More ($): Post-game analysis
Weeks 1 and 2 of the season certainly gave reason for optimism for Purdue as it traveled to the campus of an SEC opponent for its first true road game.
But no one could have reasonably foreseen this.
Purdue dominated in every phase at Missouri, amassing a 28-0 first-half lead before rolling past the Tigers by a final of 35-3.
Purdue outgained Missouri by nearly a margin of 500-200.
Purdue preserved its touchdown-shutout in the final minutes when Missouri standout wide receiver J'Mon Moore got behind Kamal Hardy for an apparent touchdown, before Hardy pulled it out of his hands for an interception.
HOW THEY SCORED
9:57, first — Purdue 7, Missouri 0 — David Blough was 5-of-5 for 51 yards as Purdue opened the game rolling on offense. He hit Anthony Mahoungou for 21 yards, Gregory Phillips for a 12-yard catch-and-run and flipped to D.J. Knox for a nine-yard gain under pressure before running for a five-yard, third-and-goal touchdown, using a pump fake to freeze a would-be tackler, then running past him.
Another play of note: A 16-yard gain by wide receiver Terry Wright on a reverse.
5:41, first quarter — Purdue 14, Missouri 9 — Moments after a 50-yard touchdown pass to Terry Wright was called back by a holding class, the Boilermakers converted a second-and-21 by hitting Tario Fuller for a 25-yard screen, then freed Fuller for a 36-yard scoring run, thanks in large part to a key block from tackle David Steinmetz.
11:51, second quarter — Purdue 21, Missouri 0 — After being pinned down at the 4 by a monster punt by Missouri, it didn't matter. The Boilermakers marched down the field in 13 plays, covering nearly seven minutes, before Richie Worship crossed the goal line from three yards out. A 21-yard reception by Terry Wright was one of the drive's pivotal plays.
2:20, second quarter — Purdue 28, Missouri 0 — After Brohm wasn't particularly pleased with David Blough on the series prior, Purdue went with Elijah Sindelar, who immediately threw to Cole Herdman for a 54-yard catch-and-run to set up Sindelar's five-yard, third-and-goal TD throw to Jackson Anthrop.
This, after a Missouri series on which it was flagged for four penalties on four snaps, then overthrew an open receiver on third-and-long.
00:00, second quarter — Purdue 28, Missouri 3 — Purdue looked to pile on with its final possession of the first half, but Elijah Sindelar's pass for Brycen Hopkins caromed off the tight end's hands and was intercepted. A couple pass completions and some flawed clock management later and Missouri finally got on the board via Tucker McCann's 29-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
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