O'Connell completed 40 of 54 passes for 536 yards - the third-highest mark in program history and the fifth-most in Big Ten history - and three touchdowns during the 40-29 win over the Spartans.
Let's take a deeper dive into O'Connell's game, courtesy of Sports Info Solutions:
► The 536 passing yards are the most by any quarterback last week.
► O'Connell recorded a career-high 87% On-target throw rate. Coming into the game, his On-target throw rate was 73% this season.
► On third and fourth down: O'Connell dropped back to pass 14 times, completing 10, all of which went for first downs (tied for most passing third down and fourth down conversions in a game by Purdue since 2016 vs. Maryland).
► Of his 54 attempts, 24 were thrown past the sticks. He was 15-of-24, 289 yards, 2 TDs. He averaged 12.0 yards per attempt with 79% On-target and 13.0 yards average throw depth. Before the game, his On-target rate on throws beyond the sticks was 68%.
► O'Connell had a clean pocket on 41 of his attempts without pressure. He was 31 of 41, 466 yards, 2 TDs, 11.4 yards per attempt and 90% On-target. Before the game, O'Connell's On-target rate on non-pressured throws inside the pocket was 75%.
The former walk-on has completed at least 74% of his passes during the last four games and Purdue is 3-1 in those games. In the Boilermakers' three victories, O'Connell has eight touchdowns and no interceptions.
According to College Football Reference, O'Connell recorded the highest single-game completion percentage by a Big Ten quarterback with at least 50 attempts since 2000.
He registered the second-most completions in a game in Purdue history and set a new record for passing yards in a Big Ten game by a Boilermaker quarterback, surpassing Drew Brees’ 522 yards vs. Minnesota on Oct. 3, 1998.
This article originally appeared on Lafayette Journal & Courier: Purdue's Aidan O'Connell named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week