WEST LAFAYETTE – Fall camp was filled with promise for Purdue. Head coach Darrell Hazell and players spoke of camaraderie and turning the page on a 1-11 record last season.
Step one toward slamming the book on the past began Saturday with a 43-34 win over Western Michigan. The Boilermakers, paced by running backs Raheem Mostert and Akeem Hunt, totaled 407 yards of offense. Those two combined for 224 yards on the ground.
Preseason conversation centered on sophomore Danny Etling taking a big step toward etching his name into Purdue’s “Cradle of Quarterbacks.” But it was Mostert who stole the show, rushing for 146 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
Hunt ran for 78 yards and a touchdown. Etling finished 19-of-38 passing for 181 yards with two touchdowns strikes. He also ran for a score.
The 43 points scored were the most in the Hazell era, surpassing 36 scored against Indiana in a 20-point loss.
Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell, a former Homestead standout, was 18 of 36 for 205 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Fellow Fort Wayne native Landon Feichter, a Bishop Dwenger grad, made a team-high eight tackles, all coming in the second half. He was suspended the first half for a targeting penalty in last season’s finale against Indiana.
Broncos running back Jarvion Franklin had 163 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.
Purdue plays Central Michigan next Saturday at noon. The game will be televised on ESPN News.
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