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3:21 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Purdue Football Shows Confidence, Stops Southern Illinois 35-13

Southern Illinois Quarterback Mark Ianotti is sacked by Purdue's Ryan Watson (92) in the first half Saturday.
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As sports moves ever into the world of analytics, studies show there's really no such thing as momentum in football.

Still, Purdue learned something about keeping the psychological game moving in their direction against Notre Dame and seemed determined to deploy that knowledge during a 35-13 win over Southern Illinois Saturday.

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5:08 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Off The Field With Morgan Burke: September 12

Purdue's athletics director says Boilermaker athletes are coached to act better than some of their NFL counterparts when they're not on the gridiron.
Credit Purdue Athletics

Some questions in this week's conversation:

You’re on the record as saying it’s gotten harder in recent years to draw students to games. There are a lot of factors to which one might attribute that – what stands out most in your mind?

You mentioned on our last program that when the Big Ten Network money came rolling in a few years ago, you doubled down on improving facilities. What other amenities are you considering putting into sports facilities?

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3:19 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Mistakes Doom Purdue Football In Loss To Central Michigan

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A team with more than 70 underclassmen on its roster is bound to make mistakes.

Mistakes born of youth, born of adrenaline, born of inexperience. And it was only a matter of time before those mistakes cost Purdue a game.

On Saturday, the Boilermakers negated a pair of kick runbacks with penalties. Punt returner and defensive back Frankie Williams collided with a defenseless Central Michigan receiver and was kicked out of the game. The offense had two fourth down conversions wiped out -- one by penalty and another by a Raheem Mostert fumble.

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4:05 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Improved Offense Leads Purdue Football To Season-opening Win

Playing a young Western Michigan team, Purdue worked out some of the kinks in an offense that was woeful in 2013.
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Purdue's football team was outgained through the air. It committed more penalties than Western Michigan. And sophomore quarterback Danny Etling looked at times like he was trying to throw the football through a wall, rather than to a receiver.

But a more explosive offense and a key interception that led to a touchdown helped the Boilers prevail Saturday, 43-34.

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2:47 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Off The Field With Morgan Burke: August 29

Purdue's athletic director says he doesn't think any voting that happens on new pay-for-play rules will come down to the "haves" versus the "have-nots".
Credit Purdue Athletics

Some questions for the inaugural edition of the program:

About the ongoing court battle between the NCAA and athletes who feel they’ve never been fairly compensated for schools using their likenesses: what’s your position generally – do you side with the students or the NCAA?

The latest finding in the case is that schools can pay up to $5,000 per student, per year – so about $20,000 for a four-year athlete. Is that a fair wage?

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