Purdue athletics performance sparks disappointment among fans

Abel Flessner

Another decent couple of weeks for Purdue sports may be causing some fits of disappointment among fans. Especially in football, the Boilers have failed to beat lesser teams.

The Boilers lost to unranked Syracuse, which isn’t the worst loss, but it was a very winnable game from the start. Quarterback Aidan O’Connell had a fantastic game throwing for 424 yards and 3 touchdowns, but the only low point of his game came late when he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown, which sealed the win for Syracuse. The final score was 32-29.

Two weeks ago the Boilers trounced the Indiana State Sycamores 56-0 but that was overshadowed by the disappointing loss last weekend. The Boilers will look to bounce back this week against Florida Atlantic, which should be a shoe-in win heading into conference play.

The Boilermaker men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished 3rd behind Illinois and Toledo in the John McNichols Invitational last weekend. This is a pretty successful finish, but the Boilers definitely would have wanted to beat the non-power 5 team, Toledo.

Purdue volleyball have lost only one game this season, and that was to rank #2, Louisville. The Boilers have gotten off to a hot start going 9-1 and are now ranked #11 in the country.

Purdue men’s soccer has gotten off to a horrible start losing both of their games to Wisconsin and Northwestern in the last two weeks and lowering their record to 3-6. The Boilers will hope to turn their season around in the next couple of weeks in the midst of conference play.

Purdue women’s golf had a disappointing first match at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, hosted by Tennessee. The Boilers placed 10th out of 14 and having their highest finish be a tie for 21st place.

Overall, Purdue athletics had a below average couple of weeks, and will look to bounce back in the coming weeks. Once again, go Boilers.

Purdue athletes open with moderate success – September 16

Last week, Purdue University entered their first week of athletic events. As the students get settled into their new schedules and lives, attending sporting events is a good way to relieve some stress and cheer on their team. 

Purdue’s football team opened their season against Penn State who was ranked just outside of the AP Top 25. The game was aired live on Fox and the stadium was electric. Waves of black and gold filled Ross-Ade Stadium and excited students roared when Purdue completed passes and made defensive stops. 

Purdue lost the matchup 31-35, but they definitely saw some positives. Quarterback Aidan O’Connell completed 29 passes for 356 yards and a touchdown, King Doerue rushed for 57 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Charlie Jones, a transfer student from Iowa, had 12 receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown. 

Purdue men’s soccer went 1-2 last week. They fell to Kansas 1-0, but bounced back with a 2-1 win against Kansas State. After that, they lost to #9 Notre Dame 3-1. Losing to a top ten team certainly isn’t an issue and beating a power-five team in Kansas State is promising. Soccer fans should be excited about the upcoming season. 

Women’s volleyball is ranked 9 in the country right now. They have gotten off to an amazing start going 6-0 and beating Bowling Green, Loyola Chicago, Tennessee, Bradley, Utah, and Milwaukee. They have a huge game Friday against the #4 ranked Louisville. Things are looking great right now for Purdue volleyball. 

The first week in sports all together went pretty well. There are a lot of games to look forward to such as the volleyball against Louisville and Purdue’s football game this weekend against Indiana State. Go Boilers!