Coach takes blame for Purdue’s upset loss

The Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Chad Ryland delivered Eastern Michigan a thrilling victory over the Purdue as time expired on Saturday.

The freshman kicker made the late go-ahead field goal from 24 yards to lift the Eagles over the Boilermakers 20-19.

Quarterback Tyler Wiegers was 20 of 28 for 312 yards and a touchdown pass that came in the second quarter from 75 yards to Mathew Sexton to put the Eagles ahead 7-3.

“It’s never over, you don’t have any choice other than to believe that it’s gonna happen and that it’s possible,” Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton said. “There was never a time where our sidelines felt as if we lost the game.”

In an overall sloppy game, things seemed to go Eastern Michigan’s way when the Eagles needed it most.

On the final drive of the game, Wiegers was sacked on third down by linebacker Cornel Jones, who was called for a late hit when he appeared to shove Wiegers into the playing field while getting up after the play.

“Obviously I need to work hard in developing a more disciplined football team,” Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said. “We have some players who don’t quite get it. … I must have let it happen before because I don’t know why we would do such stupid things in key moments two weeks in a row on both sides of the ball. It’s very embarrassing.”

Jones sacked Wiegers again plays later, but Wiegers completed a 23-yard pass to Arthur Jackson on fourth down, and later a defensive pass interference penalty put the Eagles on Purdue’s 20-yard line before Ryland’s game-winning kick.

“I saw the ball go into (Jackson’s) hands and it was like, ‘Now we have life,'” Creighton said.

Elsewhere:

DUKE 21, NORTHWESTERN 7: Daniel Jones threw for three touchdowns before leaving the game with an apparent injury, and Duke beat Northwestern. Jones passed for three TDs in the second quarter, propelling the Blue Devils (2-0) to another victory over the Wildcats (1-1) after pounding them at home last year. But he got driven to the turf on a sack by Joe Gaziano at the end of the third and was replaced by Quentin Harris early in the fourth. Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson was 22 of 38 for 198 yards and an interception in his second game back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He again shared time with TJ Green, who went 9 for 18 for 84 yards and an interception.

MARYLAND 45, BOWLING GREEN 14: Tayon Fleet-Davis rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns, and Ty Johnson had 124 yards and another score as Maryland broke out in the second half and beat Bowling Green. With Bowling Green leading 14-10 at halftime, Maryland (2-0) ripped off 35 unanswered points in the second half to cruise to the easy win. Maryland overcame 14 penalties for 139 yards.

IOWA 13, IOWA STATE 3: Mekhi Sargent scored on a 2-yard TD run with 4:47 left and Iowa beat Iowa State for the fourth year in a row. Miguel Recinos added a pair of field goals for the Hawkeyes (2-0). Iowa’s winning streak over the Cyclones (0-1) is the longest since the Hawkeyes took 15 straight from 1983-97. The latest matchup between these two instate rivals was mostly a slog between what could be two of the better defenses in the country. But Iowa finally put together a decent drive when it mattered most by going 83 yards in 13 plays — highlighted by a 30-yard reception by Brandon Smith to set up Sargent’s touchdown.

COLORADO 33, NEBRASKA 28: Steven Montez connected with Laviska Shenault Jr. for a 40-yard touchdown with 1:06 to play and Colorado’s defense held at the end, allowing the Buffaloes to beat Nebraska and spoil Scott Frost’s debut as the Cornhuskers’ coach. Colorado got the ball for the last time with 2:23 left after Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez went out of the game because of an injury. Montez moved the Buffaloes from their 23 to the Nebraska 41 before Ben Stille sacked him to set up a third-and-19 that became third and 24 after a false start. Montez overthrew Jay MacIntyre over the middle, but safety Aaron Williams was called for a personal foul for hitting the defenseless MacIntyre.

INDIANA 20, VIRGINIA 16: Stevie Scott bowled through Virginia’s defense on a soggy night, rushing 31 times for 204 yards and one touchdown in his first college start to lead the Indiana Hoosiers to a victory. Indiana (2-0) won its fifth straight regular season game against a non-conference foe despite being shut out in the second half. Peyton Ramsey was 16 of 22 for 150 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Hoosiers.

MINNESOTA 21, FRESNO STATE 14: Seth Green ran for two short touchdowns, including the game-winning 3-yard score late in the fourth quarter, and Antione Winfield Jr. sealed the game with an interception off a trick play in the end zone as Minnesota held off Fresno State. One first-and-goal from the 4 with 1:18 to play, Bulldogs quarterback Marcus McMaryion handed off to fullback Josh Hokit, who floated a pass toward Jared Rice in the corner of the end zone. But Winfield reached back with both hands, snagged the ball and somehow got his foot down in bounds for the touchback. Gophers true freshman Zack Annexstad completed 16 of 26 passes for 175 yards, but struggled to find a rhythm after losing starting running back Rodney Smith to a first-quarter injury.

ILLINOIS 34, WESTERN ILLINOIS 14: Illinois beat Western Illinois, but the victory came with a price. Illinois quarterback AJ Bush injured his left leg in the first quarter and didn’t return. M.J. Rivers finished the game, providing a needed spark for an Illinois offense that’s had trouble getting started early in both games this season. Bush’s injury didn’t appear serious. Rivers was 9 of 16 for 105 yards and two touchdowns for Illinois (2-0). Mike Epstein rushed for 105 yards on eight carries. Reggie Corbin ran for 63 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries.

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