NCAAF Game Recap - Nebraska at Purdue
Sat Nov 2, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Wof
14
Clem
59
F
UGA
24
Fla
17
F
Oreg
56
USC
24
F
Utah
33
Wash
28
F
Miss
14
Aub
20
F
WVU
14
Bayl
17
F
Mich
38
MD
7
F
SMU
48
Mem
54
F
VaTec
20
ND
21
F
Cin
46
ECU
43
F
GaSo
24
App
21
F
Boise
52
SJSU
42
F
K St
38
Kans
10
F
NCSt
10
Wake
44
F
Navy
56
UConn
10
F
Buff
43
E Mi
14
F
NIU
10
C Mi
48
F
Hou
29
UCF
44
F
UTSA
14
TxAM
45
F
BC
58
Syr
27
F
Neb
27
Purd
31
F
Lib
63
UMass
21
F
OD
17
FLInt
24
F
Akr
6
BGSU
35
F
Troy
35
CoCar
36
F
ArkSt
48
ULMon
41
F
UNLV
17
ColSt
37
F
Army
13
AF
17
F
Marsh
20
Rice
7
F
TCU
27
OkSt
34
F
UTEP
26
NorTx
52
F
Rut
10
Ill
38
F
MiaFL
27
FlaSt
10
F
MidTN
20
Char
34
F
Tuls
26
Tul
38
F
FlAtl
35
W Ky
24
F
MisSt
54
Ark
24
F
Pitt
20
GATec
10
F
OreSt
56
Ariz
38
F
TxSt
3
ULLaf
31
F
UAB
7
Tenn
30
F
NW
3
Ind
34
F
Vand
7
SCar
24
F
UVA
38
UNC
31
F
Colo
14
UCLA
31
F
BYU
42
UtSt
14
F
NM
10
Nev
21
F
Fres
41
Hawaii
38
F

Purdue 31, Nebraska 27

Nov 2, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Nebraska (4-5)

10

0

3

14

27

Purdue (3-6)

0

14

3

14

31

Injury-plagued Purdue scores late, beats Nebraska 31-27
Sat Nov 2, 2019 7:08 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue may be forced to adjust yet again after quarterback Jack Plummer became the latest player sidelined on a team plagued by injuries.

Head coach Jeff Brohm said Plummer will likely miss the remainder of the season with a right ankle injury suffered in a 31-27 victory over Nebraska on Saturday.

"Probably out the rest of the year," Brohm said. "We'll get more details on it soon."

The Boilermakers (3-6, 2-4 Big Ten) turned to Aidan O'Connell after Plummer needed help off the field following a run-play injury with 7:55 remaining. Purdue took the lead for good with David Bell's go-ahead touchdown run from nine yards out with 1:08 to play.

But with three regular season games remaining, the options at quarterback are dwindling.

Purdue first lost quarterback Elijah Sindelar (broken left collarbone) four games ago, the same game in which All-American receiver Rondale Moore suffered a left hamstring injury. The Boilers have lost three games since, making Saturday's win that much better.

"It was a big win for our team today," Brohm said. "It has been rough at times this year. If you want to win, it's not supposed to be a whole lot of fun. We've made mistakes this year. We've been hard on our guys and quite demanding a bit. But you have to back off and allow these guys to play and make mistakes."

Plummer finished 25-of-34 passing with 242 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, and he rushed 61 yards on 12 carries.

O'Connell was 6-of-7 with 62 yards passing, including completions to Brycen Hopkins for 10 and 26 yards during the game-winning drive.

Purdue took a 24-20 lead four plays after Plummer's injury when King Doerue scored on a 7-yard touchdown run with 6:50 to go in back-and-forth fourth quarter. Doerue finished with 71 yards rushing on 15 carries. He had 31 yards on five receptions and a 3-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.

The Cornhuskers (4-5, 2-4) regained the lead with a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Adrian Martinez with 4:21 to play.

Martinez was 22 of 39 for 247 yards passing and an interception. He rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries and scored twice for the Cornhuskers, who have lost two straight to Purdue and four of their last five games overall.

