Blough and Fuller Fuel Purdue Blowout Of Ohio
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- David Blough came off the bench and threw for over ... yards and three touchdowns, leading Purdue to a 44-21 win over Ohio in the Boilermaker's 2017 home-opener.
Tario Fuller made the most of his debut inside Ross-Ade Stadium as well. The sophomore running back out of Sugar Hill, Georgia wracked up 146 yards rushing on sixteen carries.
"We wanted to come into the game and try to get some more balance," said head coach Jeff Brohm. "To be a successful football team, you don't wanna put so much pressure on the passing game, especially when ours is a project that is going to get better."
Purdue struggled in the passing game early in spite of taking an early 10-7 lead, mostly thanks to the running prowess of Tario Fuller. Sophomore QB Elijah Sindelar made his second start of the season Friday night, and though made some great throws, was let down by his receivers who made some inexcusable drops.
"We've got two solid quarterbacks that are going to continue to get better," Brohm continued. "I thought Elijah played well. David just came in and he got hot."
Brohm turned to his veteran David Blough in the 2nd quarter, a pre-planned move he said after the game. Blough threw for 172 yards, completing 6-of-7 passes, two of those being for touchdowns, to give Purdue a 34-7 halftime lead.
Ohio made adjustments at halftime, which allowed them to engineer a 75-yard drive for a touchdown to cut into the Boilermaker lead. However, nothing was stopping David Blough, who along with Fuller continued to keep the hammer down putting together a ten play, 84-yard drive setting up Blough's third touchdown pass of the night. With another late field goal fro Spencer Evans, that sealed the 44-21 blowout win for Purdue.
"It was a big game for us," Brohm added after the game. "I think that's what good teams do, they go out and they play solid. It's fun to coach a group of guys that wanna work hard, they wanna take on challenges and they wanted to go out and make people believe in them."
In the end, Purdue accounted for over 558 yards of total offense, the first time they have done so since a game two seasons ago against Iowa.
The Boilermakers have another highly anticipated opponent September 16th in Missouri out of the SEC.
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