Eastern Kentucky at Purdue

Purdue 48, E. Kentucky 6


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Robert Marve passed for a career-high 295 yards and matched a career best with three touchdowns to help Purdue defeat Eastern Kentucky 48-6 on Saturday in both teams' season opener.

Marve started because previously declared starter Caleb TerBush was suspended one game for violating team rules. He hadn't thrown three touchdowns since 2008, when he was the starter at Miami.

Akeem Shavers ran for 74 yards and O.J. Ross caught eight passes for 71 yards. Purdue gained 547 yards against coach Danny Hope's alma mater, where he was the head coach from 2003 to 2007.

The Boilermakers held Football Championship Subdivision foe Eastern Kentucky to 190 yards and 10 first downs and forced four turnovers. Defensive tackle Kawann Short blocked a field goal and an extra point for the fifth and sixth blocked kicks of his career.

Brooklyn Fox led Eastern Kentucky with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Purdue next plays at Notre Dame on Saturday.

On Purdue's second possession, Shavers broke down the right sideline for 34 yards. Eastern Kentucky was called for a horse-collar tackle on the play, tacking 15 yards onto the end of the run. Later, Marve rolled right and found Gary Bush in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown. Khiry Maddox blocked the extra point, and the Boilermakers' lead remained 6-0.

On Eastern Kentucky's next possession, safety Landon Feichter intercepted a pass by Jared McClain and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown, pushing Purdue's lead to 13-0 with 7:51 to go. Kurt Freytag later scored from 7 yards out to push Purdue's lead to 20-0.

Eastern Kentucky had 9 yards of offense and no first downs in the opening quarter.

Matt Denham broke for a 30-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, but Short blocked the extra point and Purdue led 20-6.

Marve later found Antavian Edison for a 13-yard touchdown, then Shavers broke for an 8-yard touchdown run to give the Boilermakers a 34-6 lead.

Marve hit Gabe Holmes for an 8-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 41-6 late in the third quarter.

Rob Henry, who was expected to start last year's opener but tore his ACL and missed the entire season, threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Justin Sinz with 1:54 remaining.

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Scoring Summary
PURDUEGary Bush 4 yd pass from Robert Marve (blocked XP)
PURDUELandon Feichter 34 yd interception return (Sam McCartney kick)
PURDUEKurt Freytag 7 yd run (Sam McCartney kick)
EKYMatt Denham 30 yd run (blocked XP)
PURDUEAntavian Edison 13 yd pass from Robert Marve (Sam McCartney kick)
PURDUEAkeem Shavers 8 yd run (Sam McCartney kick)
PURDUEGabe Holmes 8 yd pass from Robert Marve (Paul Griggs kick)
PURDUEJustin Sinz 15 yd pass from Rob Henry (Paul Griggs kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1033
Third Down Efficiency5-1312-15
Fourth Down Efficiency0-01-1
Plays-Net Yards53-19087-547
Passing Yds85372
Kick Return Yds19157
Punt Return Yds1122
Time of Poss.23:4936:11
Individual Stats
EKY: Matt Denham 12-47, Jared McClain 10-33, Zavier Foster 5-19, Jeff Glover 1-6, Caleb Watkins 2-2, Cameron Bailey 1--2
PURDUE: Akeem Shavers 11-74, Raheem Mostert 5-36, Akeem Hunt 3-13, Brandon Cottom 3-12, Rob Henry 5-11, Danny Anthrop 2-11, Robert Marve 7-9, Kurt Freytag 1-7, Antavian Edison 2-1, Derek Jackson 1-1
EKY: Jared McClain 8-22-85-2
PURDUE: Robert Marve 30-38-295-1, Rob Henry 7-9-77-1
EKY: Cameron Bailey 5-60, Matt Denham 2-9, Tyrone Goard 1-16
PURDUE: O.J. Ross 8-71, Antavian Edison 7-58, Gary Bush 6-43, Gabe Holmes 4-43, Dolapo Macarthy 3-33, Justin Sinz 2-27, Crosby Wright 2-17, Akeem Hunt 1-46, Charles Torwudzo 1-12, Brandon Cottom 1-10, Akeem Shavers 1-7, Shane Mikesky 1-5

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