Penn State returns to Beaver Stadium for the penultimate home game of the year, looking to
become bowl eligible clinch a .500 record. Standing in their way are the 1-8 Purdue Boilermakers. In head coach Darrell Hazell’s first season in West Lafayette, his squad has only been able to muster the 1 win, against FCS Indiana State.
- Kickoff: 12:00
- TV: BTN
- Head Coaches: Bill O’Brien (13-8) vs. Darrell Hazell (1-8)
- Opening Line – Penn State -22.5
Not much has gone right for Purdue this season. On defense, the Boilermakers have only held opponents to under 31 points on two occasions, the 20-14 Indiana State win, and a 14-0 loss to Michigan State. Even with those numbers, Purdue still gives up over 37 points per game. On the other side, they have only eclipsed the 20 point mark three times (Indiana State, Notre Dame, Indiana). The 11.8 points per game ranks 123rd in FBS football. Darrell Hazell is a good coach, and given time, will have Purdue back in the right direction, but the remnants of the Danny Hope era have not been kind.
After a disappointing and frustrating trip to Minnesota, two consecutive home dates to finish the home schedule are just what the doctor ordered, especially a visit from the Boilermakers. John Butler’s defense will look to build on a strong second half against the Gophers, while the offense will try to find a better rhythm than they showed in the Twin Cities. The Purdue defense should be an excellent remedy for freshman QB Christian Hackenberg, who is coming off perhaps his worst performance of the season last weekend.
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