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 11 the Boilers open Big Ten play at Iowa.
Simulation 1: Robert Marve
The Marve-led Boilers struggled in a close game with the injury-plagued Hawkeyes in week 11.
The first score came with 4:36 left in the first quarter, when Purdue settled for a 50-yard Paul Griggs’ field goal to take a 3-0 lead. That lead lasted until 6:46 left in the first half, when Marve connected with Antavian Edison on a 16-yard pass to push Purdue’s lead to 9-0 after a missed Griggs extra point.
Iowa finally got on the board with 2:35 left in the half on a 35-yard pass that brought the score to 9-7.
Iowa took the lead by scoring first in the second half. The Hawkeyes’ Jake Rudock recorded his second touchdown pass of the day, this time from the 35-yard line, giving Iowa a 14-9 lead. Purdue didn’t trail for long, however, as it responded with a four-plus minute drive that ended with a 5-yard Akeem Hunt touchdown reception with 5:37 left in the third quarter. Purdue took a 16-14 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Hawkeyes were unable to add any 4th-quarter points to their score, while Purdue added a late 34-yard field goal to win 19-14.
Marve was 18-37 on the day for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He threw two interceptions and was sacked once.
Akeem Hunt led the Boilers’ in rushing, with 24 carries for 88 yards. Marve had seven carries for 22 yards.
Antavian Edison led the Boilermaker receivers with 108 yards on six catches. Crosby Wright added 32 yards on 3 catches, while OJ Ross and Akeem Hunt both had 3 catches for 26 yards.
Simulation 2: Caleb Terbush
Terbush’s team tried to bounce back from its second overtime loss in three weeks against the highly-ranked Hawkeyes.
Purdue had the first, and only, score of the first quarter with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Terbush to Crosby Wright with 7:51 left in the first quarter.
Iowa got on the board with 13:25 left in the second quarter on a 35-yard field goal. Purdue upped its lead to 14-3 with a 10-yard Terbush to Antavian Edison pass with 9:38 left in the half. Iowa responded with a 32-yard pass with 2:01 left in the half to go into halftime down 14-10.
The Hawkeyes took the lead with a 3-yard QB scramble with 5:25 left in the third quarter, making the lead 17-10.
In the fourth quarter Iowa took the game over. The Hawkeyes scored three-straight touchdowns – with 13:28, 9:31 and 3:45 left in the game – to take a commanding 38-17 lead. The first two scores came on passes of 26 and 33 yards, respectively. The Hawkeyes topped it off with a five-yard QB run. Purdue did score once more, a 5-yard Crosby Wright TD catch, but it was too little, too late.
Iowa won 38-21.
Tebush was 16-37 on the day for three touchdowns and 169 yards. He threw one interception and was sacked once.
He also led the team in rushing, with 11 carries for 70 yards. Akeem Shavers added seven carries for 21 yards and Akeem Hunt four carries for 17 yards.
Crosby Wright led Purdue’s receivers with four catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns. Antavian Edison had four catches for 42 yards and 1 touchdown. Akeem Shavers had three catches for 36 yards.
Iowa QB James Vandenberg was 23-35 for three touchdowns and 315 yards. He didn’t throw an interception. He also rushed 21 times for 59 yards and two touchdowns.