Purdue loses heartbreaker to Eastern Michigan, 20-19
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.
In an overall sloppy game, things seemed to go Eastern Michigan’s way when the Eagles needed it most.
On the final drive of the game, Wieger was sacked on third down by linebacker Cornel Jones, who was called for a late hit when he appeared to shove Wieger into the playing field while getting up after the play.
“Obviously I need to work hard in developing a more disciplined football team,” Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said. “We have some players who don’t quite get it. … I must have let it happen before because I don’t know why we would do such stupid things in key moments two weeks in a row on both sides of the ball. It’s very embarrassing.”
Jones sacked Wiegers again plays later, but Wiegers completed a 23-yard pass to Arthur Jones on fourth down, and later a defensive pass interference penalty put the Eagles on Purdue’s 20-yard line before Ryland’s game-winning kick.
Blake Banham finished with six receptions for 99 yards and Jackson had six receptions for 84 yards for the Eagles (Mid-American Conference), who have won two straight.
The Boilermakers (0-2, 0-1 Big Ten) took a 19-17 lead after DJ Knox’s 45-yard touchdown run with 6:41 remaining. Knox finished with career-high 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.
Sindelar connected with Markell Jones on a 7-yard touchdown pass to go ahead 12-7 after a failed extra point with 59 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Ryland kicked a 27-yard field goal with three seconds left in the first half to make it 12-10 at halftime.
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.