The season opener — and their pride — may not be the only thing Purdue lost Saturday afternoon.
In the third quarter of the 42-7 loss to Cincinnati, cornerback Ricardo Allen went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury. While there is no confirmation yet, head coach Darrell Hazell allowed that the injury could be a high-ankle sprain.
Further testing Sunday will determine for certain the extent of the injury and just how long the corner will be sidelined. Allen could conceivably return for this weekend’s game against Indiana State or, as is ofttimes the case with a high-ankle sprain, the injury could linger for weeks.
If it’s the latter, it would be a significant blow to a Boilermakers defense that can ill afford it.
Allen has started 37 games for Purdue over the past three-plus seasons. He has returned four interceptions during his time with the Boilermakers, a school record and one shy of setting the FBS record of five held by Oklahoma State’s Darrent Williams.