The halftime score was 14-10, with Purdue leading #8 Nebraska in Lincoln. But as has been the case every game this season, the Huskers dominated the second half to win 27-14 over the Boilermakers.
Nebraska is now 7-0 on the season (4-0 in Big Ten play) marking the first time Mike Riley has led a team to a perfect start through seven games in his college coaching career.
“Alright, this will sound like a little bit of a broken record,” said Riley after the win. “We are extremely happy to win the game.”
Nebraska’s offense struggled to move the ball in the first half. Purdue outgained Nebraska by 71 yards in the first two quarters. Boilermakers quarterback David Blough completed 16/20 passes in the first half for 231 yards and two touchdowns.
But the Husker defense came alive in the second half, allowing only 94 yards after halftime.
“We just got back to ourselves,” said linebacker Josh Banderas. “We don’t have to do anything special, just every do their job like we’ve practiced.”
While the defense kept Purdue off the scoreboard in the second half, the Husker offense showed improvement as well. Nebraska strung together drives of 68 and 82 yards to regain and expand the lead. Drew Brown capped the scoring with a career-long 51 yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
“We became more consistent defensively as the game went on,” Mike Riley said. “Offensively, it was hit or miss all day. Not enough consistency, but enough plays to score and win the game.”
The win sets up a top-ten match-up next Saturday against Wisconsin in Madison. The winner will firmly be in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten West race.
“We’re ready for anything,” said quarterback Tommy Armstrong. “We are going to prepare as much as we can and go out and try to get a win.”