Purdue gets first B1G home win of Darrell Hazell era, sends Nebraska to new low
Final: Purdue 55, Nebraska 45
Key play: Frankie Williams interception on Nebraska 6-yard line
With the Huskers trailing by 11 in the second half, they got a rare third-down stop and forced a Purdue punt. They took over deep in their own territory in hopes of making it a one-score game. But Ryker Fyfe threw one of his four interceptions on the day, and that one was the most costly. Purdue took over on Nebraska’s 6-yard line and Markell Jones scored on the next play to make it an 18-point game. That was the biggest momentum swing of the day, and ultimately, one Nebraska couldn’t recover from.
Telling stat: Purdue scores more points Saturday than all of October combined
Credit ESPN’s Dan Murphy for that incredible stat. That just about says it all. For the first time all year, the Purdue offense went off against an FBS defense. Well, Nebraska doesn’t look like one these days. The nation’s worst passing defense was a victim of David Blough all afternoon. The redshirt freshman picked apart a porous Husker secondary for a career-high four touchdown passes, including an 83-yard score to DeAngelo Yancey, which was the team’s longest play of the year. It was also the Boilers’ first time breaking the 50-point mark in the Darrell Hazell era. There were a lot of firsts on Saturday.
–Purdue gets first B1G home win of the Hazell era
Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Nebraska was without its starting quarterback, Terrell Newby went down and so did its most electric playmaker. Still, this was a Purdue team that hadn’t beat an FBS team all year. Nebraska still had more than enough talent on the field to pull out a win in West Lafayette. Instead, the Boilers took advantage of a struggling Husker squad and kept its foot on the gas. Purdue, for the first time in Hazell’s three years of home games, finished. Jones finished runs and helped put the game away. Nebraska did rally for 29 fourth-quarter points, so the Boilers weren’t completely in control down the stretch. Still, Purdue finally shook off its biggest B1G hurdle.
-De’Mornay Pierson-El carted off
This might go down as the unluckiest season in Nebraska history. After Fyfe threw his first career touchdown pass to Stanley Morgan, Pierson-El suffered a non-contact injury to his left knee during the touchdown celebration. He was carted off the field and obviously did not return. That’s a crushing blow for the preseason All-American after he spent the first part of 2015 out with a foot injury. Usually when you’re carted off the field, it’s a serious injury. You hate to assume anything with injuries, but it looks like Pierson-El will be on the shelf for a little while.
What it means: Avoid the internet Mike Riley
For the first time in program history, Nebraska has six losses before the month of November. Husker beat reporters were debating whether or not the program had ever lost to a team with Purdue’s credentials or lack thereof. Bo Pelini lost just one game to a non-bowl team during his Nebraska tenure. One of the nation’s most historic programs is at arguably its lowest point ever. Naturally, there are many things that are going to be said and written about Riley’s future in Lincoln. There’s not much Riley is going to want to see or hear in the coming week. You can bet he’ll hear and see words that he never dealt with in Oregon. That probably feels like a lifetime ago.