Simulation 2: Caleb Terbush
Caleb Terbush’s battle with EMU was the closest of the three quarterbacks, literally going down to the last play of the game.
Eastern Michigan struck first with a touchdown run with 10:32 to play. The Eagles made it 14-0 with a touchdown pass seven minutes later. The Boilers offense was missing in action for the entire first quarter.
Terbush got things started on the first play of the second quarter, however, connecting with Akeem Shavers on the Boilers’ first touchdown of the day to cut the EMU lead in half.Eastern Michigan responded on their next drive by upping the lead to 10, 17-7, with a 37-yard field goal.
Purdue responded with a five-yard touchdown run from Akeem Hunt to make the score 17-14 with 4:43 to go in the half, but EMU’s kicker was at it again, closing the half with a 36-yard FG and putting the Eagles up six.
The teams traded scores in the third quarter, with EMU scoring on a six-yard run with 11:17 to go in the half and Purdue scoring on a 9-yard OJ Ross reception from Terbush with 5:38 in the half. That made the score 27-21 heading into the final quarter.
The teams went back-and-forth for the first 10 minutes of the fourth quarter, with fans in Ross-Ade Stadium worrying their Boilers would be upset by a no-name EMU squad. Raheem Mostert woke the crowd up, however, with 5:50 left in the game by giving the Boilers a 28-27 lead on a 2-yard pass reception from Terbush. The Boilers held EMU scoreless on both of their final two possessions to wrap up the nail-biter of a win.
Terbush was 13-24 on the day for 89 yards and three touchdowns. He didn’t throw an interception, but was sacked three times.
Akeem Shavers led the ground attack with 117 yards of 20 carries. Terbush had 11 carries for 59 yards and Akeem Hunt had 44 yards and a score on eight carries.
Antavian Edison led all receivers with 41 yards on six catches. OJ Ross, Shavers and Mostert each had touchdowns on their only catches of the day.