The sad story continues as the Boilermakers were shut out by Ohio State University, 56-0, adding to their disappointing season. Adding insult to injury, the beatdown was the worst ever defeat in Ross-Ade Stadium.
Purdue struggled on both sides of the ball, the defense giving up over 600 yards while the offense only generated 116 yards for the game. For the second straight game, Purdue failed to score while also failing to even enter the red zone.
The Boilermakers' newly appointed leader, quarterback Danny Etling, has struggled his first three starts, and today was no different. Etling threw a pick-six in the first 33 seconds of the game. This put Purdue into a hole that it would never come back from the rest of the game.
On the positive side, Etling continues to show toughness. He was sacked six times during the game. He continued to battle and play through the consistent knocks that he took all afternoon. The majority of the blame cannot be put on Etling, as his protection failed throughout the afternoon.
The Ohio State defensive backs blanketed Purdue's receiving corp only giving up 13 receptions, the longest being a 16 yarder.
On the downside, Etling only completed 13 of his 29 passing attempts. As a young signal caller, Etling needs to learn how to get rid of the ball quicker and listen to his coaches when it comes to play calling.
"You just got to do what the coaches tell you to do, and I just didn't listen," Etling said. "That's where I have to take the coaching and just get better."
With a 5-4 Iowa rolling into West Lafayette to take on the Boilermakers next weekend, it will be interesting to see how Etling will perform against an inconsistent Hawkeyes football team. Since both teams are struggling this season, it could potentially be a good matchup for Danny Etling and the Boilermaker's.
Even with all of the criticism surrounding the Purdue football team, Etling shoulders the blame solely on himself. When asked about his performance, Etling states, "I just got to play better…. try not to force something that's not there and that's something that I got to do. I'm going to keep working hard, I'm going to keep getting better."
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