Anderson runs for 179 yards, 2 TDs; TCU beats Purdue 34-13

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Darius Anderson paced a powerful rushing attack with 179 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to help TCU beat Purdue 34-13 on Saturday night.

Sewo Olonilua chipped in with 106 yards rushing and a score for the Horned Frogs.

The Horned Frogs piled up 160 rushing yards on 28 attempts in the opening half compared to minus-1 on 12 attempts for the Boilermakers. Purdue finished with 23 rushing yards on 25 carries.

After the teams traded field goals, Anderson scored on a 32-yard run to put TCU ahead 10-3 with 1:14 left in the first quarter and the Boilermakers trailed the rest of the way.

Redshirt freshman Jack Plummer completed 13 of 29 passes for 181 yards with two interceptions for Purdue (1-2). Plummer started in place of Elijah Sindelar, who was sidelined with concussion. Sindelar led the FBS with 932 yards passing after two games.

J.D. Dellinger hit a career-long 53-yard field goal before Jonathan Song‘s 40-yard field goal pushed the Horned Frogs’ lead to 13-6 with 1:09 left in the first half. Max Duggan found a wide-open Al’Dontre Davis for a 22-yard touchdown and Olonilua’s 1-yard TD run made it 27-6 in third quarter before Anderson’s 8-yard touchdown run pushed the lead to 34-6 in the fourth quarter.

Plummer connected with Amad Anderson Jr. for a 54-yard touchdown with 3:40 left.

THE TAKEAWAY

TCU: Although the Horned Frogs dominated offensively and defensively much of the game, they had just a 13-6 lead to show for it at halftime. TCU pulled away in the second half with three unanswered TDs. One concern might be just eight completions in 24 passing attempts for 75 yards by TCU’s two quarterbacks.

Purdue: The Boilermakers’ offense sputtered without Elijah Sindelar. With a non-existent running game, TCU was able to pressure Plummer constantly. That left receiver Rondale Moore, who had a FBS-high 334 yards in the first two games, few opportunities. Moore caught just three catches for 25 yards.

UP NEXT

TCU: The Horned Frogs will host SMU on Saturday.

Purdue: The Boilermakers have a bye week before returning home to open the Big Ten season against Minnesota