WEST LAFAYETTE – Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch has thrown for 195 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Huskies to a 27-10 advantage over Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium.
The dual-threat quarterback hasn't used his legs much yet, with only 28 yards on eight attempts. But he's found a rhythm in the passing game and has completed 16 of 20 throws, including two touchdown throws to redshirt junior wide receiver Da'Ron Brown.
Purdue fifth-year senior quarterback Rob Henry, after a good start to the game, has been horrid. Henry is 5 for 16 with two interceptions, including one in the end zone and another as the Boilermakers drove into NIU territory.
Freshman quarterback Danny Etling began warming up on the sidelines after Henry's second pick, and he got the call on the ensuing drive. The move reenergized the crowd, as did two straight completions on Etling's first two plays. His 23 yards on those two plays put Purdue in position for a 47-yard field goal from kicker Paul Griggs with eight seconds to go in the half.
The Boilermakers defense will need to do much better in the second half for Purdue to build off the spark Etling brought, and it remains to be seen how the freshman will deal with managing the game for more than two plays. Things could get interesting at The Furnace in the coming 30 minutes of game time.