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Purdue University

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College football preview: Eastern Kentucky at Purdue

When: 3:30 p.m. today

Where: Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500/grass), West Lafayette

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 1380 AM, 92.7 FM

2011 records: Purdue 7-6; Eastern Kentucky 7-5

Series: First meeting

Purdue

Offensive statistics (2011)

Points per game: 26.9 (60th in FBS)

Yards per game: 376.9 (71st)

Passing yards per game: 195.2 (83rd)

Rushing yards per game: 181.6 (33rd)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 26.9 (63rd)

Yards per game: 395.9 (73rd)

Passing yards per game: 221 (53rd)

Rushing yards per game: 174.9 (82nd)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: QB Caleb TerBush, 1,905 pass yards, 13 TDs; RB Akeem Shavers, 519 rushing yards, 6 TDs; WR Antavian Edison, 584 yards, 3 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: DT Kawann Short, 54 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks; CB Ricardo Allen, 3 INTs; LB Will Lucas, 82 tackles

Keys to victory: Purdue will try to put pressure on quarterback Jared McClain, who will likely start in place of injured T.J. Pryor, according to the Richmond (Ky.) Register. McClain attempted 28 passes as a true freshman last season.

Injury: RB Ralph Bolden (knee) doubtful

Eastern Kentucky

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 27.9 (47th in FCS)

Yards per game: 341.3 (72nd)

Passing yards per game: 145.3 (108th)

Rushing yards per game: 196 (22nd)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 23.3 (36th)

Yards per game: 390.1 (85th)

Passing yards per game: 220.8 (82nd)

Rushing yards per game: 169.3 (83rd)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: RB Matt Denham, 1,570 rushing yards, 9 TD; WR Tyrone Goard, 627 receiving yards, 11 TD; WR Cameron Bailey, 29 catches, 370 yards

Top 3 defensive players: LB Anthony Brown, 72 tackles, 10 1/2 tackles for loss; LB Ichiro Vance, 86 tackles, 10 1/2 tackles for loss; CB Justin Bell 2 INTs

Key to victory: Eastern Kentucky ranked sixth nationally (Football Championship Subdivision) in turnover margin (plus-15). TerBush didn’t throw an interception in his last 4 1/2 games. The Colonels need to force Purdue into some mistakes and then get the ball in Denham’s hands.

Injury: QB T.J. Pryor (hamstring) doubtful

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– LaMond Pope, The Journal Gazette

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