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The Journal Gazette

September 23, 2016 1:00 AM

Nevada at Purdue

When: Noon Saturday

Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette

Records: Purdue 1-1, Nevada 2-1

Last week: Purdue bye, Nevada beat Buffalo 38-14

Series: First meeting

Radio: 1380 AM


Outlook: Mike Couzens, the former voice of the TinCaps, is slated to call the game on TV. … Purdue is favored to win the game by four points. According to, it had been over two years since the Boilermakers got such faith from Las Vegas. … Purdue has thrown six interceptions in its last two games. … In its last game, a 38-30 loss to Cincinnati on Sept. 10, the Boilermakers gave up 512 yards and five touchdowns. … On the heels of the 39-10 loss at Notre Dame, Nevada rushed for 352 yards against Buffalo. James Butler had 174 yards and three touchdowns. Butler has broken off for runs of more than 50 yards six times in his last 13 games. … Nevada, which needed overtime to beat FCS school Cal Poly in Week 1, is 1-4 all time against Big Ten teams. … Despite going 7-6 the last two years, the Wolf Pack hasn’t defeated a team from a Power Five conference since its 2012 victory over California. … Purdue’s running back, Markell Jones, suffered a shoulder injury against Cincinnati but expects to start after recuperating during the bye week. … Nevada opponents have scored on all 11 trips inside the red zone this year. … Purdue’s David Blough, who had his first 400-yard passing game against Cincinnati, leads the Big Ten in completions per game (28.5) and passing yards per game (323). … Domonique Young is ninth in the country with eight receptions per game. … For the first time since 2004, Purdue didn’t give up a sack in its first two games. Only four other teams in the nation haven’t given up a sack.

– Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette