Before getting ready for Penn State and Ohio State, some quick thoughts on Purdue's loss to Toledo and Northwestern's win against Central Michigan.
Toledo 31, Purdue 20: I can't name another team in America that has been hit harder by key injuries than Purdue. The Boilers today lost starting quarterback Robert Marve to a knee injury. Marve joins top running back Ralph Bolden and top receiver Keith Smith on the shelf with knee injuries. I'll have an update on Marve when I get it, but coach Danny Hope has to feel totally snake bit right now. Purdue had a mini rally in the second half and forced some turnovers, but Toledo put things away on a touchdown run with 5:24 left. The Boilers defense can't feel too good about this one, as a Toledo offense ranked last nationally in yards racked up 378 yards and 31 points. Quarterback Austin Dantin picked apart a still-vulnerable Purdue secondary.
Northwestern 30, Central Michigan 25: Things got a interesting at the end as Central Michigan closed to within five, forcing Northwestern to recover an onside kick to preserve the win. But the game shouldn't have been nearly as close, as Northwestern completely dominated the third quarter and only let up after an inexcusable fumble by running back Arby Fields early in the fourth. Fields, who is struggling this season, can't make a mistake like that if he wants to stay in the mix at running back. Northwestern ran the ball a bit better with Mike Trumpy, who might be the answer. Quarterback Dan Persa threw his first interception of the year but still looked very good. Linebacker Quentin Davie and defensive tackles Corbin Bryant and Jack DiNardo stepped up nicely for a defense that performed well until the fourth quarter.