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Not pretty, but still a win

WEST LAFAYETTE - It's still too early to say that Purdue found a diamond in the rough in quarterback Caleb TerBush, whose 35-yard touchdown pass to Antavian Edison with 49 seconds remaining lifted the Boilermakers to a 27-24 victory Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. Despite the last-minute heroics, there's still a lot of rough in the 6-foot-5 junior quarterback. His final numbers were pedestrian, at best: 19 of 33 for 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. And it took the last series to post those kind of stats. In the 85-yard drive that began with 3:53 remaining on the clock, TerBush completed 5 of 6 passes for 74 yards. Until then, he hadn't done much. But as Purdue coach Danny Hope said in his postgame press conference, Purdue found a way to win, and that's what counts. Purdue was shaky at times in nearly every aspect of the game - something that could be attributed to it being the season opener. Defensively, the Boilers gave up 330 passing yards to Middle Tennessee quarterback Logan Kilgore. There were 11 penalties for 95 yards. The Blue Raiders had three sacks. Purdue didn't have any. It was TerBush who said, "We still have a lot of work to do." No one will argue that.

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