Nebraska/Purdue preview capsule

Tommy Armstrong

Nebraska goes on the road for the first time after opening with five straight home games.

Nebraska (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) at Purdue (1-4, 0-1), 11 a.m. CDT (Big Ten Network)

Line: Nebraska by 14 1/2.

Series Record: Purdue leads 1-0.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Nebraska goes on the road for the first time after opening with five straight home games. The atmosphere at Ross-Ade Stadium should be relatively tame for redshirt freshman QB Tommy Armstrong, who is expected to make his third straight start in place of injured Taylor Martinez. The Boilermakers are starting over after a bye week, turning the struggling offense over to freshman Danny Etling.

KEY MATCHUP

Purdue QB Danny Etling vs. Nebraska defensive line. The Boilermakers will need to do a good job protecting Etling after allowing 11 sacks in five games. The Huskers' defense got good pressure on Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase without blitzing much last week. You can be sure a big part of the Huskers' game plan will be to rattle Etling.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nebraska: QB Tommy Armstrong is scheduled to make his first road start after two solid performances at home. Armstrong has completed 71 percent of his passes for 304 yards and 3 TDs and is averaging 4.4 yards a carry. Armstrong needs to continue to take care of the ball. He has no turnovers so far.

Purdue: RB Akeem Hunt is most dangerous as a receiver and kick returner. Hunt and the Boilers have struggled with their ground game, but he's second in the Big Ten with 149 all-purpose yards a game. He ran back the opening kick 99 yards for a touchdown in the win over Indiana State.

FACTS & FIGURES

Purdue won the only previous meeting of the teams, 28-0 in 1958 in West Lafayette, Ind. ... The schools will be in the Big Ten's West Division next year and will meet every year from now on ... Nebraska has rushed for more than 300 yards in three games and will be going against a Purdue defense that's giving up 183 a game to rank 10th in the Big Ten and 87th nationally ... Purdue has allowed just 24 points in the first quarter this season, including zero through the first three games.

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