Purdue falls to 0-2 with upset loss to Eastern Michigan

Markell Jones had 109 yards rushing on 12 carries in Purdue's loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Chad Ryland kicked the go-ahead field goal as time expired to lift the Eastern Michigan Eagles over the Purdue Boilermakers 20-19 on Saturday.

Quarterback Tyler Wiegers was 20 of 28 for 312 yards and a touchdown pass that came in the second quarter from 75 yards to Mathew Sexton to put the Eagles ahead 7-3.

Blake Banham finished with six receptions for 99 yards and Arthur Jackson had six receptions for 84 yards for the Eagles (Mid-American Conference), who have won two straight.

The Boilermakers (0-2, Big Ten Conference) took a 19-17 lead after DJ Knox‘s 45-yard touchdown run with 6:41 remaining. Knox finished with 152 yards rushing on 21 carries and Markell Jones had 109 yards rushing on 12 carries.

Starting quarterback David Blough was 6 of 10 for 48 yards passing. Elijah Sindelar was 8 of 14 for 87 yards and a touchdown.


Eastern Michigan: The Eagles hope the second straight win over a Big Ten team will be enough to gain some momentum. A year ago, Eastern Michigan beat Rutgers 16-13 in the second game of the season for the program’s first win over a Power Five team in 59 games, but the Eagles then lost six straight games.

Purdue: The Boilermakers still have adjustments to make on defense after giving up more than 400 yards for the second straight week. Purdue made big defensive plays, however. They finished with six sacks, including 2.5 sacks from linebacker Cornel Jones.


Eastern Michigan: At Buffalo on Saturday for the second of three straight on the road.

Purdue: Host Missouri on Saturday.