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College football preview: Purdue vs. Northern Illinois

Records: Boilermakers (1-3), Huskies (3-0)

When: Noon today

Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 1380 AM

On the Web: To watch a video preview for the game, go to “Boiling Point” at www.journalgazette.net

3 matchups to watch

Purdue defense vs. NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch: The 6-foot senior was at the center of coach Darrell Hazell’s game plan against Northern Illinois, and for good reason. Lynch had four touchdowns in a 44-37 double-overtime win against Hazell’s 2012 Kent State squad, and he passed Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson for the most rushing yards by a player in a season at the position during that game. Lynch has 404 rushing yards and 1,066 yards of total offense this year. Both of those numbers outdo Purdue’s output among all players. Hazell said the dual-threat quarterback is throwing more this season. With some injuries in the secondary, including senior cornerback Ricardo Allen (probable) and sophomore corner Frankie Williams (out) that could bode ill for Purdue.

Purdue offense vs. NIU defense: The Boilermakers are No. 121 out of 123 FBS teams in total offense with 246 yards per game.. Luckily for Purdue, it goes up against a defense that isn’t nearly as stout as those it faced so far. NIU is giving up 493.7 yards per game and 33.7 points, which is 101st in the FBS. Purdue has faced defenses that rank No. 6 (Wisconsin), No. 8 (Cincinnati) and No. 40 (Notre Dame) in the country, as well as FCS foe Indiana State. Quarterback Rob Henry and his unit have a chance to bounce back from a 10-point performance against the Badgers.

Purdue vs. the injury bug: The Boilermakers are thin in the secondary after losing Williams, the No. 2 cornerback, who is out with a concussion. Allen and sophomore safety Anthony Brown – who is subbing in for Landon Feichter after the Bishop Dwenger grad broke his leg against Indiana State – are probable after ankle injuries against Wisconsin. Backup offensive lineman Jordan Roos is also out.

Prediction: Purdue 28, Northern Illinois 24

smorrison@jg.net

– Sean Morrison, The Journal Gazette

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