The Purdue Boilermakers earned their first of the season two weekends ago but could not keep up the momentum in their game against Virginia Tech two days ago.
Trailing by only seven points at halftime, the Hokies blew open the game with a 17-0 third quarter margin, en route to a 51-24 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium. Virginia Tech’s defense was stout, holding Austin Appleby to 9-of-28 passing for 110 yards and two interceptions. Backup quarterback David Blough saw some time near the end of the game, but he wasn’t any better, completing 3-of-7 passes for 11 yards.
With only 265 yards of total offense, Purdue didn’t have much room for error. Once Virginia Tech blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown to break the game open, 41-17, there was no coming back for the Boilermakers.
In an expected down season, the Purdue offense has actually been better than expected thus far but hit a snag against the Hokies. Purdue hasn’t shied away from the competition, however, facing two quality non-conference opponents in Marshall and Virginia Tech in the early part of the season, and have another tough matchup with Bowling Green on Saturday, September 26, before the Big Ten regular season begins.
Speaking of next week’s game, Purdue football tickets on the secondary market are predictably affordable against Bowling Green at Ross-Ade Stadium. The average ticket price is $35 with a get-in price of $16, according to TiqIQ.com. Purdue fans looking to attend a game this season should keep in mind it is one of the least expensive games of the year. Cheap airline tickets on Hipmunk.com can get fans to Indianapolis, about an hour drive away from the Purdue campus. Purdue fans from more local areas can find a guide to hotel deals on Hipmunk as well.
Bowling Green has played a tough schedule as well, facing three quality opponents to start the season and taking away one win in the process. After going on the road to face Tennessee in the opening week, Bowling Green continued along on their trek against Maryland, where they won 48-27. The Falcons had their first home game of the season this past weekend but narrowly lost by three to Memphis.
The Purdue defense will have to step up on Saturday, as Bowling Green has scored 30, 48 and 41 points in their three matchups against solid programs.