Robert Marve proved Saturday that he has a strong arm.
In pre-game warmups, he was throwing 40-yarders on a straight line. During the game against Notre Dame, he heaved a pair of passes about 50 yards.
But neither was caught.
Cortez Smith, who had a step on his defender, appeared to misplay the first deep ball in the fourth quarter.
Two plays later, Marve launched the ball about another 50 yards to Justin Siller. Siller had a defender in tight coverage but got his hands on the ball, appeared to have it on the way down but then lost it when he hit the ground.
Those were the only deep shots Purdue took all game. Marve's longest completion was for 16 yards.
Marve didn't question offensive coordinator Gary Nord's play-calling, saying he thought Nord did a good job of keeping him moving in the pocket. Both deep tries even came after Marve rolled out.
"I didn't think (Nord) waited too late or too early," Marve said. "They were there. We should have made the play. We'll get them next time."
When asked about incorporating the deep ball more into the offense, coach Danny Hope said, "We've got catch a couple of them. That would help a lot."