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  Austin Burton threw two touchdown passes in the first half and finished with three while leading Purdue to a badly-needed 28-26 victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday. Burton made his first career start with the Boilermakers (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) after the Big Ten's leading passer, Aidan O'Connell, was ruled out with an undisclosed injury. Florida Atlantic (2-3, 1-0 Conference USA) has lost 27 straight to Power Five teams since beating Minnesota in September 2007, largely because of Burton and Purdue receiver Charlie Jones.

The two hooked up for touchdowns on their first and final possessions of the first half, the second a 12-yarder to give Purdue a 14-13 lead with 18 seconds left. Purdue never trailed again. But the Owls sure didn't make it easy. After Dylan Downing scored on a 2-yard run to extend the Boilermakers lead to 21-13, Florida Atlantic turned Burton's only interception into a 16-yard TD pass from N'Kosi Perry to Lajohntay Wester to make it 21-20. Burton answered with his third scoring pass, a 4-yarder to TJ Sheffield and Perry made it 28-26 with a 5-yard TD pass to Wester. But a trick play on the 2-point conversion - a pass from Perry to Wester to the end zone was picked off by Cam Allen to preserve the lead. - Purdue/AP College Football


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  Purdue is headed to Syracuse this weekend after bouncing back from a dramatic season-opening loss to Penn State with a resounding 56-0 trouncing of Indiana State. Boilermaker quarterback Aidan O'Connell has completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 576 yards with 5 touchdowns...Tough wide receiver Charlie Jones, college level Cooper Kupp look-alike, has 21 catches for 286 yards for 4 TDs. Their measurables are misleading because this is one of college football's most entertaining pass-catch tandems. - Frank Cooney, NFL Draft Scout

rSr/2023 QB Aidan OConnellPurdue
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  Purdue's top defensive playmaker - Jalen Graham, a rare talent who can play at all three levels and effectively against the run and the pass - is sidelined up to four weeks with a tibia impact fracture suffered against Penn State. He finished that game and tried to practice last week. He is the type of safety/linebacker that NFL teams covet. - Frank Cooney, NFL Draft Scout

Sr/2023 OLB Jalen GrahamPurdue
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  Purdue will be without one of its best defenders in one of its most important positions for at least the next few games. Senior defensive back Jalen Graham suffered a tibia impact fracture in the Boilermakers' season opener against Penn State that will take him out of playing for what is expected to be Purdue's next two or three games, local media reported before Saturday's game. The injury prevented him from playing against Indiana State and could sideline him against Syracuse, Florida Atlantic and potentially Minnesota. - Purdue Exponent

Sr/2023 OLB Jalen GrahamPurdue
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  Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell and receiver Charlie Jones appear to be in perfect sync. The childhood friends hooked up for three first-half touchdowns in their second college game together, and then watched the rest of the Boilermakers' 56-0 victory over Indiana State on Saturday. Jones caught nine passes for 133 yards in his second straight 100-yard game since transferring to Purdue from Iowa. O'Connell went 17 of 19 for 211 yards and four scores while moving past Scott Campbell and into sixth on the school list for passing TDs. The first walk-on to earn Purdue's starting quarterback job now has 48 TD passes.

The combination of O'Connell and Jones has looked virtually unstoppable so far, connecting 21 times for 286 yards and four scores this season. "I came here, obviously, for the offense and I like what I'm seeing so far," said Jones, who has already matched last season's reception total. "Definitely, it was a good move." The Sycamores (1-1) fell to 0-6 all-time against the Boilermakers (1-1), and it didn't Purdue long to take control. Cam Allen recovered a fumble on the game's first snap and four plays later King Doerue scored on a 4-yard TD run. Jones stiff-armed a defender on his way to a 7-yard TD catch and O'Connell found Paul Piferi for a 26-yard score on the next two series. O'Connell closed out the half with TD passes of 36 and 5 yards to Jones to make it 35-0. - Purdue/AP College Football


rSr/2023 WR Charlie JonesPurdue
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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 89. Aidan O'Connell, QB, Purdue, Senior. Notable 2021 stats: 3,712 yards, 28 TDs. Last year's ranking: NR. O'Connell started nine games at quarterback for Purdue in 2021. He guided Jeff Brohm's team to top-five upsets of both Iowa and Michigan State. O'Connell was named All-Big Ten second team after throwing for 3,712 yards and 28 touchdowns as a fifth-year senior. He threw for at least 300 yards six times last season. - ESPN.com

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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Aidan O'Connell, Purdue, Sr., QB,...Since he arrived on campus, O'Connell has helped with the annual Special Olympics Camp. He has also coached Tippy Stars Baseball, a special needs summer baseball program. Making trips to the Boys and Girls Club, O'Connell has spent time there as a mentor to the children. He continues to be a role model for youth by reading to students at local elementary schools, emphasizing the importance of reading and academics overall.

