The Boiling Point: Purdue football improved to 2-1 with its dominating 59-0 win against Southeast Missouri State on Saturday.
Purdue’s football team turned in one of its better performances in a long time. The Boilers notched their first shutout since a 51-0 win over Syracuse on Sept. 5, 2004, and allowed under 200 yards for the first time since playing Ball State on Sept. 11, 2004.
That coincided with an offensive explosion, especially on the ground. Purdue rushed for 393 yards, averaging 7.4 yards a carry, and had four guys rush for more than 50 yards each. Akeem Shavers had 75 yards and two TDs, Brandon Cottom had 70 yards, Ralph Bolden had 57 yards and two TDs and Akeem Hunt finished with 56 yards and two TDs. Reggie Pegram added 36 yards. Bolden was forced to sit in the first quarter because of an academic issue, but added to Purdue’s early lead with a TD to make it 24-0 Boilers.
Caleb TerBursh got the start at quarterback, but Robert Marve made his first appearance since tearing an ACL early last year. He came in with 8:46 left in the second quarter. He finished 7-of-8 for 91 yards and a TD. TerBush was 14-of-17 for 143 yards.
Overall, SEMO gained just 153 yards on the day compared to Purdue’s 627.
Here are some postgame interviews with Purdue coach Danny Hope and several Purdue players.