Fourth-Quarter Collapse Ensures Purdue Will Stay Home For The Holidays

Posted by Tim Cary on November-16-2009 Add Comments

When a football team outgains its opponent by over 160 yards and scores a touchdown in every quarter, it’s supposed to win the game.

Unfortunately for the Purdue Boilermakers, things didn’t work out that way Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium.

In a game they needed to win to keep bowl hopes alive, the Boilers blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead and dropped a heartbreaking 40-37 loss to the visiting Michigan State Spartans.  

Purdue was victimized by late meltdowns on defense and special teams, overshadowing a brilliant day for the offense and senior quarterback Joey Elliott, who was playing in his final home game.  Elliott finished 39-55 for 373 passing yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and...

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