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Torn ACL or not, Robert Marve is starting for Purdue

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Robert Marve began the season as Purdue's starting quarterback thanks to a Caleb TerBush suspension. Against Notre Dame in Purdue's second game of the season, Marve suffered a torn ACL. That was the third time in his college career he's suffered such an injury.

That's not going to keep him from starting Purdue's game against Penn State this weekend, though, as Danny Hope announced Marve is Purdue's new starter.

“Obviously we're making a change at the quarterback position based on competition,” Hope said Sunday. “There never has been a quarterback controversy. It has been a management nightmare from an injury standpoint for the guys to get the reps that they needed.

“It had been competition all along. [Saturday] there was competition, and Robert competed and played better.”

Marve came on in relief of TerBush on Saturday and completed 11 of 19 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Of course, it's important to point out that the game was well in hand, as Minnesota held a 44-7 lead before Marve tossed his first touchdown.

Still, it's hard to argue against this decision for Purdue. Sure, Marve has a torn ACL, but TerBush isn't playing all that well on two healthy knees. TerBush is completing 58 percent of his passes this season for 5.89 yards per attempt and has only 11 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. With Purdue 0-4 in the Big Ten, a quarterback switch can't hurt.

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