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If Robert Marve continues to be efficient, Purdue may be able to upset Wisconsin and win the Leaders Division.
Ranking Last Week: No. 3
Week 2 Result: Lost 20-17 at No. 22 Notre Dame
Week 2 Stats: 11-18, 119 yards and one touchdown.
Robert Marve did not stack up impressive numbers this weekend against on the road against the No. 22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish , but the sixth-year quarterback led Purdue on a 13-play, 58-yard touchdown drive to tie the game at 7-7 going into halftime.
Unfortunately, Notre Dame's front seven put too much pressure on Marve in the second half and completely shut down the Purdue Boilermakers' rushing attack.
Senior signal-caller Caleb TerBush started the game for Purdue, but it was Marve that managed to drive the Boilermakers deep into Fighting Irish territory late in the third quarter. The former former Miami (Fla.) transfer was 4-for-4 on that drive, which eventually stalled at the Notre Dame 16-yard line. Kicker Sam McCartney converted on a 33-yard field goal attempt to bring the Boilermakers within seven points with 14:57 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Marve got careless with the clock and only went 1-for-3 on Purdue's next two drives, which forced TerBush back onto the field for the Boilermakers. TerBush led the Boilermakers on a 15-yard touchdown drive to tie the game at 17-17 late in the final quarter of play after the Purdue defense forced a fumble.
The Boilermakers went on to lose 20-17 and although Marve's statistics did not raise any eyebrows the Tampa, Fla., native looked as though he could end Purdue's on-going competition at quarterback.