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No. 16 Louisville and the defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson facing the Boilermakers and first-year head coach Jeff Brohm in his Purdue coaching debut. The Cardinals take the opening kick and drive 56 yards down to the Boilermakers' 1-yard line. Facing third-and-goal, Jackson goes under center for the snap ...
... as Jackson receives the snap, he loses control of the ball at the 3-yard line. Defensive end Danny Ezechukwu scrambles around the pile of offensive and defensive lineman to scoop the ball up and rumble 32 yards after the recovery.
So Says Danny
"I saw the ball hit the turf and recognized the opportunity in front of me. After picking it up, I ran as fast as I could and felt someone grab me. My first thought then was 'Just don't fumble.' After watching it 100 times, I feel like I could've pitched the ball to Rob Simmons, and he would've scored."
What it Meant
Louisville would go on to win the game 35-28, but the play foreshadowed what Purdue's defense had in store for 2017. The Boilermakers forced four fumbles inside the opposition's 10-yard line in the regular season, allowed 25 fewer rushing touchdowns than the previous year and surrendered 18.9 fewer points per game than in 2016.