….we’re waiting….

Rodney on 11/17/2012 @ 5:10pm EDT Said:

Come on, while we’re young!

    BTN Communications on 11/17/2012 @ 5:19pm EDT Said:

    Hi Rodney – The issue should now be resolved. Please let us know if you are still experiencing issues. Thanks for your patience.

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