Boil­er­mak­ers get 2nd win against list­less Mis­souri

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Pur­due quar­ter­back David Blough started his first game of the sea­son Satur­day against Mis­souri. He played like he never wants to give up the role.

Blough led the Boil­er­mak­ers to touch­downs on their first three drives in a 35-3 vic­tory.

"David played very well. He was very ef­fi­cient," Pur­due coach Jeff Brohm said. "Made plays, made some plays with his feet, didn't turn the ball over. I see im­prove­ment."

Pur­due (2-1) uses a two-quar­ter­back sys­tem, and Eli­jah Sin­de­lar started the first two games. Blough's strong show­ing in last week's vic­tory over Ohio earned him the start at Mis­souri. He made the de­ci­sion look smart, com­plet­ing 22 of 28 passes for 187 yards and a touch­down. He also rushed for Pur­due's first touch­down, car­ry­ing 5 yards for the only points the Boil­er­mak­ers needed.

Pur­due opened the game with me­thod­i­cal touch­down drives of 75, 87 and 96 yards.

"It's just a ti­tle, it doesn't de­fine any­thing for me," Blough said of get­ting the start. "I would have been ready if I played the sec­ond quar­ter. It feels good when you walk down the field, score a cou­ple of touch­downs on the first cou­ple of drives."

Sin­de­lar was ef­fi­cient, too, com­plet­ing 4 of 6 passes for 85 yards and a touch­down.

"We're go­ing to need them both at some point in time," Brohm said

Nine Pur­due play­ers had at least one rush, with Tario Fuller car­ry­ing 19 times for 90 yards and a touch­down.

As well as Pur­due played of­fen­sively, its de­fense was even bet­ter, hold­ing Mis­souri (1-2) to just 203 yards. Mis­souri quar­ter­back Drew Lock com­pleted 12 of 28 passes for 133 yards with two in­ter­cep­tions. The Tigers looked like an of­fen­sive pow­er­house in a sea­son-open­ing 72-43 vic­tory over Mis­souri State but have scored a com­bined 16 points in two games since.

"I feel like we got lined up, cov­ered down and made them earn ev­ery­thing they got," Brohm said. "Be­cause of that, they didn't earn a lot. We didn't give them cheap plays. I thought it was a dom­i­nant de­fen­sive ef­fort from the be­gin­ning to the end."

The Tigers' only points came on Tucker McCann's 29-yard field goal as time ex­pired in the first half. That cut the Pur­due lead to 28-3.

Any thought of Mis­souri car­ry­ing mo­men­tum to the sec­ond half ended when line­backer Markus Bai­ley in­ter­cepted Lock's side­line pass on the first drive af­ter half­time. Blough capped that drive with a 1-yard touch­down pass to Richie Wor­ship.

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