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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


Purdue looks to overcome the loss of another starting quarterback when it visits Northwestern on Saturday. Elijah Sindelar went down with a knee injury on Sept. 28 before Jack Plummer suffered a broken ankle in the 31-27 win over Nebraska in Week 10. Next, walk-on Aidan O'Connell will be tasked with keeping the Boilermakers' slim chances of reaching bowl eligibility alive by leading them to their first win against the Wildcats since 2010.



"He's a guy that I think can execute the offense," Purdue coach Jeff Brohm told reporters. "We've got to play to his strengths and help him get into rhythm and get completions." Northwestern is left to pick up the pieces following a 34-3 loss to Indiana. The defending Big Ten West Division champions are off to their worst start since 1989 after dropping six consecutive games, including their last three by a combined 106-6, and hope to stop the bleeding by knocking off Purdue for the sixth consecutive time. "We'll get this thing turned around as I have a track record of winning football games," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald told reporters. "I'm focused on winning these next four games but I promise you we'll be back."

TV: Noon ET, Big Ten Network. LINE: Northwestern -1.5



ABOUT PURDUE (3-6, 2-4 Big Ten): Plummer completed 25-of-34 passes for 242 yards and a pair of touchdowns before getting hurt with just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter and is likely to miss the rest of the campaign. O'Connell went 6-of-7 for 62 yards and engineered the Boilermakers' game-winning drive, which culminated in a nine-yard touchdown run by David Bell with 1:08 remaining. King Doerue was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after accounting for 102 total yards and a pair of touchdowns.

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN (1-7, 0-6): Aiden Smith was limited to 47 yards on 5-of-12 passing in the loss to Indiana as the Wildcats were held to 199 yards of total offense. Hunter Johnson threw for 65 yards in his first game since Sept. 28 before suffering a suspected lower body injury in the third quarter and is questionable for Saturday's clash. Cornerback Greg Newsome and defensive lineman Samdup Miller will miss the rest of the year after suffering unspecified injuries against the Hoosiers while running back Isaiah Bowser will be sidelined for the second straight week with a knee problem.



EXTRA POINTS

1. The Wildcats have been held without a touchdown in three straight games.

2. Purdue TE Brycen Hopkins is ranked second nationally in receptions by a tight end (42).

3. Northwestern DE Joe Gaziano has recorded at least one TFL in four straight games, which is the longest streak of his career.




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Last Injuries

Northwestern Wildcats

  • JJ Jefferson

    Lower Body
    Out Sat | out

    Jefferson has sat out the last two games with a lower-body injury. He will not play Saturday versus UMass.

  • Bennett Skowronek

    Lower Body
    Late Nov | out

    Skowronek is expected be sidelined until at least the end of November with a lower-body injury.

  • Kyric McGowan

    Undisclosed
    Out Sat | out

    McGowan has an unspecified injury, and he will not suit up Saturday against UMass.

  • Isaiah Bowser

    Knee
    Out Sat | out

    Bowser has sat out the previous two games with a knee injury, and he will not play Saturday versus UMass.

  • Hunter Johnson

    Leg
    Prob Sat | probable

    Johnson has a right leg injury, but is expected to suit up against Purdue on Saturday.

  • Earnest Brown IV

    Upper Body
    out for season | out

    Brown IV has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to an upper-body injury.

  • Jesse Brown

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Brown has been sidelined with knee and hand injuries. It is unclear when he will return to the lineup.

  • Trevor Kent

    Undisclosed
    Out Sat | out

    Kent did not play in the previous game due to an unspecified ailment, and he will not be available for Saturday's contest against Indiana.

Purdue Boilermakers

  • Giovanni Reviere

    Undisclosed
    Ques Nov 23 | questionable

    Reviere missed the last game with an undefined injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up for Nov. 23 against Wisconsin.

  • Jared Sparks

    Ankle
    Ques Nov 23 | questionable

    Sparks has missed the previous three games due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will dress against Wisconsin on Nov. 23.

  • Richie Worship

    Knee
    Ques Nov 23 | questionable

    Worship has missed the previous three games due to a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will line up against Wisconsin on Nov. 23.

