Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Sports

October 12, 2013

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Nebraska trying to figure out Purdue's new look

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.. — Darrell Hazell is shaking things up.

Purdue's new coach made a quarterback change, switched right guards and tinkered with his defensive lineup during the bye week. He's hoping it makes a difference Saturday against Nebraska.

"The biggest thing for me offensively is taking care of the ball. We have not done a good job of taking care of the football," Hazell said. "Once the ball has crossed the 50-yard line, we have not done a good job of taking care of it and then producing points and that's what we need to do."

Little has gone right for Purdue (1-4, 0-1) this season. The offense is scoring a league low 17.0 points per game. The defense is giving up a league-high 36.6. The turnover margin, minus-4, is last in the Big Ten, and their 10 scores in 16 red-zone trips also is the Big Ten's lowest.

Clearly, something had to change, so Hazell decided to give true freshman Danny Etling a chance to jumpstart the season.

Two weeks ago, the young quarterback brought instant energy to the field when he replaced Rob Henry late in the first half of a 55-24 loss to Northern Illinois.

This week, he'll at least be facing a defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in most major categories.

The bad news for Purdue is that Nebraska (4-1, 0-1) has been getting better each week. After allowing nearly 30 points through the first three weeks, the Cornhuskers have allowed just 19.5 points the last two weeks.

With injured quarterback Taylor Martinez expected to sit out again with a turf toe injury, redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. should get his first career road start.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini isn't worried.

"I think it's always a concern. It's always an issue. It's something we'll talk about," he said when asked about taking a young team on the road for the first time this season. "I think it will be a good experience for our guys. Some of them have been on road trips but there's a difference between being on a road trip and walking out there as a starter on the first play. I think it will be good for us."

Here are five more things to watch Saturday:

CRADLE OF QUARTERBACKS: Nobody will be under the microscope more than Etling. Not only was he widely considered the quarterback of the future, he plays at the Cradle of Quarterbacks. Expect to see many of his more famous predecessors — Dawson, Griese, Danielson, Herrman, Everett, Brees and Orton — splashed across the television screen this weekend along with the stats from their first starts.

RUN, RUN, RUN: Nebraska has the Big Ten's No. 2 rushing offense at 291.6 yards per game. Purdue has the league's third-worst rushing defense at 183.2 yards per game. Three weeks ago, Wisconsin gashed the poor-tackling Boilermakers for 388 yards on the ground in a 41-10 victory. While the Badgers and 'Huskers use different running styles, Nebraska almost certainly will test Purdue's defense with a heavy ground game. If that's effective, they won't need Armstrong to have a big day through the air.

TOUGH MAN: At 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah may not have prototypical size for a Big Ten running back. The junior hasn't let it become an obstacle. He ran for more than 1,000 yards and eight TDs last season, already has 690 yards and five TDs this season and has the respect of Hazell, who understands it won't be easy putting Abdullah on the ground Saturday. He needs 23 yards to join Nebraska's 2,000-yard club and 177 yards to crack the top 25 rushers in school history.

GOING YOUNG: In addition to all those other changes, Hazell shuffled the depth chart at receiver, too. The top four receivers on this week's depth chart are all freshmen or sophomores and starter B.J. Knauf is out, serving the first game of a two-game suspension after his arrest last week.

ONLY THE START: Purdue and Nebraska have met only one other time, a 28-0 Purdue win in 1958. Next year, Purdue will make its first trip to Lincoln. But this is about to become an annual date when Nebraska and Purdue will move into the Big Ten's renamed West Division next year.

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Pacers Hawks Basketball -9 [Duplicate] NBA: Teague, Korver lead Hawks past Pacers Eds: Hawks 98, Pacers 85. Updates with details. With AP Photos. ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Teague flung in a wild 3-pointer after the officials appeared to miss him stepping out of bounds, and Kyle Korver finished off Indiana from beyond the arc to lead th

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140425 soft ff ll 09 PREP SOFTBALL: The birthday girl BENTON — After the game was over, the Fairfield Falcons celebrated senior teammate Shelby Niswonger’s 18th birthday with doughnuts. Before that they celebrated her special day with a vast array of offensive fireworks in an 18-7 NECC high school softb

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg What will happen in NFL draft? No one really knows

    Despite the hours spent interviewing coaches, watching film and developing well-reasoned mock draft lists, the truth about the 2014 NFL draft remains a mystery, well-guarded by teams that have nothing to gain by publicly sharing their innermost thoughts.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • PODCAST: TGN Sports Roundtable, Ep. 27

    TGN Sports Editor David Vantress and Sport Reporter Greg Keim give kudos to the four local runners who competed in the 2014 Boston Marathon and look ahead to a busy week in Michiana prep sports.

    Produced by Sheila Selman

    April 24, 2014

  • APTOPIX Diamondbacks Cubs 100th Anniversary Baseball [Duplicate] CHICAGO BASEBALL: For Wrigley, it's party of a century CHICAGO -- For Wrigley Field, it really was the party of a century. Exactly 100 years after the Chicago Federals pounded the Kansas City Packers in the first game at Wrigley, the famed ballpark got quite the birthday bash on Wednesday afternoon. Hall

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Diamondbacks beat Cubs on Wrigley's 100th birthday CHICAGO -- On the 100th anniversary of the first game at Wrigley Field, the team with the worst record in the major leagues won. And it wasn't the Chicago Cubs. After an error by shortstop Starlin Castro, the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for five run

    April 24, 2014

  • GN140424 Mathis armor NFL:Mathis' leadership paying off for Colts INDIANAPOLIS -- An authentic set of battle armor greeted visitors to Robert Mathis' locker Wednesday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. The black-and-gold helmet and chest plate look more at home in one of the "300" movies, but they are the

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140424 goshen-warsaw baseball ambrose PREP BASEBALL: Tigers blank Goshen in NLC contest GOSHEN -- Wins have been hard to come by for the Goshen baseball team so far in 2014. That frustrating trend continued Wednesday night at Phend Field as the Redskins fell to visiting Warsaw, 9-0 in an NLC contest. With the loss, Goshen dropped to 1-9

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wrigley Baseball-30 [Duplicate] CHICAGO BASEBALL: Scorekeeper at Wrigley practices dying art CHICAGO -- Inside a dusty, dimly lit chamber of steel catwalks, Darryl Wilson peers out a square hole and into one of baseball's most revered shrines. For 23 years, Wilson has been a scoreboard operator at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Run

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140424 base nr nw 06 PREP BASEBALL: Youth is served NAPPANEE -- A youthful Northridge High School baseball team is being led by a youngster. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Andrew Kennedy tossed his second good outing in a row as he defeated the NorthWood Panthers, 5-3, in an NLC contest Wednesday even

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results