Purdue football can’t close Penn State in season opener loss

West Lafayette – It’s important to keep in mind the big picture from Thursday’s heartbreaking 35-31 loss to Penn State.

However, the short-term feeling is one of anger, disappointment, and a missed opportunity. This loss has a variety of reasons and we look no further than the final seconds of the first half and the final two minutes of the fourth quarter when the Nittany Lions broke with the Boilermakers.

That’s 21 pips in a short spree. This was the difference.

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Purdue demonstrated his potential as a strong team, overcoming adversity, penalties and sloppy handling to be in a position to take down one of the nation’s best programs on the national stage and earn the label as a serious contender for the Big Ten West.

Instead, the Boilermakers pulled out of Ross-Ade Stadium knowing they were a good team but failed to finish the game that could have sent their season to new heights.

Whether it’s the battle cry to run the ball in the fourth quarter with a three-point lead or stay fierce in the passing game, it’s all about finishing the deal.

Purdue Boilermaker fans react after Penn State Nittany Lions score a touchdown in the final minutes of a game during an NCAA football game against Purdue Boilermaker, Thursday, September 1, 2022, at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.  Penn State won 35-31

It doesn’t matter how Purdue reaches the desired end result as long as it does. On Thursday, it didn’t happen due to not being able to play again, get back in first and avoid the last missed tackle.

“We had the right thing as we wanted it with a chance to close the game one more difference first and the game over,” Bordeaux coach Jeff Brohm said. “We couldn’t get it. That’s what stings. I’m proud of the fight. We fought in the second half and didn’t give up. We had a chance.”

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