Rapid Reaction: Purdue dominates Indiana to win B1G West title
Beers, buckets and a B1G West title? All things coming back to West Lafayette with Purdue.
The Boilermakers will head to Indianapolis to take on Michigan following their 30-16 win over Indiana at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Led by the combination of Aidan O’Connell and Charlie Jones, Purdue (8-4, 6-3 B1G) overcame an early 7-3 deficit by outscoring the Hoosiers 27-9 in the second half.
O’Connell, a 6th-year senior, struggled to find consistency in the first half. The Boilermakers scored on the opening series thanks to a Mitchell Fineran 29-yard field goal, but never crossed Indiana’s 39-yard line for the remainder of the quarter.
Indiana came out swinging early thanks to a 71-yard touchdown run by Jaylin Lucas to make it 7-3. Tom Allen elected to play the hot hand by keeping in sophomore Dexter Williams at quarterback in favor of initial 2022 starter Connor Bazelak.
Williams, who totaled 117 yards of offense and a touchdown in the Hoosiers’ 39-31 upset win over Michigan State, was carted off in the 1st quarter after suffering a noncontact leg injury on a fresh set of down. According to Indiana’s staff, the Georgia native was taken to a local hospital for further testing.
Last season, Williams suffered a torn ACL during spring practice and missed the entire season.
Redshirt-sophomore QB Dexter Williams II left today’s game with a right leg injury. He has been taken to Bloomington Hospital for further evaluation.
— Indiana Football (@IndianaFootball) November 26, 2022
With limited mobility at quarterback, the Hoosiers struggled to move the sticks, giving the Boilermakers a chance to attack. And attack they did. O’Connell connected with Devin Mockobee for gains of 11 and 18 before finding Payne for a 15-yard touchdown to take a 10-7 lead.
On the ensuing drive, O’Connell worried about collecting 1st downs rather than adding film to the highlight reel. Going 3-of-6, O’Connell pushed Purdue deep into Indiana territory before Devin Mockobee took off for a 27-yard touchdown, extending the lead to 10.
Four catches… 143 receiving yards… one 60-yard touchdown catch… Charlie Jones… Chuck Sizzle. #LetsPlayFootball | #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/8atGLQgDGi
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) November 26, 2022
Bazelak led 3 consecutive drives deep into Purdue and walked away with just 3 points. The Boilermakers blocked a Charles Campbell 36-yard field goal with just over 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter to keep the score differential at 10. Campbell drilled a 28-yard field goal on the ensuing drive, but the Boilermakers responded with a 60-yard touchdown to Jones.
Jones, who transferred from Iowa this offseason, finished with his 7th 100+ yard receiving game of the season. Durham tallied 39 yards and a score.
The Boilers padded the margin with a pick-6 in the final minutes.
The victory marks the 2nd consecutive win for Jeff Brohm and Boilermakers over Indiana and the 4th win in 5 seasons. Purdue finished with over 350 yards of offense and averaged 10 yards per catch.
Kickoff from Lucas Oil Stadium is set for Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. E.T. Should the Boilermakers win, they would represent the B1G in the Rose Bowl.