Virginia Tech game is early measuring stick for Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue coach Darrell Hazell likes the progression he saw from Week 1 to Week 2.

He knows the Boilermakers must play even better Saturday against Virginia Tech.

In an early-season game that will become this season's first real measuring stick about Hazell's three-year rebuilding project, it's a chance to make a statement.

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But it won't be easy.

While coach Frank Beamer has led the Hokies to 10 or more wins 13 times since 1995 and taken Virginia Tech to 22 consecutive bowl games, the Boilermakers have only appeared in two postseason games since 2008 and haven't posted double-digit wins in a season since 1979.

History isn't the only thing going against the Boilermakers (1-1).

Less than two weeks, Virginia Tech committed four turnovers in a 41-31 loss at Marshall.