TheBoilingPoints.com will be simulating the 2012-13 college football season in NCAA Football 13. In case you were sitting at home trying to figure out how to spend the next three weeks while you wait for the Olympics to begin, check back at TheBoilingPoints.com every weekday afternoon to see the results.
We’ll be doing one game per day, but will simulate each game three times: once with Robert Marve at quarterback and once with Caleb Terbush at quarterback. We began one with Rob Henry at quarterback, but he made it through just three weeks before being injured and missing the rest of the season. Sorry Austin Appleby fans, we’ll hook you up when NCAA Football 14 comes out.
In week nine the Boilers open Big Ten play at Minnesota.
Simulation 1: Robert Marve
The Boilers (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten)tried to bounce back from their week eight loss at Ohio State with a win at Minnesota (3-4, 0-3) in week 9.
This game went much better than their loss at Ohio State. Purdue struck first with a 23-yard Antavian Edison reception on a Robert Marve pass to take a 7-0 lead with 9:53 to go in the first quarter. Minnesota responded five minutes later with a 32-yard field goal. The first quarter ended with Purdue up 7-3.
That score didn’t last long, as the Boilers exploded for a 24-0 second quarter. It started with another Edison-Marve connection, this time for 43 yards on the first play of the quarter. Five minutes and 30 seconds later Akeem Shavers found the endzone on a 5-yard run. Paul Griggs added a field goal with 5:49 to play and Akeem Hunt topped the half off with a 4-yard run with 52 seconds to go in the half to give Purdue a 31-3 lead at the break.
The only scoring in the third quarter was a Robert Marve rushing TD from 2-yards out with 2:00 to go in the quarter, making the score 38-3.
The Gophers finally found the end zone with 13:44 left in the game and the Purdue second-string on the field with a 2-yard Marquis Gray touchdown pass. The Boilers would strike twice more before wrapping up, however, with a Caleb Terbush-Gary Bush passing touchdown and Akeem Hunt 3-yard TD run, making the final score 52-10.
Simulation 2: Caleb Terbush
Terbush’s team took the field trying again to end its losing streak, which had reached three games, against a struggling Minnesota team that was winless in the Big Ten.
Purdue struck first, with a Terbush to Antavian Edison pass from the 1-yard line to go up 7-0 with 12:12 to play in the first quarter. Minnesota responded with back-to-back touchdowns, first from a QB scramble from 6-yards out and then on a 1-yard halfback dive, to take a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was all Purdue, with the Boilers scoring on an 11-yard Terbush run with 8:03 left to make the score 14-14. Minnesota hit a 35-yard field goal on its next possession, but Terbush connected with OJ Ross on a 7-yard pass right before the half to give Purdue a 21-17 lead.
The Gophers took the lead back with a 3-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the second half, making the score 24-21, but Purdue responded with two Terbush-Edison connections n a 45-second span to jump out to a 35-24 lead with 5:33 left in the quarter. Minnesota fought back once again, this time scoring on a 4-yard QB scramble, but failed to convert the 2-point try, cutting the lead to 35-30.
The fourth quarter failed to live up to the offensive powershow of the first three quarters, with the Boilers’ 30-yard field goal with 5:05 left to play being the only scoring. Purdue won 38-30.
Terbush was 19-40 on the day for 270 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He also led the team in rushing with 62 yards on 14 carries, with one tocuhdown.
Akeem Shavers had 24 yards on eight carries and Akeem Hunt had two carries for 11 yards.
OJ Ross led the Boilers’ receivers in yardage, with eight catches for 94 yards. Antavian Edison had five catches – three of which were touchdowns- for 77 yards.