O'Connell has extended his service beyond the local community, providing an impact in different parts of the world. As one of the leaders of Purdue's Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter, the Boilermaker quarterback has joined the organization on two mission trips to South Africa. O'Connell spent time at an orphanage, interacting with children and providing a friendly face to brighten their day. While there, he put up a playground fence and also helped with a variety of other landscape projects. - Purdue Football


rSr/2023 QB Aidan OConnellPurdue
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  2022 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Aidan O'Connell, Sr., Purdue,...O'Connell was a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree by the conference coaches and media, the first Purdue quarterback to be named to one of the first two All-Big Ten teams since Kyle Orton in 2004. Despite splitting time at the start of the season, O'Connell threw for 3,712 yards (11th nationally) and 28 touchdowns (17th nationally). He completed 71.8 percent of his passes, setting a new school record for completion percentage and ranking fourth in the country. - Purdue Football

rSr/2023 QB Aidan OConnellPurdue
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  2022 PRESEASON ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM NOMINEE: Aidan O'Connell, Purdue University,... Despite splitting time at the start of the 2021 season, O'Connell threw for 3,712 yards (11th nationally) and 28 touchdowns (17th nationally). He completed 71.8 percent of his passes, setting a new school record for completion percentage and ranking fourth in the country. O'Connell also completed 26.3 passes per game to rank sixth nationally. The gunslinger produced six 300-yard games, the third-most in a single season and the first Purdue quarterback to accomplish the feat since Curtis Painter in 2007. - Purdue Football

rSr/2023 QB Aidan OConnellPurdue
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  Another serious injury. Damarjhe Lewis, a key piece to the defensive line, was carted off after a severe ankle injury during a period that featured the No. 1 defense going against the scout team. An ambulance was waiting for Lewis outside the complex. That's never a good sign. Lewis is scheduled to undergo surgery next week and is expected to miss the season. Earlier this week. assistant coach Mark Hagen said Lewis was showing improvement and is a "better nose (tackle) for us than 3-technique." Minutes before the injury, Lewis had made a stop near the goal line, corralling running back Dylan Downing. The good news is the Boilermakers have depth on the defensive line, but the concerning news is Lewis, a transfer from Indiana before last season, had developed into a reliable contributor and replacing that game experience won't be easy. Purdue has already lost backup tight end Garrett Miller to a season-ending knee injury. - Indianapolis Star/News

Jr/2024 DT Damarjhe LewisPurdue
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  Purdue defensive lineman/nose tackle Damarjhe Lewis, a key piece to the defensive line, was carted off after a severe ankle injury during a period that featured the No. 1 defense going against the scout team. An ambulance was waiting for Lewis outside the complex. That's never a good sign. Lewis is scheduled to undergo surgery next week and is expected to miss the season. Earlier this week. assistant coach Mark Hagen said Lewis was showing improvement and is a "better nose (tackle) for us than 3-technique." Minutes before the injury, Lewis had made a stop near the goal line, corralling running back Dylan Downing. The good news is the Boilermakers have depth on the defensive line, but the concerning news is Lewis, a transfer from Indiana before last season, had developed into a reliable contributor and replacing that game experience won't be easy. Purdue has already lost backup tight end Garrett Miller to a season-ending knee injury. - Indianapolis Star/News

Jr/2024 DT Damarjhe LewisPurdue
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  Backup Purdue tight end Garrett Miller is done for the season after suffering a knee injury in Monday's practice, the Journal and & Courier has learned. Didn't see the injury, only Miller laying on the ground. He was helped up and placed on the medical cart and taken inside the facility. Payne Durham remains No. 1 but Paul Piferi now moves to the No. 2 position. - Lafayette Journal & Courier

rJr/2024 TE Garrett MillerPurdue
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  Get used to the name Elijah Canion. At least for now. He's a transfer receiver from Auburn that missed spring practice due to an injury. In the first two practices, Canion - who's listed at 6-foot-4 but plays much bigger - has produced several big plays. He made a catch Wednesday in traffic near the sideline and kept both feet in. Impressive. And he kept making plays throughout the two-hour session. "He's a big kid," quarterback Austin Burton said. "He's got good, jumping athletic ability. Pretty interested to see how we use him. Just looking at him, he looks like an athletic freak out there." Granted, it's just two days and the pads aren't even on yet. Let's tap the breaks a little bit. But Canion has left an early impression. Maybe the Florida native puts himself in the rotation throughout the season or maybe he fades away. We'll see. - Indianapolis Star/News

Jr/2024 WR Elijah CanionPurdue
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  Purdue linebacker Yanni Karlaftis sustained a knee injury this summer while working out on his own. It slowed his offseason progress, but the West Lafayette graduate is back to full strength and competing for playing time at the LEO (defensive end/linebacker) position. "He's worked hard, he's put on weight, he's put on strength and this is the best he's looked, and I think he feels that way. He'll be in the mix and be a contributor for many years," Brohm said. - Journal and Courier

rFr/2026 OLB Yanni KarlaftisPurdue
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  Iowa transfer Charlie Jones will help the Boilermakers. A lot. Jones flashed plenty of athletic ability in drills and was involved in the return game. "Charlie can play football," coach Jeff Brohm said. "We're going to use him a lot of different ways on the outside, on the inside and returning kicks. He's got good receiving skills, he can run good routes, and he understands football. He definitely will be a big factor for us." - Journal and Courier

rSr/2023 WR Charlie JonesPurdue
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