Purdue off and running in 2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

If you asked any Purdue player or coach to name the unit that turned the most heads in the preseason, they all provided the same answer: the running backs.

Known mostly for its passing game the last 12 years, Purdue wants to establish the run this fall and has done an excellent job so far against Toledo. Sophomore Ralph Bolden started things off with a 78-yard scoring run just 1:12 into the game, and senior Jaycen Taylor, making his return after missing all of last season with a knee injury, added a 43-yard touchdown scamper. Bolden already has six carries for 130 yards.

Midway through the second quarter, Purdue has 185 rush yards, eclipsing its game average from 2008 by 60 yards. Purdue needs to keep it up as it seems like Toledo is climbing back into this one.