Published Saturday, October 12, 2013 AT 3:30 PM / Updated at 7:25 PM
Game Replay: Nebraska 44, Purdue 7
Dirk Chatelain Omaha World-Herald

Rave review: Jordan Westerkamp’s most important role as a redshirt freshman may be punt returns, but he flashed considerable talent as a receiver Saturday, taking advantage of Jamal Turner’s absence and hauling in three catches for 53 yards. It’s easy to imagine Westerkamp as a No. 1 receiver in 2015.

Noticed: The Huskers’ passing game struggled all day. But it wasn’t just the quarterbacks. Quincy Enunwa dropped three balls, including two deep ones.

Questionable call: Stanley Jean-Baptiste’s second-quarter ejection will be examined very carefully by Husker coaches. Jean-Baptiste had his head down — a tackling sin ­– but did his hit on Purdue’s Dalyn Dawkins warrant a targeting call? Didn’t seem like it. Jean-Baptiste was the first Big Ten player this year to be disqualified for an illegal hit.

Oops: On fourth-and-goal on Nebraska’s fourth possession, Bo Pelini called timeout with six seconds left in the first quarter. What made it a head-scratcher? The clock was running and would’ve run out before the play clock expired. The Huskers scored from the 1-yard line to end the quarter.

Oops II: In hindsight, NU probably should’ve taken a knee. Pelini didn’t want to insult Purdue in the final minute of the game by sitting on the ball. So on third-and-goal, King Frazier scored with 50 seconds left. That gave the Boilermakers enough time to throw a deep touchdown and break up the shutout.

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