The Purdue Boilermakers are in the midst of a disappointing 2014 season. It has been a long hard battle for Purdue to regain the respectability they had in the late 1990’s to mid-2000’s when they had quarterbacks such as Drew Brees and Kyle Orton breaking all kinds of NCAA records. During that time the Boilermaker offense was called basketball on grass, and rightfully so. The Boilermakers offense this season is a shell of what it used to be. Purdue currently stands at 84th in points per game at 26.7 and 102nd in passing yards per game at 185.7 yards per game. The Boilermakers have used two quarterbacks this season, Danny Etling and former mega-recruit Austin Appleby. Their numbers have been almost identical. Etling has 800 yards passing on the season to go along with six touchdowns and five interceptions. Appleby has 871 yards passing on the season to go along with 7 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Etling has a quarterback rating of 102.5 and Appleby has a quarterback rating of 109.4. The leading receiver is Danny Anthrop who has 38 receptions for 616 yards and four touchdowns. Purdue does have a solid running game though. Akeem Hunt is having a solid season. Hunt has 706 yards and five touchdowns. Raheem Mostert has 480 yards and three touchdowns.
The Boilermakers currently sit at 3-6 on the season and 1-4 in the Big Ten,. They are just one of two teams in the Big Ten West that is out of contention. Their three wins on the season are week one against Central Michigan in which they won 43-34, then against Southern Illinois 35-13. and then their lone Big Ten win came against Illinois 38-27, a game I actually watched with my Grandfather during a family gathering. Their final three games of the season are against Wisconsin at home this weekend, Northwestern at home in two weeks, then they finish on the road against Indiana.