Purdue finds offense, rallies past MT

It took three quarters, but Purdue discovered its offense just in time to avoid a crushing season-opening defeat.

Purdue 27, Middle Tennessee 24: The Boilers seemed to try everything on offense before figuring things out in the fourth quarter, when they scored 17 points and overcame two deficits. Purdue received big boosts from running backs Akeem Shavers and Ralph Bolden, and quarterback Caleb TerBush made the big throws when he had to, none bigger than a 35-yard scoring strike to Antavian Edison with less than a minute left. TerBush had his ups and downs in his first career start, but he seemed to find a rhythm in crunch time. Purdue will need a better effort from its defense, which surrendered 460 yards (330 passing) and clearly missed Ryan Kerrigan. Danny Hope's squad will take the win, but there's a lot of room for improvement.