Purdue Crushes Lifeless Missouri, Earns 2nd Win

Josiah Schueneman, 23 Sports Reporter

There has been lots of energy around Purdue, especially it’s football team after hiring their first-year coach Jeff Brohm. Unfortunately for Missouri, it seems as if the opposite has occurred in Barry Odom’s second season as head coach. The Boilermakers dismantled the Tigers 35-3 on Saturday and are now just one win short of last season’s total in Big Ten play. Purdue surrendered the fewest points since their 59-0 victory in 2011 against Southeast Missouri State.

For Missouri,they have scored a grand total of 16 points in their last two games, this coming after after lighting up Missouri State for 72 points in week one. They had just 203 total yards against Purdue’s defense.

Purdue yet again used two quarterbacks in this game, and both performed well. David Blough completed 22 of 28 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown. Elijah Sindelar completed 4 of 6 passes for 85 yards and one touchdown. Tario Fuller carried 19 times for 90 yards and one touchdown. The Boilermaker offense scored touchdowns on its first three drives as they led 28-3 at halftime.

Missouri’s offense seemed lifeless, and it was well-exemplified when they committed four consecutive penalties, three false starts and holding, in the second quarter. Drew Lock had another subpar performance as he completed 12 of 28 passes for 133 yards and two interceptions.

The Tiger defense struggled mightily fore the third week in a row. Poor tackling and missed assignments seemed to be a common theme throughout the game and has been that way for the first three games. They have given up 109 points in three games this season.

Purdue would continue to dominate in the second half, when Markus Bailey picked off Drew Lock on the sidelines on the Tigers opening drive. The Boilermakers capped it off on their ensuing drive with David Blough throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to Richie Worship.

In a game filled with disappointment for Missouri, the only highlight was Corey Fatoney. He averaged 48.2 yards per punt and downed four of his punts inside Purdue’s 20-yard line. They will be back home next weekend when they play host to Auburn.