Nobody saw that one coming. The Purdue football team lost to Eastern Michigan last Saturday by a score of 20-19. Purdue’s defense struggled all game and had no answer for Eastern Michigan’s passing game.

Multiple times, the Boilermakers’ cornerbacks were left in the dust after a poor read on the ball. Eastern Michigan racked up a total of 347 passing yards, showing that Purdue’s secondary defenders were exploited on almost every play.

The only upside for Purdue was its explosive rushing game, lead by DJ Knox and Rondale Moore. Other than that, the offense was stale. Elijah Sindelar threw for only 87 yards with one touchdown and an interception.

The game was close for all four quarters, and the Boilermakers had the lead until the final seconds. This was until a late hit call that placed Eastern Michigan into field goal range.

The field goal was drilled as time expired, and Eastern Michigan stole the game from Purdue.

A demoralizing loss like this has to raise questions about coaching and or the players. It’s not on the one defensive player who caused the late hit, but the team’s effort as a whole.

Purdue needs a win against Missouri this Saturday. The game will cap off the three-game home stand.

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