Michigan's next opponent, Purdue, knocks off Missouri and could be for real


Michigan's next opponent, Purdue, knocks off Missouri and could be for real

- Purdue held Missouri to 2-for-11 on third down.

The Missouri-Purdue football series is as old as Babe Ruth, J. Edgar Hoover, Buster Keaton and professional football in the United States, which included only 44 states when the Tigers and Boilermakers first kicked off on October 19, 1895.

As usual, Purdue used a two-quarterback system, and both played well.

Sindelar was efficient, too, completing 4 of 6 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. On the season, Blough is completing over 75-percent of his passes for around 10 yards per attempt.

Nine Purdue players had at least one rush, with Tario Fuller carrying 19 times for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Blough led the Boilermakers to touchdowns on their first three drives in a 35-3 victory. In the second quarter, Missouri committed penalties on four straight plays - three false starts and a holding infraction.

By all accounts, it had been a good week of practice. The first pick the junior quarterback threw, which came at the 14:24 mark of the second quarter, was destined for Purdue cornerback Markus Bailey the second the ball came out of Lock's hand. Missed tackles and loose zone coverages gave Purdue ample opportunities to put points on the board, and the Boilermakers took advantage.

After a fiery, lectern-pounding postgame press conference last week, Odom was somber and subdued Saturday. The Boilermakers targeted 13 different pass catchers, with freshman receiver Jackson Anthrop leading the way.

Missouri: The only positive for Missouri was the play of Corey Fatoney, who averaged 48.2 yards per punt and killed four of them inside the Purdue 20-yard line.

Missouri's futile performance leaves Barry Odom and his staff with an enormous amount of work to do ahead of next week's matchup in Columbia against the No. 15 Auburn Tigers.