Purdue Football (3-6, 2-4) won its third game overall and at home, beating Nebraska (4-5, 2-3), 31-27, on Saturday. After trailing 10-0, Purdue raallied to take a 14-10 halftime lead. Nebraska recaptured a 3-point lead, 27-24, with 4:21 left in the game, but the Boilermakers drove down the field and scored on freshmen David's Bell's 8-yard run to take a 31-27 margin into the last 1:08 of the game. After the defense knocked down a Nebraska fourth down pass, the Purdue offense simply took a knee to win. Lead by redshirt freshmen quarterback Jack Plummer, the Purdue offense recorded 449 total yards with 304 coming through the air. Plummer went down in the fourth quarter with a leg injury and did not return. Sophomore Adrian O'Connell replaced him and went on to lead the game-winning drive. Purdue alumnus and current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees also attended the game, and led the crowd in singing "Shout."
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Members of the Purdue football team pose for a photo in celebration after defeating Nebraska, 31-27, to move to 3-6 on the season. Purdue outgained Nebraska 449-375 while rushing for a season-best 145 yards. This game also continued the streak of freshmen touchdowns, as the last 16 touchdowns scored since the Minnesota game have all been scored by first-year players.
Sophomore quarterback Aidan O'Connell passes a ball downfield to 5th-year senior tight end Brycen Hopkins. After replacing the injured Jack Plummer, O'Connell would finish with 6 completions on 7 attempts for 62 yards. O'Connell was 6-for-6 with 62 yards on his game-winning drive as Purdue defeated Nebraska, 31-27.
Trying to avoid the incoming Nebraska players, quarterback Jack Plummer runs the football down the field. The redshirt freshman was 25 of 34 for 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions before being injured late in the game.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback Jack Plummer is helped off the field after suffering a leg injury late in the fourth quarter. Plummer would finish with 242 yards 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions with 25 completions on 34 attempts as he didn't return to the game after leaving.
Freshman wide receiver Milton Wright rushes the ball down the field before getting hit by a Nebraska outside linebacker. Wright caught 4 passes for 69 yards in Purdue's 31-27 win on Saturday.
Redshirt freshman tight end Payne Durham runs downfield after 1 of his 2 catches on Saturday against Nebraska. He caught passes that covered 23 yards.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Plummer throws the football down the field while two Purdue offensive linemen block Nebraska players. Plummer was 25 of 34 for 2 touchdowns. He also had 2 interceptions.
Freshman running back King Doerue slightly jumps in the air to avoid the Nebraska player attempting to take him down. Doerue had 71 rushing yards and scored one receiving touchdown during Saturday afternoon's game. He also caught 5 passes for 31 yards and 1 touchdown.
Redshirt freshman Jack Plummer escapes the pocket and rushes downfield. Plummer would finish with 61 total rushing yards on 12 rushing attempts. This is the most rushing yards for a Purdue quarterback since 2015 as Purdue beat Nebraska, 31-27, on Saturday.
Former Purdue quarterback and current starting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints Drew Brees leads the introduction into "Shout" at the end of the third quarter.