DALLAS (FWAA) The Purdue Boilermakers
held No. 2 Ohio State out of the end zone until the fourth quarter
while senior quarterback David Blough threw for 378 yards and three
touchdowns, and Purdue stunned the Buckeyes, 49-20, ending OSUs
12-game win streak. For winning their fourth straight after an 0-3
start and for pulling off their biggest upset since taking down
No. 2 Ohio State in 1984, the Boilermakers (4-3) earned the
Suits National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of
This is the second time that Purdue has earned this honor, which
dates to 2002. The other time was the weekend of Oct. 17, 2009,
also following a win over Ohio State. The announcement came on "Off
Campus with Mark Packer" on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM. Each Monday
during the season, the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week will
be unveiled during the program, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m.
ET. The FWAA's All-America Committee selects the weekly winner and
all Division I FBS and FCS schools are eligible to be selected.
The Boilermakers played a complete game in all phases. Their
first touchdown came on a season-long 98-yard drive on a Blough
pass. Purdue went ahead 14-3 just before the half after executing
a fake field goal to extend the drive at the OSU nine. The Buckeyes
had closed to within 14-6 before a roughing-the-kicker call extended
another Purdue drive, which it took advantage of with a short run
by Knox, who finished with 128 yards and three touchdowns. Blough
was 25-of-43 for 378 yards and sealed the victory with a 43-yard
pass to Rondale Moore with 3:37 to play. It was Blough's third straight
300-yard game and his fourth this season.
"Our defense played lights out," said Purdue head coach Jeff
Brohm, gave the game ball to Tyler Trent, a Purdue student who has
terminal cancer and was the team's adopted team captain while attending
in a wheelchair. "This team is hungry. They want to win. We still
have a long way to go."
Purdue's four-game win streak is its longest since 2007. The
49 points were the most the Boilermakers have ever scored in their
57-game series with Ohio State. Purdue has now won two straight
against ranked opponents after not having beaten a ranked opponent
since 2011 until toppling No. 23 Boston College 30-13 on Sept. 22.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Oct. 20 were:
UAB (6-1): The Blazers rallied from a
21-10 deficit, outscoring North Texas 19-0 in the second half
as its defense came up with three fourth-down stops, a safety,
and came up with a takeaway deep in its own end in the second
half. UAB is off to its best start in program history. The Blazers
have 14 wins since resuming the program in 2017 and are still
perfect at Legion Field at 10-0 in that span.
Washington State (6-1): The No. 25 Cougars
beat No. 12 Oregon for a fourth consecutive season and extended
their home win streak to 11, the third-longest in school history.
WSU held Oregon to 58 rushing yards. Gardner Minshew II threw
for 323 yards and four touchdowns, his seventh-straight 300-yard
game. WSU had not won four straight over Oregon since 1981-84
and is now the only Pac-12 team with only one loss.
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