Walk-ons pave way for Purdue to capture Big Ten West titleNovember 30, 2022 GMT
Tight end Payne Durham took the traditional path to Purdue.
The former high school lacrosse star played one season of prep football in Georgia and convinced Jeff Brohm to make a scholarship offer.
QB Aidan O’Connell led Purdue to win after brother’s deathNovember 27, 2022 GMT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell led the Boilermakers to a victory Saturday over rival Indiana just days after his oldest brother, Sean, died.
The school tweeted a statement from O'Connell on Sunday that announced his brother's death but did not detail the cause.
Bucket List: Purdue earns title game bid with win at IndianaNovember 27, 2022 GMT
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell started his college career as an afterthought, buried on the depth chart.
On Saturday, he checked off yet another big box on his Bucket list.
Purdue faces Iowa in battle to stay relevant in Big Ten WestNovember 3, 2022 GMT
Iowa (4-4, 2-3 Big Ten) at Purdue (5-3, 3-2), Saturday, noon EDT (FS1)
Line: Purdue by 4 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
O’Connell, Mockobee, help power Purdue past Nebraska 43-37October 16, 2022 GMT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue running back Devin Mockobee softened Nebraska's defense with his powerful runs.
Aidan O'Connell kept the Boilermakers chugging by cleaning up with closeout plays.
Nebraska, Purdue both aiming to keep pace in Big Ten WestOctober 13, 2022 GMT
Nebraska (3-3, 2-1 Big Ten) at Purdue (4-2, 2-1), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)
Line: Purdue by 13 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Purdue holds off penalty-prone Maryland 31-29October 8, 2022 GMT
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Payne Durham made two big catches during a wild fourth quarter — and this time, it was Purdue's opponent that couldn't stop committing crucial penalties.
Big Ten: Illini go for 4 wins in row in showdown with IowaOctober 6, 2022 GMT
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Spoilermakers: Purdue stifles No. 21 Minnesota for 20-10 winOctober 1, 2022 GMT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Purdue has made a habit of these upsets of Top 25 teams under Jeff Brohm.
Toughing out this win at Minnesota was one of his proudest moments in six years as head coach.
Devin Mockobee rushed for 112 yards and a late touchdown to pad Purdue's lead, and the Boilermakers' defense fueled yet another takedown of a ranked opponent in a 20-10 victory over No.
Star RB Ibrahim out for No. 21 Minnesota against PurdueOctober 1, 2022 GMT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No. 21 Minnesota held star running back Mohamed Ibrahim out of the game on Saturday against Purdue, a week after he appeared to injure an ankle.
Ibrahim, who has 567 rushing yards in four games that was the second-most in the FBS entering the week, was hurt during Minnesota's 34-7 win at Michigan State.
Purdue bounces back with 28-26 victory over Florida AtlanticSeptember 25, 2022 GMT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Austin Burton waited nearly 2 1/2 seasons to get his first Purdue start.
It turned out to be well worth the wait.
With Aidan O'Connell out with an undisclosed injury, Burton stepped in threw three touchdown passes and kept the Boilermakers in control throughout the second half and lead Purdue past Florida Atlantic 28-26 for a badly-needed victory Saturday.
Boilermakers hoping to rebound against Florida AtlantticSeptember 22, 2022 GMT
FAU (2-2) at Purdue (1-2), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)
Line: Purdue by 19 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Purdue opponents finding it difficult to keep up with JonesSeptember 14, 2022 GMT
Purdue receiver Charlie Jones makes it all look so easy.
The smooth transition from Iowa to Purdue, the perfect timing he's established with childhood friend Aidan O'Connell, the crisp routes, the tough catches, even the long, striding runs afterward.
Penn State looks for a 2-0 start as Ohio visitsSeptember 8, 2022 GMT
Ohio (1-0) at Penn State (1-0), Saturday, noon ET (ABC)
Line: Penn State by 24½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
O’Connell’s steady rise keeps Purdue in Big Ten title huntAugust 31, 2022 GMT
Aidan O'Connell arrived at Purdue in 2017 as a hopeful, exuberant teenager.
He set out to prove a walk-on could win the starting job at the “Cradle of Quarterbacks” and lead the Boilermakers to postseason success.
Purdue outlasts Tennessee 48-45 in OT in Music City BowlDecember 31, 2021 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Purdue came into the Music City Bowl short-handed and banged-up, particularly at wide receiver.
The Boilermakers are going home winners after a game that had people clicking over to catch an amazing finish.
Purdue takes back Old Oaken Bucket with 44-7 rout of IndianaNovember 28, 2021 GMT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Quarterback Aidan O'Connell started his Purdue career as a walk-on.
He may have closed it out Saturday with an unforgettable performance.
The fifth-year senior matched his career high by throwing for four touchdowns, helping the Boilermakers set a single-season team record for completions and bringing back the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time in three years with a 44-7 victory over rival Indiana.
O’Connell, Bell help Purdue take down No. 5 Spartans 40-29November 7, 2021 GMT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue coach Jeff Brohm already had a reputation for running trick plays — and for leading his unranked team to upsets of top-5 opponents.
Indiana, Purdue face more quarterback questions after lossesOctober 25, 2021 GMT
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm will stick to the plan. Aidan O'Connell will continue to start and the Boilermakers will continue to use a three-man rotation.
Indiana coach Tom Allen might not have a choice as his top two quarterbacks battle injuries.
Aidan O’Connell, David Bell lead Purdue past No. 2 Iowa 24-7October 17, 2021 GMT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The pressure, Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said, was all on No. 2 Iowa.
The Hawkeyes started the season with six consecutive wins and the program had ascended to its highest ranking since 1985.
Boilermakers at No. 2 Iowa featured game on Big Ten scheduleOctober 14, 2021 GMT
Things to watch during Week 7 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
Shoddy quarterback play has Big Ten scrambling for answersSeptember 28, 2021 GMT
Illinois coach Bret Bielema needed one word to answer whether he considered changing quarterbacks last weekend.
The most oft-repeated question in football has made a resounding resurgence around the Big Ten after another weekend filled with less than stellar quarterback play.
Quarterback questions loom as Purdue, Illinois clashSeptember 23, 2021 GMT
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm decided to pull Jack Plummer during last week's loss to No. 12 Notre Dame.
Illinois coach Bret Bielema took the opposite approach with Brandon Peters.
Now after a week of quarterback questions, the Boilermakers and Illini will renew their rivalry Saturday with Plummer and Peters again expected to be again in the starting lineup.
Brohm wants Boilermakers to take more aggressive approachAugust 30, 2021 GMT
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm revised his philosophy during the offseason.
He wanted the Boilermakers to play tougher, find more balance and become more aggressive on offense and defense. On Saturday night against Oregon State, starting quarterback Jack Plummer will help the Boilermakers unveil their new look in the season opener for both teams.
Purdue quarterbacks face 3rd straight battle to start openerAugust 8, 2021 GMT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Jack Plummer finished second in each of Purdue's last two summer quarterback competitions.
Aidan O'Connell is trying to earn his second straight opening day start. And this time, former UCLA backup Austin Burton intends to put his name in the mix, too.