(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Purdue came into the 2012 season hoping to return to the national stage.
After back-to-back blowout losses at home, the Boilermakers would settle for simply proving this quest isn't hopeless at the midway point.
''Definitely not the way we'd like it (the record) to be, but this is when you find out where you are,'' quarterback Caleb TerBush said Tuesday. ''Look, we're only 3-3 right now, but it's not the end of the world. We've got six more games to play. We've just got to put points on the board and keep points off the board.''
Two weeks ago, the Boilermakers (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) seemed perfectly positioned to make good on those preseason promises.
They were off to a 3-1 start, their best in five years, and a favorable schedule meant they would start league play against demoralized Michigan and struggling Wisconsin in West Lafayette. Winning either game, or both, would have sent a clear signal that Purdue was back....