|"Maybe if we jump up and spread our bodies out it'll look like there are more than 50 people here!"
The Boilers lost the turnover battle against Iowa 3-0, yet still pulled out the win on the road. So, one would think that WINNING the turnover battle 3-0 would result in a cakewalk for Purdue. The Illini fumbled the ball three times in the first half, yet Purdue gained a total of -11 yards off of those three turnovers. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who felt the Boilers were in trouble at this point.
I don't even want to think what would have happened had we turned the ball over. Losing that game might have been the low point in Danny Hope's career. Marve played a very efficient game (18-26 for 173 yards - even with a 63-yard TD pass) and special teams didn't make a single boneheaded mistake. It may not have been a pretty game, but the Boilers didn't do anything to lose it.
Play of the Game
Ralph Bolden's 63-yard run was one of the best runs I've seen all year and should have resulted in a touchdown. Unfortunately, Bolden suffered a pulled hamstring 15-yards into his run, yet he STILL scampered another 40-yards on a bum leg! Purdue ended up scoring a big touchdown on the drive a few plays later. Bolden is questionable for his last game at Ross-Ade this Saturday - let's hope he can play so we can celebrate his great career at Purdue.
For the first time in awhile, I don't remember a problem with the officiating. Perhaps the refs fell asleep in the first half too...
Picks of the Week Update
Kirk nearly got the point differential exactly right as his 24-20 pick earns him $200, while my faith in a big Purdue win cost me $99. I'm now at -$48 while Kirk's at +$219.50. Unfortunately for Kirk, he can't use any of that money to improve his basketball standings as he currently stands at a statistically improbable 0-6 on the season. To make things interesting, a decision will need to be made for this week's game. Should I gamble now or hope Purdue makes a bowl game? Stay tuned to find out...