Published Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm / Updated at 9:28 pm
FOOTBALL
Quarter by quarter: Nebraska 44, Purdue 7

Sam McKewon and Rich Kaipust break down the key plays in the Nebraska-Purdue game, one quarter at a time.

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FIRST QUARTER

Aaron Curry: The Husker tackle starts the defense off right with a 5-yard sack to open the game. Purdue is forced to punt.

Spencer Long: On NU's opening offensive drive, the Huskers' top offensive lineman gets hurt. He's later carted off the field with ice on his knee.

Imani Cross: The Nebraska running back rumbles 21 yards for a first down on the play after Long's departure.

Tommy Armstrong: The NU quarterback finishes the Huskers' drive with his first rushing touchdown of his career. Nebraska leads 7-0.

Leroy Alexander: The Husker freshman safety has a deflected pass drop into his arms for an interception, the first of his career.

Armstrong: Gives it right back with his first career pick, on a poor decision to throw into double coverage. Purdue cornerback Frankie Williams comes down with the ball.

Ron Kellogg: The NU backup quarterback comes in for his scheduled drive and delivers, converting two third-and-longs with a 12-yard pass to Cethan Carter and a 23-yard laser post to Jordan Westerkamp.

Cross: It takes four downs from the 2 for Nebraska to score, but Cross finally pushes across to give NU a 14-0 lead as the first-quarter clock expires.

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SECOND QUARTER

Danny Etling: The true freshman Purdue quarterback finally makes a play, rolling out and hitting DeAngelo Yancey for 23 yards on third down. The Boilermakers punt after three more plays.

Armstrong: On a third-and-15, he ad-libs and finds Westerkamp behind a Purdue corner for a 21-yard gain. It helps Nebraska get out of its own end, even if the Huskers eventually punt.

Stanley Jean-Baptiste: The NU defensive back is ejected after being flagged for targeting Purdue running back Dalyn Dawkins on a big hit. Jean-Baptiste appeared to lead more with his shoulder than his head — and aimed for the ball instead of Dawkins' head — but the flag was thrown and the call stood.

Randy Gregory: The NU defensive end, who committed to Purdue twice, recovers a Dawkins fumble one play after Jean-Baptiste's ejection.

Ameer Abdullah: Tough sledding in the first half for the NU I-back gives way to a 28-yard touchdown run on the play following Gregory's fumble recovery. Nebraska leads 21-0 in a sloppy game.

Quincy Enunwa: The NU receiver grabs a third-down pass from Kellogg and proceeds to add a play to his career highlight reel, spinning and twisting out of several tackles for a 35-yard gain. He drops a long pass on the next play, however, that would have set up Nebraska at the Purdue 1. The Huskers have to punt and lead 21-0 at halftime.

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THIRD QUARTER

Rob Henry: He started the first five Purdue games at quarterback before switching to safety and changing his jersey number to 22. So he's a perfect guy to throw a pass on a fake-punt reverse play, right? Wrong. He short-hops it to the intended target. Nebraska takes over at the Purdue 47.

Kellogg: He spells Armstrong and completes two passes to Bell — of 12 and 17 yards — to move the Huskers inside the Purdue 5.

Cross: Finishes the drive with a touchdown, his second of the game.

Darrell Hazell: The Purdue coach has a fourth-and-3 near midfield and chooses to punt.

Abdullah: Rushes for 7 yards on the ensuing drive's first two carries, then leaves the game.

Terrell Newby: The freshman I-back rips off a 15-yard run to get NU in field-goal range.

Armstrong: He repeatedly misses passes in the second half, culminating in an interception.

Gregory: Picks up a 17-yard sack of Etling, which results in a safety. Gregory gets an 11-yard sack of Etling later in the third quarter.

Abdullah: Ends the quarter with a 33-yard run, putting him over 100 yards for the day. Nebraska leads 30-0.

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FOURTH QUARTER

Kellogg: Nebraska converts a third-and-8 as Kellogg connects with Enunwa on a 25-yard pass.

Enunwa: The next score comes with an 8-yard pass from Kellogg to Enunwa, the team-leading seventh receiving touchdown of the season for the senior.

Jason Ankrah: The senior defensive end thwarts Purdue on a fourth-down play in Husker territory by deflecting an Etling pass at the line midway through the fourth.

Austin Logan: The Boilermakers come up with their third interception of Armstrong as Logan snags a pass that skips off the hands of Enunwa.

King Frazier: Nebraska caps its scoring with 50 seconds remaining with a 3-yard touchdown run by the redshirt freshman I-back, his first career TD.

Etling: Purdue avoids the shutout as Etling throws a 55-yard scoring pass to DeAngelo Yancey with :39 left.

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