(Saturday, October 15th)
Final Score: Penn State 23, Purdue 18
University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Penn State used a strong ground game and an opportunistic defense to remain undefeated in Big Ten play, edging out a tough Purdue squad, 23-18 at Beaver Stadium.
Penn State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) rushed for 182 yards in the game, led by tailback Silas Redd's 131 yards and one TD. It was Redd's fourth 100-yard rushing effort of the season. The PSU defense did the rest, coming up with several big plays in the game, forcing four turnovers, including three interceptions.
The Boilermakers (3-3, 1-1 Big Ten) got 97 yards rushing from tailback Ralph Bolden, while Caleb TerBush struggled through the air, completing just 12- of-25 passes, for 162 yards with one TD and two INTs.
The Nittany Lions got on the scoreboard first, as Curtis Dukes punched it in from one-yard out to cap off a seven-play, 73-yard drive with 4:38 left in the first quarter.
Purdue answered on the next drive, as Carson Wiggs converted a 28-yard field goal to cut PSU's lead to 7-3.
Wiggs would connect again late in the second quarter from 32 yards out, but Penn State was able to extend its lead to 10-6 at the half, as Anthony Fera hit a 29-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter.
Fera added another field goal in the third quarter, a 40-yarder to give the Nittany Lions a 13-6 lead, but the Boilermakers would answer with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Caleb TerBush to O.J. Ross with just over four minutes left in the third quarter. However, Purdue missed the extra point, allowing Penn State to maintain the lead, 13-12.
PSU made it 20-12 just over a minute later, as Redd rushed for a nine-yard touchdown to give the Nittany Lions some breathing room at 20-12.
The Boilermakers didn't go away though, as they took advantage of a bouncing ball around the end zone and intercepted PSU's Matt McGloin returning it 55 yards to set up a one-yard TD plunge by Akeem Shavers. A two-point conversion attempt was stuffed, maintaining a narrow 20-18 Penn State lead with just over eight minutes left in the game.
The Nittany Lions' special teams came up big on the ensuing kickoff, as Chaz Powell returned the kick 92 yards, setting up Penn State deep in Purdue territory. An unsportsmanlike penalty backed PSU out to the 18-yard line and Penn State was held to a 29-yard field goal by Fera to make it 23-18. The Nittany Lions thwarted the Boilermakers the rest of the way to preserve the win.
10/15 16:33:00 ET