Purdue face tough challenge at home against Nevada

Written By: Shanae Austin
The Boilermakers will take on the Wolf Pack this Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana at noon. Saturday will mark the first time these teams have met. 

Nevada will be entering this weekend’s matchup with a 2-1 record after they demolished the Buffalo Bulls 38-14. The Wolf Pack had an outstanding game in which put up 521 yards of total offense and added 352 yards on the ground. These numbers are the most under Nevada’s coach Brian Polian. 

Purdue will be entering the game on Saturday with a 1-1 record after the fell to Cincinnati Bearcats 38-20 in week 2. In the last two games, the Boilermakers habe put up over 500 yards on offense. They are just one win away from reaching the 600 mark in the school history. 

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Quarterback Tyler Stewart overcame his poor performance against Notre Dame last Saturday. He found his rhythm last week where he completed 16-21 of his passes for 160 yards including one touchdown. 

The Wolf Pack lead 24-0 at halftime. Which is the largest lead during the interval since 2011 where they lead 28-0 at the half against New Mexico. Nevada is 12-1 under Brian Polian when allowing 19 points or fewer in a game.

In alltime meetings with the Big Ten, the Wolf Pack are 1-4 with their only win coming back on September 22, 2006, 35-26 against Northwestern. 

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Purdue is currently 0-1 against the Mountain West with their only matchup being a 42-35 loss to Hawaii back in 2005.

David Blough has become the 20th quarterback in the Boilermakers history to throw for at least 300 yards. Right now Blough sits in the 10th spot in the school history who has completed 57.5 of his passes.

The Boilermakers is ranked first in the country with the lowest numbers of penalties. They have also yet to fumble the ball this year.

Purdue is looking for a key win this week so they can turn the corner in the Darrell Hazell Era at Purdue. With a win over the Wolf Pack, the Boilermakers put themselves in prim position to get into a bowl this season with a strong 2-1 start.

(Photo Credit: Trevor Mahlmann/ The SkyBoat)

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