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The first night game under the permanent lights at Ross-Ade Stadium and head coach Jeff Brohm's home debut against visiting Ohio. Leading 17-7 in the second quarter, the Boilermakers take over on their own 38-yard line after the defense forced a three-and-out deep in Bobcats' territory. On the first play after the punt, quarterback David Blough takes the snap, hands the ball to running back D.J. Knox ...
... Knox flips the ball to wide receiver Jackson Anthrop on a reverse, who flips the ball back to Blough. Facing heavy pressure, Blough hits wide-open tight end Cole Herdman on a pass at the Ohio 43 with nothing but open territory in front of him. Herdman scampers the rest of the way down the field, plunging head first into the end zone for Purdue's longest scoring play of the season.
So Says David
"The reverse, pitch-back flea flicker was a play our entire offense was excited about. It takes some time to develop, so coach Brian Brohm told me at the beginning of the week, if we get the right defense to call it against, you may have to stand in there and take a hit, but Cole would be open. It worked to perfection. I couldn't see what happened because I took a pretty big hit after I threw it, but the roar of Ross-Ade Stadium told me all I needed to know."
So Says Cole
"We had worked it all week in practice, and I felt good about it going into the game. When we called it, I knew it was going to work. Dave threw a perfect pass, and I added a little Hollywood at the end with a dive into the end zone. It felt really good."
What it Meant
Jeff Brohm came to Purdue with a well-earned reputation as an innovative offensive coach that was not afraid to mix in a few trick plays on occasion. This play perfectly wed innovation and trickery together and helped kick start a 24-point second quarter that handed Brohm his first victory at Purdue.