LINCOLN, Neb. — For the second straight week, Nebraska will face one of the Big Ten’s top passers.
On this week’s menu, it’s Purdue quarterback David Blough, who torched Nebraska last year for 274 yards passing and 4 touchdowns and also ran 10 times for 82 yards and 1 touchdown in a 55-45 Boilermakers victory.
“He’s a pain in the neck because of the fact that if he doesn’t like what he sees down field he’s going to extend the play with his feet,” Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker said. “You leave the middle of the formation open and you don’t get to his feet he’s going to take off on you.”
This season, Blough leads the conference with 292 passing yards per game and also leads the conference in total yards per game, with 302 on average.
Blough is on a roll, throwing for 458 yards and 5 touchdowns against Iowa last week.
“He throws the ball extremely well, he throws it with a lot of velocity and good accuracy,” Banker said. “And they can use him in the run game to come off the edge, too.”
Banker noted Nebraska will need to put pressure on Blough to slow him down.
“I have always disliked quarterbacks who run around like that,” Banker said.