WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Robert Marve threw a touchdown pass and was nearly perfect in his return from a knee injury to help Purdue beat Southeast Missouri State 59-0 on Saturday.
Marve had been out since tearing the ACL in his left knee early last season. He entered the game in the second quarter and completed 7 of 8 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Boilermakers (2-1) scored on all three of his possessions.
Starter Caleb TerBush completed 14 of 17 passes for 143 yards. The Boilermakers rushed for 393 yards and had 627 yards of total offense, compared to 153 for Football Championship Subdivision member Southeast Missouri State (0-2).
Purdue notched its first shutout since a 51-0 win over Syracuse on Sept. 5, 2004, and allowed under 200 yards for the first time since playing Ball State on Sept. 11, 2004.
Carson Wiggs started the scoring with a 19-yard field goal to give Purdue a 3-0 lead. Akeem Shavers scored on an 8-yard run up the middle to make it 10-0 with 5:45 left in the first quarter. He scored on a 1-yard run before the end of the quarter to give the Boilermakers a 17-0 lead. Purdue outgained the Redhawks 225 yards to 18 in the first quarter, as Shavers had eight carries for 55 yards and two touchdowns.
Purdue's Ralph Bolden didn't play in the first quarter, but quickly contributed with a 1-yard touchdown run in the second that gave the Boilermakers a 24-0 lead.
Marve entered the game with 8:46 left in the second quarter. He led the Boilermakers to a touchdown on his first possession, a 5-yard pass to O.J. Ross. He went 5-for-5 for 59 yards on his first series.
Bolden scored again on the next possession, this time on a 6-yard run that pushed the lead to 38-0 with 1:28 left in the first half.
Purdue gained 396 yards in the first half and held Southeast Missouri State to 57. The Redhawks offense started just one play in the first half on Purdue's side of the field.
Purdue scored on its first possession of the second half when Antavian Edison broke loose for a 15-yard touchdown run. Freshman running back Akeem Hunt scored on his first career carry in the fourth quarter as Purdue pushed its lead to 52-0. Hunt scored again on a 3-yard run to finish the scoring.
For the game, Shavers ran for 75 yards, Bolden 57 and Hunt 56.
Gary Bush 5 Yd Pass From Robert Marve (Carson Wiggs Kick)
Ralph Bolden 6 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick)
Antavian Edison 15 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick)
Akeem Hunt 13 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick)
Akeem Hunt 3 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick)
Purdue scored 38 points in the 1st half against Southeast Missouri State - that tied the most points the Boilermakers have scored in an entire game since the opening game of the 2009 season (beat Toledo 52-31).
The last time Purdue scored more points in a half was the final game of the 2008 season (led Indiana 41-3 at halftime).