  • Elijah Ball

    Undisclosed
    Ques Nov 23 | questionable

    Ball did not play in the previous game due to an unspecified injury, leaving his status clouded for Nov. 23 against Wisconsin.

  • Steven Faucheux

    Undisclosed
    Ques Nov 23 | questionable

    Faucheaux sat out the previous game due to an unspecified ailment, and it is undetermined if he will play against Wisconsin on Nov. 23.

  • Cornel Jones

    Undisclosed
    Ques Nov 23 | questionable

    Jones did not play in the last game due to an undefined ailment. His status for Nov. 23 against Wisconsin is unknown.

  • Viktor Beach

    Back
    Out indefinitely | out

    Beach has been sidelined with a back ailment, and it is unknown when he will return to action.

  • Kieren Douglas

    Undisclosed
    Ques Nov 23 | questionable

    Douglas missed the last game due to an injury to an unannounced area, and it is uncertain if he will be active against Wisconsin on Nov. 23.

northwestern-wildcats-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
TJ Green 1 0 112.080 0 10 6 0 0 0 0 62
Hunter Johnson 3 0 79.665 0 68 33 4 0 0 1 308
Aidan Smith 1 0 29.018 0 11 4 2 0 0 0 38
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Drake Anderson 3 0 237 0 45 2
Isaiah Bowser 2 0 93 0 23 0
Jesse Brown 2 0 85 0 11 0
Hunter Johnson 3 0 81 0 29 1
TJ Green 1 0 10 0 3 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Bennett Skowronek 3 0 141 0 12 0 0
JJ Jefferson 3 0 69 0 3 0 1
Kyric McGowan 3 0 47 0 5 0 0
Riley Lees 3 0 32 0 7 0 0
Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman 3 0 28 0 3 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Paddy Fisher 3 0 12 10 1 0 1 7 3 0 0 1
Travis Whillock 3 0 12 12 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Gallagher 3 0 11 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Bergin 3 0 11 16 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Earnest Brown IV 3 0 8 5 1 0 0 0 1 2 6 2
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Charlie Kuhbander 3 0 4 5 44 5 5
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Riley Lees 3 0 2 0 28 50
Kyric McGowan 3 0 1 0 22 22
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Aidan Smith 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Paddy Fisher 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Daniel Kubiuk 3 0 0 533 0 53 14 0 0
Drake Anderson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Hunter Johnson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
JJ Jefferson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
John Moten IV 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Riley Lees 3 0 4 0 20 48
JJ Jefferson 3 0 1 0 19 19

purdue-boilermakers-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Elijah Sindelar 2 0 163.450 0 104 68 3 0 0 9 932
Jack Plummer 1 0 94.841 0 29 13 2 0 0 1 181
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Alexander Horvath 3 0 91 0 31 0
King Doerue 3 0 37 0 17 0
Elijah Sindelar 2 0 36 0 11 1
Rondale Moore 3 0 3 0 3 0
Jackson Anthrop 3 0 2 0 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Rondale Moore 3 0 369 0 27 0 2
Brycen Hopkins 3 0 202 0 13 0 3
Amad Anderson Jr. 3 0 163 0 12 0 1
David Bell 3 0 130 0 6 0 1
Jared Sparks 2 0 91 0 5 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Ben Holt 3 0 21 14 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Kenneth Major 3 0 15 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Dedrick Mackey 3 0 13 2 0 0 1 18 3 0 0 1
Derrick Barnes 3 0 12 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Markus Bailey 2 0 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
J.D. Dellinger 3 0 3 4 53 11 11
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Rondale Moore 3 0 8 0 34 131
Darius Pittman 1 0 1 0 11 11
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Rondale Moore 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Alexander Horvath 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Elijah Sindelar 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Milton Wright 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Amad Anderson Jr. 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Brooks Cormier 3 0 0 491 0 63 12 0 0
Brycen Hopkins 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Danny Carollo 2 0 0 100 0 38 3 0 0
David Bell 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Rondale Moore 3 0 5 0 28 36
Alexander Horvath 3 0 1 0 0 -2