The first rotations keep Purdue’s defensive line fresh. Defensive player Nick Holt returned to the bench for the Vanderbilt game
The first rotations in the defensive line paid dividends. The Boilermakers yielded more on the defensive front from the first quarter, helping the starters in the fourth quarter. Kai Higgins, Giovanni Reviere and the red-shirt freshman Jack Sullivan, who had three pass breaks, saw the action at halftime, giving a break to Lawrence Johnson, Anthony Watts and George Karlaftis. Purdue did not seem tired and worn out compared to the Nevada game. Vanderbilt’s career game was not launched and the Boilermakers prevented Ke’Shawn Vaughn from producing multiple large plays on the ground. Commodore managed just 71 yards on the ground. The front continued to press and hinder the life of quarterbacks Riley
Neal and Deuce Wallace during the last quarter, which allowed Purdue to avoid the blows.
If the offensive line gives Elijah Sindelar time, Purdue will score. And write down a little more. The offensive has enough weapons, starting with the talented receivers along with the skillful closed wings. The defenses cannot cover everyone and they are already spending a large amount of labor on Rondale Moore, who leads the nation in receptions (24) and in reception yards (344). To interrupt what is currently happening, the opposing teams must press Sindelar and get him out of his place. If Sindelar, who leads the country in aerial yards (932), total offense (962) and TD passes (9), has time and can move in his pocket, great plays will follow.
The defense played better with Nick Holt on the bench. It wasn’t perfect, but it probably never will be this season. After spending the first game of the season in the press box, Purdue’s defensive player returned to the court during the victory over the Commodores. The Boilermakers did not lose in Nevada because Holt was up, but there was a disconnection in the fourth quarter when the advantage escaped.
The state of Sindelar? He was taken to the medical store at the end of the game to undergo an exam. Hopefully, more will be known on Monday during Jeff Brohm’s press conference, but the Boilermakers need their No. 1 quarterback in the next showdown.
The severity of Matt McCann’s ankle injury? The right guard, who can also play tackle, was injured in the first half and did not return. With Texas Christian then, the Boilermakers need to win the line of scrimmage battles.