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Purdue edges Middle Tennessee 27-24
By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer Sunday, Sep 4, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP)—Caleb TerBush passed for 219 yards in his first start and threw the game-winning touchdown pass in the final minute to help Purdue beat Middle Tennessee State 27-24 on Saturday in the opener for both teams.

Purdue, trailing 24-20, got a late stop to earn a shot at the win, and TerBush led the Boilermakers 85 yards in 11 plays. His 35-yard touchdown pass to Antavian Edison came with 49 seconds left.

Middle Tennessee went for the tie as time expired, but Purdue’s Ricardo Allen blocked a 47-yard field-goal attempt by Alan Gendreau. Allen had fumbled on a punt return early in the game that led to a Middle Tennessee score.

Purdue’s Ralph Bolden ran for 120 yards after missing last season with a torn ACL.

Cody Kilgore passed for 330 yards and two touchdowns for MTSU.

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 Middle Tenn. St.
L. Kilgore L. Kilgore, QB
27-45, 330 yds
2 TDs, 1 INT
C. TerBush C. TerBush, QB
19-33, 219 yds
2 TDs, 1 INT