Pur­due once again bowl-el­i­gi­ble

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - Front Page - By Michael Marot As­so­ci­ated Press

David Blough threw three touch­down passes, while Ron­dale Moore scored twice and tied a school record with his sev­enth 100-yard game of the sea­son, lead­ing the Boil­er­mak­ers past ri­val In­di­ana 28-2.

BLOOM­ING­TON — David Blough and Ron­dale Moore ex­e­cuted Jeff Brohm’s game plan per­fectly Sat­ur­day.

Now af­ter ex t e n d i n g Pur­due’s sea­son by an­other month, the dy­namic duo must wait to see if they’ll get an­other chance to work with their in­no­va­tive head coach.

Blough threw three touch­down passes, while Moore scored twice and tied a school record with his sev­enth 100yard game of the sea­son, lead­ing the Boil­er­mak­ers past ri­val In­di­ana 28-21 for a se­cond straight Old Oaken Bucket vic­tory and a se­cond straight bowl bid.

“I’ve been com­pletely fo­cused on this,” Brohm said when again asked about the job open­ing at his alma mater, Louisville. “The last two weeks has been a lit­tle tough.”

Spec­u­la­tion about Brohm’s fu­ture has raged wildly since the Car­di­nals fired Bobby Petrino.

Brohm’s re­sume ap­pears to have ev­ery­thing Louisville could want.

In five sea­sons as a head coach, he has led every one of his teams to the post­sea­son. This year, he helped Pur­due (6-6, 5-4) upset three ranked op­po­nents for the first time in 15 years and be­come bowl el­i­gi­ble in back-to-back sea­sons for the first time since 2011-12.

And he did it be­hind Blough, a fifth-year se­nior at quar­ter­back, and Moore, last year’s Mr. Foot­ball Award win­ner in Ken­tucky at re­ceiver.

“Ron­dale is a spe­cial player,” Brohm said. “The more guys you get like that, the more spe­cial you can be. When we get a guy like that we’re go­ing to make sure he gets his touches.”

Brohm de­liv­ered on his prom­ise re­peat­edly Sat­ur­day.

Moore matched a sea­son-best with 12 re­cep­tions for 141 yards

“Just left a re­ally hurt­ing and dis­ap­pointed locker room. A lot of tears.”

— Tom Allen, In­di­ana coach

and be­came the se­cond player in pro­gram his­tory with 100 re­cep­tions in a sin­gle sea­son. He has 103, trail­ing only Chris Daniels (121) and he’s tied with Steve Grif­fin and John Stande­ford for most 100yard games in a sea­son.

Blough com­pleted 27 of 35 passes for 310 yards and one in­ter­cep­tion and has matched his ca­reer-best with 25 TD passes this sea­son. He also threw 25 in 2016 and both marks are tied with Drew Brees for fifth in Pur­due his­tory.

Moore's 56-yard TD catch in the se­cond quar­ter broke a 7-7 tie and he made it 21-7 late in the third quar­ter by turn­ing Blough’s per­fectly thrown ball into a

33-yard TD re­cep­tion.

In­di­ana quar­ter­back Pey­ton Ram­sey cut the deficit to 21-14 with 7:33 left to play on a 23-yard TD run.

But Pur­due sealed the win with three big plays — Markell Jones’ 32-yard run with 3:48 left, Navon Mosley’s in­ter­cep­tion on the Hoosiers’ en­su­ing pos­ses­sion and an on­side kick re­cov­ery with 76 sec­onds left af­ter Ram­sey hooked up with Nick West­brook on a 40-yard TD pass with 1:17 left.

In­di­ana (5-7, 2-7) lost six of its fi­nal seven games, again fall­ing one win short of the post­sea­son.

Ste­vie Scott led the Hoosiers by rush­ing 20 times for 104 yards and one TD, giv­ing him a school­record six 100-yard games by a true fresh­man. Ram­sey com­pleted 36 of 51 passes for 345 yards and one in­ter­cep­tion, but strug­gled to con­sis­tently put the Hoosiers in scor­ing po­si­tion.

But the de­fense couldn't stop Moore or Blough when it mat­tered most.

“Just left a re­ally hurt­ing and dis­ap­pointed locker room,” coach Tom Allen said. “A lot of tears.”

DAR­RON CUM­MINGS/AP

Pur­due’s Markell Jones (8) runs out of the tackle of In­di­ana’s Reak­won Jones for a touch­down on Sat­ur­day.

DAR­RON CUM­MINGS/AP

Pur­due’s Matt McCann (79) and Navon Mosley cel­e­brate with the Old Oaken Bucket af­ter de­feat­ing In­di­ana on Sat­ur­day.

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