Sept. 20, 2003: No. 25 Purdue 59, Arizona 7
The 25th-ranked Boilermakers wore black jerseys for the first time since 2001 and completely dominated Arizona 59-7 before a gathering of 52,310 at Ross-Ade Stadium.
The 59 points were the most ever scored at Ross-Ade and matched the most scored under head coach Joe Tiller, while the 52-point margin of victory was Purdue's largest since a 62-7 victory over Boston University at Fenway Park in 1947.
The Boilermakers amassed 580 yards total offense (tied for the third-most under Tiller and tied for the eighth-most ever) while limiting the Wildcats to just 174 (the second-best effort under Tiller). Purdue lit up the scoreboard for eight touchdowns and one field goal, and the nine scoring drives averaged merely 4.9 plays and 1:48 on the clock.
"Playing well was what we needed to do," head coach Joe Tiller. "We thought we made huge improvement from week one to week two. And I thought we played better this week."
Jerome Brooks and Jerod Void both rushed for two touchdowns, while Kyle Ingraham, Brandon Jones, John Standeford and Ray Williams each had a touchdown reception. Brooks ran for 122 yards on 21 carries to lead a ground attack that totaled 292 yards. Standeford caught four passes for 111 yards.
Kyle Orton completed 16 of 28 passes for 261 yards with three long touchdowns -- 81 yards to Standeford, 43 yards to Jones and 35 yards to Williams. Brandon Kirsch saw his first action of 2003 and rushed for 45 yards on just five carries and completed all three passes he attempted for 27 yards.
Purdue led 7-0 after the first quarter, 24-0 at halftime and 38-7 after three quarters.
Defensively, the Boilermakers forced four turnovers that led to 24 points. Landon Johnson tied the school record with two forced fumbles, recovered one of them, had an interception and made four tackles, including two for loss and one sack.
"It's always good whenever the offense takes over where you left off," Johnson said. "I'm sure it feels good for them, too."
Sept. 17, 2005: No. 12 Purdue 31, Arizona 24
Behind a dominating effort in the trenches, the 12th-ranked Boilermakers defeated a pesky Arizona team 31-24 before a sellout crowd of 56,400 at Arizona Stadium on Sept. 17.
"I think our football team grew up some tonight," Purdue head coach Joe Tiller said. "I think this was a big game for Arizona. I think when your opponent really takes aim for you and you can answer the challenge time after time, then you begin to mature as a football team. It is a big win for us on the road against a good football team."
Purdue rolled up 239 yards rushing, while allowing the Wildcats merely nine yards via the ground, the seventh-best effort in school history and the best ever on the road.
"All of our backs did an exceptional job," Tiller said. "Defensively, we got a good push up the middle, and that allowed the outside guys to get to the quarterback."
Jerod Void led the offensive assault with 107 yards on 18 carries, a 5.9 average, and three touchdowns, including a career-long 66-yard burst that gave the Boilermakers a 7-0 lead. Brandon Kirsch rushed for 54 yards on eight carries (6.8 average), Kory Sheets 29 yards on 11 carries, Brandon Jones 27 yards on four carries (6.8 average) and Dorien Bryant 24 yards on two carries. Bryant also caught four passes for 82 yards, and all four receptions resulted in first downs.
Void recovered a fumble on an Arizona punt return that set up his third touchdown to put Purdue in front 28-17 late in the third quarter. The Wildcats had a chance in the game's final minute, but Brian Hickman came up with an interception at the Purdue 35-yard line with 38 seconds left to thwart the rally.
The Boilermakers recorded 11 tackles for loss, led by Ray Edwards with 2 1/2 and Stanford Keglar with two. Five players had one sack apiece. Keglar topped the team with seven total stops.
Ben Jones kicked his first field goal of the season, a 47-yarder.
The victory marked the Boilermakers' first at a Pac-10 stadium in 35 years and only their third ever. Their last such win was a 26-14 upset at No. 3 Stanford on Oct. 3, 1970.