WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — It was a brutal day for the Big Ten and Central Michigan was the school that got the misery started.
The Chippewas defeated Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium 38-17 to kick off a day that saw Big Ten teams barely squeak by non-power conference teams and lose in some primetime nationally televised matchups.
CMU jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a Brandon Greer interception return for a touchdown and a Cooper Rush 65-yard scoring pass to Anthony Rice.
Former Michigan running back Thomas Rawls was the star of the game for the Chippewas. He carried the ball 31 times for 155 yards and two scores. Central Michigan improves to 2-0 on the season and will host Syracuse next week.