This article was originally published in September of 2018. It has been updated to reflect recent results.
Nebraska and Purdue faced off as conference opponents for the first time in 2013.
But that wasn’t their first meeting. That came in 1958 — the only game between them before the Huskers joined the Big Ten.
“Nebraska was a 28-0 victim of Purdue University,” Wally Provost wrote in the Sept. 28, 1958, edition of The World-Herald. “But that score may be the most deceptive figure in the Husker football history book today.”
The Huskers were surely at a disadvantage, fielding just 24 players, including some who "saw only several minutes of action.” On the opposite side, Purdue countered with “29 linemen and 16 backs.”
So how have the matchups gone since Nebraska joined the Big Ten? They include a Halloween shootout and a Husker comeback.
Purdue 28, Nebraska 0
“Nebraska was a 28-0 victim of Purdue University,” Wally Provost wrote in the Sept. 28, 1958, edition of The World-Herald. “But that score may be the most deceptive figure in the Husker football history book today.” The Huskers fielded just 24 players, some who didn't see much playing time. Purdue, however, used "29 linemen and 16 backs" to wear Nebraska down.
Nebraska 44, Purdue 7
It wasn’t the prettiest game — a combined 15 penalties, 14 punts, five turnovers and at least that many injury timeouts. But the Huskers steadily pulled away to a 44-7 victory. Randy Gregory, who was once committed to Purdue, had his name chanted by the crowd after a dominant performance with a fumble recovery that led to a touchdown and two sacks, one of which led to a safety.
Nebraska 35, Purdue 14
This was a Blackshirt showcase in a 35-14 Nebraska victory. Purdue’s offense had caught fire in recent weeks but was forced to punt seven times and turned the ball over on downs five times. Quarterback Austin Appleby completed 18 of 46 passes and tossed two interceptions. The Boilermakers converted 3 of 22 third and fourth downs.
Purdue 55, Nebraska 45
“Rock bottom,” was mentioned by staff writer Sam McKewon in the Nov. 1, 2015, edition of The World-Herald. The Huskers had five turnovers, missed several tackles and had four penalties on extra-point tries. That Boilermaker squad had previously won just one Big Ten game in nearly three seasons.
No. 8 Nebraska 27, Purdue 14
Nebraska trailed 14-10 heading into halftime but outscored the Boilermakers 17-0 after the break. The Huskers won 27-14 and improved their record to 7-0. They steadily wore down Purdue, running for 74 of 157 yards in the fourth quarter. The receiving corps did most of the damage. Brandon Reilly, De’Mornay Pierson-El, Stanley Morgan and Alonzo Moore each posted a play longer than 20 yards.
Nebraska 25, Purdue 24
Everything seemed to be going Purdue’s way. The Huskers had 95 penalty yards, "nonexistent run blocking and shoddy tackling on defense,” as McKewon wrote. But Tanner Lee had 431 passing yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns that left NU celebrating a 25-24 come-from-behind victory. “Never, never, never, never, never quit!” then-coach Mike Riley told his players in the locker room. “Never! That was beautiful! That can set a tone for who this team is!” It didn't. The Huskers lost their final four games and Riley was fired after the season.
Purdue 42, Nebraska 28
“We look like one of the most undisciplined teams in the country, and it kills me,” Scott Frost said after the game. The Huskers committed 11 penalties for 136 yards, including a defensive holding that negated a key interception.
» Nebraska has outscored Purdue 204-184 in seven games, an average victory of 29.1-26.3.
» Purdue does not have a player from Nebraska on its roster. Nebraska has two players from Indiana — junior linebacker
Collin Miller and sophomore tight end Kurt Rafdal.
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