Purdue (1-3) takes on Northern Illinois (3-0) in a noon matchup today at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers will look to avoid helping the Huskies make history. Here's a look ahead at the game.
Last time out: No. 24 Wisconsin 41, Purdue 10
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News and notes
- A loss today would give the Boilermakers their first 1-4 start since 2009, and a NIU win would mark the first time a Mid-American Conference team has beaten two Big Ten teams in the same season. The Huskies, who became the first MAC program to go to a BCS bowl last season, are used to firsts. They beat Iowa 30-27 in the first game of the season to set up a shot at another bit of history today.
- NIU comes into West Lafayette with one of the worst defenses in the nation. The Huskies are No. 115 out of 123 FBS teams in yards given up, and they surrender 33.7 points per game. However, that doesn't guarantee a big offensive day for the Boilermakers. Purdue is No. 121 out of 123 teams in total offense, but has gone against the No. 6 (Wisconsin) No. 8 (Cincinnati) and No. 40 (Notre Dame) defenses in the country. If Purdue can't get a run game going against this team with junior back Akeem Hunt and freshman Dalyn Dawkins in the backfield, it will speak more to the Boilermakers' woes along the offensive line. Fifth-year senior quarterback Rob Henry should also have an easier time today, but must deal with pressure better than he has in previous matchups.
- Both the Purdue and NIU coaching staffs will participate in Coach to Cure MD week, an annual event to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The staffs will wear a patch on the arm of their shirts in recognition of the day, as well all of the coaches at ACC institutions. The Coach to Cure MD program, which is in its sixth year, has raised more than $1 million since 2008 to help research Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a childhood genetic disorder that has no cure and is fatal. Those interested in donating to Coach to Cure MD can visit the website linked here.