Nebraska and Purdue will face off at Ross-Ade Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 28. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Nebraska-Purdue, Week 9 date, game time
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Oct. 28
TV channel: Big Ten Network
Location: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind.
Nebraska-Purdue series history
Nebraska and Purdue will meet for only the sixth time on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. Of the five prior meetings between the programs, four came after the Huskers joined the Big Ten.
Nebraska has faced Purdue every year since 2013, winning three of four meetings. Purdue won the matchup with the Huskers in 2015 in West Lafayette. Nebraska was without starting quarterback Tommy Armstrong and backup quarterback Ryker Fyfe turned over the ball five times in a 55-45 loss.
The 2015 Purdue victory was the Boilermakers’ first in the series since 1958. Purdue won the 1958 matchup – the first meeting between the two programs – 28-0 in West Lafayette.
The two programs met for the first time in Lincoln, Neb., in 2014. The Huskers boasted a 21-point victory in that game.
Nebraska holds a 3-2 lead in the series, but Purdue is trending in a positive direction. In fact, the Boilermakers are currently five spots ahead of Nebraska in the latest Land of 10 Power Poll. Purdue is 3-3 overall this season while the Huskers are 3-4.
How do the two programs match up? Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee is 132 of 240 passing for 1,709 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar is 63 of 119 for 769 yards, 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo has carried 76 times for 351 yards and 1 touchdown. On the receiving end, wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. has 33 receptions for 540 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Purdue’s leading rusher is running back Tario Fuller, who has 43 carries for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns. At wide receiver, Anthony Mahoungou leads the Boilermakers with 16 receptions for 253 yards and 1 touchdown.
A quick rundown of both teams’ statistics shows the potential for a pretty even matchup. Nebraska is scoring on average 25.9 points per game, while Purdue is averaging 26.2 points. The Huskers are averaging 385.6 yards per game while the Boilermakers average 371.3. Nebraska is giving up 395.4 yards per game, and Purdue is giving up 394.7 yards per game.
The biggest difference is in points allowed. Nebraska is giving up 30.9 points per game on average. As for Purdue? The Boilermakers are giving up only 20.2 points per game. That could be a weak spot for Nebraska in the matchup.
Purdue has posted big wins over Missouri and Minnesota, and lost by only a touchdown to Louisville. The Boilermakers will face Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 21, while Nebraska has the week off.
There’s not a lot of history between the two programs, but Nebraska and Purdue will now meet every season going forward as members of the Big Ten West.