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Posted Sep 17, 2011


Week 3 CFN Fearless Prediction & Game Story - SE Missouri State at Purdue


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Week 3 - SE Missouri St at Purdue

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Sept. 17 at Purdue 59 … SE Missouri State 0
CFN Analysis: COMING

(AP) WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Robert Marve threw a touchdown pass and was nearly perfect in his return from a knee injury to help Purdue beat Southeast Missouri State 59-0 on Saturday.

Marve had been out since tearing the ACL in his left knee early last season. He entered the game in the second quarter and completed 7 of 8 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Boilermakers (2-1) scored on all three of his possessions.

Starter Caleb TerBush completed 14 of 17 passes for 143 yards. The Boilermakers rushed for 393 yards and had 627 yards of total offense, compared to 153 for Football Championship Subdivision member Southeast Missouri State (0-2).

Purdue notched its first shutout since a 51-0 win over Syracuse on Sept. 5, 2004, and allowed under 200 yards for the first time since playing Ball State on Sept. 11, 2004.

Carson Wiggs started the scoring with a 19-yard field goal to give Purdue a 3-0 lead. Akeem Shavers scored on an 8-yard run up the middle to make it 10-0 with 5:45 left in the first quarter. He scored on a 1-yard run before the end of the quarter to give the Boilermakers a 17-0 lead. Purdue outgained the Redhawks 225 yards to 18 in the first quarter, as Shavers had eight carries for 55 yards and two touchdowns.

Purdue's Ralph Bolden didn't play in the first quarter, but quickly contributed with a 1-yard touchdown run in the second that gave the Boilermakers a 24-0 lead.

Marve entered the game with 8:46 left in the second quarter. He led the Boilermakers to a touchdown on his first possession, a 5-yard pass to O.J. Ross. He went 5-for-5 for 59 yards on his first series.

Bolden scored again on the next possession, this time on a 6-yard run that pushed the lead to 38-0 with 1:28 left in the first half.

Purdue gained 396 yards in the first half and held Southeast Missouri State to 57. The Redhawks offense started just one play in the first half on Purdue's side of the field.

Purdue scored on its first possession of the second half when Antavian Edison broke loose for a 15-yard touchdown run. Freshman running back Akeem Hunt scored on his first career carry in the fourth quarter as Purdue pushed its lead to 52-0. Hunt scored again on a 3-yard run to finish the scoring.

For the game, Shavers ran for 75 yards, Bolden 57 and Hunt 56.

SE Missouri State (0-1) at Purdue (1-1) Sept. 17, 12:00, BTN

Here’s The Deal … On the plus side, at least Purdue games have been fun.

Big Ten teams schedule Middle Tennessee and Rice so they can to 2-0 and warm up before the tougher battles ahead, but Purdue got into way too much of a fight over the first two weeks needing a just-missed touchdown pass and a blocked kick to beat Middle Tennessee, only to have the favor returned a week later losing to Rice on a blocked field goal attempt. Because the Blue Raiders and Owls weren’t easy enough, the Boilermakers have one more chance at an easy tune up against a SE Missouri State team that doesn’t have the defense to make this interesting.

The Redhawks, coached by former New Mexico State head man Tony Samuel, led the way to a shocking 9-3 record last season, but this year’s team has some work to do. Expected to be a middle of the pack team in the Ohio Valley Conference, it started out its season getting blown out 38-10 by a Southern Illinois team that lost to Ole Miss 42-24 a week later. The OVC gets rolling next week, but first, the dream is to kick the big name team when it’s down, and Purdue is really, really struggling.

Why SE Missouri State Might Win: The Boilermakers can’t seem to stop anyone from throwing the ball. Middle Tennessee and Rice aren’t Hawaii and Oklahoma, but the Blue Raiders got 330 yards out of Logan Kilgore and the Owls bombed away for 242 yards and two touchdowns.

The Redhawks have a terrific quarterback in Matt Scheible, an all-conference playmaker who handles the dual-threat role well, rushing for 887 yards and seven touchdowns last year, while throwing for 1,246 yards and eight scores. He’ll try to get things going on the ground first, but he showed against SIU that he can dink and dunk a bit.

Why Purdue Might Win: Yes, the Boilermaker secondary has struggled, but throwing the ball really isn’t SEMO’s game. The Redhawk attack would like to work the ground game and allow Scheible to conduct the ground game in the open field on the move, but Purdue should get a decent game out of a defensive front that has yet to turn it loose. Yes, the secondary is a problem, but the SEMO receivers aren’t anything to worry about.

Purdue’s offense is balanced. It might not have much pop, and it might not be putting up points in bunches, but it’s moving relatively well averaging 192 yards per game on the ground and 202 though the air. SEMO has a ton of veteran experience to rely on, but the defense isn’t going to generate much of a pass rush this week and the secondary doesn’t have the skill to handle the Boilermaker receivers in the open field. Purdue’s problem has been pass protection, and that won’t be a problem this week.

What To Watch Out For: Welcome back, Robert Marve. It has yet to be determined how much the oft-injured Purdue quarterback will play, if at all, but he’s been cleared after getting past another knee problem and he could add a little bit of the spark the offense has been missing. With starting quarterback Rob Henry undergoing surgery this week to fix his injured knee, and with Caleb TerBush not getting the job done despite throwing for 403 yards and three touchdowns while running for 88 yards and a score, it’s not too soon for Marve to try to save the season.

What Will Happen: Purdue will finally get a breather. SEMO will try to control the clock on the ground, but it won’t work, it’ll get desperate, and finally, the Boilermaker pass defense will come up with a few key stops to stall drives. Ralph Bolden will control the game with his second 100-yard rushing day in the first three weeks, and after two straight nail-biters, Purdue will have a hold of the game for a full sixty minutes.

CFN Prediction: Purdue 41 … SE Missouri State 13
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