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Dienhart: My snap reactions to afternoon games

Earlier Saturday, I offered my snap reactions from the Big Ten’s first four games. With the afternoon games now in the books, it’s time to share what I learned from Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin’s wins. Nebraska and Purdue cruised to victory, however Iowa and Wisconsin both received stiff tests that went down to the wire. See my snap reactions from the afternoon games in this post. Purdue 48, Eastern Kentucky 6 1. Moments before the game, Purdue announced that starting quarterback Caleb TerBush was suspended for the game. No problem. Robert Marve took over and looked like an All-American

Purdue rolls E. Kentucky, 48-6

Robert Marve passed for a career-high 295 yards and matched a career best with three touchdowns to help Purdue defeat Eastern Kentucky 48-6 on Saturday in both teams’ season opener. Marve started because previously declared starter Caleb TerBush was suspended one game for violating team rules. He hadn’t thrown three touchdowns since 2008, when he was the starter at Miami. Akeem Shavers ran for 74 yards and O.J. Ross caught eight passes for 71 yards. Purdue gained 542 yards against coach Danny Hope’s alma mater, where he was the head coach from 2003 to 2007. The Boilermakers held Football Championship

3rd Quarter Recap: Purdue 41, E. Kentucky 6

Purdue held Eastern Kentucky to 28 total yards during the third quarter and the Boilermakers continue to hold a commanding 41-6 lead. Purdue sniffed out the Colonels’ rushing attack in the quarter, holding Eastern Kentucky to 17 rush yards. The Boilermakers expanded their lead to 41-6 thanks to an eight-play, 88-yard drive that ended when Robert Marve and Gabe Holmes hooked up for an eight-yard touchdown. Purdue’s Marve hit 200 yards passing for the game in the quarter, part of his 290-yard passing performance thus far. The Colonels will start the fourth quarter with the ball on the Boilermakers’ 25-yard

2nd Quarter Recap: Purdue 34 , E. Kentucky 6

Purdue looks to be in control of the game as it leads 34-6 at the end of the second quarter. The Boilermakers opened up the lead, 20-0, after marching down the field for an eight-play, 45-yard drive that ended when Kurt Freytag pounded in a seven-yard touchdown run. Eastern Kentucky made the score 20-6 after Matt Denham ran 30 yards to paydirt to finish off a 75-yard drive. Jared McClain’s 24-yard pass to Cameron Bailey took the Colonels from the 46 and across midfield to ignite the drive. Purdue made its lead 27-6 when Robert Marve threw a 13-yard touchdown

1st Quarter Recap: Purdue 13, E. Kentucky 0

The offense led Purdue to 13 first-quarter points, and the Boilermakers lead 13-0 at the end of the first quarter. Purdue finished with 75 yards through the air and 94 on the ground in the quarter. The Boilermakers got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a five-play, 87-yard drive that ended in a score when Robert Marve found Gary Bush open for a four-yard touchdown pass. Purdue made the score 13-0 when Landon Feichter intercepted a Jared McClain pass and returned it for a touchdown. The Boilermakers will start the second quarter with good field position on No. 21 Eastern

Dienhart: Week 1 To Answer My Big Ten Questions

This is the first edition of a new weekly post where I will look at one key question for each team in a piece called: 12 Teams, 12 Questions. I’ll roll these out every Tuesday and look forward to hearing what you think about your team and your team’s games. Remember: Minnesota plays Thursday, Michigan State plays Friday, and the rest play Saturday. Our Big Ten football scoreboard will be a handy bookmark, but also stay in touch with me on Twitter all week and during games. I’m @BTNTomDienhart and I love to hear from readers. Illinois: The Western Michigan