Simulation 3: Rob Henry
The Boilers faced Eastern Michigan in week three, trying to bounce back from that close 27-24 loss in South Bend to Notre Dame in week two. For the second straight week, it wouldn’t be an easy game for Rob Henry and the Boilers. This, though, time they came out on top.
It didn’t look good from the start, with Eastern Michigan throwing two first quarter touchdowns, both from inside the five yard line. Purdue’s offense was nowhere to be found in the first quarter, trailing 14-0 at the end.
The second quarter started off just as the first quarter went, with Eastern Michigan hitting a 32-yard field goal with 11:57 to go in the half to jump out to a 17-0 lead and leave everyone in Ross-Ade Stadium grumbling. Henry finally got things started with a five-yard rushing touchdown with six minutes to go into the half, yet the Boilers still trailed 17-7 at the break.
Danny Hope clearly delivered a stunning halftime speech, as the Boilers came out in the third quarter with much more life. Akeem Shavers scored just four-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter on a 2-yard run to bring Purdue within three, 17-14.
The sparks were short-lived, however, as the game became a defensive battle until the 3:29 mark, where Crosby Wright caught a game-tying touchdown from….Caleb Terbush? Yes, unfortunately Rob Henry was injured in the third quarter of the game and couldn’t finish.
Before his injury, Henry was 6-14 for 49 yards and two interceptions, with no touchdowns. He rushed nine times for 29 yards and scored once on the ground.
Akeem Shavers led the team in rushing with 62 yards on 10 attempts. He scored once. Akeem Hunt went scoreless, but did add 35 yards on seven carries.
Antavian Edison led the team with seven catches for 98 yards.
Defensively, it was the Dwayne Beckford and Will Lucas show, as they had 8 and 7 tackles each, respectively.