WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue freshman Danny Etling made his first career start for the Boilermakers and it's one that he would like to forget. Purdue managed only 89 yards and five first downs in the first half as Nebraska led 21-0 at intermission on its way to the 44-7 victory.
The Cornhuskers set the tone early as Freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong’s scored from 3-yards out on Nebraska’s first possession to take a 7-0 lead over Purdue. Armstrong’s run capped an 11-play, 66-yard drive after a Purdue three and out. Nebraska added to its lead as Imani Cross scored from 1-yard out on 4th down to make it a 14-0 game.
Following a Dalyn Dawkins fumble, Nebraska extended its lead to 21-0 as Ameer Abdullah got loose for a 28-yard touchdown run immediately following the Boilermaker turnover, and the Cornhuskers took that score into halftime.
Nebraska held Purdue to 216 yards on the day, and the Boilermakers didn't score until the final minute of the game.
"We are in a tough spot right now that's the reality of it. We don't feel good about it, nor should we. But there is only two ways that you can go. I know our football team will work to get out of this hole and do everything that they have to do to keep clawing and scratching and fighting to get better," said Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell.
Danny Etling completed 14 of 35 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in his first career start. DeAngelo Yancey caught five passes for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Boilermakers (1-5, 0-2).
"It is just not good enough yet. Obviously I have to play better and I think I am going to play better. I am going to learn more from a game like this. I am going to get in there and watch it and I am going to get better," said Purdue freshman Danny Etling.
Purdue will look to bounce back next Saturday as the Boilermakers travel to Michigan State to take on the Spartans. Kick-off is set for noon.
"When the lights come on you have to perform in those critical situations. If you don't against good football teams, a lot of the time the results are not good," said Hazell.
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