Scores

Final

Marshall 41

(2-3, 1-2 away)

Purdue 51

(3-1, 3-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

3:15 PM ET, September 29, 2012

Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 7 7 14 1341
PUR 14 28 3 651

Top Performers

Passing: R. Cato (MRSH) - 439 YDS, 5 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: A. Shavers (PUR) - 25 CAR, 73 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Shuler (MRSH) - 19 REC, 200 YDS

Caleb TerBush throws 4 TDs, leads Purdue past Marshall

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue and Marshall traded big plays all day.

Turns out, the defense was the difference in Saturday's shootout.

Caleb TerBush threw four touchdowns, the Boilermakers returned two interceptions for scores and the defense finally stopped the Thundering Herd's second-half rally late to allow Purdue to hold on for a 51-41 victory.

It was a remarkable day -- for both teams.

They combined for 179 plays and 977 yards on a record-breaking day.

TerBush was 27 of 37 for 294 yards with four TDs, three to Gary Bush, and one interception in Purdue's final non-conference tune up.

Marshall (2-3) quarterback Rakeem Cato was 45 of 68 for 439 yards and five touchdowns, three to Gator Hoskins. It was the highest number of completions and attempts ever against Purdue (3-1), breaking the marks set by Illinois' Jack Trudeau back in 1985. Receiver Tommy Shuler caught 19 passes for 200 yards, breaking the school's single-game record for receptions (15) set most recently by Josh Davis in 2004.

That much should have been expected from two high-scoring offenses.

But the surprises came on defense.

During a quick second-quarter flurry, Cato threw three picks and Purdue turned each into touchdowns including a 39-yard return from Ricardo Allen and a 76-yard return from Josh Johnson. Allen's fourth career TD off an interception gave him the school record, breaking a three-way tie with Mike Rose and Rod Woodson. And when Johnson scored five plays later, it marked the first time in school history which the Boilermakers scored twice on interception returns in the same game.

When the flurry ended, the Boilermakers led 42-14, but Marshall didn't go away.

Cato opened the second half with a 28-yard TD pass to Hoskins to make it 42-21. Then the Thundering Herd blocked Cody Webster's punt and linebacker Derek Mitchell ran it back 35 yards for a TD. That cut the lead to 42-28 with 6:09 left in the third quarter.

After Purdue regained its composure on a 16-play drive that ended with a 34-yard field goal, Cato led the Thundering Herd on a nine-play, 77-yard drive, hooking up with Hoskins for a 1-yard TD pass, Hoskins' third score of the day, to get Marshall within 45-35 with 12:53 to play.

Purdue appeared to seal the game with Bush's final score, a 7-yard TD reception, but the extra point was blocked, keeping Marshall within 16.

The Thundering Herd answered with a 15-yard TD pass to Craig Wilkins with 3:47 to go, making it 51-41, but the Purdue defense stiffened and Marshall couldn't get any closer.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MRSH
PUR
1st Downs3125
Total Yards534443
Passing439294
Rushing95149
Penalties8-829-80
3rd Down Conversions9-1810-18
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers41
Possession24:5335:07

Passing Leaders

MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cato45/684396.553
PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
TerBush27/372947.941

Rushing Leaders

MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grooms8536.6020
Butler8263.3011
PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Shavers25732.9116
Hunt7314.4020

Receiving Leaders

MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shuler1920010.5023
Wilson7537.6114
PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Edison69916.5141
Bush78311.9335

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMRSHPUR
TD09:26Gary Bush 9 Yd Pass From Caleb TerBush (Paul Griggs Kick) 07
TD06:27Antavious Wilson 4 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 77
TD05:45Antavian Edison 41 Yd Pass From Caleb TerBush (Paul Griggs Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERMRSHPUR
TD14:13Gator Hoskins 12 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 1414
TD09:30Akeem Shavers 2 Yd Run (Paul Griggs Kick) 1421
TD07:26Gary Bush 35 Yd Pass From Caleb TerBush (Paul Griggs Kick) 1428
TD06:16Ricardo Allen 39 Yd Interception Return (Paul Griggs Kick) 1435
TD04:34Josh Johnson 74 Yd Interception Return (Paul Griggs Kick) 1442
THIRD QUARTERMRSHPUR
TD10:03Gator Hoskins 28 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 2142
TD06:09Derek Mitchell 35 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Justin Haig Kick) 2842
FG00:29Paul Griggs 34 Yd 2845
FOURTH QUARTERMRSHPUR
TD12:53Gator Hoskins 1 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 3545
TD06:38Gary Bush 7 Yd Pass From Caleb TerBush (Pat Blocked) 3551
TD03:46Craig Wilkins 15 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 4151