Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Marve, Boilers Hammer EKU ; PURDUE 48, EASTERN KENTUCKY 6

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Marve, Boilers Hammer EKU ; PURDUE 48, EASTERN KENTUCKY 6

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.... Robert Marve's first and last possessions ended with mistakes. He was almost flawless in between.

Purdue's sixth-year senior passed for a career-high 295 yards and matched a career best with three touchdowns to help the Boilermakers defeat Eastern Kentucky 48-6 on Saturday.

Marve completed 30 of 38 passes. He threw an interception at the end of his first drive and lost a fumble in the fourth quarter, long after the game had been decided.

Marve had missed most of the 2010 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

He recovered slowly and wasn't himself last year.

All those challenges made a simple interception easy to recover from.

"I was pretty upset about the pick," he said. "It is something that happens sometimes. I've been through a lot. I stayed positive and bounced back."

Purdue coach Danny Hope was pleased to see Marve perform so well.

"I think he really competes and winning means a lot to him," Hope said. "Obviously, he's a heck of a talent. He was accurate on most of his passes. I thought his performance was pretty good for the most part. He has to be a more disciplined player and be more disciplined in the pocket."

Marve started because previously declared starter Caleb Ter-Bush was suspended one game for violating team rules. Tight end Sterling Carter also was suspended for the game.

"We're going to be a disciplined football team," Hope said. "We had two varsity players who broke team rules, and as a result they had a one-game suspension. That's the way it is. We have to be a much more disciplined football team, whether it's on the field or off the field."

TerBush might not get back to the top of the depth chart in time for Saturday's game at Notre Dame.

"We're going to look at how Robert played and look and see how they practice over the course of the week," Hope said. "We're not going to make a decision today. We will look at it and make an assessment as a coaching staff."

Marve hadn't thrown three touchdowns since 2008, when he was the starter at Miami. Now fully healthy, he flashed the potential that made the former Florida Mr. …

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