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Purdue 49, Connecticut 0

Associated Press

EAST HARTFORD, Conn.- Purdue quarterback Jack Plummer threw four touchdown passes in the first half, three to wide receiver David Bell, as the Boilermakers rolled over winless UConn 49-0.

After punting on its first possession, Purdue (2-0) scored touchdowns on each of its next five to take a 35-0 lead at halftime.

"While things weren't as great as we wanted on the first series or two, we found a way to regroup and played well from there," Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said.

The Boilermakers, a 34-point favorite by most sports books, scored two more touchdowns with their first two drives in the second half with many second-stringers in the lineup.

Plummer completed 16 of his 20 passes, racking up 245 yards and four touchdowns. Bell caught six of the passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Both were replaced to start the second half.

In their first game under interim coach Lou Spanos, who took over Monday following Randy Edsall's abrupt retirement, the Huskies advanced inside Purdue's 20-yard line only once in the game.

"We feel awful. Our team feels awful that we're not executing. We're just disappointed for our fans," Spanos said. "But our players, they're teammates to each other. We're getting closer as a team. Now, we've got to make sure it transfers on game day. We do good stuff in practice, but we have to do better on game day."

UConn (0-3) has lost 28 of its last 29 games against FBS competition.

"It was great to see our guys come through and do what we needed to do in this game," Brohm said. "When you face a team that's going through some adversity, you have to make sure your guys come ready to play and understand that on any given day anybody can win. That's college football."

It was UConn's most lopsided shutout loss since a 49-0 loss to New Hampshire Nov. 7, 1931.

UConn quarterback Steven Krajewski, making his first career start, completed 14 of his 25 passes for 99 yards. He also ran 11 times for 42 yards.

"Not where it needs to be. There's a lot of things I can do better and cleaner," Krajewski said when asked to evaluate his performance. "I'll get better. My teammates will get better, the coaching will get better."


Scoring Summary
First Quarter PurdueUConn
Purdue TD 5:06 Payne Durham 17 yd pass from Jack Plummer (Mitchell Fineran kick) 7 0
Second Quarter PurdueUConn
Purdue TD 13:21 David Bell 30 yd pass from Jack Plummer (Mitchell Fineran kick) 14 0
Purdue TD 8:16 King Doerue 1 yd run (Mitchell Fineran kick) 21 0
Purdue TD 3:29 David Bell 59 yd pass from Jack Plummer (Mitchell Fineran kick) 28 0
Purdue TD 0:35 David Bell 8 yd pass from Jack Plummer (Mitchell Fineran kick) 35 0
Third Quarter PurdueUConn
Purdue TD 10:38 Mershawn Rice 15 yd pass from Aidan O'Connell (Mitchell Fineran kick) 42 0
Purdue TD 4:12 TJ Sheffield 5 yd pass from Aidan O'Connell (Mitchell Fineran kick) 49 0
Team Stats
  Purdue Connecticut
First downs 29 11
  Rushing 12 6
  Passing 17 4
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 8-12, 67% 6-16, 38%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 42-187 34-124
Passing Yards 375 99
Return Yards 37 45
Completions-Attempts-Int 30-36-0 14-25-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--10 0-0
Punts 4 7
Punts-Average 36.5 38.1
Fumbles Lost 0-0 3-0
Penalties - Yards 6-45 4-20
Time of Possession 34:34 25:26
Purdue Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Plummer 16 20 245 4 0
A. O'Connell 9 11 86 2 0
A. Burton 5 5 44 0 0
Connecticut Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Krajewski 14 25 99 0 1
Purdue Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Doerue 12 74 6.2 1
D. Downing 14 72 5.1 0
D. Bell 1 26 26.0 0
Z. Horvath 2 8 4.0 0
D. Burks 1 6 6.0 0
A. Burton 3 5 1.7 0
M. Moore 2 5 2.5 0
J. Anthrop 1 4 4.0 0
J. Cross 1 2 2.0 0
M. Alaimo 1 -3 -3.0 0
T. Sheffield 1 -4 -4.0 0
J. Plummer 2 -7 -3.5 0
Connecticut Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Krajewski 11 42 3.8 0
R. Burns 6 35 5.8 0
N. Carter 9 28 3.1 0
K. Mensah 8 10 1.3 0
B. Brewton 0 8 0
K. Clercius 0 2 0
J. Medlock 0 -1 -∞ 0
Purdue Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Bell 6 121 20.2 3
P. Durham 4 54 13.5 1
M. Rice 2 32 16.0 1
B. Thompson 2 30 15.0 0
T. Sheffield 4 27 6.8 1
J. Anthrop 2 27 13.5 0
M. Wright 2 21 10.5 0
D. Downing 2 19 9.5 0
A. Sowinski 2 15 7.5 0
M. Moore 1 11 11.0 0
A. Maxwell 1 9 9.0 0
J. Cravaack 1 7 7.0 0
K. Bilodeau 1 2 2.0 0
Connecticut Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
H. Maurisseau 1 40 40.0 0
J. Gill 2 28 14.0 0
C. Hairston 1 25 25.0 0
A. Turner 3 4 1.3 0
R. Burns 1 4 4.0 0
K. Clercius 1 2 2.0 0
J. Rose 1 2 2.0 0
N. Carter 1 1 1.0 0
K. Marion 1 0 0.0
0
B. Brewton 2 -7 -3.5 0
Purdue Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Z. Greene 1 0
Connecticut Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Purdue Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Ansell 2 72 36.0
Z. Collins 1 38 38.0
B. Cropsey 1 36 36.0
Connecticut Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
H. Kerr 7 267 38.1
Purdue Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Sheffield 2 18 9.0
A. Sowinski 1 0 0
Connecticut Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Marion 2 2 1.0
Purdue Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Moore 1 19 19.0
Connecticut Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Houston 1 28 28.0
B. Brewton 1 15 15.0
Purdue Missed FG
Player Length
Connecticut Missed FG
Player Length
J. McFadden 49




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