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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Purdue offense rebounds from slow start

By Adam Rittenberg

You expected a few hiccups from Purdue's offense after it lost starting quarterback Rob Henry to a torn ACL less than two weeks before the season.

The Boilers struggled in the first quarter of their opener against Middle Tennessee, committing two turnovers and failing to convert on any of their first four third-down opportunities. But the defense has limited the damage, and Purdue just mounted a confidence-building 11-play, 98-yard yard touchdown drive to take a 10-7 lead.

Caleb TerBush seems to be getting a little more comfortable at quarterback, and he's getting help from receiver Justin Siller (4 receptions, 57 yards) and running back Ralph Bolden (8 carries, 37 yards). The long drive certainly could be the start of a surge for TerBush, who has hit on 8 of 13 passes with a touchdown and an interception.