Garrett Shrader beat Oronde Gadsen at 25 yards with just seven seconds to beat Purdue 32-29, ruining Purdue’s comeback and Aidan O’Connell brought the team’s side to the brink. win.
After O’Connell beat Payne Durham to make it up in the final minutes, Purdue was flagged for two penalties for unsportsmanlike behavior that essentially set up Syracuse in midfield.
The result marred O’Connell’s 415-yard 3-touch performance – even though he did throw an expensive pick-six – and another great Charlie Jones game.
Purdue was blocked on PAT early on, failed to make a two-point conversion and overturned the ball from a downline in the red area to start the game. Then it lost two.
A few points from the game…
• Purdue completely lost his temper late in the game, a key factor in the outcome. After Durham’s touchdown, he was flagged for assaulting Syracuse, then a coach was also flagged. Inexcusable after the biggest play Purdue could have made.
• Syracuse’s best offense was Purdue’s penalty on defence. There are some calls that can be argued but some that cannot, notably Jack Sullivan’s fatal personal foul that set up the encounter with Syracuse in the third quarter. Purdue had two legs wiped out by penalties, one in a good call, one in a not so good call.
• Purdue allowed this match to get too close after it played all the way to Syracuse in the first half, but there was only one goal difference in the first half.
For an offensive program with an extremely good quarterback, Purdue coaches had to figure out how to get more points across the board. That sounds obvious, but it’s a lot of reality for the team of the team, who have only managed once in three trips in the red zone before halftime and left empty after. fourth failure on first drive.
Once again, Purdue’s defense performed poorly after a foul that was not taken advantage of while playing well.