"The last two games are games we easily could have won and we didn't for a lot of reasons," Nebraska coach Scott Frost said. "Collectively we made too many mistakes and should have really been ahead at halftime. Probably ahead by quite a bit. Instead we find ourselves in the hole at halftime. Sooner or later that stuff has to stop."

The Cornhuskers took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Boilermakers scored twice in the second to take a 14-10 halftime lead.

THE TAKEAWAY

Nebraska: Martinez returned after missing the last two games following a left knee injury against Northwestern on Oct. 5. The Cornhuskers are trying to get on track down the stretch in the regular season. They need two wins to be eligible for a bowl game.

Purdue: The Boilermakers hope the win will be enough to get them on a roll in the final games. They must win their last three games to be bowl-eligible for the second straight year.

HAPPY HOMECOMING

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees used the Saints' bye week to return to his alma mater Saturday, addressing players prior to the game. Brees spent four years at quarterback at Purdue, including the Boilermakers' Rose Bowl appearance in 2001.

ROAD WOES CONTINUE

The Cornhuskers can't seem catch a break on the road with a 1-8 record away from home under Frost. But the second-year head coach vowed to see that things change. "I came back to Nebraska to get this fixed and I'm going to do it, regardless of what has to happen," he said. "We're going to get it there. I won't let anything else happen."

UP NEXT

Nebraska: Off next week and will host Wisconsin on Nov. 16.

Purdue: At Northwestern next week for the first of two straight road games.

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Passing

Neb Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Martinez 39 22 56.4 0 247 42 1 64.8
Purd Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Plummer 34 25 73.5 2 242 26 2 88.1
A. O'Connell 7 6 85.7 0 62 26 0 103.6

Rushing

Neb Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Martinez 12 58 4.8 21 2
W. Robinson 14 29 2.1 9 0
Purd Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Doerue 15 71 4.7 25 1
J. Plummer 12 61 5.1 19 0

Receiving

Neb Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Spielman 6 123 20.5 42 0
K. Noa 4 47 11.8 34 0
Purd Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Hopkins 8 97 12.1 26 0
M. Wright 4 69 17.3 26 0

Fumbles

Neb F FL
A. Martinez 2 0
Purd F FL
J. Plummer 1 0

Returning

Neb KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
W. Robinson 2 24.0 0 28 0 - 0 0
B. Belt 1 19.0 0 19 0 - 0 0
Purd KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Anthrop 6 13.3 0 20 0 - 0 0

Punting

Neb Punt Yds Avg LgPu
I. Armstrong 4 141 35.3 40
Purd Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Collins 3 130 43.3 48

Takeaways

Neb Int Yds InTD
D. Daniels 1 18 0
L. Jackson 1 0 0
Purd Int Yds InTD
C. Trice 1 9 0

Team Stats Comparison

Neb Purd
Points For 27 31
Total Yards 375 449
Rushing Yards 128 145
Passing Yards 247 304
Passing Completions / Attempts 22/39 31/41
Turnovers 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 1/0
First Downs 21 24
Penalties - Yards 3/30 10/89
Time Of Possession 57:57 3:03
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/16 8/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/3 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 4/35 5/30

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Neb Purd
Neb 6:28 TD Dedrick Mills 1 yd run (Barret Pickering kick) 7 0
Neb 12:55 FG Barret Pickering 23 yd FG 10 0
2nd Quarter Neb Purd
Purd 7:56 TD King Doerue 3 yd pass from Jack Plummer (J.D. Dellinger kick) 10 7
Purd 14:46 TD Payne Durham 16 yd pass from Jack Plummer (J.D. Dellinger kick) 10 14
3rd Quarter Neb Purd
Neb 5:39 FG Barret Pickering 21 yd FG 13 14
Purd 13:46 FG J.D. Dellinger 44 yd FG 13 17
4th Quarter Neb Purd
Neb 2:30 TD Adrian Martinez 2 yd run (Barret Pickering kick) 20 17
Purd 8:10 TD King Doerue 7 yd run (J.D. Dellinger kick) 20 24
Neb 10:39 TD Adrian Martinez 4 yd run (Barret Pickering kick) 27 24
Purd 13:52 TD David Bell 9 yd run (J.D. Dellinger kick) 27 31

Game Information

Stadium: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana
Attendance: 50,606
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