Purdue Tops Indiana State In Season Opener, 60-35

Sept. 2, 2006

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Curtis Painter passed for 261 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two scores as Purdue beat Indiana State 60-35 on Saturday.

It was the second time in coach Joe Tiller's 10 years at Purdue that the Boilermakers scored 60 or more points.

The Boilermakers (1-0) led the Division I-AA Sycamores 26-21 at halftime, but blew the game open after the break. Purdue gained 156 of its 190 rushing yards in the second half.

Kory Sheets had 128 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Purdue, and Dorien Bryant caught six passes for 154 yards and two TDs.

Tony West had 125 yards and two touchdowns and Reilly Murphy passed for 235 yards for Indiana State (0-1).

Indiana State started the third quarter with a chance to take the lead. Purdue stopped the Sycamores, then went 77 yards in 10 plays. Painter scored on a 3-yard run for a 33-21 lead with 8:41 left in the third quarter.

West scored three minutes later on a 42-yard run that cut Purdue's lead to 33-28, but Sheets quickly answered with a 1-yard score with 3:07 left in the third quarter that bumped the lead to 40-28.

Sheets scored his third touchdown, a 7-yard run with 13:12 left in the game, to give Purdue a 46-28.

Purdue scored on its first possession. Sheets returned the opening kickoff 56 yards, then finished the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.

Indiana State committed three penalties on its first possession and was backed up to the 2-yard line. Purdue cornerback Aaron Lane then read a screen pass and tackled West in the end zone for a safety.



Painter fired a 41-yard touchdown pass to Bryant with 11 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Boilermakers a 23-7 lead. Bryant later scored on a 53-yard pass from Painter.

Purdue's increased its lead to 26-7 before Indiana State's Donye McCleskey blocked a Purdue punt, recovered it and scored a touchdown.

Purdue was stopped on its next possession, and punter Jared Armstrong had trouble fielding the snap and was tackled at the Purdue 14. West ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 18 seconds left in the first half, making Purdue's lead 26-21 at the break.


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