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Marshall Purdue Final Score 41-31 Game Recap

24 second half points helped the Thundering Herd get their first victory over a Big Ten team in school history. Tiquan Lang shines with 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns.

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Tiquan Lang made himself known to the Purdue Boilermakers and the nation on the very first play of the season for the Marshall Thundering Herd. Lang intercepted an Applby pass and returned it 30 yards to give Marshall an early 7-0 lead and immediately set the tone for what would become a very back and forth game.

Purdue showed signs of relentlessness and offensive talent, outgaining the Herd 457 yards to 397. Quarterback Austin Applby attempted to redeem his early interception on a touchdown pass after what may be the best stiff arm we'll see from a quarterback this season.

The Thundering Herd struggled throughout the game to keep dominant control of the game played at home in front of an electric Marshall fan base. Marshall led for the majority of the first quarter but began losing momentum as the Purdue offense pounded at the defense of the Herd. Eventually, Purdue capitalized on their momentum and took a 28-24 lead on a 36 yard run by Markell Jones midway through the third quarter.

After the teams traded field goals, Marshall's Devon Johnson put the Herd up 34-31 after an 84-yard drive. Following the Johnson touchdown, Marshall would take control of the game and never look back. Purdue drove down the field one more time, planning to avoid a loss after outgaining and offensively outperforming the Thundering Herd. Tiquan Lang had other plans. Lang returned his second pick-six on an Applby pass with 1:20 left in the game to give Marshall their final score of 41-31.