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Grades for Purdue game

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OFFENSE: C
I still remember the day this program couldn’t get 534 total yards in 2 games … wasn’t that 2011? But this grade might stand to be lower — the 3 picks turned the game, right?

DEFENSE: C-
Gave up drives of 89, 75, 53, 62 and 78, couldn’t stop most 3rd downs, got shredded by the inside screen. But you know what I liked? This unit stayed physical throughout the game — actually, those guys got more physical in the 2nd half — and only allowed 149 rushing yards, less the 3.0 per carry.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C
The punt-block for a touchdown raises this grade. Take your pick: Weak returns, one blocked field goal, penalty on return (oh, do I hate that), etc. … Ugh.

QUARTERBACKING: C
Same theme… Can’t throw to the other team… On 2nd pick, he led defender. On 3rd, should have never gone wide side and let CB jump the route.

COACHING: C
Not sure what to do here. Hate to see big cushions on *downfield* passes to the sideline. … Anybody want to adjust to the middle screen? etc., etc., etc. Then again, offensive strategy did as much as could be expected to keep Purdue DTs from dominating. … Second-half attitude a big, big plus.

OVERALL: C
The score could have been 51-14 with a lot of recent Marshall teams (Hey, that was the Wisconsin score, right?). What the heck, bring on Tulsa.