Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:01 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
For some sports fans the most important sporting events of the weekend were not occuring in Augusta, but in half-filled college football stadiums. Several of 2011's most noteworthy teams held their annual Spring Game on Saturday, and so did Purdue. But while many of us admittedly were not tuned in to the Boilermakers' Black/Gold scrimmage, the diehard Purdue fans got to see something truly remarkable.
Kicker Carson Wiggs lined up for a 67-yard field goal just before halftime, and absoutely crushed it. As Matt Hinton points out, the kick would have been a Division I record in a game (set in 1978 by Witchita State's Joe Williams). Granted, he had no defensive rushers and we stories of lengthy kicks in practice are not unusual. But still a great treat for the fans in attendance, as well as a nice confidence booster for Wiggs.
(Props: Dr. Saturday)
Apologies on the video quality, you take what you can get with Spring Game highlights
Posted on: November 13, 2010 1:28 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Things started out well enough for the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday morning. A defense that has been much maligned all season started the game off by forcing a fumble from Purdue running back Dan Dierking, which was scooped up by Cameron Gordon and taken 58 yards for a touchdown. Michigan's offense would get in on the fun a few minutes later when Denard Robinson hit Roy Roundtree for a 9-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
Since then? Well, the Wolverines have gotten sloppy and made some questionable decisions.
The Wolverines have turned the ball over three times in the first half, which have led to all of Purdue's points. The biggest one came when Denard Robinson had the Wolverines in the red zone and made a bad pass into coverage that was picked off by Ricardo Allen and taken back 94 yards for a touchdown to make the game 14-10.
Then Rich Rodriguez decided he wanted to get in on the questionable decisions.
Purdue had driven into Michigan territory during the second quarter and faced a third down. The Boilers then threw an incomplete pass -- that was nearly intercepted -- but a flag was thrown on the play for holding. Rodriguez could have accepted the penalty and pushed the Boilermakers back another ten yards, which would have pushed them out of field goal range.
Instead Rodriguez declined the penalty, and Carson Wiggs booted a 46-yard field goal to cut Michigan's lead to 14-13.
So, yes, Michigan still has the lead at halftime, but they hold it in spite of themselves.
Posted on: September 25, 2010 4:04 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
A disastrous first half was too much for Purdue to overcome, and the Boilermakes dropped a home date with the Toledo Rockets, 31-20. The Boilermakers found themselves down 17-0 at halftime, with starting QB Robert Marve lost to a potentially serious knee injury. He was in sweats on the sideline in the second half with a knee immobilizer on. Marve will have medical tests later, and Purdue coach Danny Hope is .
Purdue did fight back over the course of the second half; the Boilermakers pushed to within 24-20 on a 22-yard chip shot by Carson Wiggs. But Toledo kick returner Eric Page took the ensuing kick into Purdue territory, and seven plays later, QB Austin Dantin plunged in for his second rushing touchdown of the day.
From there, Purdue couldn't answer; they drove into Toledo territory, but Robert Henry's pass was intercepted -- or really, just plain taken away from the receiver's grasp -- by Rockets LB Archie Donald. Though Toledo scored no points off Donald's long return, the resulting possession took plenty of time off the clock, and a fumble by Henry sealed Purdue's fate.
At this point, Purdue must only hope that Marve isn't lost for the year and that a foot or ankle injury to Justin Siller isn't serious. Purdue can't afford to lose any more offensive firepower if they want to make any noise at all in the Big Ten.
Posted on: September 25, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 3:14 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
[Update, 2:46 p.m.: Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs missed his second field goal of the game. Toledo takes over at their own 21 holding a 24-17 lead.]
[Update, 2:58 p.m.: Following a Toledo turnover, Wiggs was given a chip shot from 22, and he made it. The score is now 24-20 Toledo with 8:12 left on the clock.]
[Update, 3:12 p.m.: Toledo nearly took the ensuing kick to the house, and they scored a touchdown on a QB sneak shortly thereafter. Toledo leads 31-20, and Purdue needs two quick scores in response.]
[Update, 3:14 p.m.: AAAAAAND INTERCEPTION TOLEDO. 2 minutes and counting. Game over.]
The third quarter of Toledo-Purdue has been full of offensive fireworks thus far, and the Boilermakers may be working their way back into this game. Purdue kicked a field goal on their opening drive of the second half, then traded long TDs with the Rockets. The critical play, however, may be when Toledo QB Austin Dantin fumbled while being sacked by Purdue CB Josh Johnson on Toledo's ensuing possession; Purdue recovered and charged down the field to cut the lead to 24-17.
Purdue's comeback has also been spurred by the play of Purdue's backup QB, Rob Henry. Henry's in for Robert Marve, who's still out with a potentially serious knee injury. During his halftime interview, Purdue coach Danny Hope speculated that Marve's injury is serious, and Marve is in sweats on Purdue's sideline. He's definitely done for the day.
Now Toledo, who had been controlling the ballgame, must defend a suddenly precarious 7-point lead. Their first step since then -- going three and out -- isn't promising.