Defense Knocks Off Offense 45-30
April 8, 2017




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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Using a modified scoring system, the Boilermaker defense knocked off the offense 45-30 in the annual spring game Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. Trailing 23-13 early, the defense ripped off 32 straight points to take a commanding 45-23 edge. The defense recorded its impressive point tally with seven stops (2 points each), five three-and-outs (3 points each), two fourth-down stops and a pair of turnovers (5 points each).

New head coach Jeff Brohm liked what he saw out of the Boilermakers throughout spring ball.

""We learned a lot this spring," he told media members after the game. "The entire spring practice was productive. We got better and found out what we can and can't do, which is important. We realize that come this season we have a lot of work ahead of us. We have to find ways to create more depth, get guys better on the field where they're understanding things and playing fast. We're going to have to be creative in what we do on both sides of the ball."

Standouts on the defensive side of the ball Saturday included a three-"sack" (quarterbacks were not live) day from newcomer Kai Higgins, two sacks apiece for Gelen Robinson and Rob Simmons, a scrimmage-high nine total tackles by Andy Chelf, who also recovered a fumble, and six tackles from Markus Bailey.

Individually on the offensive side of the ball, quarterbacks David Blough (14-22-0, 192 yards, 1 TD), Elijah Sindelar (14-25-0, 177 yards) and Jared Sparks (9-18-1, 106 yards) combined to throw for 475 yards. Along with Aaron Banks, the quarterbacks connected with 16 different teammates on the day. Gregory Phillips led all players with six receptions for 74 yards, Terrance Landers had five catches for a game -high 93 yard and Jackson Anthrop got the most out of his two receptions finishing with 84 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown on a pass from Blough. On the ground, Tario Fuller led the way with a game-high 41 yards on five carries (8.2 yards per carry) and Richie Worship scored a rushing touchdown from two yards out.

The kickers (J.D. Dellinger, Myles Homan and Noah Brunner) finished day 3 for 4 on field goal attempts, hitting from 28, 29 and 36 yards out. The lone miss was a 48-yard attempt by Dellinger.

The game marked the end of Purdue's spring practice season. The Boilermaker will next take the field in the 2017 opener against Louisville at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sept. 2.

Attendance for the game was 6,006.

 

 

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