Marshall (2-2,1-0) returns to Big Ten country for the first time since 2008 this Saturday as they meet Purdue (2-1,0-0) at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Thundering Herd hopes to build off their thrilling 54-51 victory over Rice last week but the Boilermakers are a formidable challenge.
At first glance Purdue fits in the typical Big Ten box, strong defense and a bruising rushing attack on offense. On defense the Boilermakers are anchored by lineman Kawann Short. The All-Big Ten first team selection is a disruptive force, last year he recorded 54 tackles and a team high 17 for loss. Through three games this season Short has already registered three sacks.
On offense the Thundering Herd can expect a heavy dose of running backs Akeem Shavers and Akeem Hunt. Through three games Hunt and Shavers have combined for 44 carries, 305 yards, and three touchdowns.
With Robert Marve recovering out with a knee injury it looks like Caleb TerBush is the clear cut starter at quarterback. TerBush was suspended for Purdue’s week one win over Eastern Kentucky and spilt time with Marve during the Boilermakers 20-17 loss at Notre Dame. With Marve out of the picture, TerBush quarterbacked Purdue to a 54-16 win over Eastern Michigan two weeks ago. In the victory he completed 16 of 24 attempts for 158 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
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