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September 28, 2013
Northern Illinois rolls; instant impressions
Purdue goes into its bye week riding a three-game losing streak after Northern Illinois came into Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday and left a 55-24 winner.
Huskie quarterback Jordan Lynch completed 18-of-25 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns and ran for an additional score while Purdue's landscape at the position seems to have completely changed when freshman Danny Etling replaced Rob Henry late in the first half after the senior threw a pair of costly interceptions.
NIU led 27-10 at half after Etling made two throws to set up Paul Griggs' 47-yard field goal to end the half.
Any momentum that might have been generated was short-lived, as Tommy Lee Lewis returned the opening kickoff of the second half 99 yards for a score that made it 34-10. Later, Etling's pass was picked off an returned 62 yards for the third pick-six recorded against Purdue this season.
Etling finished 19-of-39 for 241 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions.
Purdue generated 524 yards of offense, but was undermined by five turnovers.
Some immediate impressions from the game.
Now that a quarterback move has been made, it would seem like there's no going back now. If a move was going to be made, the timing here is ideal, with a bye week now giving Purdue the luxury to prepare Etling as a starter.
The freshman certainly showed flashes against the Huskies, in a situation where he was set free to just wing it around in comeback mode.
Purdue rolled up nearly 500 yards of offense, but three turnovers were costly.
Purdue worried coming in about every facet of Lynch's game, but his running prowess served mostly as a decoy while his passing dominated the Boilermakers.
A positive: Freshman wide receiver DeAngelo Yancey broke loose with seven catches for 117 yards. Purdue made a number of big plays in the passing game, starting with Akeem Hunt's 44-yard TD off a screen, Cameron Posey's 18-yard TD, Posey's 44-yard catch on a vertical ball and Yancey's 50-yard deep ball.
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