A Familiar Feeling

Today I left Ross Ade Stadium with a feeling that is all too familiar this season. Disbelief. At one point I thought that we had this thing in the bag. That is until everything fell apart. Once again it seemed as if everything was against us. Seven seconds into the game we had already fumbled. What made it even worse was that the fumble was returned for a touchdown. The picture to the left shows the end result of the play. Chris Rucker (no relation to Hootie) scored the touchdown. Purdue then seemed to control the rest of the first half, but really had no points to show for it. We would have a good drive, then it would stall. This was very similar to how Notre Dame lost last week to Navy. When you are rolling you have to get the ball in the end zone. The Boilers had the lead 34-23 early on in the fourth quarter, but Michigan State connected on their first play after we extended the lead. From there on out it just got worse. Michigan State blocked a field goal then scored to give them a three point lead. With 2:48 left in the game Carson Wiggs kicked a field goal to tie it up. All we needed was a stop to have the opportunity to win, or force overtime. Of course State returned the kick to the 11 to set up the winning field goal by Brett Swensen. Purdue had a chance to tie or win the game, but we turned the ball over on downs. Michigan State is now bowl eligible, and we have one game left. The game is big though. It is for the Old Oaken Bucket. Both teams were assured a losing season today so the game will be for pride only. So many close games this season that we should have won. Mistakes cost us all of them. Spotting the Spartans seven points right away was a typical play this season. Next year we will have a quarterback with a name that rhymes with Favre. We will see in April if he is all he is cracked up to be. The seniors could not get one last win at home. Here is hoping they get the bucket.


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