Purdue Boilermakers Football: How the Boilermakers Can Dismantle the Rice Owls

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2011

Purdue Boilermakers Football: How the Boilermakers Can Dismantle the Rice Owls

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    Purdue Football opened their season with a tight victory over Middle Tennessee State at home on Saturday. Now that the first, but close, victory is out of the way, they head on to face the Rice Owls. 

    With Rice on their heels following a close victory, they definitely have some improving to do if they plan on winning this game without the grace of a home environment. 

    Here are some keys to victory for Purdue as they travel to Texas for this battle. 

Establish Ralph Bolden Early

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    With the passing game up in the air right now, it is very important to get out and run early. The way Ralph Bolden looked a week ago, he will be a key in this outing for the Boilermakers to come out victorious.

    Bolden rushed 17 times for 120 yards, but did not get in the end zone—which seemed to be a big problem for the Boilermakers all together. 

Limit Penalties

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    The Boilermakers had 11 penalties for 95 yards against Middle Tennessee, which really hampered their success throughout the day and killed their momentum. 

    If Purdue wants to show up and win this game, they will need to show more poise and limit penalties. 

Prepare for a Balanced Offense

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    Rice is one of those teams that does not favor either running or passing. They ran 60 plays against Texas: 30 running and 30 passing.

    Purdue will need to really prepare for a balanced attack against the Boilermakers and surely some deep attacks through the air. 

Win the Turnover Margin

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    Purdue had two turnovers against MTS and will need to limit those against Rice. Rice took away the ball from Texas once, but will be looking to strip the Boilermakers.

    It's essential for Purdue to win this margin. 

Tighten Up the Pass Defense

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    The Boilermakers gave up way too many passing yards in their opener. Middle Tennessee threw for 330 yards on the Boilermakers, which showed an obvious sign of weakness on Purdue's end. 

    Purdue needs to get more pressure on the quarterback and tighten up the corners. 

Stick with Terbush

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    Robert Marve is rumored to be almost ready to go out and play, but it would be a bad decision to go with Marve for the Boilers.

    Marve hasn't played a game for an entire year. Going into a road environment, it would not be a great decision to start him. 

    The Boilers need to stick with what is working and Terbush is that for now. 


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