College Football
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Florida Atlantic at Purdue
When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 24, 2022
Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Indiana

Two of the country's top passers potentially will meet when Aidan O'Connell and the Boilermakers host N'Kosi Perry and the Florida Atlantic Owls in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday.

For Purdue (1-2), O'Connell has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,000 yards, which ranks fourth in FBS. Perry is sixth with 987 yards, having completed 57.7 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions for the Owls (2-2).

ESPN reported Friday that O'Connell will be a game-time decision due to an unspecified injury. UCLA transfer Austin Burton is the backup for the Boilermakers.

O'Connell threw for 424 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in a 32-29 loss at Syracuse last week.

His favorite target seems to be Charlie Jones, who has amassed 474 yards and five touchdowns so far this season. Jones' 32 receptions are at least 19 more than any other Boilermaker, and it's also the most catches by any receiver in the FBS so far this season. Jones -- a transfer from Iowa -- has already topped his totals from last season in scoring, yards and catches.

"Whenever you're playing a team that can throw the ball, you want to get the rush to them," FAU coach Willie Taggart said. "You have to get pressure and make him uncomfortable. They have a really good QB, he's an NFL prospect, they have good receivers, big tight ends, and they do a good job of having plays that complement each other."

Perry is coming off his worst game of the season. He went 13-for-29 passing for 108 yards and a touchdown in a 40-14 loss against visiting Central Florida on Saturday.

He is complemented by Larry McCammon III, who ranks eighth nationally with 394 rushing yards on 54 carries, an average of 7.3 yards per attempt.

One could argue that Purdue could easily be undefeated. It squandered fourth-quarter leads in losses to Penn State (35-31) and Syracuse, with a 56-0 win over Indiana State sandwiched between the defeats.

"We have to get better at containing the quarterback run, and that will be a challenge again for us this week," Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said.

This will be the first meeting between the schools.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Florida Atlantic 2-2 L1 34.2 25.8 2-1 0-1 2-1 0-0 1-0
Purdue 1-2 L1 38.7 22.3 1-1 0-1 1-1 0-0 0-1
Last Meeting
Florida Atlantic Purdue
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Florida Atlantic N/A
Purdue N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Florida Atlantic N/A
Purdue N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Florida Atlantic N/A
Purdue N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
Florida Atlantic N/A
Purdue N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Florida Atlantic N. Perry 57.7 987 10 2
Purdue A. O'Connell 64.4 991 8 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Florida Atlantic L. McCammon III 54 394 7.3 2
Purdue D. Mockobee 21 100 4.8 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Florida Atlantic L. Wester 20 239 11.9 4
Purdue C. Jones 32 474 14.8 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Florida Atlantic Z. Mobley 4
Purdue C. Jones 5
Quickchart Matchup
Florida Atlantic Florida Atlantic Off vs  Purdue Purdue Def
Florida Atlantic 471.8 yards
Purdue 285.7 yards
Florida Atlantic 5.4 yards/rush
Purdue 2.7 yards/rush
Florida Atlantic 7.9 yards/attempt
Purdue 6.4 yards/attempt
Purdue Purdue Off vs  Florida Atlantic Florida Atlantic Def
Purdue 477.3 yards
Florida Atlantic 413.5 yards
Purdue 4 yards/rush
Florida Atlantic 3.9 yards/rush
Purdue 7.5 yards/attempt
Florida Atlantic 8.4 yards/attempt