Scores

Final

E Kentucky 6

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Purdue 48

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

3:30 PM ET, September 1, 2012

Ross-Ade Stadium, WEST LAFAYETTE, IN

1 2 3 4 T
EKY 0 6 0 06
PUR 13 21 7 748

Top Performers

Passing: R. Marve (PUR) - 295 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Shavers (PUR) - 11 CAR, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Edison (PUR) - 7 REC, 58 YDS, 1 TD

Robert Marve throws 3 TDs as Purdue crushes Eastern Kentucky

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Robert Marve passed for a career-high 295 yards and matched a career best with three touchdowns to help Purdue defeat Eastern Kentucky 48-6 on Saturday in both teams' season opener.

Marve started because previously declared starter Caleb TerBush was suspended one game for violating team rules. He hadn't thrown three touchdowns since 2008, when he was the starter at Miami.

Akeem Shavers ran for 74 yards and O.J. Ross caught eight passes for 71 yards. Purdue gained 547 yards against coach Danny Hope's alma mater, where he was the head coach from 2003 to 2007.

The Boilermakers held Football Championship Subdivision foe Eastern Kentucky to 190 yards and 10 first downs and forced four turnovers. Defensive tackle Kawann Short blocked a field goal and an extra point for the fifth and sixth blocked kicks of his career.

Brooklyn Fox led Eastern Kentucky with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Purdue next plays at Notre Dame on Saturday.

On Purdue's second possession, Shavers broke down the right sideline for 34 yards. Eastern Kentucky was called for a horse-collar tackle on the play, tacking 15 yards onto the end of the run. Later, Marve rolled right and found Gary Bush in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown. Khiry Maddox blocked the extra point, and the Boilermakers' lead remained 6-0.

On Eastern Kentucky's next possession, safety Landon Feichter intercepted a pass by Jared McClain and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown, pushing Purdue's lead to 13-0 with 7:51 to go. Kurt Freytag later scored from 7 yards out to push Purdue's lead to 20-0.

Eastern Kentucky had 9 yards of offense and no first downs in the opening quarter.

Matt Denham broke for a 30-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, but Short blocked the extra point and Purdue led 20-6.

Marve later found Antavian Edison for a 13-yard touchdown, then Shavers broke for an 8-yard touchdown run to give the Boilermakers a 34-6 lead.

Marve hit Gabe Holmes for an 8-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 41-6 late in the third quarter.

Rob Henry, who was expected to start last year's opener but tore his ACL and missed the entire season, threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Justin Sinz with 1:54 remaining.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EKY
PUR
1st Downs1033
Total Yards190547
Passing85372
Rushing105175
Penalties5-453-15
3rd Down Conversions5-1312-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers45
Possession23:4936:11

Passing Leaders

Eastern KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McClain8/22853.902
PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Marve30/382957.831

Rushing Leaders

Eastern KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Denham12473.9130
McClain10333.3012
PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Shavers11746.7134
Mostert5367.2010

Receiving Leaders

Eastern KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bailey56012.0024
Goard11616.0016
PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ross8718.9025
Edison7588.3114

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREKYPUR
TD08:43Gary Bush 4 Yd Pass From Robert Marve (Pat Blocked) 06
TD07:51Landon Feichter 34 Yd Interception Return (Sam Mccartney Kick) 013
SECOND QUARTEREKYPUR
TD13:46Kurt Freytag 7 Yd Run (Sam Mccartney Kick) 020
TD11:17Matt Denham 30 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 620
TD04:26Antavian Edison 13 Yd Pass From Robert Marve (Sam Mccartney Kick) 627
TD01:19Akeem Shavers 8 Yd Run (Sam Mccartney Kick) 634
THIRD QUARTEREKYPUR
TD02:59Gabe Holmes 8 Yd Pass From Robert Marve (Paul Griggs Kick) 641
FOURTH QUARTEREKYPUR
TD01:54Justin Sinz 15 Yd Pass From Rob Henry (Paul Griggs Kick) 648