CINCINNATI, OH. (WLFI) - The Cincinnati Bearcats routed the Purdue Boilermakers 42-7 on Saturday afternoon in what was the worst opening loss in 17 years for the football program.
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Purdue's Darrell Hazell, who came from Kent State to try to get the Boilermakers moving back in the right direction in the Big Ten, couldn't get his team firing on all cylinders at any point Saturday afternoon. After tying the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter, Purdue was outscored 35-0 the rest of the afternoon.
"I obviously think we have good enough players in our locker room and we know we didn't play that well in a lot of phases, but there are a lot of good players in our locker room that can get things turned around," said head coach Darrell Hazell.
It was Purdue's worst season opener since a 52-14 loss at Michigan State in 1996.
The Boilermakers had false-start penalties and a delay of game. Fifth-year quarterback Rob Henry got run over by a pulling guard, causing a fumble. On another possession, Henry turned to hand the ball off and there was no one there to give the ball to. Henry also fumbled another snap and had to fall on it.
"I didn't play anywhere close to the way that I need to play in order for us to be successful. There was a lack of communication like coach said and I take full responsibility for that but we just have to prepare harder as players. The coaches are doing a great job of teaching and it's up to us. We're the ones that go out on the field and perform and have to play better," said senior quarterback Rob Henry.
Purdue will return to action next Saturday when the Boilermakers host Indiana State at Ross-Ade Stadium.
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