It was a gray and rainy day at kickoff at Ross-Ade Stadium and unfortunately that was a picture of how the day was going to go for Purdue as they fell to the Bearcats 38-20.
The game started with Cincinnati (2-0) and Purdue (1-1) both sputtering out of the gates on their first drives. Cincinnati was able to pick up one first down before punting and Purdue picked up two first downs before Blough threw a long interception to the Purdue 15 yard line.
Cincinnati needed all of three plays on their next drive to score. The first play after the interception was a 79 yard run by Khalil Lewis that got the Bearcats down to Purdue’s six yard line. Two plays later, Hayden Moore found Nate Cole for the touchdown. Purdue responded with a long 11 play 79 yard drive that saw a good mix of Markell Jones on the ground and David Blough through the air. J.D. Dellinger missed a 28 yard field goal to kill the drive. Kicking has been a continual problem during Coach Hazell’s tenure at Purdue.
Cincinnati took advantage of the missed field goal and countered with a 13 play 80 yard drive. Moore finished the drive with a 9 yard touchdown run. Purdue struggled all half with getting Cincinnati off the field on third down.
Purdue’s only scoring drive of the half came at the beginning of the second quarter. The drive started and ended with nice passes from Blough to Young. Young started the drive with a 36 yard reception and finished with a beautiful 19 yard throw from Blough.
The Bearcats again answered a long Purdue drive with one of their own. It took them 3:18 to go 82 yards down the field for a touchdown to put Cincinnati up 21-7. Moore threw a 20 yard pass to D.J. Dowdy for the score. Purdue had a chance to score before the half was over; however, Blough threw an unnecessary pass into the end zone on a first down play at the Cincinnati 20, which resulted in an interception.
After a high scoring first half, the third quarter was the opposite. Cincinnati scored the only points of the quarter on a 26 yard field goal from Andrew Gantz, which gave Cincinnati a 24-7 lead. Purdue could not get anything going in the quarter. Joe Schopper punted three times in the quarter after not punting at all in the first half.
Purdue had the ball at their own 39 to start the fourth quarter, but a Blough interception of a tipped ball to Cole Herdman all but sealed the defeat for the Boilers. Two plays later Moore found Cole for a 28 yard touchdown pass.
Purdue tried to make it interesting by scoring a touchdown on their next possession on a four yard run by Richie Worship. After a Cincinnati three and out, Purdue scored again on a 36 yard touchdown pass to Yancey, which cut the lead to 31-20. Purdue again forced a three and out and got the ball down 11 with 5:54 left in the game. The Boilermakers got to the 50 yard line on a big third and 15 pick up by Young, but on the next play Blough threw his fourth interception of the game. Cincinnati would add one more touchdown to make the final score 38-20.