LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — David Blough threw for 328 yards and accounted for two touchdowns, D.J. Knox scored twice on short runs and Purdue beat Nebraska 42-28 on Saturday to send the Cornhuskers to their program-record eighth consecutive loss.
The Huskers amassed 582 total yards and 30 first downs but couldn’t overcome five personal fouls and a total of 11 penalties for 136 yards.
The Huskers (0-4, 0-2 Big Ten) also set a program record with their seventh straight home loss on a chilly and misty afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
“We don’t accept losing — coach Frost doesn’t and the players don’t,” quarterback Adrian Martinez said. “It’s not something I’m used to, he’s not used to it and we’re not going to put up with it. He’s given his heart out to us and we have to respond and play. I feel like we let him down a little bit. We need to come back firing this next week.”
Nebraska has the second-longest losing streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision. UTEP took a 16-game losing streak into its game at UTSA.
The Huskers’ most recent win was Oct. 28, 2017, against the Boilermakers. Their most recent home win was Sept. 23, 2017, against Rutgers.
Markell Jones gave Purdue (2-3, 1-1) a 42-21 lead with a 6-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
“I think it’s a huge win for us,” Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said. “I don’t care what Nebraska’s record is, coming into the venue against this team that’s on the ropes a bit. Every team in our conference is going to be a challenge.”
Devine Ozigbo rushed for a career-high 170 yards for the Huskers, and he scored from 23 yards out to make it a 14-point game with 13:04 left. But Martinez was intercepted and the Huskers turned the ball over on downs on their last three possessions.
Martinez, a true freshman starting his second straight game, threw for 323 yards and ran for 91 in his best performance.
Knox led Purdue with 87 yards rushing, Rondale Moore caught eight passes for 85 yards and Brycen Hopkins had five receptions for 103.
Purdue, which was coming off a 30-13 win against then-No. 23 Boston College, has won two straight after losing its first three games by a total of eight points.
Purdue: The Boilermakers survived thanks to Nebraska’s undisciplined play. Blough completed 25 of 42 passes and ran seven times for 38 yards, and Moore made a number of dazzling plays.
Nebraska: The Huskers had the better offensive numbers, but penalties continue to kill them. Now they face back-to-back road games against Wisconsin and Northwestern.
Purdue visits Illinois on Oct. 13.
Nebraska visits No. 15 Wisconsin on Saturday.