Missouri football’s first road trip of the season is in West Lafayette, Ind., against a Purdue team that humiliated the Tigers at home in 2017.
This is a different Missouri team, however. Or, through two games, it certainly appears to be different.
Purdue leading passer Elijah Sindelar is questionable for the game on Saturday, and the Boilermakers have struggled to move the ball through the air without him behind center. Meanwhile, Missouri’s passing game is among the nation’s most efficient — and the Tigers have turned the ball over just once through two games.
Fans can follow along below for live updates, analysis and stats when Missouri takes on Purdue in West Lafayette on Saturday night.
Missouri-Purdue football: Live updates, analysis, stats
15:00 1Q: Purdue wins the toss and defers, meaning that Missouri will receive. After a lot of uncertainty, Purdue QB Elijah Sindelar is dressed out although David Blough will start.
12:14 1Q, Missouri 3, Purdue 0: A promising series turns into a bit of a let-down and Missouri has to settle for a 40-yard Tucker McCann field goal. Emanuel Hall has two drops — one really bad, the other with tight coverage, both would have been touchdowns. Run game had some holes early on the drive and got some yardage, and the passing game isn’t connecting much yet but they are throwing the ball downfield.
10:56 1Q, Purdue 7, Missouri 3: Missouri really struggling with the play-action pass early, as Blough completes back to back passes to get to the 12 yard line, and then Blough hits Terry Wright in the back of the endzone for a touchdown.
7:20 1Q: Purdue 7, Missouri 3: Both teams trade three-and-outs and Missouri will start its third drive at its 26-yard line.
5:26 1Q, Missouri 10, Purdue 7: Big-time answer. Lock hits Hall for a big gain early in the drive, then on third-and-9 with ALL DAY, Lock hits Jonathan Johnson for a touchdown to give Missouri the lead.
1:42 1Q, Missouri 13, Purdue 7: After a fantastic Cam Hilton interception on a flea-ficker by Purdue, Missouri drives down into the red zone but has to settle for a second McCann field goal.
15:00 2Q, Missouri 13, Purdue 7: Purdue driving again as Blough is connecting on the deep ball, especially after play-action. Boilermakers face a second-and-6 from Missouri’s 16 when the game restarts.
14:43 2Q, Missouri 13, Purdue 10: Missouri holds Purdue to a field goal after Blough’s pass to an open receiver is badly underthrown. After the long gains on that drive, the ending is certainly a win for Missouri.
12:33 2Q, Missouri 20, Purdue 10: After a pretty gutsy call with a fourth-and-1 conversion, Lock hits Knox on a post for a long touchdown. Tigers’ run game is still hit or miss but Lock is getting into a rhythm finding his receivers.
7:10 2Q, Missouri 27, Purdue 10: Missouri keeps answering. On a fourth-and-long, Lock connects with Johnson for a fantastic catch, and two plays later, Lock finds Okwuegbunam for a short TD. Tigers have answered everything from Purdue so far and are extending their lead. One thing to watch, however, is that Yasir Durant walked off the field after looking like he injured his lower leg/ankle. But walked off under his own power.
2:42 2Q, Missouri 27, Purdue 17: Purdue answers with a long drive over four minutes, ending with a Blough rushing touchdown on a bootleg. Missouri has time to get more points before halftime. Purdue gets the ball first after the half.
HALFTIME, Missouri 27, Purdue 24: After a terrible no-call on a pass interference on Nate Brown, Missouri settled for a field goal that was blocked. Purdue marched down the field and scored a touchdown with nine seconds before the half.
8:27 3Q, Missouri 27, Purdue 27: Purdue ties it up on a short field goal, but it was set up by a (finally) a huge play by Missouri’s defensive line. Chris Turner sacked Blough on third-and-goal to set up the field goal.
6:48 3Q, Missouri 34, Purdue 27: Huge answer by Missouri, and it was set up on the ground. Larry Rountree takes a pitch off right tackle for a long gain on third-and-3, gets another nice run and then Lock keeps on a read-option and runs it in for a score.
2:30 3Q, Missouri 37, Purdue 27: After holding Purdue on fourth-and-1 (I know, right?), Missouri moved down the field but had to settle for another short field goal by Tucker McCann.
12:16 4Q, Missouri 37, Purdue 34: A fluky play resulted in a 74-yard gain, where the ball bounced off Cam Hilton into the arms of Purdue’s tight end. Next play, touchdown run by Rondale Moore. Not only is Missouri not playing well on defense (an understatement), it doesn’t appear fate is on Missouri’s side tonight.
Missouri football vs. Purdue: Game time, TV channel
Time: 6:30 p.m. CT
Date: Saturday, Sep. 15, 2018
Location: Ross Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind.
TV channel: Big Ten Network
What channel is the Big Ten Network?
Fans can find the exact channel for the Big Ten Network on your local cable/satellite provider right here.
For customers in Missouri, here are the channels for some of the major providers:
Comcast XFINITY: 255
How can I watch the Missouri-Purdue game online?
With a valid cable or satellite subscription, fans can watch the Missouri-Purdue game online at BTN2Go.com.
Missouri football vs. Purdue betting odds
According to VegasInsider.com, the line is Missouri -7. However, the most common lines are Missouri -6 1/2, and as of Friday night, Missouri 5 1/2.
Missouri football vs. Purdue preview, predictions
Josh Matejka: It’s the first road game of the year, so I’d expect Mizzou to struggle in the early going. But I’d bet a characteristic Lock to Hall 60-yard-plus bomb gets the offense in gear in the second quarter. Mizzou 38, Purdue 24
Chris Bohkay: Mizzou 31 - Purdue 20. I think Crockett goes off for a long run in the 4th quarter that breaks Purdue’s will to live and Mizzou hangs on to win a closer game than expected. Mizzou fans everywhere get to tell Matt Painter what for, and the Tigers get to SEC chant all over West Lafayette and show the B1G they made a BIG mistake taking stupid Nebraska over us those many years ago.
Connor Snelson: Mizzou 42, Purdue 21. I think the Tigers offense is finding itself and Dooley is loving all the options he has with Lock and Hall leading the way. I expect a big game from both of them, Lock will have 3 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing, while Hall will have a receiving touchdown and over 100 yards. As far as a play of the game, I’m going to go with the defense. I think Cam Hilton makes his presence felt with either an interception or forced fumble that goes for 6 or sets up the offense for some easy points.