Purdue may lead 14-0 over Ball State at halftime, but injuries are the story again.
Starting quarterback Robert Marve limped off the field at halftime -- alongside injured receiver Keith Smith.
Marve appeared to injure his left ankle or leg trying a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-2 near the end of the half. Backup quarterback Rob Henry took the final two snaps of the half to run out the clock.
Starting running back Dan Dierking played despite an apparent rib injury and backup running back Al-Terek McBurse didn't play with an apparent foot injury. Those injuries were announced during Purdue's pre-game radio show.
Receiver Cortez Smith, already nursing an ankle injury, fought to get on the field. He had a team-high four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown, but he also spent much time on the sidelines riding a bike or running and cutting to test the ankle.
The lack of depth at running back meant young receivers got snaps in the backfield. Antavian Edison had four carries for a team-high 21 yards, and O.J. Ross had three carries for 10 yards.
Marve completed 10 of 14 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns before exiting the game. I'd be surprised if he doesn't at least try to play in the second half. He took a shot last week and appeared to injure his left shoulder in the first half but came back out in the second half with what looked like a brace on the shoulder.
- Colts president Bill Polian is at the game today. Former Purdue quarterback and current Colts back-up Curtis Painter also is supposed to make an appearance, though I haven't seen him yet. They didn't come together. Polian is here with other Colts front office personnel, presumably evaluating players. The Colts play Sunday night against the Giants at home.