EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Purdue quarterback Jack Plummer threw four touchdown passes in the first half, three to wide receiver David Bell, as the Boilermakers rolled over winless UConn 49-0 Saturday afternoon at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.
After punting on its first possession, Purdue (2-0) scored touchdowns on each of its next five to take a 35-0 lead at halftime.
The Boilermakers, a 34-point favorite by most sports books, scored two more touchdowns with their first two drives in the second half with many second-stringers in the lineup.
Plummer completed 16 of his 20 passes, racking up 245 yards and four touchdowns. Bell caught six of the passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Both were replaced to start the second half.
In their first game under interim coach Lou Spanos, who took over Monday following Randy Edsall’s abrupt retirement, the Huskies advanced inside Purdue’s 20-yard line only once in the game.
UConn (0-3) has lost 28 of its last 29 games against FBS competition.
It was UConn’s most lopsided shutout loss since a 49-0 loss to New Hampshire Nov. 7, 1931.
UConn quarterback Steven Krajewski, making his first career start, completed 14 of his 25 passes for 99 yards. He also ran 11 times for 42 yards.
Purdue running back Zander Horvath left the game in the first quarter with an injury to his left ankle and did not return.
Purdue: The Boilermakers, making their farthest foray east since a 1947 trip to play Boston University, were able to get their backups nearly a full half of play on the trip.
UConn: UConn still can’t find a way to score. The Huskies have yet to score a point this season against FBS foes. They have been outscored a combined 94-0 in two games.
Purdue returns to play in the state of Indiana next week but in another road game, visiting No. 9 Notre Dame on Sept. 18 in South Bend.
UConn makes the short drive over the New York border to face Army in West Point the same day.