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  11/07/21 - QB Aidan OConnellrSr/2023, Purdue

  Purdue coach Jeff Brohm already had a reputation for running trick plays - and for leading his unranked team to upsets of top-5 opponents. His Boilermakers added to that legacy on Saturday. Aidan O'Connell matched his career high by throwing three touchdown passes - including one on a reverse, flea-flicker screen pass to Jackson Anthrop - and Purdue toppled a Big Ten giant for the second time this season, beating No. 5 Michigan State 40-29 and leaving the conference without an unbeaten team. "We run a multitude of trick plays, you guys have seen that," Brohm said. "This is one we do, kind of double reverse stuff, you know, throw it behind the line of scrimmage. To be honest with you, I stole it from a YouTube video of a high school team years ago and the first time we ran it, it went for a touchdown." For Brohm, exotic gadget plays have been a regular feature even before he arrived on Purdue's campus. In fact, his innovative play-calling was one reason the Boilermakers hired him from Western Kentucky after the 2016 season.

This time, the beautifully executed gimmick - O'Connell handed off to Anthrop on an end-around, who gave it to receiver Milton Wright on a reverse, who pitched it back to O'Connell, who tossed a screen to Anthrop - resulted in a 39-yard touchdown that set the stage for something bigger. The score put the Boilermakers ahead 21-7, and Purdue went on to control most of the game against the previously unbeaten Spartans (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP). Purdue (6-2, 4-2), pulled off its second top-five upset in four weeks, became bowl-eligible for the first time in three years and extended its FBS record for wins by an unranked team over a top-five foe to 17 - three of them under Brohm. The Boilermakers shocked No. 2 Iowa 24-7 on the Hawkeyes' home field last month. Purdue also stunned then-No. 2 Ohio State 49-20 on Oct. 20, 2018. - Purdue/AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Aidan OConnellPurdue
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