Keys to the game
Mizzou: Punter Corey Fatony was terrific with two punts downed inside the 5. But when the punter is the team’s most obvious star it was bad day. It was a bad day.
Purdue: Starting quarterback David Blough set the tone for the blowout with pinpoint accuracy, including a forward pitch as he was avoiding a loss that resulted in a first down on the Boilermakers’ first touchdown drive.
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Purdue appeared stopped on its second possession, but Missouri couldn’t recover a fumble and Blough completed a 17-yard pass on a third-and-11 to keep alive a drive that ended with Tario Fuller’s 36-yard touchdown run. The Boilers were on their way to the rout.
Stunningly bad. Mizzou didn’t surpass 100 total yards until the third quarter. As he did in last week’s loss to South Carolina, Drew Lock threw an interception on a deep sideline ball, and that turned into the Boilermakers’ fifth touchdown.
Dreadful. As Purdue rolled to touchdowns on its first three possessions, Mizzou missed tackles, players were out of position and didn’t seem to play with much energy.
Fatony was very good. On Mizzou’s first defensive stop that resulted in a Purdue punt, return specialist Richaud Floyd fumbled it away. The possession ended with a Purduue missed field goal.
Missouri-Purdue isn’t a mismatch by quality of athlete or athletic budget. And this wasn’t a game where all the breaks went the Boilermakers’ way. Purdue was better prepared and better coached.