College Football Recap Week 14
Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson had a career day against Purdue on Saturday. Roberson tied a school record with six touchdown passes tying a mark that had stood alone since 1943. Roberson guided IU to an Old Oaken Bucket victory by going 25-37 for 273 yards and the six touchdowns. He also rushed for a career-high 154 yards. The Hoosiers hung up 56 points as they captured the Bucket for the first time since 2010.
Indiana and Purdue’s atrocious defensive performance. The Hoosiers and Boilers have struggled all season defensively, but on Saturday their ineptitude reached an all time high. IU accumulated a school record 692 total yards of offense while picking up an incredible 42 first downs. See the Who? section of this post for all of Tre Roberson’s accomplishments, but Roberson along with Stephen Houston and D’Angelo Roberts all rushed for over 100 yards. That is a first for IU. Cody Latimer had seven catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. All of this was en route to 56 points. Not to be outdone IU’s defense allowed the dormant Boilermaker offense to explode in the second half. Purdue racked up 516 yards of offense with basically all of it coming through the air. QB Danny Etling had shown signs of improvement down the stretch of his freshman season, but no one expected this. As my friend James Motz said, leave it to the IU defense to make Etling look like Drew Brees. Etling finished the day 33-49 for 485 yards and four touchdowns. Everything on this day was a career-high for Etling. Purdue had two players go over 100 yards receiving as Danny Anthrop and DeAngelo Yancey both cleared that mark while catching one touchdown apiece. The best part about this game for all parties involved is that it is over. It was ugly and frustrating. Even for the winners in IU they still feel like losers with a defense that bad. Almost forgot to mention with Purdue’s offensive outburst, IU’s defense gave up the most points of any Big Ten team ever in one season.
Although they still have a bowl game to play (most likely the Pinstripe Bowl), Notre Dame fans are turning their attention to next season’s quarterback. The reason this is in the when category is because ND is waiting to see if/when Everett Golson will be re-admitted to the school. Golson is the quarterback that lead the Irish to the National Championship game last season. Most Golden Domers will be glad to see Tommy Rees go, but Golson coming back to the program may pre-determine their fate in 2014.
The waiting game is being played in Muncie as Ball State sits around to see where they will be playing their bowl game. The Cardinals dismantled Miami (OH) last Friday 55-14. The win gave BSU their 10th of the season and the second best record in the conference. Unfortunately they will be the third team available from the MAC as both championship game participants will get first dibs. What could help them is Northern Illinois reaching their second consecutive BCS bowl. If that happens Ball State should easily land in one of the conference’s automatic bowl tie-ins. It would most likely be the Little Caesar’s Bowl in Detroit but there are a few other options in the Poinsettia Bowl or any of the new MAC-Sun Belt bowl games.
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