Trailing 17-0 at halftime may be the least of Purdue's worries.
Starting quarterback Robert Marve was carted off the field in the first half after an apparent left knee injury.
Marve had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament on that knee last year but deemed himself healthy entering the season. Last week against Ball State, Marve took a hit to the knee on a quarterback sneak in the first half. He came back in the game in the second half and played three series but said later he was playing "on one leg."
But this week, Marve said he was "fine" and that the doctors had cleared him to go against Toledo.
After going three-and-out on the first series and then not converting a fourth-and-short on the second drive, Purdue had second-and-5 on its 25-yard line late in the first half when Marve dropped back to pass. Though Toledo's Elijah Jones came free up the middle, Marve appeared to go down on his own before Jones got to him. Marve fumbled, Jones recovered, and Purdue's quarterback had to be helped off the field.
Marve, who never removed his helmet, was helped off the field and didn't seem to be putting any pressure on his left leg. He was taken to a cart and taken straight to the locker room with about a minute left in the quarter.
He didn't return in the first half.
The Boilermakers didn't have success with Marve in and had little with Rob Henry in his place.
Purdue went three-and-out on Henry's first two series before driving to give Carson Wiggs a 35-yard field goal attempt before the half. Wiggs, who was 3 for 3 this season and is one of the nation's best kickers, missed wide right.
An appropriate end to a dismal half that even included Purdue being penalized for 12 men on the field on the final play -- when Toledo was taking a knee.